This year we will be holding a WordPress Camp during the NERDSummit, which is scheduled for the 12th-14th September 2014 at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst, MA 01003 with lodging available at the UMASS Hotel.

Attendance is free. Once registered you may submit session proposals or apply to give a Paid Training.

Sponsor options are available. You may contact us for more info or apply to sponsor once registered.


Proposed WordPress Camp Sessions:

Designing from the Content Out

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration. - Jeffrey Zeldman

We've all heard that content is king, yet when it comes to designing web experiences we're still stuck with lorem ipsum and placeholder images, as though the real content didn't matter.

We're still designing web experiences from the top down, starting with the desktop view of the homepage, even though they're more likely to be experienced from the bottom up - starting with a content detail page on a mobile device.

Advanced WordPress Basics

For anyone comfortable with HTML, CSS, and a minimal amount of PHP, WordPress is the easiest content management system to "get your hands dirty" with and start customizing beyond the options built into your theme and plugins. Topics include authoring child themes and simple plugins, WordPress templates, shortcodes, and customizing the admin interface.

Introduction to WordPress Child Theming

So you've been playing around with WordPress. You feel like you've really gotten the hang it. However, you're starting to run into limitations with how much you can customize your site. The next step toward creating an entirely custom WordPress site is to create a child theme. A child theme is a theme which is based on another theme (the "parent theme"), and can override and/or add to the look and functionality of the parent theme.

This session is for: people who have made an HTML/CSS website, used WordPress, and run into customization limitations

Going Beyond The Loop

One of the most common tasks in WordPress theme development is to manipulate and/or display a certain set of posts outside of the main post listing. WP_Query is how you accomplish that, but it can seem like a very complex beast to tackle. This session would explain what WP_Query is and what it does, when to use it, and what to do when WP_Query isn't appropriate.

This session is for: beginner developers with some WordPress coding experience who want to level up

(I could also do this talk as a longer workshop, if there's interest)

Modern WordPress Development Workflow

WordPress is well known for its user friendliness, but it's often not seen as very developer friendly. Out of the box, it doesn't necessarily promote modern, stable development practices, but that doesn't mean you can't bring these techniques and approaches to WordPress. This talk outlines one possible deployment workflow while covering the basic concepts of development/staging/production environments, version control and a few command line tools. We'll cover database migrations and keeping dependencies (like plugins, themes, and WordPress itself) up to date.

WordPress 101

This is a beginner's WordPress overview that teaches students how to setup and manage a basic, self-hosted WordPress website. The course covers the following: -What is WordPress? Choosing a host & Installing WordPress -Overview of the Dashboard and editors; publishing your first post -Selecting, installing, tweaking a theme -Managing Pages, Custom menus, and moderating comments -Plugins - installing, activating, using; overview of Jetpack plugin and features, overview of other popular plugins and how to use -Adding/managing picture galleries, video, and sound


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