Meet me at WordCamp Victoria

One of the great things about working with WordPress is the huge community that surrounds the platform. Everywhere you look there are people using, talking about, teaching, learning, reading and writing about WordPress and the community is open to anyone and everyone.

At the core of the WordPress community lies the events that allow WordPressers to meet and interact. And paramount among them are the WordCamps – independently organized and hosted WordPress conferences that are open to anyone wanting to meet other WordPressers and learn more about the platform.

On January 22nd just such a conference, WordCamp Victoria, is happening in, well, Victoria – the fair capital of our province. I will be there, both to give a talk, help out at the Genius Bar and connect with other attendees, and I urge you to come too.

Before I rattle on, go to the WordCamp Victoria site and sign up. As of this writing there are still seats available.

My Talk: 10 WordPress Theme Hacks to Improve Your Site

I’m going to be giving a talk entitled “10 WordPress Theme Hacks to Improve Your Site” that will feature, well, 10 WordPress theme hacks that can improve your site. The list of the actual 10 hacks I will be presenting is not complete yet so if you have any requests or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see if I can add them.

The general premise of my talk will be to provide 10 code blocks that add features or elements to your site that will improve some aspect of it. I’ll make the code blocks as stand-alone as possible and as always they will all be made available right here on Design is Philosophy so people in the crowd and at home can play along.

My presentation this time will be mainly slides based rather than the regular live code show I do. This is a bit of an experiment but I think you’ll find it’s easier to follow and easier to digest later (the slides will also be made available online post talk). But don’t worry, there will be plenty of explanation of how to include the code blocks and what they do.

Why you should go

If you’ve been to a WordCamp before you already know why you should go. If this is your first time and you’re not sure if this event is right for you, consider these statements:

  • I don’t know anything about WordPress
  • I need to know more about WordPress
  • I’m a blogger
  • I own a static HTML website but it’s not doing anything for me
  • I want to upgrade my website
  • I use WordPress all the time
  • I know everything there is to know about WordPress
  • I am human

If any of these statements apply to you, you will get something out of WordCamp and you should go. WordCamp is the perfect place to meet up with other peole in your situation, learn new things, refine your knowledge and make new friends. They are lively, interactive and full of people just like you so don’t be intimidated. And do not make the mistake of thinking that you won’t fit in: WordPress is a platform used by all kinds of people from all walks of life. It’s called “Open Source” for a reason my friend.

Talks I’m looking forward to

All the talks at WordCamp Victoria look great, but there are a few in particular I’m looking forward to:

Charles Frees-Melvin

Topic: Advanced Theming: Teaching Your Theme to Beat WordPress with a Stick

This sounds right up my alley, and I’m a sucker for good titles.

George Plumley

Topic: The Ten Most Forgettable Things About WordPress

As a WordPress educator I need to know everythign there is to know, and I’m sure I’ve missed some stuff so hopefully George can re-remind me of all the nuggest I’ve lost.

Alex Blackie

Topic: Building a Portfolio With Custom Post Types

Custom post types are interesting and will become even more interesting with the release of WordPress 3.1 so this talk is a definite must for theme developers.

Rebecca Bollwitt

Topic: Securing WordPress & Cleaning Up Hacks

Rebecca’s blog Miss604.com got hacked and downed by a DDoS attack last year and subsequently thousands of other blogs on several major hosts fell victim to a range of code insertion attacks. Security is an ongoing problem for anyone with a dynamic website and Rebecca’s experiences and solutions are vital for any WordPress site owner.