WordPress 4.4 Beta 2

WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site. To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip). For more of what’s new in version 4.4, check out […]

Seth Alling: Deploying a WordPress Site with Minimal Work

Cowboy code, FTP to a development server, work locally and FTP, work locally and push changes with version control. There are so many different environments available for developing and deploying WordPress sites that it can seem a little daunting, and figuring out how to make it all work is even more so. Explore the different ways to deploy a website from a local environment, and learn how you can exponentially reduce your deployment time with a few scripts.

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Davis Shaver: How We Keep Development Cool, Calm, and Collected

Like many in the WordPress world, I started as a cowboy coder. Editing .php files right on the FTP server? You betcha. This is a great way to develop – if you don’t mind potentially catastrophic fatal errors, and unhappy stakeholders.

I’ll share some strategies from our team at Fusion for integrating quality checks into a WordPress-specific product development process, plus some tips on keeping it fun.

This talk will introduce you to the following concepts (including easy steps you can take to followup):
– Product requirements document (PRD)
– Github workflows and code review
– Linting
– Test-driven development (TDD)
– Hackdays and team culture

Reid Peifer: Reimagining Content Creation

While WordPress as a whole has evolved in amazing and powerful ways, the mechanics of content creation have stayed pretty static for years. Title field, TinyMCE Wysiwyg, metadata inputs, and a featured image. These elements have been our building blocks, all presented in a relatively unchanged WP admin experience. The future of WordPress is going to depend on how that experience evolves and grows to meet the needs of content creators.

We’re going to discuss the recent explosion of page builders, panels and modules, visual editors, customizers and front end editors. Lets take a look at the pros and cons. What does it mean for content creators, designers, and developers? Even better, lets talk about what the future holds. I’ll use specific examples of how we implemented modularized dynamic content and rich long form editorial creation on enterprise clients including Fortune 500 retailers and Ivy League institutions.

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