Jason Coleman: Transitioning From Consulting to Products

This talk will be helpful for any WordPress developers or consultants who are thinking of building products of their own. I’ll use our own story as one example of how to do this, with advice that should helpful for businesses and freelancers looking to increase the value of their consulting services, add revenue streams from products, or transition 100% into products like we did.”

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Empowering Speakers: A Journey to Encourage Women and Diverse Groups at WordCamps

When more people from underrepresented groups start speaking at WordPress events, everybody benefits. At WordCamp Vancouver, we started by focusing on women. In 2013, not many had applied. The following year, three times as many women applied and fully half of selected speakers were women. This dramatic shift was no accident. My talk will share how we accomplished it, some of the lessons we learned along the way, and the positive changes that resulted in our community.

Amy Fawcett and Julie Pham: Practical WordPress Marketing for Nonprofits

Are you a small, ambitious nonprofit with lots of programs but a little marketing budget? Is it hard to show what you do on your WordPress website because your org just does so many different things? Do you need help maximizing your WordPress site’s potential to market your mission? In this session, we’ll share 3 cost-effective ways of promoting your nonprofit’s work:

1. Build an online annual report
This is a highly effective and super shareable way of showing your nonprofit’s impact. And you won’t have to print and mail those reports again.
2. Build microsites for your special programs/events
Highlight your special fundraising events or conferences with a microsite, which has its own mini navigation bar.
3. Create an issue specific resource
You can create a crowd-sourced Google sheet that will drive new traffic to your site. It’s an easy to maintain document too. (Ex: Women in Tech).

WordCamp Incubator 2.0

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by a team of local WordPress users who have a passion for growing their communities. They are born out of active WordPress meetup groups that meet regularly and are able to host an annual WordCamp event. This has worked very well in many communities, with over […]

Gian Wild: Mobile Accessibility

Unfortunately, when developing WCAG2, the Working Group did not envision the current world where mobile is almost ubiquitous. For example, on a mobile device there is no continual access to a keyboard (unless someone is using it as an add-on to the device – or using a Blackberry Classic). WCAG2 requires that all content be accessible to the keyboard interface, but it does not require that all content be accessible to a mouse or to a touchscreen user – which is essential on a mobile device. Gian Wild talks about the unique accessibility issues on a mobile site and mobile app, including hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps and zoom traps.

Accessibility is important to all – not everyone using your mobile app, device or wearable will be fully functioning: either because they have a disability or they are simply engaged elsewhere. Gian Wild talks about the things that are essential to avoid when designing mobile apps, devices and wearables to ensure that everyone can use them.

This is a fun talk, with lots of gasps and laughter. It is example after example of mobile accessibility fails – but they just look like mobile fails! In this way I try and stress that a usability issue is really an accessibility issue, and making a mobile site accessible actually makes it usable too.

I talk about specific mobile accessibility features: pinch zoom, native screen readers, haptic keyboard etc, and system accessibility settings: font size, screen rotation, high contrast etc
I outline the major things that need to be considered when dealing with a mobile site or mobile app:

PDFs
Mobile-specific
Autoplay and movement
On-screen keyboard traps, hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps, Touch traps
Alternatives
Text size
Inherited system settings
In-app settings
Color contrast
Missing functionality
Pixellation on zoom
Touch target size
Spacing between touch targets

Ben Byrne: Accelerating Custom Development With Dynamic Scaffolding and WP-CLI

In trying to figure out how to build better WordPress sites faster, we at Cornershop have developed an approach that leverages WP-CLI to dynamically inject configurable, pre-written code (HTML, PHP, JS and SASS) into our in-house starter theme. This novel approach speeds up our custom development work by letting us quickly assemble oft-used functionality without littering our theme with superfluous code.

Come learn about the decision-making that led us to go down this road, and see exactly how we’ve gone about building our extensible framework as a plugin that extends WP-CLI. Whether you’re an agency or a solo freelancer, hopefully seeing our approach can lead to fruitful thinking on how you can deliver the most value to your clients.

Andrea Middleton: WordPress Is a Banquet

WordPress now powers over 28% of the web, and it’s built and maintained by hundreds of contributors all over the world. There are as many ways to contribute to WordPress as there are dishes in a feast! In this talk, we’ll look at some recipes for successful contributions followed by people who’ve made a big impact on WordPress. There’s room for you at this table — join us!