WordPress Necromancy: The Art (and Science) of Bringing a Site Back from the Dead

It’s a site owner’s worst nightmare: a site stops working completely and someone is panicking. Often, a configuration change or backup restore fixes things quickly. But what happens if a quick fix doesn’t work? What do you do when the site is absolutely wrecked? Recent backups are corrupt, data is overwritten or lost, and the quick fix isn’t an option. Often, a closer look may show the site being compromised in some way, and standard methods of recovery aren’t working.

In this session, Ramuel Gall looka at methods and techniques for finding what went wrong and how to fix it, from the most basic (such as replacing core WordPress files and using the Wayback Machine to get a better idea of the site’s prior state or recover assets), to intermediate (analyzing debug logs, determining which plugins and themes were in use so you can replace them), to moderately advanced (repairing damaged databases and Premium plugins and themes).

Evan Volgas: What Everyone Needs to Know about Data, Physics, Memory, and Information

Everywhere you go, you hear about it: data is everywhere. Data about us, our tastes, our health, our friends and relationships. The implications to privacy and security are obvious, but we also need to talk about attention (our ability to process data has not grown nearly as fast as data have multiplied), memory (should databases ever forget?), comprehension (how do you keep up?), and truth (critical reasoning matters).

The first half of this presentation is dedicated to data literacy – what everyone (especially tech professionals) should know about data. The second half of the session reviews tools you can use to manage your attention and decision-making in light of all this data flying around everywhere. Then, speaker Evan Volgas brings it all back to a WordPress neighborhood near you and go over five things you could immediately start doing to work smarter with data and WordPress.

Joe A. Simpson, Jr.: Ouch! WordPress Accessibility That Should Not Hurt

At a WordPress Meetup presentation, an attendee turned and punched Joe A. Simpson, Jr, in the arm saying, “accessibility makes me so angry!”

We’ll debunk common misconceptions designers, developers, and business owners have and learn how advocating for access to all improves your site SEO, design, user experience and function through interactive examples and discussion.

Christina Hills: The Top 10 Plugins Every Website Needs and Why

One of the most confusing (and exciting) features of using WordPress is plugins! And if you are not a developer or coder, how do you know for sure which ones you need and why?

In this session, Christina Hills walks you though, step-by-step with lots of visuals, the Top 10 plugins you need and how to properly evaluate them. You’ll also learn the exact steps to take when a plugin goes “bad” so your website is up and running in no time. Watch this non-techie session and you’ll walk away understanding the Wonderful World of WordPress Plugins!

Chris Reynolds: How the Block Editor in WordPress Changes the Conversation

Everyone in the WordPress community is talking about the new editing experience in WordPress. Wherever you fall in defense of or against the new editor, it changes how we interact with WordPress from a content editing and a development perspective.

In this talk, Chris Reynolds explores some of the ways Gutenberg changes how we build things as well as the types of things we can build to enhance and improve the WordPress editing experience.

Linda Gunn: How to Scale: From Solopreneur to WP Agency Owner

This talk is aimed at freelancing WordPress professionals and small WordPress agencies who want to grow their business into something bigger than a one-man band. Linda Gunn shares her story and lessons she’s learned over the decades – focusing on hiring staff, managing stress and creating processes to set yourself up for success as a scalable WordPress agency.

Linda began her company in her living room in the 1980s, as a single mother who needed to find a way to take care of her children. Now, her WordPress agency has 35 full-time employees working out of a beautiful two-story office in North Long Beach.