Alex’s presentation: Best Practices and Admin Customization (co-presenting with Joshua)
How many years have you used WordPress? 3.5
I look forward to speaking because: As WordPress continues to grow beyond a blogging platform into a more mature CMS, so do the ways to customize it. There are many options available to enhance the end-user experience, from using simple hooks and filters to add custom branding and UI enhancements, to using more advanced core functions to define new roles and capabilities for users. You can customize just about everything in WordPress!
Favorite WordPress Project: My teams base theme framework. It has taken a while to put together, but now it saves us huge amounts of time whenever we have to start a new WordPress project. My team and I have also just started building a custom locations mapping plugin that we hope to eventually publish into the WordPress plugin repository.
In the future, I see WordPress being used for Enterprise solutions. We have already seen wordpress.com create a solid solution (WordPress VIP) for their enterprise clients. I think that as developers continue to push the self-hosted version of WordPress more and more enterprise like solutions will start to find there way into the core.
WordPress has changed the way I manage websites. I don’t have to anymore! WordPress allows me to focus on what I love doing the most, development.
Best real-life camping story: Several weeks ago, a friend and I were camping and rock climbing in Arkansas. We made it though half a day of climbing and were about to start our next route, when all of a sudden a huge storm came out of nowhere and trapped us all under a cliff for about an hour and a half. It’s a good thing we decided not to start climbing that next route…