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The online, live WordPress design & development conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in WordPress for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the WP Summit 2012! Bring the experts to your desktop May 30th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

May 30, 2012 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Best Practices in WordPress Theme Development 9am CT

by Pat Ramsey, WordPress Consultant

If you're going to do it, try to do it right.

WordPress may be over five years old, ancient history in Web years, but there are still countless examples of outdated coding practices or just plain wrong ways to do things when building a WordPress theme.

From echoing or hard-coding JavaScript in your header file, to ignoring built-in functions in favor of something hacked together, these bad habits keep popping up.

In this session, Pat Ramsey goes through some of the sources for up-to-date WordPress documentation and looks at some of the common coding bad habits & what the better alternatives might be.

About Pat Ramsey

Pat Ramsey is a WordPress consultant who has been working with the Web since 1995. He brings a multi-disciplinary approach to website development with a background in print & digital photography, journalism, as well as experience with standards-based Web Design and Accessibility.

As an independent developer, Pat specializes in custom WordPress theme development, plugin customization, and operational best-practices for the website owner.

When he's not building websites, he can be found leading the Austin WordPress Meetup, helping run the tech networking community, Refresh Austin, or at Cospace, the North Austin co-working space he founded.


Managing Multi-Network WordPress Sites 10am CT

by Curtiss Grymala, Webmaster at University of Mary Washington

WordPress is an amazing and flexible tool, and becomes even more incredible when set up in a multisite environment.

For many higher education and other large institutions, though, even multisite is not broad enough to fit the information architecture of our websites.

That's where Multi-Network comes into play.

At UMW, the university website is built on a WordPress Multi-Network environment, with nearly 30 multisite setups running inside of a single WordPress installation.

This session touches on the basics of setting up WordPress to work as a Multi-Network tool, and some tips to get plugins and themes working more efficiently in this unique environment.

About Curtiss Grymala

Curtiss Grymala is the University Webmaster at the University of Mary Washington.

He is also the president and main principal behind Ten-321.

He has more than 15 years experience working in the field of website development and management.

He is formally trained in PHP and MySQL, with expert level experience in HTML and CSS.


WYSIWYG is a Lie 11am CT

by Kevin Zurawel, Founder of Arbor Web Solutions

Entering content into WordPress is not the same as typing up a document in MS Word.

Break your users out of the WYSIWYG trap and let WordPress' CMS features do the heavy lifting, for the benefit of both developers and users.

In this session, Kevin Zurawel covers:

  • WYSIWYG is a lie we need to stop telling to our users
  • Structuring content can make it reusable and future-friendly
  • Users need a better mental model of how WordPress works

About Kevin Zurawel

After a series of career adventures that included selling textbooks and hauling Ethernet cable through ceilings, Kevin Zurawel became a Django developer for the University of Miami Libraries by day and a WordPress and web design consultant by night.

His consultancy, Arbor Web Solutions, has been bringing smiles to clients? faces and serious results to their businesses for six years.


Structured Data in WordPress 1pm CT

by Randy Hoyt, WordPress Developer

Not just for blogging anymore, WordPress is an effective platform for powering websites with a variety of types of content: product catalogs, store locations, employee directories, and more.

Using advanced WordPress features like custom post types, store this content as structured data to make it easier to maintain and better suited to live in new contexts like mobile applications.

Learn about these structured data features, custom plugin and theme development, and mobile device optimization.

Leave with plugin recommendations, code samples, and techniques for extending current WordPress sites and developing new ones.

About Randy Hoyt

Randy Hoyt works as a web developer and interaction designer at Imaginuity, a creative agency in Dallas, Texas.


WordPress Plugin Round Table 2pm CT

by Stephanie Leary, Author of Beginning WordPress 3

In this session, we crowdsource the intelligence of the audience to find which WordPress plugins we love and the plugins we don't.

After the session, we share the list with attendees in order to take our sites and blogs to a whole new level.

About Stephanie Leary

Stephanie Leary is a web developer for Texas A&M University and the co-owner of Paged Media, a freelance business catering to authors and other publishing professionals.

She began developing themes and plugins for WordPress in 2005, and has taught numerous workshops on using WordPress as a content management system.


Preparing a WP Theme for Release 3pm CT

by David Yeiser, Information Designer

What goes in to making a WordPress theme ready for "official" public consumption?

David Yesier walk throughs the entire process of planning, designing, building, testing, releasing and supporting a WordPress theme.

In this session, Yeiser covers:

  • ways to make a theme stand out from the crowd,
  • potential pitfalls of releasing and maintaining a theme,
  • the official requirements and review process step-by-step,
  • and the future of WordPress themes,

About David Yeiser

David is an information designer from Louisville, Kentucky ? a decent-sized city in the U.S., just east of the Midwest. Cutting his web design chops with an Angelfire site in the late 90s, he quickly discovered the web as a medium through which he could fully express his creativity. However, as the new millennium dawned it seemed that Javascript and Flash ruled all and he decided to move on. In 2003, while experimenting with a Blogger template he accidentally discovered web standards and has been hooked ever since.

Primarily David designs websites and mobile apps for others as a paid service. In addition to this, he is pursuing several commercial product endeavors such as packaged website themes and iOS apps.

What underlies his interest in the web as a medium and designing for it is a love of typography and words. Reading, writing and publishing is a sacred part of our culture and being part of an industry where this historic entity is merging with the latest technology is a high privilege and something for which he is very grateful.

At the moment ? like many other designers ? David is most interested in the theory and application of responsive design; and of course the continued advancement of typography on the web.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, reading, and seeking out locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops in Louisville. He secretly hopes to be a good writer someday.


About the WP Summit 2012

WordPress powers over 72 million sites across the Web, from international news organizations & universities to non-profit organizations and niche bloggers.

Learn some cutting-edge tips and techniques from experts who work with WordPress every day to create sites large and small.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.