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The 2nd annual online, live WordPress 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 2013! Bring the experts to your desktop June 11th from 9AM to 6PM (CT).

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

June 11, 2013 \\ 9AM to 6PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Content Strategy for WordPress 9am CT

by Stephanie Leary, Author of Beginning WordPress 3

Stephanie Leary leands a plugin showcase with a specific focus on the content lifecycle:

  • evaluating content
  • structuring content with custom post types, taxonomies, and custom fields
  • making style guides available and visible
  • improving workflow and approvals
  • dealing with embedded images and responsive design
  • maintaining and doing ongoing evaluations
  • planning future content

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.


WordPress as a CMS 10am CT

by Curtiss Grymala, Webmaster at University of Mary Washington

Is WordPress the right CMS for your organization or company? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, you should know what you're getting into (for better or worse) before you make that decision; and Curtiss is here to help you out with that.

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.


jQuery for Theme Designers 11am CT

by Joel Goodman, Principal at Bravery Transmedia

jQuery is used widely in WordPress theme design, and chances are if you haven't been using the nearly ubiquitous library in your themes, you have been thinking about it.

Well, there's a right way and a wrong way to do jQuery work with WordPress.

This session provides practical tips and insight for the jQuery + WordPress theming newcomer.

Learn to harness the tools WordPress core provides designers and front-end devs to include the jQuery library and your own scripts in your themes in ways that are compatible, efficient, and organized.

Connecting Custom Post Types 12pm CT

by Joseph Casabona, Author of Building WordPress Themes from Scratch

Learn how to create and associate Custom Post Types in WordPress when we look at a teaching site that manages Courses, Assignments, and Grades. This talk will cover:

  • What are CPTs/Brief history/Why they are useful
  • Outline of my needs for the teaching site
  • Creating one or both CPTs
  • How I connected them
  • Creating custom columns for the admin

About Joseph Casabona

Joe Casabona is a web developer, teacher, and author of the book Building WordPress Themes from Scratch. He?s from Middletown, NY, lives in Scranton, PA, and has been making websites since 2002. He was introduced to WordPress in 2004 and has been working with it ever since. He also plays the drums and enjoys a nice cigar from time to time.


Applied Custom Fields 2pm CT

by Pat Ramsey, WordPress Consultant

You're building a site in WordPress and you need a second headline, a subhead. A site wants to build a directory of schools, listing various bits of information on each one. You need to have Testimonials on your site with the quote, who said it, and who that person is.

These are all examples of how I used custom fields to meet the needs of different websites.

We'll look at some of these examples, going into how they were done and how you can use custom fields with your WordPress websites.

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.


Integrating with APIs 3pm CT

by Randy Hoyt, WordPress Developer

An application programming interface (API) is a way for two different pieces of software to communicate with each other. In your WordPress plugins and themes, you'll often want to pull data from or send data to a third-party service that has an API.

In this talk, Randy will explain the terminology you need to know to get started, share best practices and techniques for integrating with APIs, and walk through two real-world examples. You'll leave with code snippets to help you get started integrating.

About Randy Hoyt

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


Advanced Google Analytics for WordPress 4pm CT

by David Vogelpohl, CEO & Founder of Marketing Clique

So you've installed the Google Analytics tracking code on your website. Good for you. Now what? Join us as David Vogelpohl shows you how to actually get value out of your Google Analytics tracking.

You'll learn how to to track and value leads, sales, phone calls (you heard me), online chat, ad revenue and more in WordPress. Don't guess at what's driving value on your website, know.

David will share the exact custom report settings he uses every day to easily track the success of specific online ads, SEO, specific posts on social media, landing pages, blog posts and much much more.

Fly past the standard reports in Google Analytics and get the tracking and custom report settings you need to make intelligent decisions when managing your website.

If you don't know if your landing page designs, traffic generation and content campaigns are actually driving value (and how), you need to attend this session!

About David Vogelpohl

David has nearly 17 years of web development, mobile development and online marketing experience, including the development of a variety of web technologies and online marketing channels. David is a published author in Feed Front Magazine, speaker at major online-marketing conference Pubcon, speaker at WordCamp, speaker at Affiliate Summit and veteran of the web since 1996.


Responsive WP Theming 5pm CT

by Jesse Friedman, Author of Web Designers Guide to WordPress

Mastering RWD is difficult enough, doing it with a WordPress theme and no knowledge its intended use or future content is even harder. In this talk you'll learn how to create WordPress themes that will maintain their responsive integrity over time.

You'll also learn how to build tools and strategies that you can implement in WordPress to give your customers and clients greater control of content. User Admins can either glorify your site or compromise it to the point it becomes unusable. Help them become masters of their own "domain".

Jesse Friedman will utilize specific coded examples to help you understand the tools and advantages of building Responsive sites with WordPress. On top of all that Jesse will show you how he used these techniques to create dynamic web environments, while taking advantage of the user's device and landscape.

About Jesse Friedman

I've been designing and developing websites since about 1999. I fell in love with it right away, went to school for it, got a job doing it and now I write and speak about it.

Last year I finished my first book, the Web Designers Guide to WordPress. It was a great experience and already working on two new books. One is a creative leadership book, the second is a fiction zombie apocalypse book.


About the WP Summit 2013

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.