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The 3rd annual online, live WordPress conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the WP Summit 2014! Bring the experts to your desktop June 18th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

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

June 18, 2014 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Developing Real-Time UX for WordPress 9am CT

by Jesse Friedman, Author of Web Designers Guide to WordPress

Dynamic Web Environments are web sites that change and mold to a users needs. The goal is to change the website to deliver content before the user knows what they are looking for.

GPS, Cookies, and devices help us understand our users, and their intentions better than we think. We leave a lot of information "on the table", and we can be doing so much more.

In this session, we cover specific use cases of real-time site personalization. We also go over the do's and don't's of real-time site changes.

In addition, Jesse shows the possibilities for the future using the technology we have available to us today.

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.


From CSS to Sass in WordPress 10am CT

by James Steinbach, Web Builder

One of the best ways to write less code and organize your CSS better is to use a preprocessor.

This talk will demonstrate how to convert a WordPress theme stylesheet to Sass files and compile properly, present methods for organizing partials, and demonstrate some useful Sass snippets.

About James Steinbach

I'm a Chicago native living in South Carolina and yearning for Denver. When I'm not building websites, I love to spend time with my wife & newborn baby, read something suspenseful, catch a good movie, and discover fantastic food & drink. When I am building building websites, I'm all about developing meaning animations, presenting unique responsive design solutions, and using Sass to keep my code clean and light.


WordPress and CMS 11am CT

by Curtiss Grymala, Webmaster at University of Mary Washington

WordPress can be an effective, economical and efficient way to manage your organization's digital presence and can be used to promote your organization's goals.

Whether you work for a non-profit organization, a higher education institution, a for-profit corporation or anything in-between, the main goal of your website will remain the same: to differentiate yourself from others in your sphere.

While WordPress will not be the choice for all organizations, it may be the right choice for yours. In this session, we'll explore what makes WordPress a great content management system, and we'll take a look at the pros and cons of using WordPress to power your website.

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.


The Anatomy of a WordPress Theme 1pm CT

by Corey Ellis, Web Engineer at 10up

The theme of your site at minimum controls how your site looks and many times may offer a multitude of the functionality.

The basics of understanding how WordPress themes work is understanding patterns in the 3–5 core files that are required for a theme.

This sessions walks you through a cursory overview of each of these files so you understand how they all work together to create a WordPress theme.

About Corey Ellis

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5 Easy, Early Steps Towards Better Code 2pm CT

by Corey Ellis, Web Engineer at 10up

You've begun editing code in your theme -- That tutorial said, "Paste this in your functions.php file," so you did. And it worked. And you're excited -- you've started editing the code in your theme. You should be excited -- you've taken your first step in editing and writing code! Woohoo!

Many of us did this same happy dance years ago. Some of us learned coding by starting out just like this. We've learned some lessons along the way -- some of them painfully.

Here are 10 points that serve as steps to lead you into better coding as you move down the exciting path of WordPress development.

About Corey Ellis

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What to Keep in Mind with WordPress and Responsive Design 3pm CT

by Joseph Casabona, Author of Building WordPress Themes from Scratch

Responsive Web Design is hard! There’s a lot you need to keep in mind: breakpoints, loading times, device testing, and more. In this talk, Joe will give you some great tips for leveraging WordPress to make RWD easier! This includes:

  • Easy Device Detection
  • Navigation Handling
  • Working with Images
  • Awesome Archive Displays.

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.


About the WP Summit 2014

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 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.