Montreal Wrap Up

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Did you hear we had the bestest time in Montreal? We had bagels, we walked *everywhere*, we met loads of awesome people and I got to practice my horrible French.  Oh, I did a presentation too. For some reason, I was the only person in that time slot. I spoke on what is probably now my go-to session, Domain Mapping in 3.0. In the awesome words of Matt himself on public speaking, “Know your material cold,” and this one I do.

Which was good, as for some reason the Montreal version of my talk was not on my netbook, just the one I had used in Chicago. Also, this was probably the most fun I have ever had on stage. Someone tweeted that it seemed like a stand-up routine, but they meant that in a good way. ;) So did I. My daughter also heckled me from the audience. (That’s okay, I made her wave to everyone.)

I know someone was videotaping it and I hope it makes it online, as it rocked. If and when I get a link, I’ll include it here. Montreal: A++, would WordCamp again.

(image courtesy of elidir on flickr)

Network Plugins

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At WordCamp Montreal, August 28-29, 2010, my session was Tweaking plugins to be 3.0 Network-Compatible which was a live coding demo. The plugin that I chose to use for this was AdServe which has not been updated in over 2 1/2 years. You can download my updated version with all the edits from the presentation: Network aware plugin (updated adserve) (318)

Huge thanks go out to @Digibomb, @JeremyClarke & @cafenoirdesign for an awesome job of organizing the event.

(Photo credit: Alexa Clark)

Redesign

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Finally, our new design is live! Built on the Genesis Framework from StudioPress and designed by Rebecca Diamond, who took my vague ideas and ran with it. Even though this is the third design of the site, this time it really suits us and conveys the feeling we wanted to express: one of warmth and friendliness, yet still professional. Plus it feels like home to us, with details similar to our living space.

Our strong suit is code and education. We thought for our own site, we’d leave the design work for those far more talented than ourselves.

(photo credit: R & G Diamond)

New Ground at WordCamp Savannah

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Jane wells and I figure this is probably the first time someone has tried this, but we’re up for the challenge. I’ll be Skyping to speak at WordCamp Savannah on August 21st. My talk (with Jane’s help) will be about the top ten or so plugin for multisite and running a WordPress Network. You may have wondered about this new feature and what you can do with it. Hopefully, seeing a few snazzy plugins available will spark some ideas.

My work schedule and travel budget conspired to keep me from being there in person. That, and I am a delicate winter flower that wilts in high heat and humidity :D.

WordCamp Montreal

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August 28th both Ron and I will be speaking at WordCamp Montreal. I’ll be talking about enabling the network and domain mapping, while Ron will be digging deep into code and go over how you can write plugins with the network / multisite in mind. We’ll be driving up, as it’s the closest WordCamp to where we live and a “short” 7 or 8 hour drive. Added bonus is we’ll be bringing our daughter Sarah who is studying to be a graphic designer at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. So if you see us there, be sure to say hi and give her plenty of advice.

All in One Desk reference

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I’m very pleased to announce that I will be co-authoring a book, called the WordPress All-In-One Desk reference with Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Cory Miller, Michael Torbert and Kevin Palmer. The book will be published by Wiley in early Spring 2011.

So far, I’ve written the first draft of all my assigned chapters, which are (naturally) all about multisite usage in WordPress. An overview of the entire network, if you will. It has been fun, informative, educational, and also one of the hardest and scariest things I have ever done. Yes, that includes speaking at WordCamps!

I’ve long been a huge fan of Lisa’s work, so this really is an honor to work alongside her. She’s been really great and gives awesome guidance for angsty writers like me. Adding my other co-authors just brings it right over the top into awesomeness.

Read Lisa’s announcement post here.