Excellent talk line-up at WordCamp this Saturday

Annual WordPress conference WordCamp Hamilton is taking place this Saturday June 2nd at McMaster Innovation Park – tickets are only $20.

You can visit the conference website for all details at 2018.hamilton.wordcamp.org. Check out the full line-up of speakers below…


5 Secrets to a Knockout About Page

Presented by Allison Smith in Room 2.

Your About page is one of the most important pieces of content on your site – this is your chance to create a connection with your readers and tell the story of your business. No wonder we get writer’s block when we see that blank canvas in front of us! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re a small business owner, creative freelancer or tech pro, you can craft a knockout about page that will have your visitors devouring your words down to the last letter. In this talk, I’ll share 5 secrets to making it happen.

A/B testing – which way does your duck face?

Presented by Mike Demo in Room 1.

When you launch a website, do you know what works? You don’t; you’re guessing. Your guesses may be based on experience and education, but with good A/B testing you can also make decisions based upon data.

For example, do you know that even the way a duck’s face points (left versus right) could increase your conversions by 40%? As a case study, one of our clients, an insurance company, increased leads by making just a small 2px change.

In this talk, we will spend some time reviewing the A/B checklist I personally use to guide you on your journey to discover what things to test, testing methodology, and the best tools to use for your clients’ sites.

Headless WordPress + React

Presented by Thiago Loureiro in Room 1.

The idea of this talk is to provide some insight and show a possible way of using WordPress as a headless CMS and take advantage of modern JS frameworks. Part of the presentation will be focused on showing how to build a simple application using this approach and the cool possibilities of using React + WP.

Integration with Social Media

Presented by Wendy Marshall in Room 2.

So you have your website and you keep blogging and updating but no one other then your mother sees it? You need a bigger audience who are interested in not only what you have to say in your blogs but what you have to offer as a service or product. Posting on social media is not just about you it has to be a full integration with your website and marketing plan. I will share some of my favourite plugins and tools for integrating WordPress and social media together.

Making Security Make Sense to Users/Clients

Presented by Adam Warner in Room 1.

As someone who builds WordPress websites for clients, you’ve probably learned that offering (or requiring) monthly maintenance contracts is smart business. It’s likely you’re including core software, plugin and theme updates as part of your maintenance plan, which ensures a steady income stream you can rely on and helps with your financial forecasting. But are you including website security as part of your project proposal and scope?

The security of your clients’ websites is often not a priority or is left until the end of a project (or sale?) as an optional add-on for the client to consider after going live. The value of a strong website security posture can be difficult to explain to clients, but when put in the context of their business and possible loss of revenue, it can become an integral part of your offering that separates you from the rest.

In this session, Adam will cover simple website security best practices that you can implement immediately for your own site and those of your clients. In addition, he’ll also offer advice and examples on how to best present the importance of website security during the proposal, scope, and maintenance package stages to your clients. Not only does this ensure your maintenance plans offer what every website needs, but also presents an additional revenue stream opportunity for your business.

Oh crap! We need a web site. Now what?

Presented by Jim Echter in Room 2.

Go on the journey of a “mere mortal” (someone without a computer background) on how they learned WordPress, designed two business sites and opened an on-line store with Woo Commerce. Your trip guide will take you through the WP basics, identify tripping and stumbling points, direct you to where to get information, introduce you to the language of WordPress, where to “hotel” your site, and overview safety tips for your journey.

Panel – WP-FAQ

Presented in Room 2.

Join us as some of panelists discuss answers to some of the more common questions to a wide variety of WordPress related questions.

Submitting, maintaining and growing a plugin on wordpress.org

Presented by Brian Hogg in Room 1.

You have a plugin and want more people to check it out, and submitting to the official WordPress plugin directory. But how do you get it ready and submit it, easily keep it up-to-date, avoid common conflicts with other plugins, and get more people finding out about it?

In this talk, I’ll go through tips and techniques to save you (and your plugin users) from pulling out their hair and get your plugin out there on wordpress.org

The future is accessible

Presented by Heather Gray in Room 1.

Do you think accessibility is just about catering your site to a minority of users who have disabilities? Even though as many as 3.8 million Canadians (about 15%) have reported having a disability, find out how a11y improvements will help your site become more inviting to all users and will help to improve visitor retention.

We will also explore tools and extensions that can help you to meet WCAG 2.0.

This talk is geared toward designers and developers who are comfortable with basic vanilla JavaScript.

Thinking out-of-box themes

Presented by Richard Rudy in Room 1.

It’s time to update your site, with so many inexpensive out-of-the-box themes available is custom development really worth it?

In this talk I’ll run you through a case-study comparing a popular pre-made theme and a custom developed version. I’ll run you through the differences in performance, accessibility, and maintainability. We’ll look at the pros and cons of the options and provide you with various business cases for their use.

Use your own data to take your WordPress website to the next level

Presented by Paul Thompson in Room 2.

We all want to improve our websites, but “best practice” guesses aren’t enough – we want real data to help us understand where to focus our limited time and resources. But so often, the data and stats are intimidating – and the complexity of tools like Analytics can reinforce that. In this presentation, we’ll discover seven specific ways our own data can narrow down for us where to optimise for the most impact. We’ll learn specific ways to tweak our analytics to collect more critical decision-making information and how to use that data to make SEO, conversion optimisation, page speed, and usability improvements for a more powerful, successful website.

  • discover what content our own visitors are begging us to write.
  • learn how fast our website pages really are for our actual users and which need improvement. Bonus: What if our site could notify us when important pages got slower?!
  • understand what parts of the site’s navigation/calls to action our visitors find helpful and which ones they ignore.
  • key in on the pages that would provide the greatest benefit if we worked to improve them. (And what is bounce rate really?)
  • and more, including teaching Analytics how to show you the important data you care about, instead of having to dig it out every time you want to check it.

Don’t miss this chance to get a better handle on how we can our own data to improve our websites!

Using your WordPress powers for good

Presented by Michelle Ames in Room 2.

WordPress powers almost a third of the internet, making it not only powerful, but as an open source project, WordPress is a tremendous gift to all of us. So what do you do with an amazing gift like this?

  1. Make a living from it.
  2. Have fun with it.
  3. Give back.
  4. Pay it forward.
  5. All of the above!

I make a living with WordPress, but I’m also what you might call a “serial volunteer.”

In the years that I’ve created a career with WordPress, I have also set aside time to help others through:

  • Mentoring
  • Organizing Meetups
  • Organizing Hackathons
  • WordCamp organizing and speaking
  • Creating WordPress classes and clinics
  • Setting up WordPress coworking days
  • Creating free and discounted non-profit websites
  • and more!

There’s a side effect to giving and giving back with WordPress: I’ve found that the more I give…the more I’ve gained: friendships, clients, jobs, and the warm feeling that only comes from sharing good things.

Attendees can expect to learn more about the social power of WordPress, how the WordPress community functions, and how giving back is really a way to give to yourself.

WordPress, Blogging, and Getting Engaged

Presented by Joey Coleman in Room 2.

Joey Coleman discusses how he became one of Canada’s leading bloggers in the 00s, got hired by Macleans, and then decided to be Canada’s first local crowdfunded journalist, and how you can similarly use WordPress to be your online home instead of Facebook or another platform you don’t own.

WTH are CPT’s and ACF’s?

Presented by Shanta Nathwani in Room 1.

Ever wonder what a Custom Post Type is? Why would you want to use them? How do they work with Custom Fields? What’s the difference between CPT’s and Posts? Many of these questions will be answered in this beginner talk, meant to improve your knowledge of content architecture. A basic knowledge of pages, posts, tags and categories would be helpful.

Talk on creating a WordCamp talk this Thursday


When: Thursday April 26th 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hamilton WordPress Meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/249942886


This is a workshop for anyone who is thinking about speaking at WordPress events, such as WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. During this hands-on session, we’ll look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past — and explore how to move past your fears. We will discuss some common myths about public speaking, different talk formats, and we will focus on finding your areas of expertise (yes, you have areas of expertise!). We will brainstorm topics you can talk about at a WordCamp or other event.

Each participant will come out of the workshop with a WordCamp or Meetup talk idea — and more confidence to submit it.

The main purpose is to encourage those in underrepresented groups (LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women in Tech, etc.) to submit talks and have our WordCamp and other events more representative of a community. While this meetup is targeted at these groups, it is open to anyone who needs help in coming up with a topic for their talk, a title and a pitch.

We’ll hopefully explore the actual talk specifics at a later date, but the deadline for WordCamp Hamilton’s Speaker Submissions is May 1, 2018!

You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience.

**This workshop is for you if:**

* You’ve thought about speaking at Meetup or WordCamp but haven’t been able to think of a topic
* You think you don’t know anything worth speaking about


* Why speak at WordPress events?
* Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking
* Coming up with topics and choosing one
* Practice giving a short talk


* The venue has an elevator, and single stall washrooms for non-binary genders.
* Please do not wear scents. Many people are allergic to them.


WordCamp Hamilton 2018 is coming!

WordCamp Hamilton (@WordCampHamOnt) returns to McMaster Innovation Park on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others. The first WordCamp Hamilton took place in 2013, with additional events happening in 2015 and 2016.

The regularly occurring WordPress meetup group has done a fantastic job of keeping up momentum around the WordPress community in Hamilton. The next few meetups will be focused on gearing up for WordCamp.

Currently, WordCamp Hamilton is looking for local speakers and sponsors to help make this year’s event another success.

Looking for local speakers!

Do you work with WordPress and have some techniques, experiences or stories that you think might benefit others? If so, we’d love to have you consider sharing that information as a speaker. We’re always looking for local speakers to contribute. For more about speaking at WordCamp (including some topics if you want to speak, but aren’t sure what about), check out our call for speakers.

Sponsoring WordCamp 2018

Simply put, without our generous sponsors, WordCamp Hamilton would not be affordable to the vast majority of the WordPress community. For just $20 our attendees have a full day to gain insight from our speakers, network with others, and learn more about the open source WordPress project whose mission is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. All of our valued sponsors, by donating to WordCamp Hamilton, continue to make this mission a reality. Thank you both to our sponsors, and all of those who sponsor WordCamps around the world! For more on sponsorship opportunities, check out our Call for Sponsors.

To stay updated with news about WordCamp Hamilton 2018 for ticket sale dates, volunteering opportunities and more, visit 2018.hamilton.wordcamp.org.


First batch of WordCamp speakers announced

Hamilton’s annual WordPress conference WordCamp Hamilton is taking place on Saturday June 4th at McMaster Innovation Park!

The first batch of speakers has been announced – check out the line-up below!





1My name is Ben Cool and I work for A2 Hosting as the Application Optimizer / WordPress Evangelist. I have three kids and live across the lake in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. I have given presentations on System Administration topics at WCCBUS and WCA2. I am a co-organizer for WordCamp Ann Arbor in charge of volunteers and contributor day. I am a member of the WordPress.tv team (no badges). As a developer for a Hosting company, I am responsible for developing internal tools and websites as well as performance optimization tools for customers such as A2 Optimized (https://wordpress.org/plugins/a2-optimized-wp). Attending the WordPress community summit was a highlight for me last year.



2Ryan Welcher has been a web developer for over 12 years and over the course of his career has had the opportunity to work with many coding languages, frameworks and technologies. He is currently a Senior Web Engineer at 10up where he builds enterprise level WordPress themes and plugins. In his spare time you may find him contributing to WordPress core, reading up on a new technology or spending time with his wife and three children.



3I’m a front-end developer from Burlington. I’ve been making websites for over twenty years, and WordPress themes for nearly ten! I spend most of my time with Object Oriented CSS, experimenting with streamlining workflows, and optimizing tools. I currently lead a team of developers at Carpages.ca, and love to nerd out about keyboards.



4Kathleen Farley is a computer geek, teacher, learner, vinyl junkie, hockey fan, and recovering non-profit executive. Occasionally she breaks (and fixes) computers. Not necessarily in that order.

The Montreal-born technologist trained as an audio engineer before moving to Hamilton, Canada in 2007. She now runs Maisonneuve Music, a Hamilton-based independent record label.

Kathleen has been teaching web technology and data management to beginners since 2009 under the moniker Robobunnyattack! She’s currently a bestselling web technology course author on Udemy with over 11,000 students. She also serves on the faculty at Harris Institute, a private music industry school in Toronto where she teaches future rock stars how to make websites and other cool things.

Along with her partner Michael Chambers, Kathleen is the co-founder of Audiohackr, a startup that helps indie musicians, producers, and DIY labels make the most of technology.

Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/u/robobunnyattack/
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/kfarley



5I am involved in content creation and management in a number of ways. I work in communications at TD Bank, write weekly posts for two eCommerce blogs (SellwithWP.com and ShopStorm.com/blog), and have done copywriting for websites through a marketing agency. I finished my bachelors degree with a focus on communications from University of Toronto.

You can find my social profiles on jaisangha.com



6Marie Wiese is founder of Marketing CoPilot, a leading Canadian digital marketing agency that helps companies’ increase sales using digital and content marketing. In addition to running Marketing CoPilot, Marie is also an Executive-in-Residence at the Innovation Factory, a Regional Innovation Centre in Hamilton, Ontario where she coaches early stage companies on how to develop digital go-to-market strategies. Marie is author of The Essential Guide to Better Content Marketing and other related marketing guides. She is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, mom and writer. Marie has spoken at industry events for the Canadian Marketing Association and Marketing Sherpa in the United States. She can be found online at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/marketingcopilot



7I am a certified scrum master, passionate about Agile methodology and frameworks, over 15 years of experience on software and web development, I enjoy to work on teams sharing ideas to produce optimal results and release valuable products through WordPress as main development platform. www.marcelogranados.com


WordCamp Hamilton back in 2016



WordCamp Hamilton (@WordCampHamOnt) is back on June 4th, 2016 at McMaster Innovation Park!

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them. WordCamps are attended by people ranging from blogging newbies to professional WordPress developers and consultants, and usually combine scheduled programming with unconference sessions and other activities.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others. The first WordCamp Hamilton took place in 2013, with a 2nd in 2015. The regularly occurring WordPress meetup group has done a fantastic job of keeping up momentum around the WordPress community in Hamilton.

Do you have something to share about WordPress that will benefit the community? Are you a dynamic and organized speaker who can engage an audience and deliver great value? We’d like to hear your idea for a 45 minute talk to be delivered as part of this event. – WordCamp Hamilton

The conference has issued a call for speakers, so apply to speak today!


January WordPress Meetup next week



When: Wednesday January 20th 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King @ 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/227443511


Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton!


6:30pm – Doors open, chatting WordPress

7pm – Presentation

7:30pm-? – More chatting WordPress! Maybe some ping pong at Serve downstairs…


WordCamp Hamilton 2015 a sold out success

WordCamp Hamilton 2015 took place on Saturday June 7th at McMaster Innovation Park and the event was a sold out success. WordCamp events are grassroots organized WordPress focused conferences that have been taking place around the world for years. Hamilton had it’s first WordCamp in 2013 and the event was back this year after a one year hiatus.

This year’s edition was particularly awesome for having both a developer track and a blogger/designer track. Though there is plenty of overlap, there’s a large difference between the needs of bloggers looking to optimize their WordPress site (e.g. SEO, social media, site performance, etc.) and developers (building plug-ins, development tools, etc.). As someone more on the developer side of things, it made the event much more valuable for me.

I was able to grab these links below to talk slides in the developer track. Other speakers either didn’t mention links to slides, or I couldn’t find them online.


Topic: A Modern WordPress Developer’s Toolkit
Speaker: Adam Wills (@heavymetaladam)
Slides: adamwills.github.io/WordCamp2015

Topic: High Voltage – Building Static Sites With WordPress-Managed Content
Speaker: Nickolas Kenyeres (@knicklabs)
Slides: bird-house.ca/high-voltage-building-static-sites-with-wordpress-managed-content

Topic: How To Set a Vagrant Development System
Speaker: Paul Bearne (@pbearne)
Slides: slideshare.net/pbearne/vagrant-26890922

Topic: WordPress Accessibility – the fundamentals of Web Accessibility
Speaker: Jordan Quintal (@JordanQ416)
Slides: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BCLAeCGvCZl9BnybNZnv_myEBNHg9eNFMqNfdOP8fhs (YouTube video)

Topic: Speed up your WordPress website
Speaker: Alan Lok (@alan_lok)
Slides: slideshare.net/alanlok1/speeding-up-your-wordpress-site-wordcamp-hamilton-2015


Overall the event was fantastic in terms of the community that came out, the connections formed, and the talk content itself. The speakers came from across Ontario (and Buffalo / New York State), which is great in terms of cross-pollinating with different communities and ideas. The event was also a fantastic value at just $20. No wonder it sold out!

If WordCamp Hamilton 2013 was a starting point for the WordPress community, WordCamp 2015 has shown how much it has grown since then. WordCamp Hamilton 2015 was amazing, if you’re interested in joining the local WordPress community check out the meetup group. Looking forward to WordCamp Hamilton 2016!












WordCamp Hamilton 2015 speaker line-up posted



WordCamps are conferences that focus on everything WordPress. They’re informal and community organized, and are a great way to learn new skills and connect with others in the community.

The speaker line-up for WordCamp Hamilton 2015 has been released, check out the line-up below and get your ticket today! Only $20 – what a deal!


When: Saturday June 6th 2015

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South Hamilton, Ontario

Register: hamilton.wordcamp.org/2015


Advanced/Developer Track


Time: 9:30 am
Talk: A Modern WordPress Developer’s Toolkit

The talk would be targeted to intermediate to advanced WordPress developers and would be about using some of the common and popular development tools in a WordPress specific settings. We’ll look at a number of issues that come up during WordPress development (such as sharing code between multiple developers, developer ramp up, repetitive tasks and deployment) and some modern tools to help developers worry more about development and less about the headaches that can come with it.

Speaker: Adam Wills


Time: 10:30 am
Talk: High Voltage: Building Static Sites with WordPress-Managed Content

WordPress evolved from a simple blog platform into a full-fledged content management system. It is now evolving beyond that into an application development framework. It is a new era for WordPress. One that partly made possible by the WP-API plugin. The plugin bolts a REST API on top of the WordPress platform, allowing for integration of WordPress with other systems.

WP-API can be leveraged in many ways. For example, there is a lot of excitement around using WordPress as a backend for single page web apps and mobile apps. But the possibilities don’t end there. In this talk, we will explore the use of WP-API to integrate WordPress-managed content with static site generators.

Static site generators and flat-file CMSs have been growing in popularity over the past few years, due largely to developer productivity, reliability, security, performance and ease-of-deployment. They are a compelling alternative but compromises must be made to realize the benefits. It doesn’t have to be an either-or decision. We will explore strategies for using WordPress as a collaborative writing room – similar to proprietary alternatives like Prismic.io and Contentful. And we will explore strategies for building static sites using that content.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Intermediate to advanced WordPress developers

Speaker: Nick Kenyeres


Time: 11:30 am
Talk: How To Set a Vagrant Development System

If you need to have a development environment that matches a typical production environment.

See how the default server configuration provisioned by VVV matches a common configuration for working with high traffic WordPress sites.

See WordPress configurations provided by VVV create an environment ideal for developing themes and plugins as well as for contributing to WordPress core.

See how to run PHPCS (static code analyst) and PHPunit in vagrant.

Speaker: Paul Bearne


Time: 1:30 pm
Talk: WordPress Accessibility – the fundamentals of Web Accessibility

The focus of my presentation will be on WordPress and website accessibility; from a front-end perspective. First, I will explain what web accessibility is and why it is important. To continue, I will discuss AODA and Section 508 regulations for Canada and the United States. Then, I will go over some key WCAG 2.0 compliancy requirements a developer will need to ensure the websites they develop are fully accessible. From there, I will showcase a few web accessibility tools, then some WordPress accessibility plugins; followed by a quick demonstration on how to evaluate a website’s accessibility.

Speaker: Jordan Quintal


Time: 2:30 pm
Talk: Sharing the Love: Leveraging the WordPress REST API to Syndicate Content

We know and love WordPress as a great content management system. Wouldn’t it be great if we could leverage the power, ease, and simplicity of WordPress-as-CMS across a wide range of web platforms? We might display pages and posts in a node.js or Ruby on Rails web application, say, decoupling the front and back ends of WordPress to connect the CMS to a foreign site or application.

Future versions of WordPress will include a RESTful API to allow easy syndication of WordPress content across multiple platforms with a consistent. We will look at the plugin (WP REST API) slated to become part of core WordPress, review how the API came to be and where it’s going, and check out a bunch of cool things one might do with the API.

Speaker: Brian Hoke


Time: 3:30 pm
Talk: Speed up your WordPress site

Speeding up a WordPress site (or any content site) is economical, boost rankings, and most of all, improve the user experience. The presentation discusses the different general strategies to make your site more speedy or suck less if you are inheriting a mess. There will be some demonstration of how to make a site run faster by using different engines, installation of plugins and changes in general.

Developers of all abilities will benefit from the tips, and intermediate/advanced developers will find some of the examples/case studies useful.

Speaker: Alan Lok


Time: 4:30 pm
Time: WordPress For Web Apps – Using your favourite CMS to build the next big startup

You’ve got an awesome idea for a startup, but you’re just a WordPress developer—you don’t have the skills or resources to build a fancy web app. Or do you?

In this talk, you’ll learn how you can use the world’s most popular CMS to build a killer web app without investing time and resources into learning new frameworks or hiring other developers. You’ll see how easy it is to get started with real-life examples of WordPress-based web apps, learn how to adapt your ideas to work within the WordPress architecture to save development time, and get a step-by-step walkthrough of the app-building process. By the time you leave the talk, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to build the next big app—guaranteed!

Speaker: Chris Van Patten


Beginner/Blogger/Designer Track


Time: 9:30 am
Talk: WordPress 101

This talk will introduce WordPress to people who are new to WordPress or have never touched the platform. People want to know what their getting into! What kind of commitment does this mean? What things can it do for me on social media? A quick look at the dashboard and take questions that people have. Why would people use WordPress?

Speaker: Shanta Nathwani


Time:10:30 am
Talk: 10 Steps to Build a Better Business Site For Less Than $100

You don’t need to be a developer to build a great website in WordPress.


In this session we’ll be walking through the process of building a business website, from initial planning to site launch, for less than $100. Attendees will walk away with an actionable list of to-do items that they can follow to build a business site for themselves or for their clients.

The ideal audience for this session includes:

– Novice WordPress users looking to expand their marketable skills.
– Marketers looking to improve their technical skill set.
– Developers aiming to make their work more client-focused.

Attendees should already have a fundamental understanding of how WordPress works (pages, posts, plugins, themes, etc.)

Speaker: Andy McIlwain


Time: 11:30 am
Talk: Getting Started with Child Themes

The session would be directed towards beginner DIY WordPress users. I would cover what Child Themes are, why they should be used and how to create them. I would also cover the difference between Themes, Starter Themes and Frameworks. At the end of the session, the audience will know how to create a child theme from an existing theme and use the child theme to customize the site.

Speaker: Nick Adams


Time: 1:30 pm
Talk: Make your WordPress Blog Pinterest friendly

This session is for anyone who is curious about Pinterest and those already using it.

We’ll touch on the following topics…
* how Pinterest can make you a better blogger
* Pinterest Boards for your blog
* Resources for creating free images for your blog
* Pinterest Plugins for WordPress

Speaker: Ruth Maude


Time: 2:30 pm
Talk: Typography and WordPress

Why Typography matters on the web, with particular focus on why it matters for WordPress. Discussion on type choices, type pairings, when and where to use specific type styles. Some quick ways to make a difference with some type style (whether via plugins or CSS).

In general the talk would be somewhere in the middle the user/blogger track and the dev track, but I can easily adjust it to focus on one track vs the other depending on what you’d prefer.

Speaker: Andy Staple


Time: 3:30 pm
Talk: Plugins for the People: A beginners look at extending WordPress With Plugins

This session will help beginner level users understand how they can leverage the power of Plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress.

We will look at how to find and evaluate plugins and some of the amazing things they can do.

Speaker: Geoff Campbell


Time: 4:30 pm
Talk: How to Write Blog Posts that Get Results

Do you feel like no one’s reading your blog but your mom and your best friend? Are you wondering whether blogging is really worth it? Learn powerful strategies to help you attract readers, encourage social sharing, and ultimately generate more business. Suitable for both new and experienced bloggers.

Speaker: Janet Barclay


Interview with Brian Hogg about WordCamp Hamilton 2015

Check out the interview below with Brian Hogg (@brianhogg) about the upcoming WordCamp Hamilton 2015 conference!


brianhoggTell me about yourself.

I’m lots of things – a custom software developer, WordPress trainer, podcaster and help support communities through events like the Hamilton Freelancers Association and the WordPress Hamilton group. I grew up in Burlington and went to Mac, and has been great seeing communities like Software Hamilton grow the last few years.


How long have you been working with WordPress, and why do you use it?

About 5 years or so now. Even after meeting WordPress co-creator Mike Little at a conference a while back, I still continued on with other PHP-based frameworks and didn’t give it a serious look. But after being contracted to convert a Joomla plugin over to WordPress I discovered how powerful of a platform it can be for sites of any size, and has been my primary tool of choice since then.


What are WordCamp events about?

WordCamps are conferences that focus on everything WordPress. They’re informal and community organized, and are a great way to learn new skills and connect with others in the community.


When is the next WordCamp Hamilton, and how can people find out more information?

The next WordCamp Hamilton is happening Saturday June 6th at the McMaster Innovation Park. Tickets are only $20 and you can find more information and grab a ticket on the website here: hamilton.wordcamp.org/2015




Why did you and the organizing team decide to re-boot WordCamp in Hamilton?

It started from kicking up the regular monthly WordPress Hamilton meetups last year, and growing the community that way. There’s been a lot of interest in getting it going again but rather than try to rush it through last year we aimed for 2015.


What can attendees expect at this year’s iteration of WordCamp?

We’ll have two tracks this year, a more introductory track and a more advanced development/design track. There will be lots of opportunities to connect with attendees with a catered lunch, and an after-party event happening in the atrium right after the last session.




What sort of talks do you expect the development track to feature?

We’ve got some awesome talks coming through, from leveraging the new WordPress REST API to using WordPress to build web apps for a startup. A couple talks on setting up modern tools for WordPress development like Vagrant for consistent environments, composer for dependency management and deployment tools like Capistrano are also confirmed.


Why does having a strong WordPress community matter for Hamilton and the regional tech/startup community?

A lot can be done using WordPress even without development skills, by leveraging existing themes and plugins. The more people that are knowledgeable in WordPress and can add value to their own business or the business of others, the better.


How can the local community help the WordCamp team make the event a success?

Certainly spreading the word about the event, especially to developers. Since there were no advanced topics at the last WordCamp it might be overlooked as not a good fit for developers to attend, but it’ll definitely be worth it this year even if you don’t use WordPress for development currently.




Where do you see WordPress going as a platform in the future?

The flexibility of WordPress makes it a great choice for developing web apps of all sizes, using at little or as much of the WordPress base as you want. With things like the REST API going into core and other initiatives, along with powerful plugins like WPtouch allowing for an optimized adaptive experience for mobile and tablet users, I can see it becoming the development platform of choice for even more projects than it is now.


Freelancer meetups, WordPress meetups, WordCamp, Discover HamOnt podcast – what inspires you to do all of this stuff? 🙂

I’ve been pretty inspired by all the people I’ve been able to meet through the events and the podcast. Hamilton is awesome and I’m happy to give back and spread the word however I can 🙂


New Hamilton WordPress meetup group



A new WordPress Hamilton meetup group is getting together for a meetup at Studio 41 in September, check out the details below!

We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. The WordPress meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us!

When: Thursday September 11th 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Studio 41 @ 41 King William St, Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/194168242