Come Learn About WordPress in Higher Education

February 15th, 2012 by Curtiss Grymala
Curtiss Grymala

This year promises to be a great year for professional development, and I am extremely proud to be a big part of that. If you’re interested in coming to hear me speak about WordPress and its uses in higher education, I’ve already confirmed a few opportunities for you to do so. Following is a list of the conferences at which I’ll be presenting in the first half of 2012.

Web Redesign

Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia 2012 Conference
March 14-16, 2012

Web redesign is a term commonly heard in recent years. Many universities have recently redesigned their sites, are in the midst of doing so, or are thinking about it. Since the web is constantly changing anyway, what do we really mean by “redesign” – a new template, a different information architecture? Given the possibilities of current content management systems, how deeply into your organization should a redesign reach? Can you handle content-heavy, internally-focused vs. branding-heavy, externally-focused sites within the same system? How does your organization’s website help to shape how your university community does its day-to-day work?

WordPress Coding Standards

Web 2012 – Penn State University
June 11-12, 2012

In order to help avoid common coding errors, and improve the readability of code, the WordPress community has developed a set of standards to use when formatting the code you use when writing themes, plugins and even core code. Throughout this workshop, we’ll review the various standards that have been developed by the community. We’ll discuss why they are the way they are; and we’ll run through each one in detail.

Experience Level: Advanced – Assumes a solid grasp of topic and extensive experience.

Prerequisite Knowledge: At least an intermediate understanding of PHP coding is necessary to move through this workshop. A basic understanding of WordPress coding is also good to have, but not necessary.

Skills/Knowledge Gained: Writing clean, well-formatted PHP code that fits with the WordPress community coding standards.

Writing a WordPress Plugin

Web 2012 – Penn State University
June 11-12, 2012

During this workshop, we will begin writing a very simple WordPress plugin. I will take you through the basic steps of creating the plugin file, including the proper header, and using some basic API functions available in WordPress.

Experience Level: Intermediate – Assumes basic knowledge of topic and some experience.

Prerequisite Knowledge: A basic grasp of PHP concepts will be helpful in this session. A basic working knowledge of using WordPress is also a plus.

Skills/Knowledge Gained: Attendees will be able to utilize the WordPress documentation to begin building their own plugins to add new features to WordPress.

WordPress Multi-Network

Web 2012 – Penn State University
June 11-12, 2012

WordPress is an amazing and flexible tool, and becomes even more incredible when set up in a multisite environment. For many higher education 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 will touch 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.

Experience Level: Intermediate – Assumes basic knowledge of topic and some experience.

Prerequisite Knowledge: A basic knowledge of WordPress and the WordPress setup process will be necessary.

Skills/Knowledge Gained: Attendees will gain knowledge of the way multisite and multi-network installations work, the way the databases are structured for each, and how to optimize various items within WordPress to work efficiently in these types of setups.

The 10 Minute WordPress Shortcode

.eduGuruSummit 2012
April 10-11, 2012

In this session, you’ll learn how simple it is to create a new shortcode that can be used in WordPress. As a bonus, you’ll also learn just how easily that shortcode can be turned into a widget.

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