Below you’ll find a tentative schedule for WordCamp Portland. Exact times are subject to change (other than our starting/ending time each day).
Saturday September 17th
08:00 Doors open
09:00 Featured Speaker: Scott Berkun
09:45 Discuss and create Unconference schedule
10:15 Unconference sessions
11:15 Unconference sessions:
- main room: You have *no* idea what your users want (a/b testing)
- B201: Business aspects of plugin development
- B202: Second year slump, what to do when it’s no longer shiny
- B204: Get a new WP installation up and running ( as fast and future-ready as possible)
12:00 Lunch (onsite, included w/ ticket price)
13:15 Featured Speakers: Andrew Nacin / Hanni Ross
14:15 Unconference sessions
- main room: Intro to Child Theming
- B201: Music blogs
- B202: SEO
- B204: setting up various WP development environments
15:30 Unconference sessions
- main room: the personal blog in 2011: beyond cat photos
- B201: small business blogging “what do I say” and more
- B202: plugin development Q&A and best practices
16:30 Unconference sessions
- main room: WordPress as CMS
- B201: blogging for photographers
- B202: WordPress multi-site
17:15 Wrap up
Some sort of not-after party is in the works for Saturday evening… stay tuned.
Sunday September 18th
13:30 Doors open
14:00 Featured Speaker: Jane Wells – What’s Coming in WordPress 3.3 along with Town Hall Q&A
15:00 Unconference sessions:
- main room: WordPress Developer meet & greet / discussion / networking
- B201: Making themes and plugins talk to one another
- B202: Discussion: Blogging/content productivity: how do you write? workflow? tools? Discussion of EditFlow
16:00 Unconference sessions
- main room: Social Media & WordPress / Web Actions – connecting WP with other apps
- B201: Practical Design: workflow centric design, function over form
- B202: Post Formats: using your blog to write about anything
- B204: Why WordPress has it alright
17:00 Unconference sessions
- main room: Custom Post Types – development, discussion, Q&A
- B201: Practical publishing: how WP is used by newspapers
- B202: Adding video/audio/animation to your blog
- B204: Training clients & end users to manage their WP site (discussion)
17:45 Wrap up
Some of the unconference topics that have been suggested here include:
- MultiSite and BuddyPress.
- Keeping WordPress secure.
- What it takes to be a great WordPress developer, designer, content writer, marketer, SEO, advocate and evangelist.
- What is a good formula for a successful WordPress project and where do we start?
- A case study on using WordPress as the base platform for a custom CMS.
- An in-depth look at how test-driven development works in php.
- How to write and execute tests preferably without the aide of an IDE.
- Building interaction between plugins and themes.
- Escaping and Localizing strings with WordPress.
- Best tips on site security and backup.
- What plugins others cannot live without
- Scaling wordpress
- Theme development
- How to provide wordpress services
- How create an integrated marketing campaign that uses WP as the CMS with automatic flows out of WP with any plug-ins / 3rd party apps that then help reactivate and reengage.
- Reverse Publishing from WordPress to print.
- SSL and WordPress
- WordPress as your social media hub: integration with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.
- Guidelines for project pricing
- Scalability, optimization and performance
- Custom Post Types
- Child Theming best practices
- Different development environments/setup, using git (and github) with WordPress, svn, staging etc
- How to become a good website developer using WordPress themes
- Quick intro to CSS for bloggers (and/or HTML, PHP)
- Site visual appeal (advice from artists/designers on how to make a site easy on the eyes)
- Keeping a WordPress site accessible to people with various handicaps
- Making money from a blog or website (advertising, affiliates)
- Business or tax advice for bloggers or self-employed developers (liability protection, etc.)
- Site migration from other platforms to WordPress.org
- Site security best practices
- How do you recover a WordPress site that was hacked. Case studies?
Still don’t see anything you want to hear about? Suggest a topic or propose a session!