WordCamp Savannah 2010

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Building Your First Plugin with Mark Jaquith

Mark Jaquith

Mark Jaquith

Have you been thinking about making the jump to doing some of your own WordPress development, but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you already took that leap, but wonder if you’ve missed anything in teaching yourself. Whatever your current status, this session by Mark Jaquith on building your first plugin will give you a solid foundation of understanding the coding standards used in WordPress, how to make use of hooks, basic security measures to ensure your plugins don’t introduce vulnerabilities, and requirements for getting your plugin included in the WordPress.org plugin directory. If you have any interest in WordPress development, you should attend this session.

Mark Jaquith is a successful WordPress consultant and is one of the lead developers of WordPress core. He has 16 plugins in the WordPress.org directory (including the ever-popular Subscribe to Comments, with over 200k downloads) and hundreds of patches that have been committed to the core WordPress application. He’s an acknowledged expert on WordPress security, and was responsible for one of the first commercial BuddyPress implementations at GigaOm Pro. Mark will be driving up from his home in Brandon, FL and looks forward to exploring Savannah and Tybee Island.

WordPress for Dummies LIVE

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

As we’ve mentioned, we’ll have a full-day workshop on Friday, August 20 for people who need help setting up their first site using WordPress. But what about newish WordPress users who already have a site and a grasp of the basics (so they don’t need the full-day workshop) but still have newbie questions? We’re very excited to announce that one of our sessions will be a Q&A with Lisa Sabin-Wilson, author of WordPress for Dummies and BuddyPress for Dummies, two of the best starter guides around. And for people who do attend the Friday newbie workshop, Lisa’s session later in the weekend will be a chance to ask any questions that occur to you after you’ve had a chance to play with your first WordPress site. Yay for Lisa!

We’ll have a full track on Saturday just for WordPress users (non-developers) filled with how-to demos and practical presentations, not to mention an open Genius Bar on Sunday for people who need one-on-one help.

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