WordFest 2021 Part Deux

To this moment in time, I still can’t believe the team over at Big Orange Heart did the second Wordfest in 6 months. The first one was in January and was excellent. The other one was on Friday (July 23rd) and was even better.

I was glad that Goldstein Media was able to be a micro sponsor and that I was able to help out, even just a little, with the digital swag bag and helping throughout the day.

The event was held over 24 hours. Yes, 24 hours. With 48+ sessions and interviews/talks with Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, the co-founders of the WordPress open source project.

Part Deux of Wordfest had more mental health topics than the first one, I think, and it was very much welcome.

The core team and all the volunteers did a great job putting on a great event.

Rumor has it that they will probably be keeping up with the cadence of 2 a year, just not so close together.

I hope that I’ll be able to help out more on the next one.

Not only did they throw a great event. They raised over $11k for A Big Orange Heart, which is a non-profit aimed at helping remote workers with their mental health.

WordFest also had challenges that people took on to raise money. It was a really great event.

It was all recorded and you can go back and watch the sessions at WordFest.Live.

If you’d like to join the community check out Big Orange


WordFest 2021

WordFest Live, run by A Big Orange Heart, is back for its second time! The inaugural WordFest Live was only in January. It was a total success that they wanted to do another one.

WordFest Live is a 24 hour WordPress virtual conference to help promote the open-source operating system and mental health in the WordPress community and beyond.

It’s free to attend, so really there is no reason not to.

Goldstein Media is proud to be a micro-sponsor, and I’m happy that I can volunteer for some of the time.

I’ll be posting more as we get closer to July 23rd.

Find out more here:


So Many Ways To Skin The WordPress Cat

I’ve been using WordPress as my exclusive content management system for years now. I honestly don’t even remember how long it’s been. With all this time in the ecosystem, I’ve noticed something that I’m not sure I like or dislike.

With WordPress the ecosystem is so robust with innovation that there’s a page builder for all types of people. From Beaver Builder to Divi to WP Bakery to Elementor, the options are endless. This is just one segment of the ecosystem too. There are plugins to add all kinds of functionality.

There are so many ways to skin a cat in this CMS, that trying to pick up from where another developer left off can be challenging.

Recently, my team and I have started updating sites that we haven’t built. With this a challenge has emerged… trying to figure out what the old developer was thinking when they did certain things.

Once we figure out the reasoning behind certain decisions in the development process, we usually can run with it.

On the whole, WordPress is great. It gives users the freedom to do what they want with their site. But with this comes a trade off. It can be hard to pick up where another person left off. Because there are so many ways to skin a cat.

What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments below.


WordPress 5.3 Is Out – Update right away?

WordPress 5.3 is out. With it comes some great new features.

  • Significant improvement of the Site Health Tool
  • Addition of a default theme that is known as TwentyTwenty
  • Enhancement of the Admin User Interface
  • Enhanced support for PHP 7.4
  • Enhanced accessibility

So, do you run out and go install 5.3 right away or do you wait a week or so to let things settle?

My technique is to update sites like this one, that aren’t mission critical right away, because of the new shiny object. But production and client sites I wait a week or so to let plugin developers catch up and any really nasty bugs to be ironed out.

What do you do? Do you install big updates and releases right away or do you wait a little bit?


WordPress & WordCamp US 2019

After watching the live stream of WordCamp US this past weekend, I decided to spin up a site and to beta test all the new features coming out in the next few months and year with WordPress.

The block editor is something that I need to get used to and with the coming functionality in the pipeline, it’d be stupid not to try and use WordPress without a page builder.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Elementor plugin, but if there is a way to do what I need without adding bulky plugins than I want to know how.

So, instead of blowing up one of my many other sites, I started as a way to experiment.

Here’s to learning new things and expanding horizons.

Stay tuned.

Web Finds

90 essential tools for WordPress web designers and developers

This is a pretty good roundup of some great tools for WordPress.

Source: 90 essential tools for WordPress web designers and developers – The Garage

Web Finds

Your Most Common Gutenberg Questions Answered

Joe Casabona is a WordPress expert and has taken to the new editor like peanut butter on bread. (Ugh bad analogy) If you don’t already know about Joe, this article (link below) is a great intro to him and his plethora of knowledge!

I’m proud to say I know Joe personally. He’s as jolly, friendly and knowledgeable in person as he appears online.

Source: Your Most Common Gutenberg Questions Answered


WordCamp US 2018

WordCamp US 2018 Nashville Logo

Going to WordCamps (conferences that are focused on the WordPress CMS) is always a lot of fun.

When the national WordCamp (WordCamp US) comes around every December it’s gives one a sense of how fantastic this community is.

Last year and this year #WCUS (as it’s affectionately known) is in Nashville Tennessee. I wasn’t able to make it this year or last, but this year I’m still going via the live stream. Though I’m missing the most important track, the Hallway Track, I’m really enjoying my experience.

The live stream coupled with the #WCUS hashtag on Twitter, it almost feels like I’m there. In a way I’m getting a little bit of the Hallway Chat via Twitter.

All in all, I’ve been very happy with my virtual experience thus far. I’ll report my final thoughts after #WCUS ends.

WordCamp US 2018 picture of my computer watching the live stream.
My view of #WCUS 2018 from work on Friday

WordCamp US 2016 Recap

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*The collage you see above this post was made by @WPSiteCare. It is made up of some of my images from WordCamp US 2016*

The Second Annual WordCamp US was held this past weekend in Philadelphia. What an event!

The City of Brotherly Love has had the privilege of hosting both the inaugural and the second annual national WordCamp. While the first one was amazing the second went so far beyond expectation, it blew my mind. Everything from the talks, to the organization of how it was run, to the SWAG, was leagues above last years event. Great job organizing team!

As I was last year, I again was honored to be one of the official WordCamp US photographers. Can I tell you something? Taking photographs at a conference is not easy and extremely tiring. But in the end totally worth it.

Well All This Is Great, But What Is A WordCamp and What Is WordPress?

Oh sorry, I should have explained that sooner. A WordCamp is a small one or two day conference held across the World to talk about, educate, and contribute to the open source content management system called WordPress. WordPress powers more than 26% of the Web (*According to the co-founder of the project, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word talk that rounds out the conference). These conferences are held around the World in cities and towns of all sizes. WordCamp US is the national, “big boy” version of the these conferences. There is a European version. aptly called WordCamp Europe.

Off To Nashville

In 2017, the conference will be leaving the nest and heading to Nashville for the next two years. On a side note, unlike WordCamp Europe that has its conference in a different city every year, WordCamp US will for the foreseeable future be in a host city for two years.

So am I planning on going to Nashville? Quite possibly? I’ve talked to the organizing team for next year and they say they’d love to have me take photos, so we’ll see.

On To The Photos

Now, I was a photographer at the event, so enough writing! On to the photos. You can see every photo over here.

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WordPress Calypso: Improvements Needed

Wordpress Calypso Improvements Needed...

I’ve been using the new Calypso desktop app and LOVING IT. But it needs some improvements. Here are my thoughts.