WordCamp Sydney was held over two days recently, and I was lucky enough to fly north for the weekend to attend. Over 215 people made the trip to Sydney, which made for a great weekend. Attendees ranged from theme developers, plugin developers, web hosts, bloggers all the way through to people who simply use WordPress to power their site.
ECommerce websites are a huge business and they’re only getting bigger. According to the US Commerce Department, eCommerce sales within the US alone totalled $194.3 billion in 2011. Whoa! This figure is only going to increase as more and more people see the benefits of buying & selling online.
Custom Post Types (CPTs) are a fantastic feature within WordPress. They allow you to define your own Post Type and how it operates within WordPress. As an example, if you’re creating a movie review site you might make a Custom Post Type called ‘movies’ and include Custom Meta Boxes and seperate entry fields for data such as “Genre”, “Release Date”, “Director”, etc., rather than adding all the content into the standard edit field. This makes for much easier to manage data when displaying it within your theme.
I recently had the pleasure of joining in on a discussion on Hand Coding versus using WYSIWYG editors, with the awesome guys from the Motley Design Crew. Jane was on the side of WYSIWYG editors while I was espousing the merits of hand coding. Whilst weighing up the pros and cons of each method, we all agreed there’s no right or wrong way to code up a site. It all comes down to what works best for you.
Just last week (Nov 5th & 6th, 2011) I was lucky enough to attend WordCamp Gold Coast. This is only the fourth WordCamp held in Australia and the first event to be held in Queensland. Approximately 150 attendees, 21 speakers and 8 sponsors made for an awesome weekend! A huge thanks must go to all the guys that organised the event and kept it running over the weekend as well as all the fantastic speakers.