Notes from WordCamp Victoria 2013

Just a couple of days ago, I took part in the annual Victoria WordCamp, a day for WordPressers. I had the fortune to be invited to guest-blog at WP Daily; this led to me writing three posts:

I was a little light on details previously. While I was live-blogging I was rapidly switching back and forth between WordPress for blogging and MarkPad for taking notes. Here, I’m sharing the notes I took, and some additional links to presentation materials.

Plugin Development 101

Joey Kudish

Vancouverite, works for Automattic

Plugins add functionality to WordPress, beyond core functionality. Code can be in theme, but functionality-related should be a standalone plugin.

Use hooks to add functionality. Look at WP Codex, Debug Bar + Debug Bar Action Hooks plugin, or search core.

  • Make use of built-in APIs
  • Follow WP coding standards
  • Namespace classes and functions
  • Add hooks
  • Documentation
  • Security
    • Distrust users
    • Sanitize input, escape output
    • Use nonces to validate actions

Distribution primarily through WP plugin repository. Must follow WP guidelines.

Further reading


Morten Rand-Hendriksen

  • web history
  • advent of WordPress, blogging
    • huge increase in user-generated content
    • ~2003

Expert Panel

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
Joey Kudish
Ben Lobaugh
Grant Landram

Various questions about design and development. Not all about WordPress per se.

Ben recorded some notes and relevant links from the discussion.

Site Navigation in Responsive Design

Adam McFadyen

  • Large navigation not suitable to mobile views
  • Navigation needs to be responsive too
  • WP admin -> Appearance -> Menus (needs to be enabled for the theme)
  • Theme Locations – areas defined in the theme template to hold a menu
    • register_nav_menus()
    • e.g.
      • primary menu
      • footer menu
      • mobile menu
  • Create a custom menu, then assign it to a location
  • In a template file, display the menu assigned to a location
    • wp_nav_menu()

Concept has been implemented at e.g.:

Points out:

  • jQuery Masonry – counterpart of floats in CSS; arranges blocks vertically, then horizontally
  • enquire.js – lightweight JavaScript for matching media queries

Code samples on; also covers menus for membership sites, where different menus are shown based on member status

10+1 Essential Plugins for WordPress

John Overall

Important point: it’s not the number of plugins that matters. One hundred plugins could be active, and site would be fine. But some plugins may step on each other – quality counts!

Use WordPress to Build a Membership Website

Rayhan Abdulmughnee

WordPress can be extended w/ free plugins to create a membership site. Can create membership levels, free and premium, and integrate PayPal for payments.

  • s2Member
    • flexible – very configurable
    • powerful
    • well supported
    • free and O/S, paid option available
    • can impose post-level restriction to member levels
    • integrates w/ WP’s user system

Session Materials

Other Recaps