Dan Goes To WordCamp San Francisco 2011

I’m turning over today’s blog to our Lead Web Developer Dan Rivera (although if WordCamp was in Vegas, you know I would have been writing this)-Ryan

Incredibly intelligent, fantastically creative, and ridiculously open-armed, that is WordPress and its community. I recently attended WordCamp San Francisco and was exposed to this unique group of people.

WordPress is an open source blogging tool that is quickly making its way into the CMS world. One could argue that it already has:

FACT: “92% of WordPress users are using WordPress as a CMS”

FACT: “Of every 100 domains created in the U.S., 22 of them are running WordPress”

FACT: “WordPress is now being used by 14.7% of all websites in the world”

New features and a vast array of plugins have made it quite easy to utilize the open sourced framework as a complete CMS. Built in optimization and complex menu systems make it a breeze to manage good clean content. This takes it out of developers hands and puts it in the users hands to control.

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Biggest Takaways:

Responsive Web Design

In my humble opinion, this is truly the future of the web design. No longer will we need to design multiple sites to conform all devices under the sun.

The idea behind it all- “We can design for an optimal viewing experience, but embed standards-based technologies into our designs to make them not only more flexible, but more adaptive to the media that renders them.” – Ethan Marcotte

Using adaptive grid systems, media queries, and advanced CSS, we are able to build completely responsive websites. The same can be viewed on any platform, giving us the ability to display the same webpage across multiple platforms -large resolution desktops, tablets, iPads, iphones and all other mobile devices.

To explain this further without the expense of getting to geeky on you. why no just check out responsive web design in action!

Buddy Press

Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress. BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience.

I can totally see a use for this. We all know how popular facebook is, but it is a vast space full of distractions and millions of users. Let’s slim that down a bit. —Aunt Bee and her knitting club need a way to share information about there niche, there meetings, and thier latest work.  Soon everyone will lavish in wonderful well crafted wool sweaters- all because they shared information on a well designed easy to use platform. Sounds cozy.

Links:

Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2011 (the slides are pretty cool as well)

Plugins to Review:

Very interesting note!:
If your plugin has not been updated in two years, it’s gone. WordPress Repository will hide plugins without updates in two years. (this means the plugin directory will no longer be inundated with old outdated plugins.)

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