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WordCamp 2016 takeaways…

Posted by Jill Anderson on


There’s nothing like a great conference to get you over-the-top excited about something you already love. Ever since I attended WordCamp Atlanta for the first time, I knew it was someplace I needed to be every year. This was my third time attending and since I’m a designer/developer, I decided to focus on attending as many development talks as possible.

And boy did I leave WordCamp with a lot of goodies to streamline and maximize development—not only for me—but for my clients. I walked away with three categories of notes:

  • Stuff I’m doing right. To make sure I’m still doing everything by today’s WordPress standards, I attended a workshop for beginner developers. I was pleased to confirm I’ve got the basics covered as I use these 3 different environments: local, staging and production…
  • Stuff I want to do more of. One of the many wonderful things about WordPress is its ease-of-use. It gives the website owner so much flexibility and control. And with Customizer, they can have even more. Learn more about how it works.
  • Stuff to check out. From accessibility to page builders, I took away so many resources I can’t wait to dive into.
    • Accessibility: Having an accessible website is super important. It means that a person with any type of impairment (visual, hearing, motor skills) can still use your website. Check out Nancy Thanki’s slides on Accessible Websites.
    • Developer pluginThis helps developers optimize the development environment by making sure all the essential tools and plugins are installed.
    • Generate WPIf you’re getting into development, I consider this a good way to learn what’s possible as it lets you create quality code using WordPress coding standards.

If you’re interested in website development, or just want to know more about how awesome WordCamp is—check out my latest post, Awesome stuff from WordCamp Atlanta 2016.

Hi, I’m Jill, a web designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences. See my work & get my free report, 5 Tips for Partnering with a Web Designer.

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