WordCamp Fayetteville has a varied schedule of speakers in the Developer and Designer tracks this year.
Tammy Hart from Uptrending kicks things off with a Designer/Developer session on building modular WordPress themes. Tammy has spoken at WordCamp Fayetteville in the past and is looking forward to being back in town.
Sky Shabatura is up next with a Designer/Developer session on the Customizer, which is becoming increasingly important to WordPress themes. If you’re building a theme for sale, it’s a must, and even though there has been a lot of controversy about it in the WordPress developer community, it offers a lot to love. “Customizer? I barely know ‘er!” is Sky’s title.
Sean Morrison is up next with the last of the Designer/Developer combined sessions, bringing some wisdom on SEO. Content may be king, but designers and developers can actually do a lot for their clients in this area.
After lunch and the keynote session, Daniel Herron invites designers to think more deeply about the creative content surrounding us and how we can use it to our best advantage. Daniel is with Scout Retail here in Northwest Arkansas.
Dave Navarro compares and contrasts a whole bunch of responsive plugins and brings some new ideas to the mobile first vs. responsive controversy in the Developer track. Dave works with radio and manages a large number of websites, so he comes to WordPress from a different perspective.
Tom Hapgood shares a live demo of responsive techniques in the Designer track next. Hapgood is a custom WordPress website designer with Haden Interactive and also teaches web design at the University of Arkansas.
Michael McCranie of Type 3 Web Design in Bentonville knows how to speed up a website, and he’s going to let us all in on his secrets in the Developer track. McCranie’s current focus is on WordPress sites for small business, but he has a varied development background.
Next in the Developer track, Sean Borsodi says, “Protect Yo Self Or Wreck Yo Self” with the REST API. This is the Developer track session on security — there is a security session in the Business track as well, but the focus is different in each.
Last but not least, Eric Huber of Blue Zoo Creative explains to designers how to avoid the robot apocalypse through clever strategies designed to keep your robots busy. Eric works with business and nonprofit clients, helping them meet important goals like avoiding the robot apocalypse.
Everyone can attend any session, but these sessions assume quite a bit of technical knowledge.