Good to be with our people at Lancaster WordCamp

Lancaster WordCamp logoIt was good to be with our people at Lancaster WordCamp this past Saturday!

We learned.  We laughed.  We connected with colleagues.  We were affirmed by people who understand us and what we do.

My favorite quote of the day was by Joe Casabona, author of Responsive Design with WordPress, who spoke on responsive design.  “Someone said to me, ‘100 percent of users are now running JavaScript.’  ‘How do we know this?’ I asked. ‘Based on analytics provided by Google.’  Of course, Google Analytics won’t work without JavaScript.”

Casabona also said breakpoints should be determined by content not screen sizes because there are currently 6,000 screen sizes. In addition, he stressed the importance of RESS (REsponsive design and Server Side programming), which involves having the server send only what is needed, and WURFL (Wireless Universal Resource FiLe), an open-source means of device and feature detection — one way to do RESS.

Lynne particularly enjoyed Aaron Jorbin’s talk because he allowed the audience to determine the order of his five topics via online voting. Her favorite: Don’t design in Photoshop.  “Static renderings don’t lend themselves to an iterative design process,” said Jorbin.  He also said you should do data-informed design and run tests.  “Great designers get feedback — real users rule!”  He also recommended Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter) a paperback by Stephen P. Anderson.

We learned that mainstream browsers soon will be adding support for the <picture> element.

David A. Kennedy spoke on building an accessible theme, and said, “Accessibility is more expensive to do later.”

Amy Hendricks, a respected WordPress theme developer, spoke on custom theme development and recommended we:

  • Develop locally
  • Work on a fresh install every time
  • Use version control (even if you’re a sole practitioner)
  • Test, test, test!

Other topics covered included building an accessible theme, WordPress typography, Local SEO, SASS, security, international character sets, and building a community of practice with WordPress.

Nice job, volunteer coordinators!  And we loved the logo!

All in all, a great day!  We look forward to seeing everyone at future WordCamps!  (Philadelphia and Baltimore are coming up).

2016-10-17T10:29:48+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Industry News, WordPress|