Talks

Talks

These are all the talks that will take place at WordCamp Montreal 2011! Learn more about the scheduling of WordCamp Montreal on the schedule page.

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Where are the women? Où sont les femmes?

An informal unconference event which will look at the role of women in the WordPress community. We’ll look at why women make up more than half the bloggers, but usually about a quarter of WordCamp speakers, and an even smaller percentage of developers, coders and contributors. We will also examine ways of increasing other forms of diversity in the WordPress community. This isn’t a traditional presentation but a group brainstorming session. If you don’t like something, change it. Here’s your chance. Audience participation is expected. All are welcome (men too!). This session will be bilingual.

This session is for everyone.

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About Shannon

This is not a presentation but a group activity. It will be mediated by Shannon Smith. You can read her full bio: Shannon Smith.

Advanced Topics in WordPress Development

So you’ve been developing in WordPress for quite a while, or maybe you’re just getting used to the paradigms. WordPress packs a powerful punch, but just how far have you ventured into the codebase? Let Otto and Nacin explain and demonstrate some of their favorite concepts and tools available, including advanced querying on taxonomies and metadata, mucking with the filesystem and URL rewriting, caching using transients, and working with media and embeds.

This presentation targets for intermediate and advanced developers of plugins and themes. We’ll be introducing a number of our favorite advanced concepts, so developers new to WordPress are guaranteed to feel no more lost than anyone else. It might help if you have a short attention span, as it’ll be fast-paced.

About Nacin and Otto

Nacin and Otto are contributing developers to WordPress and Tech Ninjas at Matt Mullenweg’s Audrey Capital, where they work on WordPress.org and other fun projects. Between the two of them, they’ve contributed to nearly every aspect of the WordPress.org community, including support, documentation, and code contributions (don’t ask them to design anything), and are usually pretty good about fixing more things than they break. They’re both headstrong developers and agree on quite a bit, but bring some popcorn for when they don’t.

Otto lives in Memphis, Tennessee, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, while Nacin lives among journalists and politicos in Washington, D.C. Their primary responsibilities at Audrey include locating the best BBQ joints and beer (Otto homebrews), so you can see why they love WordPress and open source.

Hello monde! WordPress and Internationalization

This talk will cover everything you need to know about translating WordPress core, plugins and themes. Starting with the basics of getting a localized WordPress install running, Zé and Paolo will discuss the status of translations on WordPress.com and .org, they’ll explain what GlotPress is and why you need to know about it and they’ll point you to resources like the Polyglots blog and Codex where you can learn more.
Digging deeper, they’ll explain how you can make your plugins and themes translateable by others and how you can help make GlotPress even better. Finally they’ll cover some of the options available for multilingual sites and go over some tips examples and best practices for all of the above.

For intermediate developers (just starting a theme or plugin for instance) and users in general.

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About Paolo and Zé

Paolo Belcastro (Happiness Engineer at Automattic) first studied mathematics and physics, finally graduated as a photographer at ENS Louis Lumière in Paris, but fell in love with the web in 1994 and hasn’t looked back. He is currently engineering happiness from the shores of Lake Geneva where he lives with his family and cats.

Zé Fontainhas (Outernationalist at Automattic) initially convinced that he was applying for a drumming gig with The Dave Matthews Band, Zé landed at Automattic after a long time spent trying to solve people’s WordPress-related problems in five continents and as many languages. Since he grew up in Portugal, Angola and Belgium, went to school and worked in Austria and the U.S., and one of his daughters is American, he gets where most people are coming from. He’s still trying to figure out what any one of his three daughters wants, though.

Recettes sociales pour WordPress

La plate-forme WordPress offre tous les ingrédients nécessaires pour prendre avantage des médias sociaux… mais comment les assembler pour obtenir le maximum d’impact? Cette présentation-démonstration offrira différentes recettes permettant de choisir et configurer un petit nombre d’extensions (‘plugins’) afin de rendre WordPress plus sociable et minimiser la gestion de votre site, pour vous permettre de vous concentrer sur vos activités d’affaire.

La présentation s’adresse à un auditoire débutant au niveau technique et sera à la portée d’une clientèle d’affaire voulant ajouter aspects sociaux à leur site WordPress. Si vous avez déjà fait de la cuisine, vous serez à l’aise dans cette session :)

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À propos de Jean-Francois

Je suis informaticien avec près de 20 ans d’expérience en TI, dont 15 chez IBM Canada, où j’aidais les entreprises nord-américaines à comprendre le portfolio de logiciels IBM WebSphere. Je présentais également à de nombreuses conférences IBM sur les médias sociaux et le web 2.0. Depuis 2009, je travaille à mon compte comme intégrateur/designer web. J’aide les PMEs et professionnels à prendre avantage des technologies web et surtout de WordPress pour leur offrir une présence web puissante et flexible. Suivez @jfarsen sur Twitter. Site personnel: http://arseneault.ca

Pour un WordPress accessible à tous!

Qu’ont en commun blogueurs, développeurs, designers…? Outre le fait de soutenir WordPress, on souhaite tous que nos sites soient visités par un large public! De fait, l’accessibilité des technologies de l’information et des contenus numériques est un enjeu grandissant qui nous concerne tous. Cette conférence propose donc d’aborder la question de l’accessibilité de WordPress pour différents publics, notamment pour les personnes en situation de handicap et pour les populations vieillissantes. Dans cette présentation, nous aborderons quelques pratiques et outils favorables à l’accessibilité de WordPress, et nous signalerons des pièges à éviter. Enfin, nous vous donnerons quelques pistes qui vous permettront de contribuer à faire de WordPress le plus accessible des CMS!

Cette conférence s’adresse à un large public et ne requiert pas de compétences particulières. Il y aura un peu de tout pour tous.

À propos de Catherine Roy

Œuvrant depuis 20 ans dans les milieux des personnes handicapées et communautaires, Catherine Roy a collaboré avec diverses organisations préoccupées par les enjeux entourant, entre autres, l’accessibilité architecturale, la santé et les services sociaux, l’éducation et l’emploi ainsi que les politiques et programmes publics. Depuis 1999, Catherine travaille principalement sur l’accès des québécois handicapés à la société du savoir et aux technologies de l’information. Catherine est présentement directrice générale pour le Centre de recherche et d’expérimentation sur l’inclusion numérique (CREIN). Suivez @CREIN_ sur Twitter.

À propos de Anne Pelletier

Anne Pelletier œuvre dans le domaine des TIC depuis 1993. Diplômée en ingénierie linguistique, en lettres et en éducation, elle s’est tout d’abord consacrée au développement de technologies centrées sur le traitement automatique du langage naturel. Utilisatrice de lecteurs d’écrans depuis plus de 20 ans, ces outils d’adaptation n’ont plus de secrets pour elle. Ses compétences informatiques et rédactionnelles combinées à son expérimentation fonctionnelle, l’ont tout naturellement conduite à offrir ses services à titre de consultante en accessibilité. Spécialiste certifiée, son expertise unique et complète de l’accessibilité associe la maitrise des standards et de leur application à une connaissance profonde du langage, de sa structure et de l’organisation de l’information.

WordPress.com vs. Self-Hosting: What’s Best for You?

Most everyone knows that WordPress can be installed on any one of a number of hosting providers. And most everyone knows that you can set up a free WordPress blog at WordPress.com. But what are the crucial differences between the two, and what’s right for you? When is it time to move on from WordPress.com to a self-hosted installation? Or when is it possible that you have a self-hosted WordPress installation that could be better served as a WordPress.com blog?

We’ll talk about the basic differences between the two, such as cost, flexibility, and features—and a bit about how the two can work together to benefit you.

This is for WordPress bloggers of all stripes, but would be especially helpful for beginners.

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About Ryan

Ryan engineers happiness on WordPress.com from St. Louis, the Gateway to the West. He spent four years trying to bring technology to the traditional publishing world before landing at Automattic. He’s been blogging in some form or another since the turn of the millennium, eventually learning and loving WordPress. When he’s not helping people, he enjoys the study of games, watching and talking baseball, and helping his wife (try to) control his four children. Follow @ryanmarkel on Twitter.

Choisir WordPress pour gérer un site d’information

Est-ce que WordPress convient à un site d’information avec plus de 2 millions de pages vues par mois? Certes! C’est le challenge qu’on étudiera avec radiookapi.net, premier site d’information au Congo. Ce cas d’étude permet de voir toutes les étapes d’un déploiement de WordPress: la migration de l’ancien site, la courbe d’apprentissage de l’équipe rédactionnelle, les choix techniques et le coût d’opération.

Pour les débutants.

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À propos de Kim

Je suis un des partenaires de La Fabrique de blogs, une petite entreprise de conseil qui a vu le jour à Montréal. Depuis la France, je travaille sur une variété de sites web de petites et moyennes taille sur trois continents, avec un faible pour les médias du continent africain. Il n’y a aucun doute, la ligne directrice de mes projets, c’est WordPress!

Call to Action: Crafting Blog Content for Non-Profits

Ease of use and simplicity make WordPress an ideal platform for non-profit organizations, as well as educational organizations, small businesses and wannabe bloggers. However, even the most beautiful and functional website is ineffective if your core message isn’t coming across. A lively and relevant blog can expand your organization and increase your influence within your sector. Learn how to create a content plan that furthers your mission, entices donors and keeps your community informed – and then find out how WordPress is the best tool to implement your plan, with plenty of time-saving tips (so you’ll have more time to work on changing the world!).

For beginning bloggers, non-profit organizations and small businesses.

About Roseanne

Roseanne Harvey is a blogger and community organizer with 15 years experience working in the non-profit sector (from radio to book/magazine publishing to literacy). She serves on the board of Head & Hands and blogs at itsallyogababy.com. With great resistance, she started blogging in 2007 while working as a magazine editor, but has since become convinced of the community-building and conversation-sparking potential of the medium. Follow @itsallyoga_baby on Twitter.

Shared Hosting and WordPress

Al Davis from TELUS hostingIn this session, new users will learn the ins and outs of using WordPress with a shared hosting account including how to choose a service provider, registering a domain name, pointing or transferring an existing domain, how to set up WordPress, how to use FTP,  and how to migrate a WordPress site from one provider to another.

This is a talk geared to people new to WordPress and shared hosting in general.

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About Al

Al Davis is the Shared Hosting Product Manager at TELUS and has been developing web sites and web strategies for more than 15 years and has worked with thousands of website owners, communicators, and online strategists in the course of his career.

WordPress Custom Post Types In-Depth

Since WordPress 3.0 added Custom Post Types, WordPress has become a truly powerful and extensible Content Management System for any need. In this talk we’ll review the what, why and how of custom post types. If you’ve been meaning to learn beyond the basics of Custom Post Types, now is the time!

Starting with what CPTs are and how they’re used, we’ll explain how to register/create them as well as how make them most of them in your themes and plugins. We’ll discuss the Custom Post Types API as well as its shortcomings, and consider various UI-based CPT plugins and their pros and cons as well other innovative approaches. Custom Post Types are the future of WordPress, don’t miss out!

Basic knowledge of WordPress coding standards & PHP. HTML/CSS helpful but not required.

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About Colin and Joachim

Co-founder of stresslimit, Colin has consulted on, architected and developed CMS platforms, intranets, applications and websites of all shapes & sizes for over a decade. Having watched the WordPress project be born, grow & develop, he now champions the simplicity and extensibility of the world’s most popular blogging (and now CMS) platform. Follow @stresslimit on Twitter.

Joachim created his first website at the age of 11. Ever since, he’s been passionate about all things web and has given himself the technical know-how to develop websites. In 2008, he tried out WordPress, and fell in love with the platform, and is happy to have seen it grow to where it is today. Referred to as the “WordPress guru” in the office, Joachim is now one of the lead developers at stresslimit, as well as a WordPress freelance developer. Follow @jkudish on Twitter.

Dress up your WordPress with Child Themes

You’ve bought a fancy new WordPress theme, but now your site looks like everyone else’s. So how do you make that fancy new theme look a little bit more… you? You create a child theme. Child themes build on top of the original theme, letting you change as much… or as little… as you want, while keeping all of the snazzy theme options and functionality built in to the parent theme.

While the main focus of this discussion will be on changing the styles and CSS, we will look at minor PHP customizations. We’ll compare some of the various theme frameworks and setups, from customizing a style-free Sandbox, to a more elaborate theme with Thematic and Modularity, to the action hooks necessary to customize Thesis.

This is an intermediate-level talk aimed at attendees with some CSS knowledge, or who know how to use Google to create CSS.

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About Laurie

Laurie M. Rauch believes that great user experiences start at the first line of code. Laurie is the owner and chief code nerd of the Code Diva and WP Divas, where she provides WordPress customizations and coaching and specializes in developing sites for WordPress using standards-compliant HTML and CSS. She is also part of the support team for Graph Paper Press, an associate designer for E.Webscapes, and has taught web page design at Seneca College. Follow @lauriemrauch on Twitter.

Building a Community Around your Blog

Your WordPress site is a community, even if it’s not a powerful one yet. Are you doing everything you can to make in an interactive space for your users? Are the comments sections of your posts enough for them to express themselves? In this talk you will learn how easy it is to add forum plugins and widgets to your site, integrate SSO (single-sign-on) and take advantage of popular APIs to turn your blog into a real hub of interaction for your visitors.

Brendan will illustrate the benefits of adding a community forum to your WordPress site by looking at real world examples of high traffic WordPress communities and the features and tools they use. The Vanilla forum software and its integration with WordPress will be demoed in detail, but this talk also applies to other forum solutions.

This is starting at intermediate level. For anyone who can wrangle a single blog and wants to know where to go from there, this should be right up their alley.

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About Brendan

Brendan has been an interactive designer, developer, author and teacher for over 10 years. He has taught web design at Long Island University Brooklyn campus, and was a professor at Seneca College in the School of Communication Arts for over seven years. Brendan has contributed to many open source projects including papervision3D, red5, Firefox, WordPress, and Drupal. Follow @vanilla on Twitter.

Setting up a local test environment

WordPress makes it easy to install and edit your themes right inside your live site. In certain emergencies this can save your site from peril, but for most types of changes (plugins, themes) you should always test the effects using a local test/development environment on your personal computer, even if you aren’t writing any code yourself! This presentation will go through why you want to set up a local install as well as an overview of the easy-to-use webserver software that you need to make it happen (MAMP/WAMP/XAMPP).

No special requirements.

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About David

David Cook has over 25 years of experience on all manners of IT, software and web development ventures. He is the founder and WordPress instructor of iCourses-Ottawa and has developed both commercial and personal WordPress sites for himself, family, friends and clients. David is a technical reviewer for Pearson Education Technology Group (currently reviewing – HTML5 Game Programming). As the president and principle consultant for Zeta Squared Consulting Inc, David is the lead Network Management Engineer for the Canadian Army and is developing a new Platform Network Management software tool-suite. Follow @icoursesottawa on Twitter.

WordPress Need For Speed

Was your blog ever brought to its knees by a sudden spike in traffic following a link from a high profile site’s front page or an infinite chain of tweets? Well, mine did, and it failed miserably as would any WordPress installation using the default configuration and infrastructure. This talk will start with high-level optimization rules of thumb and common WordPress perfomance bottlenecks then tackle various optimization strategies, from simple Apache configuration tweaks and specialized WordPress plugins, to content distribution mechanisms and reverse proxy techniques such as nginx. Let me share some of my actionable tricks along with some benchmark data to compare the alternatives. Let’s boost your blog together.

Geared to anyone interested in WordPress speed optimization. While some background knowledge of system administration, or web development in general would be nice, any blogger could benefit from most part of the material, at least to get to know the optimization alternatives.

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About Pascal

I’m an entrepreneur with some vision for the future. I like to tackle, mash and hack lots of new and interesting technologies. For more then 10 years, I’ve been specializing in speech recognition and telephony but I have vast interest in other building blocks such a web, cloud-computing, automation, linguistics, jvm languages, Linux, and such. I love to create new and innovative things. I tend to stay on the pragmatic side of things. Follow @pdeschen on Twitter and visit rassembling bits.

WordPress Development Paradigms, Idiosyncrasies and Other Big Words

For seasoned developers approaching WordPress customization or development for the first time the biggest challenge is often not learning the API and method calls: it’s grasping the idiosyncrasies of the WordPress framework. In this 45-minute presentation aimed at web coders who are interested indiving into WordPress customization and development, you will learn the key idioms that will accelerate your learning curve and help you approach the framework from a best practices perspective: template hierarchies, themes and child themes, taxonomies, filters and action hooks, execution order and other need-to-know concepts will be presented as well as tips on what the most active online developer communities are and the best places to go for quick (free) help and advice.

This presentation is targeted toward coders and developers who are new to the WordPress platform. The topics are foundational, but will be approached from the perspective of someone who understands web programming principles.

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About Tom

Tom Auger is a designer, developer and educator who has himself recently made the shift to WordPress coder. Having found the process to be challenging, despite his decades of development experience, he is passionate about filling the gaps that The Codex and the multitude of online tutorials seems to be missing. Tom teaches in the Graphic Design and Web programs at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Ontario, and is a Senior Partner at Zeitguys, inc, a downtown Toronto digital agency where he leads their WordPress development practice. Visit tomauger.com.

Take Control of Your Templates with WordPress Conditionals

Ever wonder how to put a giant porcupine photo at the top of your homepage – but a happy hippo in the header everywhere else? Want to know how to display a list of favourite sites on your blog – but on static pages have a sidebar with Twitter and Facebook links instead? Need to put that brownie recipe at the bottom of every page except the FAQ? Using WordPress conditional tags you can easily do all that and tons more. Whether you’re just starting to learn how themes work or you already know the basics and are ready to take your themes to the next level, this session is for you. Understanding conditionals is a key building block in crafting WordPress sites – a powerful skill that will let you do all kinds of nifty things with your templates. Once you see how handy WordPress conditional tags are, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them!

Geared to beginner-intermediate web designers and developers who are familiar with WordPress theme file structure and HTML, and who are comfortable editing theme files. No PHP knowledge necessary.

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About Kathryn

Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services takes a holistic approach to web design and development, building unique sites that work well, look great, and are easily found in search-engine results by the target market. She is passionate about helping people avoid common website pitfalls and enjoys speaking to entrepreneurs on the topic. A moderator in the WordPress support forums, Kathryn has given talks on WordPress for beginners at events including Girl Geek Dinners and WordCamps in Toronto and Montreal. Follow @zoonini on Twitter.

WordPress Hack Fest

WordPress is an open source project that relies on the help of volunteers. If you’re a developer, here’s your chance to work on core WP code alongside the people who make WP every day.

Let’s put Montreal and our WordCamp on the WP community map in style, by coming together to jointly work on WordPress Core tickets and submit as many patches as we can in a given time. New contributors are welcome, but anyone who comes *must* work on core patches for bugs. If you have not contributed to WordPress before, prepare yourself by reading up on contributing to WordPress and setting up a development environment before you arrive.

Geared to WordPress developers with a clear understanding of WP best practices such as coding style, security, APIs, etc.

About Stephane

This is not a talk, it is a group activity, but Stephane Daury will be actively participating and giving guidance to any brave hackers who wish to join him. He’s a Montreal-based code wrangler at Automattic (WordPress.com, etc), proud dad, bmx/skate/snowboard rider, all with a side of land-locked surfer. Follow @stephdau on Twitter and visit tekArtist.

WordPress Happiness Bar

The Happiness Bar is not a presentation, it’s a part of the event where volunteer experts hang around and help attendees with any questions they have. Get your WordPress questions answered, one-on-one, by some of the best experts around. Tricky configuration question? Plugins issues? Wanting to bring WordPress in your enterprise but wondering if it’ll fit in? Whatever the question, our friendly volunteers will make sure you leave the chat with solutions.

WordPress Experts: The Happiness Bar needs you! If you’re better at answering questions than asking please come to the bar and help out! You can sign up to be an official happiness barista on the volunteering page.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

Who doesn’t struggle with blogging. How to start? What to write about? How to keep it going? Why do we need a blog? Just thinking about a blog can be overwhelming. Hence the land of the Internet is littered with abandoned blogs. This session will cover how to get started with blogging, what to blog about, and how to incorporate organic search engine optimization to drive web traffic and generate leads for you.

Stop dreading blogging as if you were writing War and Peace. Instead, learn some simple tricks that will make blogging easier. And maybe even fun.

This talk is for beginning bloggers and those struggling with creating content and feeding a blog.

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About Kelley

Kelley is currently the director of marketing communications for Datawatch, where she is launching their first blog, managing and implementing the company’s social media strategy and creating inbound marketing content. Follow @kelleylynnk on Twitter. Visit Midnight Oil Writing.

Measure Twice, Blog Once

How can you use analytics in better ways to track, report on, and act on the activity on your WordPress site? This presentation will help answer that question by going over the basics of the Google Analytics plugin as well as other low-cost/free analytics application that are available for WordPress. We’ll also go through some basic analytics best practices and jump into actual examples of ways to use analytics to gain more insight into how users are getting to, and using, your WordPress site.

This presentation is targeted at the blogger, business user, developer, or casual WordPress user that might think they’re “missing” something with their analytics collection and reporting. Some stuff will be slow for developers, and some stuff might be a bit over the heads of those that don’t know how to code, but the tactics and ideas are relevant for most and I try to cover all levels of understanding with each example. That way users can go back to their developers and say “we need to do this” and developer can back to the users and say “have you thought about doing this”.

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About Adam

I’m a self-declared “seasoned web veteran” with a rich web analytics background and extensive digital marketing experience and skills. I’m now the CEO at SwellPath, an analytics consulting and digital marketing agency based in Portland. I’m a WordPress fanatic, and have been a hardcore user since 2006. A developer in the early years of my career, I now code just enough to distract myself for hours with analytics and WordPress. Follow @wheresitworking on Twitter.

Custom Theme from Scratch Using a Theme Framework

Theme Frameworks come in all shapes and sizes ranging from complete WYSIWYG editors to blank starter templates. With over 50 theme frameworks out in the wild, you can imagine that there’s a theme framework out there that suits your needs. In this talk, you will learn the differences between some of the major theming frameworks as well as an introduction on how you can get started creating your own custom WordPress themes from scratch using WP Framework.

This talk is geared towards web designers and developers or those with basic knowledge of WordPress theming and the child theme parent theme relationship.

About Ptah

Ptah Dunbar is a core contributor for WordPress & BuddyPress and founder of Design by Craftsmen, a WordPress incubator and consultancy. Since 2006, Ptah has been involved in the WordPress eco-system creating themes and plugins, pioneering new development best practices and speaking at several WordCamps across the States. Ptah is best known for his work contributing in WordPress 3.0 as well as authoring WP Framework, a rapid theme development framework. Follow @ptahdunbar on Twitter.

SEO & Social Media for Business with WordPress

In today’s competitive online marketplace, it’s not enough to just build a website and expect people to find it. There are a number of basic steps companies can take to get higher search engine rankings and more visitors to their websites. WordPress can be used to increase website rankings using search engine optimization (SEO) as well as promote interaction and engagement using social media. Whether companies are using WordPress as a CMS or to blog, they can take advantage of the SEO-ready aspects that the platform allows for, both natively and through the use of plugins. This session will introduce some of the key concepts, features, and plugins that companies should consider when using WordPress as part of their Internet marketing plans.

Though ideally suited for business using WordPress as a CMS, this is an introductory/overview session that is for all WordPress users.

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About Brian

With over 10 years of Internet marketing experience, Brian Rotsztein brings a seasoned approach to working with clients. As the head of two web design and Internet marketing companies (RedstoneX.com and Uniseo.com), he helps businesses gain a competitive advantage. He holds two Master’s degrees, has taught university courses, and provides training services for topics such as SEO and social media. He’s been a WordPress fan since he started using version 1.6 (in 2005!). Follow @brianrotsztein on Twitter.

The Future Is Mobile

A summary of all the ways you can get your WordPress site ready for the mobile Web. I’ll cover online services that create a mobile version of your site, special WordPress themes and plugins, regular-mobile ready WordPress themes, and more. I’ll talk about how to target specific devices, what to avoid and what’s best for SEO. I’ll also show you how to build a mobile-ready style sheet, with full code and a free business-card theme download.

The first part of the talk will cover easy options for everyone, but the second part is best suited to those with knowledge of HTML/CSS, and WordPress themes.

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About Shannon

Shannon Smith is the founder of Café Noir Design a boutique Montreal web design company specializing in bilingual web design. She supports web standards, semantic markup, microformats, open source products, and sustainable business practices. Shannon works with a number of PHP/MySQL content management systems to create clean, minimalist designs, that adhere to W3C standards. She holds graduate degrees in journalism and psychology. Also a foodie and mother of three. Follow @cafenoirdesign on Twitter.

Town Hall with Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg is the founder and benevolent dictator of WordPress and will be at WordCamp Montreal 2011 to answer questions from the community.  This will be interview format with questions from the crowd and from comments on this site.

Follow @photomatt on Twitter.

Plugin Development Demystified

For many WordPress users, even seasoned PHP developers, creating new plugins for WordPress seems like a daunting task. After talking about specific best practices in plugin development last year, this presentation will take a step back to show attendees how simple creating plugins for WordPress from the ground up can be by looking at the architecture of a WordPress plugin, from the basic concepts of registering actions and filters to more advanced concepts such as the creation of admin pages and registering shortcodes.

Some knowledge of PHP preferable. This talk is targeted to advanced users and up-and-coming coders.

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About Yannick

Yannick Lefebvre is a tech enthusiast working in the modeling and simulation software industry, I have been blogging since 2003, started using WordPress in 2004 and published my first plugin, Link Library, in March 2005. Since then, I released six other plugins, all hosted on the official WordPress.org site. I absolutely love using WordPress to develop web sites and find PHP to be a most liberating language compared to more traditional languages such as C/C++. Follow @ylefebvre on Twitter.

Multisite basics and Q&A with The Experts

Ron and Andrea, multisite gurus and core contributors to WordPress, will field questions relating to the multisite (previously “MU”) setting in WP, which allows you to run many sites with only one installation. They’ll start by answering the most common questions about MS, ranging from “Where do I even begin?” and “Do I really need it?” all the way to “How do I write a plugin for multisite?” Once everyone is clear on the basics they’ll field any questions you have about setting up and using Multisite.

Suitable for anyone who can wrangle a single blog and wants to know where to go from there.

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About Ron and Andrea

Ron & Andrea Rennick specialize in the network/multisite feature of WordPress, ranging from custom plugin development to commercial plugins and ebooks at wpebooks.com. Both are active in the core WordPress development and support communities and Ron has the rare honor of being a “core committer” to the WordPress project. Follow @andrea_r & @wpmuguru (Ron) on Twitter.

Beginner’s Guide to WordPress

This introductory session is geared for bloggers, web designers and programmers who are new to WordPress. Even those who don’t know a Codex from a Cadillac will feel comfortable here. Delving into WordPress from a beginner’s point of view, we use unintimidating plain language to explain the fundamental concepts of WordPress, from themes, to widgets, to plug-ins. We go spelunking in the admin panel and show real-world examples of what WordPress can do. Questions are welcome, and no query is too basic, so don’t be shy!

For beginners to WordPress, no knowledge of HTML required.

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About Shannon and Kathryn

Both presenters of this talk are also doing other talks on their own where you can read their full bios: Shannon Smith, Kathryn Presner

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