Speaker Spotlight: Joachim Kudish!

WordCamp Montreal is only a week away! We’re as excited as ever about this event. We’ve prepared a speaker spotlight series that will show off some of our speakers at this years event!

I’m happy to present our next spotlight, Joachim Kudish!

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. Find him on twitter.

Joachim will be giving a joint talk titled WordPress Custom Post Types In-Depth with Colin Vernon.

Why WordPress?

Joachim Kudish

WordPress is single handedly the best CMS out there. It’s grown so much over the past few years, and it’s finally at a stage where it’s the right platform for 99% of projects.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I attended WordCamp Montreal last year and loved my experience. Why WordCamp? Having worked almost exclusively with WordPress for the past 2 years, I am now at a place where I feel comfortable talking about it and sharing my knowledge with others. Why Montreal? Well it is my hometown (though I am moving to Vancouver the day after WordCamp).

What is your talk going to be about?

Colin and I are going to talk about Custom Post Types. We’ll quickly (re)explain what they are, introduce various plugins used to create them, and give an overview of the different approaches to them. We’ll give our recommendations and show you how to expand them, and why they take WordPress that much further.

What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Montreal?

Networking and connecting with other people. I made friends at #wcmtl last year, and I plan to make more this year 🙂

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

If you are a developer, that you understand the drawbacks of a GUI approach to custom post types. If you are not a developer, that you talk to your developer about using custom post types.

What is your favourite WordPress plugin, and why?

That’s a though one, it really varies from client to client and site to site, as everyone’s needs are obviously different. That being said, there’s a few plugins that I use on almost every site. One of my favourite and very useful ones is WordPress SEO by Yoast. As far as SEO goes, you shouldn’t install anything else.

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