WordPress is an incredible platform for building full-featured, customized web applications. Every beer on the planet is made from the same four ingredients: hops, water, barley and yeast. Similarly, WordPress is built around a small feature set (posts, pages, media and tags), but from these you can build anything from a single blog to a major news network. We’ll look at how to take it a step further - adding and removing features to create web applications that act in entirely new and surprising ways. In this 45-minute session we will to look at the similarities between everyone’s favorite blogging platform and everyone’s favorite alcoholic beverage. Together, we’ll explore what makes these items so versatile and extendable. Using examples, Nagmay hopes to show how WP can help you create web applications better and faster than traditional platforms.
WordPress is a powerful CMS but it can also be used to build fully functional prototypes. Headway theme’s drag and drop visual editor allows you to create and experiment with different layouts including fixed width and responsive designs. Use the prototypes to collect feedback, test for usability and improve your design on the fly; or clone it to test multiple variations of the same design. Being on a web server, you only need a web browser to edit, share and collaborate on your prototypes. You don’t need to know any PHP. Knowledge of HTML and CSS is helpful but not required. Here’s the best part: once you are finished, your prototype doesn’t go to waste. If you choose WordPress as CMS, you can simply modify your prototype to build the final website. If not, you can still use CSS generated by the theme. Join us to learn a simple and quick prototyping tool using a recent project as an example. Using a real project as an example, learn how to: - Use visual editor to build a grid based layout from scratch - Apply custom CSS styles - Reusing layouts, blocks and styles for different sections of the website - Export layouts to create multiple prototypes for the same project
Digital Signs can be a great tool for communicating information to students and visitors to your campus, but who has time to learn and maintain one more system? Learn how Truman State University leveraged its existing WordPress network and low-cost Raspberry Pi computers to deploy easy to update, affordable digital signs. The content can be pre-loaded from any web browser and can also pull automatically from many existing sources on its website and the internet.
After navigating the waters of not one, but 3 different CMSes for the same set of websites, Guay shares her insights into what works, what doesn’t, what’s great and what’s just plain dumb about Drupal, Plone and WordPress. She’ll even talk about her experiences making all 3 share the same sandbox and not fight (too much) over the toys.