How You Can Contribute to WordPress
by Siobhan McKeown
Part of WordPress's success is due to the diversity of the community of people who contribute to it. It's not restricted to developers, or even developers or designers, but includes support volunteers, event organisers, writers, documentation experts, bloggers, and everything in between. Siobhan is going to look at practical steps that you can take to contribute to the WordPress open source project, whatever your area of expertise.
Bio: Siobhan McKeown runs Words for WP, providing content and copywriting to WordPress businesses. As well as writing for companies such as WooThemes and ZippyKid, she is a regular contributor to the WordPress section of Smashing Magazine, and editor at WP Realm. She is actively involved with the WordPress community, is one of the current documentation reps, and is leading a documentation project at WordPress.org.
Homepage: http://wordsforwp.com (http://wordsforwp.com/)
Blog: http://siobhanmckeown.com (http://siobhanmckeown.com/)
Embracing the Customizer
by Luke Williams
The 'Customizer' was introduced in Wordpress 3.4, allowing users to toggle settings on their site with a live preview before saving them. This talk will show how any theme can use the powerful Theme Customisation API to add customisable elements to a theme that will let users/clients preview and publish real changes on the fly. We'll also cover some of awesome things we've managed to achieve using it at FactoryMedia.
Bio: Luke is a developer at Forward, a technology company based in Camden. Over the last year he's been based at FactoryMedia, a company in Forward's portfolio, building a platform to make the company's 30 Wordpress-powered websites maintainable and scalable, letting them ship a feature to all sites in a day rather than a month.
Twitter: @luke_redroot Website: http://www.red-root.com (http://www.red-root.com/)