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Re: [opensource-62] WordPress Presentation

From: John F.
Sent on: Sunday, March 9, 2008 5:11 PM
Scott,
Treat it like any other presentation:

First address those of us that have never heard of WordPress before. :)

Give an overview of what WP is good for, who is the usual
developer/user/consumer of the project. Is it open source? What
license(s), is there a commercial version, support model, etc. What kind
of server is required, commercial hosting, usual deployment stuff. That
might take 5 minutes, might take 20, it is up to you.

Next get more specialized: Seek a topic that has two things: Group
interest and personal experience. Something you can talk about with
some authority, and something that your audience is interested in. Are
the audience members more likely to be users or coders? Everyone will
be a user, only some will be coders.

So:

Show WP sites from around the web, interesting themes, plugins, API
features, etc. That will help you gauge interest in coding versus UI stuff.

Demo mobile publishing and viewing?

Installation is good as that usually triggers talking points mentioned
earlier, and is a defacto timeline/sequence that you don't have to think
up. It is better to spend the prep time you have on polish instead of
hammer and nails..

A demonstration of the API (under 5 minutes) would be useful to
demonstrate the outside edges of the project's envelope. For example:
WP does X natively, but you can extend it to do Y using these 3 API calls.

Those are my thoughts!
John Fields

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