Who are you?
I’m a writer and web developer.
Who do you work for?
I work at Texas A&M University. I’m also the co-owner of Paged Media, a freelance business catering to authors and other publishing professionals.
What do you do?
Mostly, I build WordPress sites! I manage a dozen departments’ and organizations’ sites for A&M, which I recently merged into a single network installation. I do small, customized WordPress installations for my freelance clients, and some of that work led me to write my first real plugin a couple of years ago. Now I have about fifteen of them in the repository!
Last spring, I wrote a book, Beginning WordPress 3, which was released in June from Apress.
How long have you been working with WordPress?
Since mid-2004, version 1.2.
What is the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Importing and Migrating
Most of us come to WordPress with some baggage from our past
relationships. I’ll talk about how to import content from other blogs
(Blogger, Movable Type, Textpattern), other CMSs (Joomla/Mambo, Drupal),
other services (Twitter), and static HTML files (using the HTML Import
plugin). I’ll talk about the plugins you should have on hand before you
begin and the common problems you’ll find after the import is done.
For those who are already have everything in WordPress, merging lots of
single installations into a multi-site network looks like a great way
reduce our maintenance headaches. I’ll talk about my experience merging
half a dozen sites and the pitfalls I ran into, including some domain
mapping and single sign-on issues that are especially troublesome on
university or corporate networks.
Your favorite type of BBQ?
Ribs! Burgers, brisket, and chicken are also great.