October 18, 2017

WordCamp Austin 2010 Happy Hour

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Whether or not you have a ticket to WordCamp Austin 2010, we’d like to invite you to an informal happy hour this Friday night. It will be at Iron Cactus North beginning around 5:30 pm. We’ll be inside at the bar area.

Hope to see you there!

Nick Batik

Nick Batik

Nick BatikWho Are You:
I’m a carbon-based, biological entity. I’ve been a web developer since 1994, WordPress developer and consultant since 2007. I love WordPress because I can be both an artist and a programmer. I just discovered Genesis and am huge fan. I’m an african-djembe drummer, amateur photographer, digital artist, and martial arts practitioner who loves specialty micro-brews and great single malt scotch.

Who do you work for?
I founded a small design firm, Pleiades Publishing Services in 1992. Technically I work for my clients, and apparently the IRS.

What do you do?
Design and develop business websites in WordPress. We have clients worldwide ranging from individual entrepreneurs to USGS, and the US Bureau of Land Management. The power of WordPress lets us create the kind of complex, full-featured websites that just a few years ago were only available to big businesses.

How long have you worked with WordPress?
I built my first WordPress site in early 2007, and have used it exclusively for all my clients ever since.

What is your favorite type of BBQ?
You haven’t lived until you have had spice-rubbed, smoke-cured wildebeest.

Stephanie Leary

Stephanie Leary

Stephanie LearyWho 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.

Devin Price

Devin Price

Devin PriceWho are you?
I’m a recent arrival to Austin from Portland, Oregon. Hobbies include bicycle riding and traveling. Favorite type of beer is IPA. One food group I could not live without is the burrito.

Who do you work for?
Up until recently I worked for myself at WPTheming.com. I’m now with Demand Media.

What do you do?
I make WordPress themes, for profit and for fun.

How long have you worked with WordPress?
Built my first WordPress site in early 2006. Been doing full time WordPress work for about 2 years.

What is the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Custom Post Types.

I’d explain what custom post types are, how they are being used in plugins and themes, some good examples custom post types in the wild, and then a Q & A.

What is your favorite type of BBQ?
Do the speakers get to choose lunch? Let’s go brisket.

Jared Atchison

Jared Atchison

Jared AtchisonWho are you?
I’m a WordPress developer, consultant, and avid Genesis fanboy. I am a proud Texan and graduate of Texas A&M. I live in Aggieland (College Station, TX). I love using WordPress to construct websites that are professional and effective, yet super easy to maintain. I also love Macs, football, hunting, 4-wheeling, guns, and Lonestar beer.

Who do you work for?
During normal hours I work for the Texas Transportation Institute (part of the Texas A&M University System). Off hours I do freelance WordPress gigs.

What is it that you do?
At TTI I use WordPress to design/develop websites for Texas A&M and state agencies such as TxDOT, as well as other independent clients. My spare time is spent working on freelance WordPress jobs, consulting, helping on the StudioPress forums, and hanging out on IRC in #wordpress.

How long have you been working with WordPress?
I’ve been using WordPress for about 5 years, however the first 3 years I used it primarily as a blogging platform. About 2 years ago, I started digging under the hood and really discovering the potential power for developers. Soon afterwords I begin using it for clients.

What is the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Oops! Common WordPress mistakes (and more)

Let’s face it, much of our learning is done by trial and error. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone would just tell us the errors and save us the time? We’ll take a look at common mistake by WordPress beginners and intermediates alike – and the correct solutions. Additionally we will also throw in some helpful tips and Q&A.

Your favorite type of BBQ?
Sausage. Every year me and a bunch of buddies get together and make our own sausage, complete with a smokehouse in our backyard. It might not be FDA approved but it’s the best damn sausage ever. Brisket is a close second.

John Chandler

John Chandler

John ChandlerWho are you?
I’m John Chandler. Moved to Austin in 2008 with my wife and three small children, and we love it. I love doing creative work and thinking about how to do it better, which I blog regularly about at http://www.byjohnchandler.com. I also mutter regularly on twitter as @johnchandler

Who do you work for?
I work for whoever wants to hire me as a freelance WordPress designer and developer. I also work part-time as the pastor of a small church start-up called Austin Mustard Seed.

What do you do?
I created a personal blog using WordPress in 2004 and have been using it ever since. As a WordPress consultant, I’ve had a role in the creation of over sixty WordPress sites, working with clients across the United States.

What is the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Before the Famous Five-Minute Install

Some of the best work you can do on a new website comes before WordPress dubs you sparky. We’ll take a practical look at how everything from hosting to site mapping to design inspiration can guide your site creation before you even install WordPress.

What is your favorite type of BBQ?
Depends on my mood when I step up to the counter, but it’s likely going to be Rudy’s Spicy Chopped or Extra Lean Brisket on any given day.

Bill Erickson

Bill Erickson

Bill EricksonWho are you?
I’m a WordPress Consultant, an entrepreneur, an amateur photographer, a recent college graduate, a skier, and a wine lover living in Austin. Here are some articles about me. My passion is building sites that are easy-to-use and hard-to-break. I create elegant solutions to complex problems. See his blog and portfolio for examples. I’m a founder and resident of a coworking space in Downtown Bryan called The Creative Space. Bill is also a founder of the BIL Conference, a free unconference run in conjunction with TED.

Who do you work for?
Self-employed!

What do you do?
I’m a WordPress Consultant. Typically I work for design agencies turning their complex, custom designs into WordPress themes. If you’ve asked “Can this even be done in WordPess?” then it’s probably a project I’m interested in. I almost all sites using Thesis or Genesis as a theme framework.

How long have you worked with WordPress?
I’ve been a web designer for about 6 years, and I’ve been working with WordPress for the last 4 years. When I worked for Mays Business School at Texas A&M, most of my job was small text changes (Spring to Fall, 2004 to 2005…). I decided to learn WordPress and use it as a CMS so the departments could make the small text changes themselves. From then on, I’ve been building websites using WordPress as a CMS.

What is the topic you’ll be speaking about?
WordPress Beyond Blogging

WordPress is more than a blogging tool. It is a powerful Content Management System which can be used whenever you need to easily manage information. I’ll outline some recent additions to WordPress that are useful for extending it beyond blogging and real-world examples.

It will be a revised version of my presentation at WordCamp Houston. http://www.billerickson.net/wordpress-beyond-blogging-presentation/

What is your favorite type of BBQ?
I like all kinds of BBQ! My favorites are brisket and sausage.

WordCamp Austin – Sold Out!

Wow! We’re excited to announce that we’ve sold out of tickets for Austin’s first WordCamp. We’d love to have more & people register & attend, but the Fire Marshal might disagree. Until we’re able to hold WordPress in the TARDIS, space limitations are going to be a factor.

We know there are people wanting to still register & we’ll do what we can to ensure as many people as physically possible get a ticket.

Space, though, is a limiting factor.

Stay tuned for speaker announcements and more.

WordCamp Austin tickets selling fast – got yours yet?

Update: We’ve now sold out.

Whoa! As of this posting, we’re at fifteen tickets left for the first WordCamp Austin. Awesome!!!


Got your ticket yet?