Last week we had the first large WordPress ‘meetup’ online called WordSesh. It was an incredible event that was yet another proof for how awesome the WordPress community is.
I had the chance to speak at WordSesh and I presented the WordPress.org Themes Directory and the process of reviewing themes. The video is embedded below + slides here.
There were several remarkable topics from the ones I was able to watch personally (a few I had to miss due to the urge to sleep), but my top three were:
Shane’s Managing Distributed Code Teams. That’s probably the most inspiring topic I’ve seen in quite a while. Since I used to be the lead of the Freelance Lodge here for some time and working remotely ever since, I couldn’t help but notice how close Shane was to my perspective of proper business management, working, ideals and directions. It was the very best a team might need while being in a position of working in a highly distributed team all over the world – or, as the GitHub team said last year at OpenFest – you wake up, cool stuff was going on over the night, then you do your work, you go to bed and work is being done 24h a day. Beautiful.
Fred’s WordPress Performance Optimization. Mind-blowing as always, Fred revealed a few more concepts of W3 Total Cache and the overall process of optimizing a large website with an active user base. Must watch (more than once).
Brian and Pippin’s WordPress Plugins, Code and the Ecosystem in General. Ever since Pippin’s talk for extensible plugins I have been a fan of his approach and Brian was a great fit to the discussion of plugin building and general concepts related to active members in the WordPress ecosystem.
There were many kick-ass presentations on WordSesh so do yourself a favor, take a longer break and start watching.