Session Links: Emerging Content Forms

OK so Dave Coustan didn’t have slides in the traditional sense, opting instead for bouncing between different sites he was using as examples of the kinds of content he wanted to show off. So now he’s made a list of those sites available via Pinboard. Dave used software called Plainview for his presentation and you can find that right here.

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Session Slides: WordPress as a CMS

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The WordCamp Orlando 2011 Stor(ify)

There were so many great conversations on Twitter, pictures taken and shared and even a video or two shot during WordCamp Orlando 2011. I was going to try and pull out the best ones and share them here but instead I’ve taken a note from Dave Coustan’s talk about Emerging Content Forms and added tweets and other media to a WCO 2011 Storify. Take a look at some of the highlights from throughout the day.

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Session Slides: Community With BuddyPress

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Following the conversation

WordCamp Orlando 2011

If you’re not able to be here at WordCamp Orlando in person that doesn’t mean you can’t still follow – and participate in – the conversation that’s happening here. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, keep an eye on the #WCO11 hashtag there and even check out Flickr for pics throughout the day. Updates re coming from both the Publisher and Developer tracks so there’s something within the online conversation for just about everyone.

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Beginning the day

We’re already underway here at WordCamp Orlando 2011 but here’s what the main auditorium, where the Welcome remarks were made and which hosted the Publisher track before people started filtering in.

WordCamp Orlando 2011

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Session Spotlight: Choosing the Best Developer and Designer

Track: Publisher

Presenters: Erik Erickson, Mark Jaquith, Klaus Heesch, Devin Reams

Whether you want to start a site from scratch, migrate an existing site from another CMS, or make updates to an existing site you’ll be faced with the tough decision of hiring a designer and/or developer. A bad decision can cost you time and money–and your sanity. So how do you make the right decision? We have put together a panel of designers and developers to talk about what questions you should ask when evaluating potential vendors, what homework you should do prior to requesting proposals, options for hosting your site, and share examples of what makes projects successful.

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Session Spotlight: Emerging Content Forms

Track: Publisher

Presenter: Dave Coustan (@extraface)

“Content,” like “Digital,” is a word that should denote a whole range of activities, but usually brings to mind just one – in this case, a bunch of words. As platforms and technologies and services evolve, they influence and are influenced by the unpredictable ways communities and makers take advantage of what those tools can do to present new kinds of things. Experiments and one-offs slowly evolve in to common forms as more makers use them, as audiences begin to understand and expect their conventions, and as they are found to fill an audience need or niche particularly well. This session will explore some of the things out there other than words that publishers are making, including videos that aren’t podcasts or shorts, pictures that move, pictures that don’t move, and the other (other) C word, Curation. After all of that talk about *what’s* being made, if there’s time we’ll talk a bit about how some of those forms of expression might influence *how* content is made.

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Session Spotlight: WordPress in the News Room

Track: Publisher

Presenter: Ibrahim Madha (@omgibu)

WordPress and the set of tools it provides can be used beyond the scope of a typical blog or even a simple content-management system for any website. This session will give an overview of how a major online publication, Salon.com, uses WordPress as its day-to-day publishing platform and the journey it took to get there. We’ll cover the things that WordPress can do right out of the box, the major features we’ve added or subtracted, and ways we’ve adapted the software to support our editorial process to meet the demands of a high-energy, high-traffic publishing environment. We’ll go over the challenges we faced, how we overcame them, and those we’re still dealing with.

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Session Spotlight: Jailbreaking WordPress: Escaping from Hosting Provider Lock-in

Track: Developer

Presenter: Chris Lauzon (@squireX2)

Changing servers doesn’t have to be scary, and we’ll prove it by moving a site LIVE! Beyond database dumps and DNS, we’ll get into updating URLs embedded in WordPress plugins and other techniques. We’ll shine a light in those dark corners and peek under the bed — trust us, there aren’t REALLY any monsters under there.

Have a question you’d like us to address? Tell us here: http://bit.ly/questions-for-chris

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