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WordCamp Phoenix, Day 1 + New Plugin #wcphx

For my first experience at a WordCamp, today was a success as expected! I got to learn all kinds of new stuff (I’ll outline below) from awesome people and even some Automatticians! My favorite part/talk had to be the “Cain and Obenland in the Morning (Afternoon)” where they sang there intro (sorry, no video) throughout the talk, plus I learned a lot more about the theme customizer.

It was interesting to see some Automatticians face-to-face and I met a few other people along the way that knew so much more than me. Registration was probably the most hectic part (done in one location), but after that it was pretty easy. I’m learning that a big part of “learning” WordPress comes from attending WordCamps, as I learned a lot of new kind-of “hidden” things going on in WordPress that I never knew about before. Plus, you get to learn a lot from the audience as well.

The First Plugin

As I mentioned before I wanted to write a plugin this weekend during WordCamp Pheonix. I had a few ideas, and I decided on Add link without having to go find the link, copy, and paste (via Google search). What this will look like is…

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I’ll be optimizing the area where you add a link. Usually I have to open a new tab, “Google” the URL, copy, paste over and over. What I plan to do is make the link textbox do an Ajax search from Google and give you some results to choose from. Nine times out of ten the first few will be your result, click, and you’ve added your link.

I’ll be developing over at BitBucket (about to do the new tab thing I won’t have to do anymore…), and I plan on adding support for WP Markdown (again), since I use that instead of the normal WordPress link-make-r-thingy.

I’m going to #wcphx

WordCamp Phoenix Logo

Well, I’m patiently awaiting for my first experience at WordCamp Phoenix! Early this year I made a point to get more involved in the things that make me happy, and one of them is WordPress! A big part of getting involved are WordCamps, and although I have been a WordPress madman for years, I have never been to one of these. As the night dies down my anxiety rises as I get more and more excited to experience a WordCamp.

I’ll be blogging

There are tons of talks I can’t wait to attend, like Writing Extensible Plugins, Cain & Obenland in the Morning, Managing Client Expectations from Start to Finish and many more throughout the camp. I’ll be attempting to blog as much as I can. Make sure and follow #wcphx on my blog.

Plans for a new plugin…

While I’m attending this WordCamp I’m going to try and release a new plugin. Still not sure what it’s going to be, but some ideas:

  • Install plugins from GitHub/BitBucket via the Plugin Installer (with automatic update?)
  • Add “stickers” to your site like you do your laptop
  • Add link without having to go find the link, copy, and paste (via Google search)
  • Follow other WordPress blogs and compile a feed in your dashboard for them (Goodbye RSS reader?)

Really depends on the time I have! But, time at Gangplank is sure to happen at some point, a perfect time to write some code and blog!

Make sure and follow #wcphx