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The Conference Plugin Shortcodes

Here is a list of shortcodes available for The Conference Plugin. All of these shortcodes can be experimented with an previewed using the Shortcodes tab when you’re editing a Conference. See the screenshot: Please note, for the most part, I’ve left the output unstyled to allow you to use CSS to make the output match the styling of your site. Use the Shortcodes tab when editing a Conference to build ...

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Customize The Conference Plugin: Quickstart

Very likely, once you get setting The Conference Plugin up on your website, you’re going to want to do some customization work. Things like adding extra fields to the Speakers or Sessions, or changing the layout of the schedule or speaker pages.

This sort of work is done by creating a custom add-on plugin that uses the hooks provided within The Conference Plugin to make these changes without having to touch the original source code. Leaving the ...

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Mitch Podolak, Digging Roots, Rock & Roll

The ongoing saga of my lousy week.

There are things to be said about Mitch Podolak. If you don’t know him, you know someone who knows him. Pretty much anywhere music festivals happen. He started the Winnipeg Folk Festival and invented my father’s stage persona, Curly Boy Stubbs. Mitch also happens to be one of the best BBQ smokers around and has engineered a pretty ...

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Welcome Back Carter (sic)

I’ve just dealt, for the first time ever, with complete system failure. I don’t ever want to deal with it again.

For about a year I’ve been running my own dedicated server, hosted by iWeb. For about a year, everything has been fine.

Last week, as I was moving a client over to my server, the good people at iWeb noticed that one of my mirror drives was showing signs of failure. “Let’s swap ...

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Customize The Conference App: Quick Start

Congratulations for wanting to jumping on board with creating a mobile app for your event. You’re a forward thinker and you deserve glory and fame.

You no doubt want to build some customizations into The Conference App to make it your own. The simplest of these is changing the splash screen and adding your own CSS Stylesheet. The way to do this is to start your own add-on (or sibling) plugin that tells The Conference App plugin what ...

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Building Mobile Apps in WordPress

On November 5, 2011, Trevor Mills from Top Quark gave a presentation at the Toronto WordCamp on building mobile apps within WordPress. Topics covered included:

  • Differences between a Native App and a Web App
  • An opinion on the best Javascript framework (Sencha Touch)
  • An example app (using Top Quark’s The Conference App plugin)
  • A summary of WordPress hooks to use to build a web app
  • Using Cache Manifest and LocalStorage to take an app offline
  • An introduction ...

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Importing Data into The Conference Plugin

In order to get data into The Conference Plugin (and by extension, The Conference App), you basically need everything in two Excel spreadsheets.

The first spreadsheet is for the people – speakers, performers, panelists, exhibitors, delegates – anyone you want to appear in the app.  Within that one, we’re looking for first name, last name, website, twitter (if known), bio (line breaks are fine) and images.  The images come in the form of URLs – so a URL to the image ...

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The Conference Plugin + App Demo

The Conference Plugin + App Demo

Let’s take a look at this thing in action. This is a first of a series of posts that we will publish to answer some of your pre-purchase questions and to help you get started building your own event app using The Conference Plugin and The Conference App.

The following video will take you from a clean WordPress installation to a working mobile app in just over 10 minutes.

Here is what you will see:

Sencha Touch O’Reilly Conference App done with WordPress

All Hail the GPL. All Hail Open Source.

I’ve been coding for a long time now, but it wasn’t until I started getting into WordPress plugin development in early 2010 that I began to really appreciate the possibility of making a living creating “Free” software. The trick is that “Free” refers not to the price, but to the code. Releasing code open source gives developers permission to use, learn from, extend and alter the code. This fact came in very handy ...

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