Jatin Hariani on “Git for WordPress Development”

Over the years, we have seen various approaches in handling code versions. From saving multiple copies of files to taking back ups on multiple machines, people have tried (and failed with) almost everything that was deemed possible. All this changed towards the end of last decade.

The Linux community gave the world Git, a distributed version control system which has since become the de-facto standard in modern workflows.

The session will start with a basic introduction and will run through basic git commands. I will then touch upon how Git can be used in WordPress development to dramatically improve your workflow. This will be followed by how to create and use a Github account.

It will conclude with a section on how to use Git from within your favorite code editor. The session will include demos for most topics covered.

Summary of the topics included in the talk

  • Introduction to Git.
  • Installing Git on your development machine.
  • Basic features and commands.
  • Setting up a WordPress theme with Git
  • Setting up a Github account and hosting your work on Github
  • WordPress and Github

Experienced developers may also be able to pick up something new. Either way, the session will provide you with insights to the importance of Git in modern WordPress development workflow.

Prasath Nadarajah on “How to become a plugin developer

My name is Prasath Nadarajah. I am a code wrangler at Automattic, makers of WordPress.com and other services around WordPress. I live in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I started contributing to WordPress back in 2011. I participated in Google summer of code 2011 with WordPress where I wrote an extension to XMLRPC API. In my spare time I like to travel, read and hike.

I have been contributing to WordPress for around 3 years now and wrote a few plugins. I would love to introduce WordPress users on “How to become a plugin developer?”. In this session I am looking forward to cover basics of plugin development, useful tools, debugging techniques, useful resources and best practices in plugin development followed by a QA session.

What I will be covering in this session

WordPress is one of the popular content managements system out there now. It now powers around 21% of the entire web. The plugin directory has almost 30,000 plugins to cater specific needs for your website. Often times you may need develop your own plugin to get some functionality in your website. This session is useful for WordPress users who want to start plugin development.

  • Introduction to plugins
  • Technologies used in WordPress
  • creating your first plugin
  • Choosing your IDE
  • Master your IDE
  • Browser extensions
  • WordPress plugins for development
  • Tips & tricks in plugin development
  • Useful resources
  • Questions?

In conclusion this session helps general WordPress users to have a glimpse of what it is like to develop a plugin. If you want to dive in a learn more then WordPress codex is the best place to start with.

Photographing WordCamp Mumbai 2014

Camera-IconWordCamps celebrates open-source culture and keeping that in mind we are not going to have any official photographer for the event. We are going to open-source photography at WordCamp Mumbai 2014. 🙂

There are many people who have approached us with questions on how they should go about photographing WordCamp Mumbai. To help you guys contribute your awesome photos of the event in a more streamlined manner, we thought of putting up some helpful pointers.

  • Be respectful. While taking photos do not obstruct the view of audience. Also avoid crowding a single area.
  • Avoid using a brand logo or watermarking your photos. We would love to share photos giving you credit on our Facebook page or even on this website. But watermarked or photos with brand logos will not be shared or used by us.
  • Make sure you drop in your photos with us. We will probably have a computer available that will be used only to streamline photos from everyone. It will allow as to keep track of who took which photo and credit them properly.
  • We do not have access to any lockers or safe-keeping areas for expensive camera equipment. You are responsible for your own camera equipment.
  • Last but not the least, make sure you feature in some of your own photos. Usually someone who take photos at such events ends up not featuring in them at all. So make sure to help each other out and get a few of your own snaps taken. 😉

Drop in your comments with any more questions or concerns.

Note: Tickets for WordCamp 2014 are available here.

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Last Call for Speaker Applications for WordCamp Mumbai 2014

Note: Speaker applications are now closed.

We are really happy to see a nice response for speakers sessions at WordCamp Mumbai 2014. With just over a month left for the event, it is the business end of preparations for the event.

We will shut-down our Speaker Registrations for WordCamp Mumbai 2013 on 15th February. That just 5 days from now. So if you think you or a friend of yours should speak, hurry up! 😀

Remember to read the guidelines before applying on our “Call for Speakers page

Our Speaker line-up at the moment is looking pretty good and we hope to be adding some good ones over the next few days.

Our entire list of speakers confirmed can be viewed here and you can purchase a ticket (Min Rs. 300) here.

Important Links

Become a Sponsor at WordCamp Mumbai 2014

WordCamp Mumbai 2014 has now opened sponsorship slots. The two day long event will be held on the 15th and 16th of March 2014 at Manik Sabhagriha Auditorium, Bandra (W), Mumbai. The auditorium has 800 seats while we hope to attract a crowd of over 500 at the minimum.

People attending will obviously be WordPress enthusiasts but many will be influential bloggers and open source software supporters.

At the moment we have 3 types of sponsors, which are Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  • Gold Sponsor – Rs. 75,000/-
  • Silver Sponsor – Rs. 50,000/-
  • Bronze Sponsor – Rs 25,000/-

Check out our “Call for Sponsors” page to look at more details of what sponsors will get and also how to go about registering as sponsors.

Grab your tickets for WordCamp Mumbai 2014!

Tickets for WordCamp Mumbai 2014 are available now. You can buy your tickets here.

This will be a “Pay what you want event” where you decide the price of the ticket you want to buy, but there is a small catch, the minimum amount payable is Rs.300/- (This is to help us cover some of very basic expenses that are incurred per attendee)

To enable this ticketing process we are using Instamojo.

Why Pay what you want?

We have kept the price of the ticket to a minimum so we can encourage a lot more participation. But for us you are not just WordCamp attendees but participants in the event.

With pay what you want, you can support WordCamp Mumbai by paying more than just the base ticket amount.

Feedback is important!

When you purchase a ticket, you will need to answer some questions which will give us an idea of what the attending crowd will be like. So make sure to give us accurate info, so we can tailor our sessions accordingly.

So go ahead and Register Now!

Link: Instamojo.com/wordcampmum

Speaker Applications are now Open for WordCamp Mumbai 2014

Over the last month WordCamp Mumbai organizers have been hard at work getting volunteers involved. We have also unveiled our logo and work on the design is underway. Now the time is ripe for putting out a call for speakers.

Call for Speakers

Do visit our Call for Speakers page and fill in the form to apply as a speaker. We will get back to you with more information once we get your application. There are some helpful guidelines on the page that will help you decide on how to go about applying as a speaker.

Make sure you apply as speaker at the earliest as we will finalize speaker sessions on a first come first serve basis.

Speaker registrations will close on 15th February 2014.

You might also want to check out our Code of Conduct guidelines which apply to all volunteers, organizers, speakers, sponsors and participants.

Call for Volunteers

WordCamp Mumbai 2014 is on and finalized. The dates we have finalized for the two-day WordCamp are 15th-16th March. The venue is Maniksabha Griha, IES College of Management, Bandra West, Mumbai.

We already have some volunteers, who have been attending our regular monthly meetups. But now we want more people to be partake in conducting a great WordCamp in Mumbai.

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Call for Volunteers for WordCamp Mumbai – Meetup

A few days ago we got approval to start pre-planning WordCamp Mumbai 2014. There are still a lot of things to be discussed like dates, venues, sponsors, speakers and more. Andrea who is the Dot organizer for Automattic, has given Alex good pointers on how to go about the pre-planning phase of the event and more importantly what are the expectations.

We have been organizing WordPress meetups in Mumbai every month for a while now, primarily using our Facebook group for announcements. Now since most of the meetups feature discussions around organizing WordCamp Mumbai, we will be using this website itself to announce future meet-ups and agendas around it.

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