WordSesh Americas 2020

WordSesh AMER 2020 featured 11 speakers who presented on like headless WordPress, client services, and communication skills. Each session brings a valuable lesson and perspective to the table, so make time to watch them all!

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WordSesh AMER 2020 originally broadcast live on May 25, 2020. Below is a list of all the presentations, speakers, and descriptions.

Title slide for: Making the Most of a Development Tool You're Probably Already Using

Making the Most of a Development Tool You’re Probably Already Using

Helen Hou-Sandí
With so many WordPress developers using GitHub these days, whether that’s for public plugins and themes or private work, let’s take a look at GitHub Actions, a newer feature to help with automation for repetitive tasks like testing and deployment.

We’ll cover WordPress-specific Actions, tying together multiple Actions into a workflow, and some ideas for how to keep improving our development processes.

Title slide for: Decoupling WordPress: What You Should Know

Decoupling WordPress: What You Should Know

Rachel Cherry
In this session, Rachel is going to provide personal insight on converting a traditional WordPress site into a headless installation with a static, Gatsby-based front-end. She’s going to share lessons learned, pros and cons, and a few tips and resources to help you begin your own headless journey.

Title slide for: Code-Free Ways To Speed Up Your WooCommerce Store

Code-Free Ways To Speed Up Your WooCommerce Store

Christie Chirinos
In a lot of cases, as a WooCommerce store grows, so does the load time. And a few seconds can make the difference between a customer who makes a purchase, and a lost customer who got tired of waiting.

By optimizing your theme, switching your host to one built for speed (with white-glove migrations to boot), compressing your images, and flipping on some of my favorite performance plugins, your WooCommerce store can get a healthy boost as you grow and expand.

Title slide for: Communication with Empathy

Communication with Empathy

Raquel Landefeld
In our digital and remote tech world, clear communication is imperative. But communication (or should I say good communication) is often neglected. In this talk, we will talk about the signs to recognize our communication oversights and biases. Then we will dive into ways we can communicate in a radically candid manner once we are able to truly put ourselves in the shoes of others.

Title slide for: How To Find And Stop Money Leaks In Your Projects

How To Find And Stop Money Leaks In Your Projects

Jennifer Bourn
Inflating an air mattress inside a sweltering tent in the middle of summer isn’t a fun job. What’s worse is waking up on the hard ground and realizing the only air mattress you have completely deflated due to an invisible leak.

In this session, you’ll discover how to spot project problem areas and fix existing profitability leaks so your projects stay on track and your profits match your efforts.

Title slide for: Jetpack Essentials: 15 mins til Takeoff

Jetpack Essentials: 15 mins til Takeoff

Jesse Friedman
In this session, Jesse Friedman will review his favorite Jetpack features. We’ll cover security fundamentals, performance improvements, and even tools to increase engagement. Improving site integrity leads to more visitors, and we’ll share how to keep those visitors on your site longer. All this in just 15 minutes.

Title slide for: Beginner's Guide to Contributions

Beginner’s Guide to Contributions

Josepha Haden
Open source projects are sustained by volunteer efforts, and knowing what to expect as you get started is hard. This talk will look at the basics of open source contribution (or open source mentorship) and how to find your place as a WordPress contributor.

Title slide for: Five Ways To Make Your Projects and Events More Diverse

Five Ways To Make Your Projects and Events More Diverse

Allie Nimmons
We all know that the tech space could stand to be more diverse. But whose responsibility is that, and what are the best ways to accomplish it without tokenizing people? In this session, we’ll review 5 things that you can do today to help enrich your space with more diverse kinds of people.

Title slide for: How to Manage your Clients and Their Websites in Less Time

How to Manage your Clients and Their Websites in Less Time

Sandy Edwards
Managing WordPress updates for multiple sites doesn’t need to be a daunting task. In this session we’ll cover the many ways you can use GoDaddy Pro to make light work of website management.

Title slide for: Solving Complex Client Needs Quickly and Easily

Solving Complex Client Needs Quickly and Easily

Naomi C. Bush
Naomi is going to show us how to better understand the problem that clients are trying to solve and translate those needs into a solution that can be built quickly. You may be surprised to learn just how many business requirements can be solved with something as easy as smartly-designed forms.

Title slide for: Five Important Tips for Client Contracts

Five Important Tips for Client Contracts

Rian Kinney
I don’t know what you’re currently using for your contracts (hopefully you are using contracts), but it’s likely they have room for improvement. Rian will provide prime advice on how to improve your contract as well as important context for why you should implement this advice. After her presentation, bring all of your questions about contracts! Ryan will share from more than a decade of experience negotiating, drafting, and litigating contracts.