WordSesh APAC 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 APAC 2020 originally broadcast live on March 24-25, 2020. Below is a list of all the presentations, speakers, and descriptions.

Title slide for: Performant JAMstack for everyone

Performant JAMstack for everyone

Ahmad Awais
Ignoring JAMstack in 2020 could be fatal?! See, 15 years ago, I learned PHP because of WordPress. Junior developers today, are learning React because of JAMstack. BuiltWith reports over 323,994 sites built with JAMstack.

I’m going to show you why you should care about the JAMstack trend and how it’s going to be more relevant than ever. We’ll study the impact of a great open-source project, i.e., Next.js, on the React ecosystem. I’ll also share why I bet my DevRel career on this.

By the end, you’ll walk away a little bit more scared of building a custom React site and a lot more prepared for building on top of the JAMstack.

Title slide for: Why Progressive Web App for WordPress?

Why Progressive Web App for WordPress?

Imran Sayed
This session talks about how we can combine the capabilities of native apps and the reach of the web, to get the best of both worlds, using Progressive Web Apps with WordPress.You will learn about my experiences in building a Progressive Web App with WordPress, that earns a place on the user’s home screen, works offline and bring the user back with push notification.

Title slide for: Fighting The Invisible Monster Within

Fighting The Invisible Monster Within

Ajit Bohra
Mental illness is something that the majority of us tend to ignore & shy out from talking about it. With growing competition, fast-paced life & constant changes one is easily vulnerable to it. Being in tech makes us more vulnerable to mental illness where mental stress is more & physical activity is less.

The talk will shed light on different forms of mental illness/conditions one might find dragged into unknowingly. It will be about creating mental health awareness.

Title slide for: Think Like a Hacker and Secure WordPress

Think Like a Hacker and Secure WordPress

Stephen Rees-Carter
“What could I have done to avoid being hacked?” is a question you’ll often hear after a site is hacked. In some cases the answer is complicated, but a lot of the time it’s relatively simple and there are many checklists and guides online outlining the ways sites can be hacked, plus how to secure them. However, a lot of people learn better from seeing and doing than reading (often boring) checklists. So rather than look at checklists on slides for 30 minutes, we’re going to hack into WordPress instead!

Title slide for: Learn Something Useful Every Day

Learn Something Useful Every Day

Brian Richards
How do you grow, both personally and professionally? It can almost seem overwhelming at times – all of the technologies, resources, and disparate and unrelated interests we have to learn about. We can simplify things, though. After I set forth with an intention to learn not just something new everyday, but something useful… well, that’s when everything changed.

In just fifteen minutes I will help you with a framework that you can use to learn something useful every day and make measurable growth in your own life.

Title slide for: How we Utilized Decoupled WordPress to Build a Mindfulness App for a Technology Consulting Firm

How we Utilized Decoupled WordPress to Build a Mindfulness App for a Technology Consulting Firm

Aslam Multani
With growing popularity of APIs and Cross Platform integrations, Decoupled WordPress or Headless WordPress has started getting the attention these days. Developers are evaluating the advantages of decoupled approach websites and applications.

During the talk, we will go through a brief introduction of Decoupled WordPress and its different use cases. Along with that we will discuss real case study about how we utilised Decoupled WordPress to build a mindfulness app for one of our clients who is biggest technology consulting firm in the World.

Title slide for: Managing WordPress projects - the Agile way!

Managing WordPress projects – the Agile way!

Biplab Subedi
The session will discuss how using Agile Project Management approach can help achieve smooth development of WordPress projects and products.

It will do so addressing the need for high quality value delivery to the costumers amid the high-level of uncertainties in our projects.

Title slide for: How Modern JavaScript Influences WordPress Development

How Modern JavaScript Influences WordPress Development

Grzegorz (Greg) Ziółkowski
WordPress has always been recognized as a very welcoming platform for developers at any level of expertise. Introduced in WordPress core over a year ago, the block editor not only brought an entirely new editing experience for users, but it also redefined the way plugins and themes are developed.

In this talk, I want to present how the JavaScript ecosystem has flourished in recent years, creating a wide range of opportunities for contributors working on the Gutenberg project. At the same time, I want to explain many of the architectural decisions that have sought to make the transition as smooth as possible for those familiar with developing products and services based on WordPress.

Title slide for: Visual perception and memory: how to win on the web with better visual communication

Visual perception and memory: how to win on the web with better visual communication

Piccia Neri
We all know that 3 seconds is all it takes to lose the attention of visitors to our web pages. But there’s hope yet! We can all win on the web by leveraging the brain’s strengths and limitations. An understanding of how the human brain processes visual information can greatly help us win our visitors over and keep them where we want them, instead of losing them to cyberspace.

Title slide for: Automating your QA through Visual Regression testing

Automating your QA through Visual Regression testing

Carl Alberto
This will have an introduction to Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) in automating the QA process of visually comparing changes after a WordPress core, plugin, or theme update. This will utilize the new GitHub Actions for the CI/CD and BackstopJS to compare the difference after a change.

Title slide for: Complete WordPress Development Setup with GitHub Actions

Complete WordPress Development Setup with GitHub Actions

Ahmad Bilal
Is GitHub the version control of your choice for WordPress Development? GitHub Actions publicly released last year can prove really handy for automation of all your software workflows and CI/CD. Moreover, they are much simpler to implement, so you can have a full-fledge GitHub development setup ready in no time. The talk will demonstrate a number of these actions and how to use them to improve your GitHub-WordPress workflows.

Title slide for: Civil Engineer and WordPress Walk Into a Bar!

Civil Engineer and WordPress Walk Into a Bar!

Maham Batool
Can you imagine Civil Engineers using WordPress? Sounds made up? Let me tell you how? I’ll be talking about how WordPress helps me manage and maintain a content portfolio that receives an audience of more than 50,000 Civil Engineers and prospective clients across my country. I will walk you through the tools that WordPress offers for an entirely non-technical audience.

Title slide for: Creating Opportunity Through Public Speaking

Creating Opportunity Through Public Speaking

Brian Richards
Let’s talk about talking. Specifically, let’s talk about the art of public speaking.

Anyone has the capacity to become a compelling public speaker and, more importantly, public speaking has the capacity to produce outsized returns in your life, and the lives of those around you.

Let’s talk about how you can become a public speaker and speak opportunity into existence.

Title slide for: Not Just Another WordPress Site!

Not Just Another WordPress Site!

Ian Labao
This talk will uncover the stigma that everyone thinks that WordPress is just a blogging platform or a basic CRM. We will try to uncover what else you can do with WordPress!

Title slide for: Hardening WordPress is Like Driving a Vehicle

Hardening WordPress is Like Driving a Vehicle

Chathu Vishwajith
After mastering the art of hardening WordPress on many client sites in Sri Lanka, I have come to the conclusion that hardening WordPress is a lot like driving a car. There are many serious security threats that target WordPress, but you don’t need to be worried about them if you are prepared. Let’s talk about where you should start and which areas need your attention, just as if you were learning to drive for the first time.

Title slide for: Information Architecture - How to plan a website your users will actually want to use!

Information Architecture – How to plan a website your users will actually want to use!

Jo Minney
There are lots of myths around UX in the web industry, such as the well-known but inadequately supported ‘three-click rule.’ While efficiency is definitely important to your users, it’s much more critical that they can clearly and quickly find what they want without having to guess where the heck to go next.

Jo Minney is here to share with you her process for developing a sitemap that people will actually find useful based on evidence, and what you REALLY should be thinking about when planning a website.