Each of our sessions are digitally broadcast live and typically feature 3 separate presenters each focusing on a specific aspect of some WordPress topic. Each presenter will have roughly 30-40 minutes allotted for instruction and 15 minutes allotted for Q&A at the end. This means that, typically, the session will run three hours start-to-finish.
About This Session
This month, we’re doing things a bit differently. This event is actually two separate sessions, but they’re being sold as a single bundle. That means you’ll get to learn from 6 different experts for one extremely low price.
On Saturday, June 21, and then again on Saturday June 28, you can join John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges, Michael Eisenwasser, Tammie Lister, David Bisset, and Bowe Frankema to learn everything there is to know about BuddyPress. Between the two weekends we’ll be cover topics ranging from how any site can build a community by leveraging the powers of BuddyPress (both in conventional and non-conventional ways), and how to extend the capabilities of BuddyPress as a developer.
If you’ve been thinking about using BuddyPress even a little bit, this session is for you. Where else will you find and learn from the creators and leading experts of BuddyPress?
This live session will take place across two different days, June 21 and June 28th, starting at 1pm EST each day.
BuddyPressifying a WordPress plugin using BP_Component – Boone Gorges
Member profiles are one of the most powerful and frequently used parts of BuddyPress. BP ships with a rich interface for displaying user-specific content – custom profile fields, lists of user activity and groups, user settings, etc. But the best thing about BP member pages is that their infinitely extensible. In this session, we’ll explore how the BP_Component API provides a rich interface for plugin developers to add tabs to BP user profiles. And we’ll talk about strategies for WP plugin authors to leverage this API to build BuddyPress compatibility into their existing plugins.
BuddyPress Theme Development – Tammie Lister
Get acquainted with the many dos and don’ts of BuddyPress Theme Development from the very person who wrote the book on BuddyPress theme development. This will be a technical walkthrough of the creation of a BuddyPress-focused theme, highlighting all of the different options you have along the way.
How BuddyPress Theme Compatibility Works – John James Jacoby
Following Tammie’s talk on how to design themes with BuddyPress in mind, JJJ takes us through a technical understanding of how the “theme compatibility” functionality of BuddyPress actually works. Specifically he demonstrates how to extend and override BuddyPress templates within your theme and how to build similar template compatibility into your plugins.
Asking the Right Questions – Bowe Frankema
Before you jump in and build that BuddyPress site, are you certain you have the right answers? Are you positive you’ve asked the right questions, even? If you’re using BuddyPress to build community, there are a ton of different questions you need to answer before you begin. Bowe will walk you through each of those questions, their common answers, and the many things he’s learned while building BuddyPress sites for fun and profit over the years.
BuddyPress Outside the Box – David Bisset
So many people mistake BuddyPress for a behemoth plugin that is only good for creating a full-stack social network on a site. While it is certainly good for that, it can do so much more! In this session, David will walk us through the many “non-traditional” ways in which a site can use BuddyPress to perfectly compliment their services, without adding a ton of weight or things they don’t actually need.
If you’re not sure how to best put BuddyPress to work for your site (or a client’s site), this presentation is a must-watch.
Putting BuddyPress to Work – Michael Eisenwasser
Now that you’ve got a good direction for all the different ways BuddyPress can be used, Michael will walk you through the configuration of a real, working BuddyPress site. We’ll look at the components used along with why and how they were used for that purpose.
About the Speakers
Boone develops plugins for WordPress, is a Lead Developer on the BuddyPress project, and oversees development on such projects as the CUNY Academic Commons, Anthologize, and Participad. Be sure to check out his blog, too.
Tammie Lister is a theme wrangler with Automattic. Before moving there focus on themes, she was focused on creating sites with BuddyPress. She’s a contributor to the BuddyPress project having worked on the UI refresh and most recently the template pack. Tammie has also written a book on BuddyPress theme development. Themes are her world and she is passionate about raising the standard of BuddyPress themes.
John James Jacoby
WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, Director of Web Engineering at 10up, formerly of Automattic. If you know what BuddyPress is, then you probably already know who JJJ is.
Building communities on BuddyPress is something Bowe is very passionate about. He has spoken about building communities using BuddyPress on WordCamps all over the world. As one of the lead developers of the Commons in a Box project, Bowe focuses on helping universities and non-profits create social spaces for their (academic) communities. These projects combine the things he’s most passionate about: theme development, community building and consulting.
David is a freelance developer living in South Florida. He primarily does WordPress/BuddyPress/PHP work, and specializes in BuddyPress. In fact, he has had an obsession with creating cutting-edge BuddyPress sites and applications since BuddyPress 0.1. He’s also a speaker, conference organizer, and father of three.
Michael is the co-creator of BuddyBoss, a definitive resource for building communities with BuddyPress. In addition to the incredible resources he has developed for BuddyBoss, Michael also specializes in custom BuddyPress development where he works on large-scale sites that use BuddyPress in non-traditional and unexpected ways.