Building Themes and Plugins: Everything But Code

A view of WordCamp Buffalo 2013I was lucky enough to return to Buffalo (my college haunt and adopted hometown) this weekend for this year’s WordCamp Buffalo. I was a member of the organisation team in last year’s WordCamp Buffalo (the inaugural WordCamp in Buffalo) and was honoured to be asked back to give a talk.

My talk was “Building Themes and Plugins: Everything But Code” (feel free to suggest a shorter name!) and focused on all the aspects of theme and plugin development that people usually forget: choosing an open source license, defining your business model, and providing maintenance and support.

As promised during the talk, I made the slides available online, along with a list of relevant links. When video of the talk goes on, I’ll be sure to embed it here as well.

Building Themes and Plugins: Everything But Code

Here’s the official description of the talk, which was first given on September 14th, 2014.

Developing themes and plugins is a common topic in the WordPress community, but the non-technical aspects are usually glossed over. In fact, many of these non-technical elements are more important than the code itself. In this talk, you’ll learn about software licenses, support strategies, and theme/plugin monetization, as well as tips and tricks for making your users happy.

The slide deck is below. Sorry for the limited context.

Relevant Links

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk, and I hope you got something useful out of it. Be sure to share your own tips in the comments.

Published by Chris Van Patten

I'm an entrepreneur and product lead, and owner of Tomodomo, through which I help companies build their digital publishing platform.

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