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WordCamp Sacramento Redux: Portfolios & Plugins

Sep 23, 2018 · Oakland, United States of America

Three members of the East Bay WordPress Meetup presented at WordCamp Sacramento 2018. Two of us will be repeating our presentations at Sunday's meetup. (As an extra bonus, Jamie may bring her 2-year-old.)

##The Presentations

###Jamie Bergen: Lessons Learned Releasing My First WordPress Plugin

Jamie recently released her first plugin on the WordPress.org plugin repository. This talk will give aspiring plugin authors a behind-the-scenes look into the process of building a plugin, submitting the plugin for approval, and handling support requests. The process wasn’t seamless, but she learned from her mistakes, and is hoping you will too!

###Sallie Goetsch: Building a Compelling Portfolio...with Gutenberg

The purpose of a portfolio is to convince prospects to work with you. Whether your service is photography, design, development, or construction, your portfolio needs more than beautiful images. If you’re going to convince people to hire you and not your competition, you can’t just show people what you built. You need to explain the business problems you helped your clients solve and the outcomes you helped them achieve.

The first and most important step in creating your portfolio is determining what to put in it, which means knowing who your ideal client is and what they care about. But after you’ve done the content strategy work, what then? How do you create a portfolio with the elements you need, without adding unnecessary features? How do you make it easy for yourself to add new projects? And can you create it without hiring a developer?

It’s already possible to use code to customize WordPress portfolio plugins, and to use page builders to create layouts for portfolio archives and single entries. Those methods will both have a place for some time to come, but the new block-based Gutenberg editor provides a new way to build a portfolio template, and it might be even easier to use than a page-builder.

This session will review the elements of a good portfolio and explain how to combine core blocks and custom blocks into reusable block templates. The speaker will also address the question of where you might still prefer a page-builder and where you might need a developer — at least in the short term. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how Gutenberg can make it easier to promote your business effectively.

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  • The East Bay WordPress Meetup Group

    Every month the East Bay WordPress Meetup brings together both newbies and experts to talk about everything WordPress. This meetup is mainly for people who build WordPress sites for a living, though we welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about how to use WordPress. Everyone is welcome to suggest a meetup topic. See our East Bay WP Meetup website for slides and notes from past presentations. Meeting Format • Pizza • Introductions • Quick Tip/Demo • Open Q & A • Main Presentation Not quite

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