Mystery session at WordCamp Miami: a panel of female WordPress developers


If you’ve paid attention to the WordCamp Miami schedule you may have seen the mystery session listed in the beginner’s track at 10:40am. It turns out that session will be a panel, made up entirely of female WordPress designers and developers, which should be great. Just as fun, the title of the session is “WordPress Plugins Even Charlie Sheen Could Love”. Yup.

Why that title, you ask?

Organizer David Bisset filled us in. It seems the session title was originally just a placeholder, but it accidentally went to the printers that way. So, like any good organizational team, they’re running with it. In any case, we’ll be sure to liveblog this mystery panel, along with the rest you folks have chosen to hear about in the poll earlier today.

Honestly, I was just happy to have an excuse to crop Charlie Sheen into an image with a WordPress logo. Time well spent, I’d say.

WordCamp Miami wants to help attendees find work


The WordCamp Miami organizers are doing what they can to organize jobs for their attendees. During registration they found that not only did a good number of those coming this weekend need work, but there were a number of others looking to hire professionals as well. Smells like opportunity, right?

Anyone that will be at WordCamp Miami that is interested in work should head over to the WordCamp Miami blog and fill out their job interest form so they can hook you up with the right people. Lists will be printed and handed out so that the mutually interested folk can find one another.

Do you think WordCamps should do more to help attendees find work, and find professionals to hire? Have you ever found a paying gig, or something more, at a WordCamp?

And I wouldn’t blame anyone for showing an interest in Miami work, either. Back home for me, in Indiana, it’s raining right now. Plus even when it’s not raining, it’s Indiana. Where’s that application link again?

Poll for those not attending WordCamp Miami: Which sessions should be liveblogged?


WPCandy will be two people strong at WordCamp Miami this weekend: myself and Aaron Kugler. We will be liveblogging the whole weekend, of course. But there are only two of us, and three tracks full of worthwhile sessions. We can only liveblog a handful of them, and while there are a few that have caught our eye, we thought we would ask those who won’t be able to make it what they would like to see.

Sound off in the poll below. Review the schedule for WordCamp Miami tomorrow, and then vote for the three sessions that you would like to see WPCandy liveblog tomorrow afternoon, and we’ll make sure the most popular ones are in there. Then, be sure to watch the liveblog to follow the events of the sessions, in real time.

The full poll is after the jump.

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WPCandy will be at WordCamp Miami


Thanks to Adii Pienaar, WPCandy will be at WordCamp Miami this weekend. As usual we’ll be liveblogging the sessions and events as they happen, recording interviews, and in general making you feel like you’re here as well.

If you’re going to be home this weekend and not at WordCamp Miami, there’s some important info you can use to stay connected to what’s going on. First and foremost, make sure you’re following our Miami coverage, as well as the WordCamp Miami liveblog. There’s also the #wcmia hashtag on Twitter which will be used by attendees.

At the risk of getting a bit meta, if you saw our coverage of WordCamp Phoenix last month jump in the comments and share your thoughts on our WordCamp coverage. What did you like about our coverage, and what could we do better?

Also if you will also be at WordCamp Miami, and you see me, be sure to ask for a WPCandy t-shirt. They are brand new, limited edition, and less than ten people in the entire world have ever worn them. Yeah, we mean business this time around.

The WPCandy WordCamp Miami 2011 Liveblog


WPCandy will be at WordCamp Miami this weekend (see all of our coverage), and of course it wouldn’t be a proper WordCamp without a WPCandy liveblog. This is the post to bookmark and watch: we’ll be updating this liveblog from now until we head back on Sunday. The real interesting stuff will come during the speaker’s sessions tomorrow, of course, which is when we’ll really be updating for the most part.

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You can now pre-order the WordPress Bible 2nd edition


Aaron Brazell announced on his blog,, that pre-orders for WordPress Bible: 2nd Edition are now available on Amazon. WordPress Bible: 2nd Edition has been updated for WordPress 3.1. The 1st edition covered up to WordPress 2.9.

Some of the topics covered in the book include:

  • Multisite
  • Post Formats
  • Post Types
  • Advanced Queries
  • New API’s

You can pre-order your copy of the 720 page book today for $32.32. It will be available on April 12th, 2011.

The upcoming BuddiPhone plugin will put your BuddyPress site onto iOS devices


The creators of the BuddyPress Mobile theme are prepping to release BuddiPhone, a plugin that will, for your BuddyPress site, provide a specially formatted view just for iPhones. iPhones? You know, iPhones, those things that somewhere between one and everyone is using. Yup, those.

There’s not a lot known about BuddiPhone right now since it’s still in development, but the screenshot on the teaser site shows profile, activity, groups, forums, blog, and message icons. To be notified when the plugin is released, join the BuddiPhone mailing list on their landing page.

Do you have a use for BuddyPress on your mobile devices? Have you created your own mobile social sites? Would BuddiPress help you out?

The first ever WordCamp Kansas City will happen this year


WordCamp Kansas City 2011 has been announced for June 11th and 12th. The event will be held at Johnson County Community College, and will be the first WordCamp to take place in Kansas City.

The organizers have put out the call for speakers on their blog. For non-speakers, tickets will be $40 in advance, $65 in April, and $70 at the door. Admission is free, however, at the window*. Sponsorships are also available at various levels, from individual sponsorships to a $5,000 platinum level.

You can keep up with the news on their blog as well as on Twitter at @WordPressKC. Are you based out of, or near, Kansas City? If so, will you be attending their first ever WordCamp event?

*I’m just kidding, of course. I don’t suggest sneaking into WordCamps by climbing through windows.

The Sweet Seven: Top WPCandy posts this week


A lot happens in the WordPress community each week, and in turn we end up posting on a lot of WordPress news. But it’s not always the case that everyone is able to keep up with all that WPCandy churns out. To combat the fire hose of news, we put together The Sweet Seven, a roundup of the seven most popular posts this week. If you read anything this week, read these posts. This week, the Sweet Seven posts were:

  1. Feature: The Future of WordPress Themes in 2011
  2. Feature: WordPress theme mascot throw-down: Who would win?
  3. News: Max Foundry tries demos to promote plugins, plan backfires
  4. News: Phoenix 2011 will be first swag-less, zero waste WordCamp
  5. News: Bones starter theme hopes to replace common plugins, speed up development
  6. News: New pricing model at Press75 brings all themes for as low as $50
  7. News: Future versions of WordPress will be specifically GPL version 2 or later

Be sure to jump into these post’s discussions, since they all have interesting comment threads running. Among these, which was your favorite post of the week?

Personally, I enjoyed the Max Foundry story and the insight into the new pricing model at Press75.