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Tailoring WordPress To                  Meet Your Client NeedsJon Bishop • Web Developer • 77 N. Washington St., 8th Floor...
About AMP Agency•   Independently-owned, integrated communications    agency•   Clients include: Hasbro, Maybelline New Yo...
What Is The Problem?Sometimesdevelopers fail totake the extra stepsnecessary to givetheir clients a gooduser experience
If Its Too Hard, Youre Doing ItWrong
WordPress Can Be A Happy PlaceTaking the time to tailor WordPress to meet specific clientneeds can • Prevent unnecessary f...
Custom Post Types & TaxonomiesWhen Should I Use Them?•   Portfolios•   Events•   Databases•   Forums•   Ticket systems•   ...
Custom ColumnsBring important custom post meta and taxonomy data tothe post list pagehttp://www.jonbishop.com/2012/09/crea...
Custom Post MetaIf you can make custom post meta easier, do ithttps://github.com/jaredatch/Custom-Metaboxes-and-Fields-for...
Page TemplatesCustom post meta for specific page templates
Post to Post RelationshipsSometimes it makes more sense to create relationshipsbetween post types instead of replicating t...
Widgets " Anything that could be awidget, should be a widget "
ShortcodesMake the WordPress visual editor a more powerful tool for your clients •    Ads                                 ...
Developers,If its too hard, Youre doing it wronghttp://www.jonbishop.com/2012/03/keeping-up-with-wordpress/
Things To Keep In MindFunctionality in Themes vs PluginsWhats easy for you might not be easy for everyoneIdentify problems...
Boston WordPress MeetupWe are currently the 2nd largest WordPress meetup in theworld with 1520+ members on meetup.comWeve ...
Thanks!Jon BishopWeb Developer @ AMP AgencyWebsite / JonBishop.comTwitter / @JonDBishop
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We choose to build on WordPress to provide our clients with a proven and flexible backend for their web presence. These projects often have specific goals that make them unique from other sites on the web and frequently need to be tailored for specific functional and business requirements.

WordPress is built on the core philosophy that it should be simple to use. In this presentation, Jon Bishop, Web Developer at AMP Agency, covers a variety of methods in which we can optimize and tailor the WordPress Admin for different use cases. The goal is to provide clients with a backend solution that meets their needs and follows the core WordPress philosophy surrounding simplicity.

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  1. 1. Tailoring WordPress To Meet Your Client NeedsJon Bishop • Web Developer • 77 N. Washington St., 8th Floor, Boston MA 02114 • 617.837.8158
  2. 2. About AMP Agency• Independently-owned, integrated communications agency• Clients include: Hasbro, Maybelline New York, Samsonite, Intel, Princess Cruises, NFL Players and Ansell Healthcare
  3. 3. What Is The Problem?Sometimesdevelopers fail totake the extra stepsnecessary to givetheir clients a gooduser experience
  4. 4. If Its Too Hard, Youre Doing ItWrong
  5. 5. WordPress Can Be A Happy PlaceTaking the time to tailor WordPress to meet specific clientneeds can • Prevent unnecessary follow up conversations • Help you work faster and more efficiently • Create a better relationship with your client
  6. 6. Custom Post Types & TaxonomiesWhen Should I Use Them?• Portfolios• Events• Databases• Forums• Ticket systems• Ad management " Anywhere you need a new content type "
  7. 7. Custom ColumnsBring important custom post meta and taxonomy data tothe post list pagehttp://www.jonbishop.com/2012/09/creating-presentations-with-custom-post-types/
  8. 8. Custom Post MetaIf you can make custom post meta easier, do ithttps://github.com/jaredatch/Custom-Metaboxes-and-Fields-for-WordPresshttp://www.farinspace.com/wpalchemy-metabox/https://github.com/jonbish/WP-Meta-Box
  9. 9. Page TemplatesCustom post meta for specific page templates
  10. 10. Post to Post RelationshipsSometimes it makes more sense to create relationshipsbetween post types instead of replicating taxonomieshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/posts-to-posts/
  11. 11. Widgets " Anything that could be awidget, should be a widget "
  12. 12. ShortcodesMake the WordPress visual editor a more powerful tool for your clients • Ads • Columns • Social Media Buttons • Quotes • Calls to Action • Pricing Tables • Posts from RSS • Author Info • Hiding Private Content • Contact Forms • Displaying Widgets in Content • Tabs • Content Boxes • Accordions • Icon Listshttp://codex.wordpress.org/Shortcode
  13. 13. Developers,If its too hard, Youre doing it wronghttp://www.jonbishop.com/2012/03/keeping-up-with-wordpress/
  14. 14. Things To Keep In MindFunctionality in Themes vs PluginsWhats easy for you might not be easy for everyoneIdentify problems up frontso you can anticipate problemsin the future
  15. 15. Boston WordPress MeetupWe are currently the 2nd largest WordPress meetup in theworld with 1520+ members on meetup.comWeve been averaging about 88 attendees per meetup witha diverse mix of developers, enthusiasts and beginnersWe are looking for speakers, sponsors and supporters • Please email Kurt (keng@bostonwp.org) and Jon (jbishop@bostonwp.org) if interestedhttp://bostonwp.org
  16. 16. Thanks!Jon BishopWeb Developer @ AMP AgencyWebsite / JonBishop.comTwitter / @JonDBishop
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