Catch four 10up speakers at WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe 2015

WordCamp Europe is this weekend, and four 10uppers have made the trek to Seville, Spain to mingle and share insights.

I will be presenting on Friday on the experience of setting up WordPress for new users, raising questions about how WordPress can continue to drive adoption by catering to that audience. I’ll also be teaching attendees how to write documentation for the handbooks, inline docs, and examples for the code reference.

Director of Platform Helen Hou-Sandi is presenting Developing for Capabilities, covering approaches for mobile, responsive, and accessible development. Lead Engineer Eric Mann will be giving a short talk on Saturday on how to sandbox a development environment with Vagrant. Finally, Senior Engineer Adam Silverstein will talk about Backbone.js and WordPress, in Putting a little Backbone in your WordPress.

With a packed schedule and huge attendance, WordCamp Europe looks to live up to its name once again as the premier WordCamp abroad.

Taylor Lovett

10up spans the globe, including Brazil! I  will be speaking this weekend at WordCamp Belo Horizonte. I will be presenting on modernizing WordPress search using the 10up plugin ElasticPress. 10upper Thiago Ponte will also be in attendance.

Wanted: Project and Account Managers, Reward for Capture

10up is widely known for the complex and unique web experiences we produce. We consistently create unparalleled experiences for our clients and while engineering and design is a large part of that, senior project and account management talent are critical to the success of 10up and its clients.

In an effort to thank you for helping us find our next 10upper, we’ll offer you a finders fee of $500 if we decide to hire who you referred. We’ll even go a step further and throw in an additional $500 when they complete a successful 6 month review just to show our appreciation.

We have a talented team of strategists consulting with enterprise clients, leading our engineers and designers, coordinating site launches, and resourcing/planning/managing some pretty exciting projects – and better yet, we are looking to expand the team!

For the Project Manager position, we are looking for individuals to work closely with internal and external stakeholders to successfully manage projects, both initial builds and long term maintenance initiatives . Our Project Managers are able to lean-in to traditional tasks like budget tracking, scope definition, timeline management, and expectation setting while simultaneously providing consultative value to our clients as they work alongside our production and accounts team.

Web Strategists work on the Accounts Team, and often have the unique opportunity to work closely with our President & Founder. Our strategists engage current and prospective clients to figure out whether and how we can work together, and if we can, how we continue to build and strengthen our relationship. This role requires a unique professional who — while loving meeting people and closing deals (“traditional” sales and biz dev) — can dive-in to understand and articulate business challenges and objectives and potential corresponding solutions. The right candidate possesses excellent listening, research, critical thinking, and communications skills, along with applied web consulting and project experience. Experience with complex content management system implementations (ideally with WordPress), and a background in engineering, design, or information architecture are huge plusses.

Think you’d be perfect for one of these roles? Go ahead and send your resume to jobs@10up.com. Maybe these roles aren’t for you but you know of someone who would be a great Project Manager or Web Strategist? Send them our way!

10up at WordCamp Philly

Once again, 10up is back for WordCamp Philly! This year, co-organizer and 10upper extraordinaire Doug Stewart will be joined by John Eckman, Allen Moore, and myself as speakers.

On Saturday morning, I’ll be presenting “User-First Approaches to APIs“, which will touch on what we mean by users, what it means to be a maintainer, and the excitement of a potential fields API in WordPress.

Right after that, Allen will be presenting “A Need For Speed: Performance Driven Front End Development,” focused on how front end performance affects User Engagement and Experience; best practices for performance driven front end development; and tools to measure front end performance.

Then  John will take us into lunch with “Getting outside the WordPress bubble“, a topic perfect for somebody with deep experiences with other CMS’s and their communities (including commits to Drupal 8!), as well as other communities at large.

WordCamp Philly holds a special place in 10up history, as the place where I first met Jake in 2011 and began my time as an agency-backed core contributor to WordPress. Doug even found this photo from that 2011 contributor day in the archives! We’re really excited about all of the great talks scheduled for Saturday, and what’s sure to be another fantastic contributor day on Sunday.

WordCamp Philly 2011

Sliders, Rotators, and Carousels — Oh no!

There is evidence to indicate that sliders (or rotators or carousels) are generally ineffective. Engagement with the second slide is precipitously low and engagement with the third slide is near negligible. Assuming visitors see it at all.

As an adaptation to information overload, web users have trained themselves to divert their attention away from areas that seem unimportant or look like advertising.
—Hoa Loranger, NNGroup

Although Loranger was summarizing a study about right-rail blindness, NNGroup has done previous examinations of sliders and found a similar effect. Notre Dame university also studied sliders on their home page and found only 1% of visitors interacted with it at all.

Finally, these interfaces often have usability concerns: microscopic control buttons, odd mobile/touch behavior, and the removal of visitors’ control.

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Doug Stewart

There will be several 10uppers presenting this weekend at WordCamp Miami — Taylor Lovett will be presenting on the ins and outs of using Elasticsearch and ElasticPress to make WordPress’ search great, Chris Wiegman will be talking about securing your WordPress installs, and I will be chatting about making Vagrant a greater part of your development workflow.

Taylor Lovett

This Saturday, I will be presenting “Modernizing WordPress Search with Elasticsearch,” focused on ElasticPress, at WordCamp Nashville. 10up’er Zack Rothauser will also be in attendance.

Up in New England at WordCamp Maine, CEO John Eckman presents, “The Four Agreements and Client Services,” covering core tenets from the popular self-help book (The Four Agreements). Jason Clarke and Jason Boyle will also be attending.

Markup, CSS, and Project Structure Best Practices

front end standards

We’re proud to announce the release of Markup, CSS, and Project Structure sections for our Engineering Best Practices.

When it comes to CSS and Markup, our industry offers a vast landscape of choices and philosophies, illustrated by the number of frameworks and preprocessors available. While our Front End Engineering team always pushes the boundaries of these platforms, our Best Practices set a standard bar for the techniques, functionality, tools, and libraries we use.

As we focus on practical business application of technology, our philosophies are guided by a mandate to ensure consistent, reliable, and predictable experiences for website visitors. Many CSS attributes and HTML5 features are amazing, but are also dependent on unreliable polyfills for compatibility with some popular web browsers. In addition to avoiding known technical pitfalls, standardizing our tools, style, and structure improves efficiency, collaboration, and overall quality of work.

Consistent with our support for an open web, our Engineering Best Practices are open and available on Github. We encourage any and all contributions!

2015 Annual Summit: Boulder

Boulder

Every year, around this time, our distributed team gets together for a few days to focus on developing our soft and technical skills, to celebrate our past and plan for our future. The 2015 summit is next week at a beautiful hotel in downtown Boulder, Colorado. It begins Monday afternoon with an optional tour of the Celestial Tea Factory and a mouth-watering prefixed dinner catering to myriad 10up diets. Our summit ends on Thursday night, with most 10uppers traveling home on Friday.

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Keynoting WordCamp Minneapolis

wc-mnplsThis weekend I’ll be giving the (very early!) keynote at WordCamp Minneapolis,  on “Building Software, Building Community.”  I’ll be talking about the really unique opportunity WordPress presents as a platform and a community capable of changing your own career  – and potentially the world.

I’m very much looking forward to my first WordCamp in the twin cities, which has a special meaning for me since the venue is less than 10 miles from where I lived through all  of middle school, junior high, and high school.

The schedule is impressive: a full day of four tracks on Saturday plus two tracks on Sunday, plus an after party Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.

If you’re attending, and are interested in learning more about 10up or working with us (as an employee, partner, or client) I’d be happy to chat with you.