WC phillyWe’re not trying to play favorites over here at WebDevStudios, but we get really excited when WordCamp Philly comes around! This year WordCamp Philly is being held at The University of the Arts at the Gershman Hall June 7th and June 8th. Brad Williams and April Williams are helping organize this event for the 4th year in a row along with Reed Gustow, Doug Stewart and Liam Dempsey! Along with that, WDS is sponsoring WordCamp Philly this year.

Brad Williams will be a part of the WordPress for Big Media Organizations panel along with Paul Wright, Neil McGinness,  Adam Schweigert,  Brian James Kirk, and Davis Shaver. This panel is taking place on Saturday, June 7th at 2:45pm EST. A description of the panel –

How do media companies big and small make the most of WordPress? In this panel session, we’ll discuss the unique opportunities and challenges of using WordPress for media outlets, and also highlight some resources that could benefit your next media project.

You’ll also be able to catch Brian Messenlehner of WDS in the “Unconference room” talking about AppPresser and mobile applications. What is the “Unconference room”? It’s a room where you’ll have the chance to sign up with your name on a white board and talk about whatever you want to talk about.

Camden Segal of WDS is also going to be in attendance. You can find him wandering around to different presentations and picking the brains of his fellow WordPress designers.

You will be able to pick all these amazing brains at the WordCamp Philly After Party. This is being held at Buffalo Billiards from 7PM – 10PM on Saturday the 7th. WordCamps are a great way of networking and what better way to do that than over drinks and food?

Brad, April, Brian, and Camden are excited to get back in touch with those of you they have already met, but they are just as equally excited to meet new people that can inspire their drive for WordPress!

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WDS hasn’t done a giveaway for a while now and we think it’s time to get one going. This time, we are giving away copies of Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman‘s recently published book — Building Web Apps with WordPress! If you’re unfamiliar with the book, here’s a quick overview:51gOTZ2xI0L

WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. As this practical guide clearly demonstrates, you can use WordPress to build web apps of any type—not mere content sites, but full-blown apps for specific tasks. If you have PHP experience with a smattering of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you’ll learn how to use WordPress plugins and themes to develop fast, scalable, and secure web apps, native mobile apps, web services, and even a network of multiple WordPress sites.

We are giving away 5 digital copies of the book, but we are also giving away 1 hard copy of the book that will be signed by Brian Messenlehner!

So, how do you win this giveaway?

In order to win one of these books, we are asking that you comment on this post with your idea of a web app powered by WordPress. Along with the idea of your app, we want to know what it would be used for and how it would benefit your WordPress site or someone else’s. It can be an idea of an app for yourself or an idea that will help the WordPress community as a whole.

How will we decide who wins?

After the deadline for the giveaway, the team as a whole will look over all of your impressive ideas. The most creative app idea will win the signed hard copy of the book. The remaining 5 digital copies will be given away to those who also have awesome ideas for a web app powered by WordPress.

Rules of the giveaway:

  • The giveaway starts today, May 21st at 12PM EST and ends Tuesday, May 27th at 1PM EST.
  • All entries must be in by 1PM EST on the 27th. Anything entered after that time will be appreciated, but will not be counted.
  • Employees of WDS and family members are welcome to participate in the giveaway but will not win a copy of the book.
  • You must comment on this post with your name, email address, and twitter handle.
  • We will announce the winner of the giveaway on Tuesday, May 27th at 4PM EST.

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing ideas for web apps powered by WordPress. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to keep updated with the giveaway and to find out the winners on the 27th!

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marcusWebDevStudios is proud to announce the newest addition to our team, Marcus Battle! He has taken on the position of Back-End Developer.

Marcus loves WordPress. Having created his own content management systems and working with others, WordPress simply gets the job done better. He was introduced to WordPress in 2009 and kind of snubbed it as inferior to anything he could create. All it took to make him a believer was his inbox flooding with content management requests from his freelance work to realize that he needed some help. Ever since Marcus realized how much time he could save with upfront development and for clients, WordPress has been his tool of choice.

I am excited to work with WDS because of all of the great talents I get to learn from. I believe that you’re never done learning and even in my first few days, I can see that I’m “around” people who really know their stuff and are open to sharing information. Overall, I just believe that working at WDS is going to make me a better developer because of the people.

Outside of working for WDS he is a college student minister in Greensboro, NC where for the past 7 years; he’s helped hundreds of students prepare for their post-graduate careers and develop their faith.

In Marcus’ spare time, him and his wife are planning and preparing for their first child – “Baby Boy” Battle, so that’s already keeping them on their toes. (They’re not telling the name yet just in case they change their mind). You can follow Marcus on twitter to keep up on his baby news and other WordPress related awesomeness!

We are very excited to see what Marcus has to bring to WDS to make the company and the team better, as well as his personal growth. Welcome, Marcus!

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wcmia_2014_badge_speakingThis year is the WordCamp Miami 5th anniversary event! For need to know information, you can visit the WordCamp Miami Blog. You can also sign up for SMS alerts on schedule changes, after party details, and emergencies. This year Brian Messenlehner, Brad Williams, and Brian Richards of WDS will be attendance. All three of them will also be presenting on what they know best — WordPress!

Like last year, WordCamp Miami is going to be holding a BuddyCamp Miami on Friday, May 9th.  This is where you will be able to find Brian Messenlehner for the first time during this event. Brian is going to be speaking about Building Mobile Apps With BuddyPress. In this session, he will be discussing how BuddyPress might be used in building a mobile app. You can sit in on this session at 1:15 PM on Friday, May 9th. BuddyCamp Miami is being held at the Whitten Learning Center.

You can find Brian Richards on Saturday, May 10th at 11:15 AM in the developers track. I don’t hate you, I just hate your code is the topic of Brian’s presentation. In this session, you’ll learn why writing clean and simple code is so incredibly important and you’ll learn some tips and tricks to achieve this goal.

If you miss Brian Messenlehner‘s BuddyCamp presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to see him speak again. You can  find him in the developers track on Saturday, May 10th at 3:00 PM to talk to you about Building Web And Mobile Apps with WordPress. With this talk, he will be more focused on the use of WordPress.

And last but not least, you can also find Brad Williams on Saturday, May 10th at 4:30 PM in the Designer Track for WordPress Podcasting: The Panel. Here, Brad will be joined by fellow WordPress Podcast enthusiasts Dre Armeda, Suzette Franck, Matt Medeiros, Pippin Williamson, and Brad Touesnard.

A description of the panel:

This year we are proud to be hosting a unique and a WordCamp-first panel this year at WordCamp Miami on May 10th (Saturday). We will be hosting a “Podcasting And WordPress” panel, with some of the biggest and most popular WordPress podcasters all in one room. One *physical* room. They will be telling us how they do what they do, what mistakes they’ve learned, and how they run a successful podcast. Plus a special surprise which we won’t tell them about yet

Brian, Brad, and Brian are always excited to make new connections with fellow WordPress lovers. They also look forward to reconnecting with those they already know. You will have the opportunity to pick these master brains at the various events such as the networking party and the Ice Cream Social. If you see any of these guys hanging around, make sure you stop and say hey!

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thumbnailLisa Sabin-Wilson has been writing books on WordPress for 8 years now. From WordPress for Dummies to WordPress All-in-One and also WordPress Web Design For Dummies. With that, it should come as no surprise that the 6th edition of WordPress for Dummies is now available on Amazon! If you are just starting off in WordPress, or if you’re looking to expand your knowledge base, WordPress for Dummies 6th Edition will quickly help you become familiar with all the latest features and teach you how to incorporate everything into your WordPress powered website.

Written for the non-technical reader, WordPress for Dummies 6th edition provides a friendly, hands-on guide for anything and everything related to setting up your first WordPress powered website including:

  • The differences between hosting your own WordPress site or launching a blog on WordPress.com
  • Helpful information on the tools you’ll need along the way
  • How to add and structure content for your site
  • Crucial information on themes and plugins
  • Tips on design and functionality
  • Best-practices for managing your new WordPress site

Having sold over 105,000 copies of the previous editions, WordPress for Dummies is considered an industry-standard manual for anyone involved in WordPress. In fact, many seasoned developers have noted that they keep a copy of the current WordPress for Dummies book as a reference tool when they need to be able to communicate with their clients on a non-technical level.

Anyone new to WordPress will find this manual provides a solid starting place, rich with valuable information, to help you quickly gain the master art of WordPress. Those familiar with WordPress will appreciate the broad range of information presented in the book.

Make sure you grab your copy of WordPress For Dummies 6th Edition on Amazon and be sure to let us know how you like it!

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thumbnailWDS is excited to announce our newest developer — Ryan Fugate!

Ryan Fugate is a BuddyPress enthusiast and mobile WordPress fanatic. Previously working in social media marketing using WordPress as a secret weapon where Ryan built sites for many major brands. His current status: BuddyPress trace and forums, creating fun plugins, WordPress as a mobile framework and coffee. When he’s not breaking WordPress, he rides his fixie around Los Angeles and frequently indulges in churro consumption at Disneyland. You can follow Ryan on Twitter for all things WordPress and BuddyPress! @modemlooper

We can’t wait to see what Ryan can bring to the WebDevStudios table. Welcome, Ryan!

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WebDevStudios is excited to announce a new member to the team — Trisha Salas! She will be coming onto the team as a designer.

Trisha has been called a ‘rogue designer’ more than once. She’s just as comfortable in a graphics editor as she is a text editor (but prefers the latter). Originally a web designer with a love for CSS, she transitioned to WordPress in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.
Since then she has spoken at her first WordCamp, organized the Tulsa WordPress MeetUp, helped to organize the Tulsa 200 OK Conference, and started regularly contributing to BuddyPress. She’s also now co-leading a feature plugin for WordPress core. Trisha is a self-declared introvert who spends her free time working on projects or playing with code.

When not head down in code, Trisha loves to spend time with her five children who are 23, 21, 19, and twins who are 15! You can follow Trisha on Twitter! @trishacodes

We can’t wait to see what Trisha can add to the team and the company! Welcome, Trisha!

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meetupLisa loves to be involved in the WordPress community as much as she can. One way she likes to show her support is by going to the local meetups in her area! If you are in the Milwaukee area tomorrow; Tuesday, April 15th at 7: 00 PM CST, you can stop at C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions, LLC and sit in on Lisa’s talk.

Lisa will be talking about Creating a Mobile App with WordPress + AppPresser.

Design your app and customize it the same way you build a normal WordPress site. No objective C, Java or SDK knowledge necessary. Use the AppPresser plugins and themes to make WordPress look and behave like a native app. Use sliding panels, menus, and tap into native device hardware. Submit your app to the iOS App Store, Google Play, and more. People all over the world can download (or purchase) your app!

The power of building native mobile apps is now in your hands – with WordPress + AppPresser.

If you’re attending the meetup, say hey to Lisa! She’s excited to reconnect with those she’s already met, and to also connect with those she has not!

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WebDevStudios is excited to announce a new memeber of the team — Simon Urbina! He will be coming on as one of our front-end developers!

Simon Urbina is a Web Designer, App Developer, and Information Architect with over 20 years of experience. He started as a graphic designer and illustrator in the late 80′s and made his transition to web in 1996. He’s a talented artist while understanding business strategy, user experience, and technology. He’s a proponent for the user and completely in love with technologies like WordPress. He’s a dedicated family man and lives in Naples, Florida with his wife and son. You can follow Simon on Twitter – @SimonWebDesign

We can’t wait to see what Simon has to offer the team and the company. Welcome, Simon!

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Macworld   iWorld 2014

MacWorld/iWorld is the dream of Apple fans everywhere. A 3 day conference full of all things Apple, including the “6 About To Break” competition. The “6 About To Break” is a competition of the top 6 most innovative apps, accessories, software, and utilities that are going to be making waves in the Apple Marketplace.

WDS is excited about this competition — why? AppPresser has taken 1 of those 6 spots! All of the creators of these amazing products, in true Apple fashion, will have the chance at MacWorld to have a 5 minute demonstration and a 5 minute Q&A about their product. AppPresser co-founders, Brian Messenlehner and Scott Bolinger will be attending MacWorld to make the presentation. This showdown is happening on Thursday, March 27th from 4:30-5:30pm on the Macworld/iWorld’s Second Stage. After all the presentations have been made, a panel of experts will make the decision on who will be the winner.

Along with being in the “6 About To Break”, AppPresser will also have a kiosk throughout the event where you can ask questions and check it out! You can get more details about AppPresser at MacWorld/iWorld 2014 on their blog.

Good Luck, AppPresser!

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