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WordCamp Las Vegas Aftermath

A thousand thanks again to the crew at 9Seeds for putting on WordCamp Las Vegas. They put on a brilliant camp; a real class act that was the model of what a WordCamp should be.  Brandon and I met up with old friends and, as always, made a bevy of new ones.  We traded WordPress tricks and tips and otherwise engaged in the WordPress community that we dig so much.  If you missed out, kick yourself immediately, then make a point of being here next year.

My biggest take-aways this camp were HookPress and Event Espresso.  Colin Loretz of the Reno Collective used HookPress during his presentation on turning a WordPress site into a Web App.  I know he didn’t intend HookPress to be the crux of his talk, but that nugget shined for me. (See a demo from the creator here.) I’d never seen it before, and I definitely should have.  From the repository, “HookPress turns all of your WordPress-internal hooks into webhooks. Possible uses include generating push notifications or using non-PHP web technologies.”  If you’ve ever tried hooking outside technologies into your WordPress site, this is the ticket.

The kind gentlemen from Event Espresso also gave me the deluxe tour of their plugin.  Event Espresso does event management and registration for a WordPress site.  This plugin is rife with options without being overly bulky.  If you have a specialized event need, it’s probably already in the feature set. And if not, they are probably already working on it for a future release.

Thanks again everyone for a great WordCamp.  Hope to see you all again soon.

Keep and eye out for the presentation videos on to appear on WordPress.tv and John will post the speakers slides on the WCLV speaker page near the speakers site and Twitter links.

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