Howdy! I just finished giving this presentation at WordCamp St. Louis 2016 about code review: about why and how you should do code review on your projects.

The Presentation

Here’s a SlideShare embed of the presentation deck:

And you can download the source Keynote presentation file here.


I referenced a bunch of things in my talk and mentioned that you could find those sources in this post, so here’s the list in the order you’ll run across it in the presentation:

Have any questions?

If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or whatever, please contact me. I’ll be happy to hear from you.

I’m spending a good chunk of the next few days composing what I’ll be talking about at this year’s WordCamp St. Louis, which is this Saturday the 22nd at Maryville University. I’m honored to have been asked to speak at two sessions during the day and if you are in the area I hope you will attend.

The first talk I’m scheduled to give is a Getting Started with WordPress session. It’s a challenge to boil down the very essentials to 40 minutes.[ref]Each session is scheduled for 40 minutes of talk, with 10 minutes of Q&A. I’m debating having the beginner workshop limited to 30 minutes with an extended Q&A.[/ref]

Right now I’m planning on covering security basics like password selection, backup practices, and the upgrader; settings basics like setting titles and taglines, discussion settings, and plugin installation; comment moderation basics and setting up antispam; and touching on the Visual Editor and the options available there.

Some of the topics we could cover in the intro session look to be covered by some of the other sessions throughout the day, so I’ll touch lightly on those things and recommend those other sessions for more information. It’s also important to note that there will be a Happiness Bar at WordCamp.

The second talk I’ll give won’t have any Q&A; it’s the closing talk for the day. My theme for the talk is going to be “Make Awesome Stuff” and has four areas of focus:

  1. What’s going on with WordPress everywhere
  2. What’s going on with WordPress in St Louis
  3. The power of open source
  4. What’s coming down the road and a call to action – make awesome stuff!

Again, if you are in the area, I would encourage you to attend. It’s $20, there’s a bit more than 50 tickets remaining, and you get some awesome sessions and a lunch for that low, low price.

You can learn more about WordCamp St. Louis at the official site, here.

I spent this past weekend in Lisbon visiting colleagues and friends and attending the first-ever WordCamp Lisboa, which was a very nice event. I was able to meet and greet with the Lisbon WordPress community for the second year in a row (familiar faces!) and help a few folks at the Happiness Bar between talks.

I love Lisbon and was delighted to return there. It was amazing to see this community that has grown from a handful of people we invited to a get-together at our Happiness meetup last year to a WordCamp with almost 200 registrants. It’s the power of open-source publishing at work.

I didn’t bring my camera this year, but I did snap more than usual with my iPhone.

I just finished giving a talk at WordCamp Montreal on the differences between self-hosted WordPress and hosting on

If you missed the talk, you can find the slides below and I’ll post the video as soon as it’s available. Otherwise, if you have any questions or notes from the presentation that you would like to share, please leave a comment! If you have scans or pictures of handwritten notes you’ve taken, I’d love to see them to understand how people heard what I said.

It was a pleasure to present at WordCamp Montreal—my first visit to the city. Thank you to the local WordPress community for your hospitality and for attending my talk.