Presentations, links and notes from WordCamp NYC 2009
WordCamp NYC 2009 — a two-day, community-organized conference held at Baruch College of the City University of New York — offered a lot of inspiring sessions on how people and organizations are using WordPress, WordPressMU, BuddyPress and BBPress to manage content and build communities.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is a sampling of what you missed:
Case Study: WNET.org
- WordPress CMS Toolkit and Best Plugins.
- Sleepless in Social Media: WordCamp NYC 2009 WNET.org case study
- WordPress Publisher Blog: Fifty Sites. Ten Months. One CMS.
- Case Study: How a Non-Profit Media Company Profits from Building Open Source Online Publishing Platform (PDF)
BuddyPress Group API Extension
Andy Peatling, lead developer on BuddyPress, talked about the new Group API Extension and showed how it could be used to pull Twitter feeds into BuddyPress groups.
- BuddyPress Group Extension API
- Presentation: BuddyPress: An Introduction
- Presentation: Cooking with BuddyPress
Case Study: TrueSlant.com
The editor can activate “Editorial goggles,” allowing them to move content around the page by drag and drop. The system uses “heavy” JQuery to make this possible, according to Steve McNally, CTO for True/Slant. The editor can also add custom headlines, while still leaving the author’s original headline intact.
Content and contributors are also featured based on their “reputation” – a set of approximately 18 desirable behaviors (e.g. page views, posting frequency).
True/Slant, currently hosted on Slicehost, gives bloggers a detailed stats page to encourage them to grow their audience.
McNally said one of the challenges was to cross-reference content across many individual blogs, which tend to be fairly isolated in WordPress MU. Still, he said it was an easy decision to use WordPress MU and that he has “no regrets.”
Hyperlocal Journalism with BuddyPress