Archives for April 2013

The First WordSesh Was a Huge Success!

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, the first ever 24 hour free live streaming WordPress event, took place just a few short days ago. I had the privilege of helping organize and run the event with Scott Basgaard and Chris Cochran. The event was a huge success that featured an epic list of presenters from the WordPress Community.

Below are a few of the presentations that I enjoyed the most:

DradCast Kickoff Episode


Dre and I hosted a special WordSesh kickoff edition of the DradCast hosted by Scott Basgaard. We had a great time discussing how WordSesh was thought up, the logistics behind organizing an online only event, and some fun WordPress news.

Scoping Projects to Avoid Stress, Headaches & Angry Mobs


Lisa gave a great presentation on scoping projects for clients, which is a topic any entrepreneur can benefit from. She shares her experience with a client and ways she could have made the project run smoother by creating a detailed proposal and spec upfront.

WordPress Plugins, Code, and the Ecosystem in General


Brian and Pippin present on plugins and the ecosystem around them. They both have a wealth of knowledge that all WordPress plugins developers could learn from.

Everything & anything you’ve ever wanted to know about BuddyPress & bbPress


John’s presentation on BuddyPress and bbPress is a fun walkthrough on the history of both projects. John discusses the initial releases, journey to their current state, and also touches on the future of both BuddyPress and bbPress.

The best part of WordSesh is that all presentations are available online! To view any of the amazing videos visit the WordSesh YouTube page. Also be sure to follow @WordSesh on Twitter for updates on future events.

WordSesh proved that an online only WordPress event is something the community not only needs, but absolutely loves. Stay tuned for WordSesh 2!

How To: Get the Current Logged in User ID in WordPress

When developing custom themes and plugins for WordPress there are times you will need to get the logged in user’s ID. There are a few different ways to accomplish this, but I’m going to show you the easiest method. To get the user’s ID you’ll use the get_current_user_id() function like so:

$current_user_id = get_current_user_id();
echo 'Your User ID is: ' .$current_user_id;

The get_current_user_id() function will return the currently logged in user’s ID, or 0 if a user is not logged in. Another popular method, which requires a bit more code, is the get_currentuserinfo() function. The method I described above actually uses the wp_get_current_user() function, which is a wrapper for get_currentuserinfo(). So using get_current_user_id() is just a faster method for retrieving the same data. This function was added in WordPress 3.0 as part of the Multisite code merge into WordPress.

To learn more about the get_current_user_id() function check out the Codex article or consult the WordPress core.

WordSesh Starts Tonight with the DradCast

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, a 24-hour live streaming WordPress event, starts tonight with a special edition of the DradCast! The show starts at 8pm EDT ( 0:00 UTC ) and will feature the WordSesh organizer, and my good friend, Scott Basgaard.

This is the first ever online-only WordPress event and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I’d love to see more events like WordSesh in the future and I absolutely think we will. Overall there is very little overhead for an event like this, with the biggest cost being the time it takes to organize.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend (and honestly who doesn’t want to hang out with a bunch of nerds on a Friday?) you need to check out WordSesh. If you can’t make the live event don’t worry, all presentations are being recorded via YouTube so you can watch them back at your leisure.

I will see you tonight!

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Miami This Weekend!

wordcamp-miami-speakerThis weekend I will be speaking at sunny WordCamp Miami 2013! My presentation is titled Using WordPress as an Application Framework.

This is a brand new presentation for me so I’m very excited to present on the topic! Over the years we’ve built some really amazing WordPress powered web applications at WebDevStudios. My presentation will cover how to utilize WordPress as an application framework as well examples of web apps powered by WordPress. The goal is to get the audience to think outside the box when using WordPress.

I’ll be joined by Brian, Lisa, and Jay at the event, who are all giving presentations at the three-day event. April will also be attending and helping out as a volunteer. If you are attending WordCamp Miami make sure you track me down and say hi!