WordCamp Paris 2013: my feedback

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Some images from WordCamp Paris 2013, which was a great occasion to meet with the French WordPress community. During the hackday on Saturday 19th, I had the pleasure to contribute actively with two proposals:

  • A lightning talk on “how to improve WP Core without touching a line of code”, based on pages 28-54 of the slides seen here.
  • I facilitated a one-hour translation sprint for the French WordPress Codex, together with @maximebj and @gd6d. This will hopefully help in reviving the translation effort that stalled somewhere in 2010. If you are interested in helping out, I have created a shared translation workspace on Github and Dropbox, in order to coordinate the work.

And here are some rough notes about the conferences:

  • One of the most interesting talks IMHO was “Un nuage de politique“, about a very specific use-case of WP MultiSite. It wasn’t the best-prepared talk ever seen (the slides were practically non-existent), but it was extremely interesting to hear how a political party built a functioning online collaboration platform, based on tree main tools: Etherpad, WordPress and OwnCloud (they tried it previously with SPIP, then Drupal 5, then Typo + BuddyPress, but it never took off). Some of the most interesting aspects:
    • Usage of OwnCloud (and their custom plugin) for sharing their media library among a network of sites.
    • Usage of a custom OEmbed function that allows to “retweet” content inside their network of sites.
  • Olivier Gobet (@gd6d) offered a very funny session, and gave insight into his super-fast method of knocking off a website using a theme framework (Canvas, by WooThemes).
  • Another very useful session was provided by Michel from dev.xiligroup, about his Xili multi-language plugins. He gave some very useful overview on how to set up a simple multi-language website – this can actually be as simple as using a custom Taxonomy for “Language”, and linking articles by using a custom field (with the ID of the corresponding translated article) – a minimalistic method that would require zero plugins. :)

Thanks to the organizers for setting up this event. I believe that an active local community is very much needed to keep an open-source CMS alive and kicking. The quality of social interaction is this context is certainly as important as running quality code…