developers

Advanced Theming

Target Skill Level: 
Advanced

 

Covers more of the php aspect of theming, such as:

  • Using theme overrides
  • Preprocess functions
  • advanced templeting and template suggestions
  • Theme Registry

 

Session Block: 
4

Creating Event Calendars with Drupal (A Case Study of http://campusevents.uncc.edu)

Target Skill Level: 
Everyone

This session will be a case study of the UNC Charlotte Campus Events web site, which was recently launched in conjunction with the new UNC Charlotte upper tier web pages ( http://www.uncc.edu ).

Topics will include:

Session Block: 
4

Drupal Performance Tuning

Target Skill Level: 
Intermediate

Slow server? This session on performance tuning Drupal will take you from the basics like Drupal's built-in cache and will touch on advanced techniques like reverse cache proxies (Varnish). We'll also have a couple of demos showing the capabilities of some different types of systems.

You should know or understand the basics of the following prior to this session:

  • Views
  • CCK
  • How to install Drupal

What you'll learn:

Session Block: 
1

Making Drupal Friendli(er) for Content Editors

Target Skill Level: 
Intermediate

Drupal is often touted as a developer-friendly CMS. But it can be daunting to less technical users tasked with managing a Drupal site. However, there are several things we site builders can do to make the experience more intuitive for our content editors and contributors.

Session Block: 
1

Moving to Drupal - Turning a Legacy Site into a CMS Site

Target Skill Level: 
Intermediate

In this Drupal 6-focused session, Mark W. Jarrell of Austin Peay State University and FleetThought.com will showcase a list of modules, tips, and tricks (both on the Apache/MySQL side and the Drupal side) that will help you to know more about best practices in moving from a legacy site to a Drupal-based site.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Get it into MySQL (MySQL Migration Toolkit)
  • Basics of migrating legacy database content (Migrate and Table Wizard modules)
Session Block: 
4

Have you used git? Huh? Well, what SCM do you use? You don’t? Why not? It’s the way of the Drupal!

Target Skill Level: 
Everyone

I hate talking to other developers and having this conversation, source control management tools are incredibly important in managing your code. Git is the SCM that the Drupal project is switching to so it’s important that you get a head start on learning git and understanding how SCM can make you and your team better developers. In this presentation we’ll discuss source control, the basics of git, talk about managing your code, and hopefully get you interested in version control and git, or at least show you the pretty graphs that github produces.

Session Block: 
1

010, the Year of Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)

Target Skill Level: 
Everyone

Take SEO to a higher level in 2010. Follow Josh Ward of Drupal marketing firm Volacci as he shows how how simple, conversion-focused adjustments can yield a 40-50% improvement in the conversion rate of your site.

Josh will present the 7 things that you must do to increase the conversion rate of every Drupal website you build. Ben will cover:
-Keeping Web visitors engaged
-Calls to Action that Really Work
-How to Set Up A/B and Multivariate testing using Google Website Optimizer
-The multiplier effect from improvements across SEO, PPC, and conversion rates

Setting up a Dev site on shared hosting

Target Skill Level: 
Beginners

How to set up simple development and production sites on shared hosting.

Commits, CVS, and Patches... oh my!

Target Skill Level: 
Intermediate

For those who want to give back, but aren't sure how.

Intro to version control (git/github)

Target Skill Level: 
Beginners

The drupal project is moving from CVS to Git .  (at least I believe so).  It would be great to have an introduction on how to use this version control mechanism.  Even those that are not contributing modules / patches, it would still be a great intro to learn how to use Git on Github.

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