WordCamp Phoenix, Day 1 + New Plugin #wcphx

For my first experience at a WordCamp, today was a success as expected! I got to learn all kinds of new stuff (I’ll outline below) from awesome people and even some Automatticians! My favorite part/talk had to be the “Cain and Obenland in the Morning (Afternoon)” where they sang there intro (sorry, no video) throughout the talk, plus I learned a lot more about the theme customizer.

It was interesting to see some Automatticians face-to-face and I met a few other people along the way that knew so much more than me. Registration was probably the most hectic part (done in one location), but after that it was pretty easy. I’m learning that a big part of “learning” WordPress comes from attending WordCamps, as I learned a lot of new kind-of “hidden” things going on in WordPress that I never knew about before. Plus, you get to learn a lot from the audience as well.

The First Plugin

As I mentioned before I wanted to write a plugin this weekend during WordCamp Pheonix. I had a few ideas, and I decided on Add link without having to go find the link, copy, and paste (via Google search). What this will look like is…

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I’ll be optimizing the area where you add a link. Usually I have to open a new tab, “Google” the URL, copy, paste over and over. What I plan to do is make the link textbox do an Ajax search from Google and give you some results to choose from. Nine times out of ten the first few will be your result, click, and you’ve added your link.

I’ll be developing over at BitBucket (about to do the new tab thing I won’t have to do anymore…), and I plan on adding support for WP Markdown (again), since I use that instead of the normal WordPress link-make-r-thingy.