Think that the UX process is only for big agencies with big clients and big budgets? Think again! UX research and methodology can, and even must, be part of any web project, no matter the size. It’s possible, and I’ll show you how. In fact, you’re probably doing UX research already in some form, and you don’t even know it.

This talk demystifies UX and shows you how to make it an integral part of your web design process. The improvement is guaranteed: for you, your clients, and your clients’ clients.

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Sometimes the bad guys get in, despite all the protections and precautions. If that happens, there are many techniques that can be used to stop further damage, track down what the intruder did and how they got in. Finally the site needs to be cleaned up and re-opened for visitors. In this talk the most important techniques are presented along with real-life examples when they were used.

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The Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation facilitates and runs over 75 WordPress sites on behalf of all the ministries, and have a long history with WordPress. It started out with themebuilder and a standard theme, but as the platform grew, it became nearly impossible to maintain and support due to all the possibilities and variations. The internal team spent most of their time supporting what was already there, and had little time for innovation and optimisations.

Together with Dekode, they have now rebuilt the platform, and made their own modular custom theme, with a flexible but common design system in place. This allows them to spin up new, complex sites within days instead of weeks, freeing up both capacity and resources to further develop the platform, and to better serve their clients.

The platform has been designed for scale from the start and all further development contributes to the platform as a whole.

This talk will cover both sides of the story. From within G.S.S.O, and how it has changed the way they work with, and deliver WordPress. How a project like this is a partnership with a large dose of mutual trust. How a design and code system can save a lot of time and money. And last but not least, how this way of working is a lot more fun for everyone involved.

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In 2017 we fell in love with Gutenberg. In 2018 we decided to use it as a foundation for all things CMS: WP, Drupal or standalone apps. This resulted in Gutenberg JS: https://github.com/front/gutenberg-js. We quickly found out that the universal concept of blocks deserves a CMS agnostic library, and what if we could make it cloud based?

Here is what we did, what we learned, and how we are using it today!

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Laura talks about content design as part of the design process:

– Why and when you need a content designer
– What content a designer brings to the design process
– What are the benefits for the client/team/product

Since the content design is still a bit rare or a new thing in Finland and the Nordics, she’s also going to talk about what is needed to become a content designer and how content is and can be part of agile development.

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Going from co-founding a digital agency in a tiny suburban garage to running a company of 30 people has taught me things – many of which I’ve learned from my own failures. I’d like to present the 5 biggest mistakes of my entrepreneurial life so far to hopefully help others learn from those mistakes.

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A diverse environment like your WordPress site is inherently difficult to control. If you are a developer, you can make sure your own code meets quality standards and honors best practices, but it is usually not possible to do the same for plugins created by others. It becomes even more of a problem if you are required to rely on third-party code entirely, for example when you maintain a WordPress site, but don’t write extensions for it yourself.

Recently, new browser technologies have been introduced to help tackle such issues. Content Security Policies and Feature Policies allow you to define contracts between your site and the browser, efficiently enforcing your site to stick to certain best practices you define. You don’t want your site to ever serve images that are too large? You don’t want your site to ever give the user that pop-up for browser notifications? These new policies put you in control over how your site interacts with the user, relying on the browser as a middle man. If there is a violation of the policies you have defined, the browser can inform you via a new Reporting API standard, allowing you to spot the problem and act upon it. This session will provide an introduction to these new technologies, and then dive into how you can use them in WordPress.

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So you’re a splendid developer or designer, you bring your A game to work every day. You sleep like a log and jog like a fox and you’re practically unstoppable. Until feedback from your boss, colleague, or a customer comes into your inbox and all of a sudden, you’re this fiery ball of anger, resentment, and curse words. What just happened? How can you learn to receive feedback like a Buddhist unicorn, and how can you even benefit from it?

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The new WordPress block editor (a.k.a. Gutenberg) is a radical change for developers used to working with PHP. If you needed to learn JavaScript deeply and quickly to update your plugins and keep everything working, you may still feel a bit overwhelmed. The development of blocks represents a major challenge for all of us not proficient in JavaScript. In this talk we will show you a set of good practices to follow when developing with Gutenberg, as well as typical mistakes that you should avoid so that your code doesn’t break anything.

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