Speaker Spotlight: Troy Chaplin

Troy is a WordPress designer, developer and enthusiast who enjoys pushing the envelope with each new project. With over 10 years of experience in a creative environment, Troy has dedicated his professional life to working with WordPress on several levels, helping a small team at Carleton University enhance their web presence and providing content editors around the university with intuitive tools to help promote their activities and initiatives.

Troy is presenting: An Introduction to Custom Post Types

I like WordPress for two reason. First, the community, who share and help each other constantly. I think that without such a strong community, WordPress would not be nearly as successful as what it is today. I also like WordPress because of its versatility and ease of use, both for content creators as well as developers.
Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa? I’ve called Ottawa my home for over 10 years now and WordPress has been the key component of my professional life for over 5 years, what better reason to get involved in WordCamp Ottawa.In the future I would like to get more involved in both future WordCamp Ottawa events, as well as the Ottawa WordPress meet up to help educate people who have an interest in WordPress at any level.
What is your talk going to be about? My talk will be about the power of custom post types. A lot of people don’t know that you can create content areas outside of the standard posts and pages, and knowledge of this can help expand creativity and the thought process behind planning a site in WordPress.
What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why? It’s difficult to pick just one plugin to call my favourite, it depends on what the goals of the site are. A couple that come to mind immediately is Custom Field Template, which can be used in so many ways, from simple to advanced. Another would be Post2Post, which allows for the simple creation of relationships between posts.A couple others that I use on every site I build are WordPress SEO, Relevanssi and Gravity Forms.
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