Announcing WordPress Day Sessions: Round 3

February 11, 2016

I know you can’t imagine WordPress Day 2016 getting any better, but check out these final amazing sessions that will part of this year’s event!

This is the third and final posting about sessions at the 2016 NTC WordPress Day. Check out round 1 and round 2 to learn about all of the other great sessions. And if you haven’t registered yet, head over to our #16ntcwp conference site to learn more.

websiteaccessibleWP Sites and Accessibility

Amar Trivedi

This session will cover basic accessibility principles focusing on how project managers and site owners can handle this seemingly confusing area via useful tasks and techniques. It will cover important accessibility WordPress plugins and themes that are available, as well as tips on how to include accessibility through design and the developmental workflow.


banner-1544x500The RESTful Future of WordPress

Phil Crumm

Big changes are coming. The introduction of the WordPress REST API (landing in WordPress 4.5 in April 2016) represents a fundamental shift in how we build and use WordPress. Join me as we explore the technology behind the shift, the motivation for the change, and what it means to us as users and developers of WordPress platforms.

We’ll review what a REST API is, exactly, investigate some common tools currently used for web application development atop REST APIs (e.g. React), and discuss the future of WordPress in this new light.

wordpress-multisiteMaking Multisite Work for You

Ben Byrne
Cornershop Creative

Whether being used for a vast and loose affiliation of local chapter websites or a closely-held pool of topical blogs, WordPress Multisite can be an efficient and effective tool — provided it’s done right. In this session, we’ll review the past, present, and future of this sometimes-esoteric technology and highlight appropriate use cases for leveraging it.

We’ll also walk through some best practices for setting up and developing for Multisite Networks, highlighting its strengths, weaknesses and “gotchas” so you can know if it’s a fit for your needs.

perfect-fitWordPress and CRM : Match Made In Heaven… or Hell?

Colin Pizarek
Neon Web Studio

There are lots of ways you can integrate your WordPress website with your CRM – web forms, social media, directories and look ups, website analytics, APIs, and many more. This session looks at the common recommendations for website and CRM integration, unpacking in a common sense and honest approach what will help your organization, and what is (or is not!) worth the investment of your time, talent, and treasure.


community-building-corkboard1WordPress = Community Building

Birgit Pauli-Haack

How can your WordPress site support your social media community building, outreach activities and online fundraising?

2015 has brought quite a few more new WordPress plugins and services that are very helpful for nonprofits to reach donors, gain new supporters and help online advocates to amplify content.

We will show plugins and features that will assist in your social media publishing efforts, save time and integrate well into your editorial calendar and planning.

You will learn how you can let your articles and pages shine on the various platforms and how to streamline your productions processes. And last but not least, how you can increase your list building efforts and have visitors subscribe to your emails.

During the discussion, we will look examples and discuss pros/cons usages as well as alternatives. You will be able to go back to your office and implement a few ideas.

web-hosting-keralaGoing Big: When and how to move your site to an enterprise hosting solution

Erik Mathy
Pantheon Systems

One of the hardest decisions for non-profits is knowing when, and then how, to upgrade their website hosting solutions. While the positives, such as guaranteed uptime, stability, speed, technical support and the like are attractive the decision itself can be intimidating. Factors such as cost, unfamiliarity with enterprise hosting options, and the technical challenges of site migration are enough to make anyone think more than twice!

In this session, I will do my best to remove some of the mystery from your decision making process. I’ll give you some things to look for in an enterprise hosting solution, explain what some of those weird terms mean, tips on how to ease the pain of migration to your new host and a few war stories over the years so that you know you’re not alone!

hqdefaultMaking the Most of Your Online Donation Campaigns with WordPress

Matt Cromwell

This session will cover how nonprofit organizations can utilize WordPress to maximize the effectiveness of their online donation campaigns. This involves the following items:

  1. Thought leadership (via content marketing)
  2. Community development (via social media and forums)
  3. Donation landing pages (via the Give plugin)
  4. Donor communications (via CRMs and MailChimp).

Attendees will receive a PDF “”White Paper”” with valuable resources and tools as a reference for this session.


Don’t have your ticket yet? Registration for NTC is still open — just be sure to opt in to the 16NTC WordPress Day Pre-Conference Event.

By Ira Horowitz

With 15 years’ experience, Ira is an expert in nonprofit online communications and online fundraising. His work has resulted in increased funds and resounding supporter engagement for hundreds of organizations.Ira oversees our project management team and works with clients to provide our clients with the best possible final product. He also manages all of our strategic engagements and helps guide nonprofits to determine their long-term strategy goals for online communications.