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Taking on WordPress at Software Freedom Day 2011

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be part of the exceptional lineup of speakers at the Ateneo de Davao University edition of this year’s Software Freedom Day 2011.

Software Freedom Day will happen on a Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the 6th Floor of the Finster Hall, at the Ateneo de Davao University’s Computer Studies Division. SFD is a celebration of free and open source software (foss) which is simultaneously going on all over the world.

It’s nothing new for me to talk during Software Freedom Day, more so, talk about WordPress. This is going to be my 3rd session about my favorite blogging tool in the span of 4 years (I missed SFD 2010)

Anyway, I’m very happy to tell you that I’ll be giving away a decent number of domain names during my talk… add to that 1 year hosting courtesy of my kind hosting provider, too.

One thing that makes me feel a bit tensed and confused though is that I’m not sure what kind of people I’ll have to engage with.. Will it be those geeks who already know most about WordPress? Bloggers who started at BlogSpot? People interested in getting started with WordPress?

It’s really hard to figure that one out before I have them before me. That’s why I broadened the scope of my 1 hour slot to talk not only about the basics of WordPress but to extend beyond the out of the box functions.

WordPress Basics and Beyond – Student Blogger Edition

I have the gut feel that I’m surely not the only one who opted to name his talk like such, but I see no better fit to it. This is what I plan to cover during my talk at the Ateneo de Davao University:

  • WordPress Fundamental
    • Background of WordPress
    • Looking back at 2.x – 3.1
  • Installing WordPress
    • cPanel 1-click Installer
    • Manual Install
  • WordPress Basics
    • The WordPress Dashboard
    • Write Page
    • Posts Area
    • Pages Area
    • Comments Area
    • Settings Run Through
    • Appearance
      • Widget fiddling
  • WordPress for the above average Joe
    • Lucky 7
      • 7 Favorite Free Themes
      • 7 Must Have Plugins
      • 7 Things to Check
    • WordPress as CMS
      • Custom Menus
      • CMS-type Themes
    • Making WordPress Faster
      • The Fast Five Plugins
  • WordPress Beyond
    • WordPress Help
      • Codex
      • WPBeginner
      • WPRecipes
    • WordPress Themes
      • PaddSolutions
      • WordPress.org Theme Repository
      • Elegant Themes
      • Studio Press
      • WooThemes
    • WordPress Communities
      • WPTavern
      • Weblogtoolscollection
      • WordPress.org
      • WPCandy
    • WordPress Hosting
      • Eleven2
      • Dreamhost
      • Bluehost
  • (if time allows) Blogging and the Blogger
    • Why do you blog?
    • Blogging Ethics
    • SEO Basics
  • GIVEAWAY Portion
    • 1 x 1 year domain + hosting
    • 3 x 1 year WordPress hosting
    • 4 x 1 domain
Note: Final presentation flow may be different subject to no prior notice. It looks like a heck long talk for an hour, but most of them are just one slide – one liners. Especially the one in the WordPress beyond section.
I’d  like to thank Eleven2 Web HostingThe Travel Teller, Abdul Hakeem, Scolex PortalTEES.PHAlohagems Online and, Tech at Hand for the domain and hosting giveaways!
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Pinoy Teens Rev 3.2

I don’t know, but I feel really happy and satisfied about the redesign of my main site, Pinoy Teens Online! I know, it isn’t actually a total redesign, since I believe, a lot of you have already seen the website the way it looks right now before. But trust me, this something totally new. It isn’t the lame black design that you know from back then. I’ve added a lot of new features and made it look much better than it used to be as a default. Although, I might also tweak on the CSS and image files to make it look more livelier and offer it in different colors soon.

Code of page_mag.php

The current theme on the blog has been my very lucky charm. With that on, I never used to have any real problems with the blog. Income, which was later on invested into the hosting was good. The amount of visitors was decent and everything was really just in its proper place. And that is where it is heading to again.

2009 has been one of the top earning years for me, but not really one of the top blogging ones. I’ve used to be more active in 2008, when I started the blog and I’m looking forward to do just that again this year, being more active.

With the new design and the new features that I’ve added it will be much much easier for me and my fellow contributors to bring the discussion to you. More specific categories, and sub-pages where you can find everything that you want, need and is of your interest. Else, there’s still the search bar for emergency purposes. I’m very excited about the reintroduction of the discussion board that is going to happen in the next few weeks, and the tie-up with the various Youth Says Chapters spread all over the Philippines.

It’ll be a fruitful year for Pinoy Teens, even though we’ve started it a bit late. Hey, Chinese New Year is still ahead of us, so, we’re technically just about having a kick-ass 2010 on Pinoy Teens if we look it from a Chinese point of view.

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read this post and for being a follower of Pinoy Teens Online. I won’t let you down, all of you.

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The WordCamp Davao aftermath

In the past, I tend to write a lot about events that I attended, especially if these events are about blogging, well, that’s not the case anymore. I’m lazy to write things this very hour, and I shall leave it with a few moments I want to share about my Wordcamp Davao experience as a Volunteer of the said blogging event.

WordCamp Davao 2009 Volunteer Kevin Paquet

The event kicked off with a decent attendance, well a few noteworthy people were missing, most especially my dear blogging bestfriend (I so mean it the other way around), kidding aside, I thought that some avid bloggers from Davao City like Aice would be around, Ria Jose wasn’t there and a few others that expected to be there.

Kuya Migs Mobile hosted the event. Dulce from Pad Solutions was present too to introduce a bunch of interesting WordPress themes that are suitable for any kind of blogger, from personal to media to like I said, any kind of blogger. Lyle Santos was there to introduce a handful of plugins that every WordPress installation should have, and also added a few fancy ones in which one has caught my attention that I just had to install immediately on my blog, and that is the Sexy Bookmarks WordPress plugin. Thanks for the couple of extra plugs, sana sa WordCamp Manila meron din, kahit wala ako :p

I’d love to share pictures with you from the event, but don’t have any picture available right now (wonder why it takes so long for Charles, Chattee and the others to upload pictures). :p

The event was well attended from the close circle of Mindanao Bloggers, the usual people I come to spend some time with after blogging events, like the Digital Filipino Club event that happened some weeks back. Avel Manansala from GenSantos.Com was also rumored to be present but did not show up, also a Cotabato Blogger wasn’t able to make it to the event.

I might have made it to WordCamp Davao as a volunteer this year, but it is unlikely that I can get out of Davao to attend the main event in Manila just like I did last year, and I so badly wanted to have that perfect attendance going on WordCamp Events.

Other friends in the blogger world that were present are Brendel and Miah. Yours truly and Faust helped out volunteering in aiding newbies getting started with their transition to WordPress, well, a job well done if you ask me, based on the looks and smiles of my three newbies to the WordPress software.

Aside from the fact that I lack financial funds to attend WordCamp Philippines 2009, I’ll also have my own little WordPress talk at the University of the Immaculate Conception for Software Freedom Day 2009 that I’ll be writing more about in a while at Pinoy Teens.

The event, by the way, was sponsored by Blogie’s Davao Deli.

Sorry for those I’ve missed out

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WordCamp Davao 2009 knocks on the door

WordCamp Davao 2009 is knocking on the door again, for the second year ever, after its South East Asian debut in 2008. WordCamp is arguably the number one blogging event to attend world wide. Organized by group of bloggers in a certain country/area. The historic event in the Philippines was hosted by the DLSCSB Community in their campus, in Manila. It was the first ever South East Asian WordCamp at was attended by Mister WordCamp himself, Matt Mullenweg.

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