Chicago Here We Come! Gearing up for CMS Expo

CMS Expo 2010, Chicago, IL

CMS Expo Chicago 2010 is almost here! And if the last two years have been any indication, it's sure to be a great time! Not only do I get to reconnect with my fellow CMS lovers but there is also the annual NXNW pub crawl to look forward to...and let's be frank, the conference is great, but we're all really there for the pub crawl.

However, we will be attending to some more serious business. You all probably know me as a Joomla! guy...and you'd be right, but this year I'll be speaking on another great CMS framework - WordPress. Below is a quick recap of the sessions I'll be presenting and I hope to see some of you there.

How to Choose Themes for WordPress
This session will cover how to choose and manage WordPress themes. We'll look at where to find themes, and the difference between paid and free themes. In addition we'll talk about what makes a theme great or not-so-great, theme options, identifying the anatomy of a theme, creative ways to use sidebars, and common ways to add or replace "header" images. The goal of the session is to help you choose the right theme for your client or personal project.

WordPress by Design
WordPress is one of the most popular web publishing systems in the world. In this session we'll talk about how attention to design can make your WordPress site stand out. We'll discuss the importance of site structure during the design process, how to use design elements, how to control design through theme options and mobile themes. We'll also take a look at some of the most popular, high-traffic WordPress sites and talk about what makes them shine.

Come to the 2010 CMS Expo

Should be a fun time for all. And for those first-timers - here's are a few things you can expect.

- A relaxed environment and easy conversation. It's very easy to meet new people and make some great connections at this event. The size of CMS Expo makes it a little more intimate than conferences like SXSW, which can be a bit overwhelming. You'll meet smart people who are ready to both learn and share information.

- A lot of great information. The sessions this year will be broken out into different tracks to help attendees easily naviagate through the session schedule. Tracks will be: Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress, Plone, Business, Foundations and the Power Track (which personally I find very intriguing. I mean, who doesn't want to check out the Power track?!).

- The Hosts with the Most. John and Linda Coonen do a great job of putting together this event every year. And, as any past attendee will tell you, they make themselves very accessible during the event. You'll always find them available to lend a hand and help connect you with the right people. So don't be shy, and be sure to catch up with them.

- Delicious Chicago-Style Pizza. This may not have anything to do with content managment systems, but it is a must whenever you visit Chicago - the pizza capital of the world. Invite other attendees along to grab a slice, and continue the conversation.