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Had a great time talking about What’s New in WordPress 3.1 at the Web414 “Ultimate WordPress Showdown” Thursday. It wasn’t as pugnacious as it sounds, though. Scott Offord from OrionWeb demonstrated listing child pages, custom fields for arrays, and a couple SEO-oriented plugins (slides here). Jeramey Jannene made a simple plugin before our very eyes.

When my turn came, I looked really stupid, as I couldn’t get the laptop and projector to play nice with each other (Thanks, Ashe!). Once I recovered from that, it went pretty well. At some point, I think there will be video at

My publisher may not entirely approve, but I promised to offer links to posts I found really helpful in preparing my talk. It’s just coincidence that they both have books about WordPress:

One more thing: There was a positive response in the meeting to my proposal for a WordCamp in Milwaukee in 2011. I’ll be submitting a proposal to WordCampCentral this week. Watch this space for updates.

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Genuinely excited to be participating in this event at Web414. A bunch of Milwaukee folks gathering to talk about WordPress. If you can be in Milwaukee on January 13, click the link to RSVP—It’s free!

I think I’ll be talking about the new features of WordPress 3.1, which just may be out by then.

Here’s the blurb:

What is “The Ultimate WordPress Showdown” you say? Well, it’s a damn catchy title. We hope to have Mike McCallister, Mike MacAllister, Jeremey Jannene, and Scott Offord all showing and telling us something about WordPress. What do these people do? They write books about WordPress, design (and sell) WordPress templates, build businesses using WordPress, and there may even be some SEO talk in there as well.

Two hours. Five people. One topic. WordPress.

Come join us!

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