How to Fix the “Warning: File_Get_Contents” Error in WordPress

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26 Best WordPress Themes for Musicians (2017)

Want to build a website for your band? Not sure which is the best WordPress theme for musicians and band websites? Most musicians and bands rely on their social media following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. However, as you grow it becomes essential to have a website. In this article, we will showcase the best WordPress themes for musicians and bands to promote their music.

Best WordPress themes for musicians and bands

Getting Started with a WordPress Website for Musicians

WordPress is the best platform for musicians and bands to build their website. It allows you to embed your music, sell tickets, and integrate your social media without too much technical knowledge.

To start a website for your band, the two things you will need is a domain name and web hosting. Your domain is the address for your website (such as google.com). Web hosting is where your website lives on the internet (this is where your files are stored).

We have a detailed guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting and how to pick the best domain name. But if you don’t want to read that, then you can skip right to our recommendation.

We recommend using Bluehost because they are the official WordPress.org recommended hosting provider. Also, they’re giving our users a free domain name and 60% off discount on their hosting plans if you use our Bluehost coupon code.

After that you can follow our step by step guide on how to install WordPress.

Once your site is up and running, you will be able to select a WordPress theme for your website. Select one of the themes listed below and then see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress theme.

Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress themes for musicians and bands.

1. Wayfarer

Wayfarer

Wayfarer is a WordPress theme built specifically for musicians, bands, and record companies. It features a modern look with tons of features for a music related website.

It has built in audio and video libraries which allow you to showcase your work anywhere on your website. It has custom made music and video players with support for single or multi-track playlists.

It also comes with a management area for gigs so that your followers can find where you will be performing next and buy tickets. Despite so many advanced features, it is still very easy and painfree to setup.

2. Amplify

Amplify

Amplify is a beautiful WordPress theme for musicians. It is highly customizable with custom headers, backgrounds, color choices, templates, multiple layouts, and live customizer.

It comes with gigs management, audio player, playlist management, and custom widgets to add your gigs and music anywhere on your site. It is also fully ready to be used with drag and drop page builders like Beaver Builder.

3. Obsidian

Obsidian

Obsidian is a modern and stylish WordPress theme for bands and musicians. It comes with beautiful audio and video library sections, gig management area, discography, and a site wide player.

It features beautiful full screen backgrounds that can be easily customized to give your site a unique look.

4. Muso

Muso

A beautiful and free WordPress music theme, Muso comes with stylish fullscreen header with your logo on it. It can beautifully display your latest track or playlist from Soundcloud or Mixcloud, and optionally feature a carousel which is great for promoting tour dates.

5. Hammer

Hammer

Hammer is a WordPress music theme with a minimalist approach to design. It features a large slider on the homepage with social media widgets and a site-wide music player.

It also comes with a masonry style blog section with beautiful display of featured images and crisp typography. It also comes with gig management, discography, video library, and custom font support.

6. Music

Music

Music is a powerful WordPress theme for musicians and bands. It comes with an awesome music player baked right into the theme.

Music features a fullscreen video or image background on the homepage with a call to action. It also comes with unlimited layout and color choices. It also comes with artist pages, allowing you to showcase multiple artists with their tour dates, music, and videos.

7. Event

Event

Event is a powerful WordPress theme for bars, musicians, entertainment venues, bands, etc. It features a modern futuristic look with large background images.

It is designed to showcase events and comes with an event managment area. Event also has galleries, video library, social media integration, and tons of customization options.

8. Beat Heaven

Beat Heaven

Beat Heaven is a WordPress theme for music venues, musicians and bands. It comes with event management section to easily add and manage events from your website.

It features a beautiful slider with multiple styles and layout choices. It also comes with a beautiful audio player. You can add the player site-wide or display single audio tracks in library.

9. Soundstage

Soundstage

If you want to start an online store to sell your music, then Soundstage makes it super easy. This beautiful WordPress music theme comes with powerful features like built-in mp3 player, galleries, video player, and a blog section.

It features a customizable homepage slider, band member pages, discography and a widgetized homepage area.

10. Oscillator

Oscillator

Oscillator is a feature-rich stylish WordPress music theme. It comes with built-in slider, artists, discography, event, galleries and videos.

It has a beautiful music player that you can display site-wide. It also has event management, discography, drag and drop homepage, and custom widgets for content discovery, social networking, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

11. Oxium

Oxium

Oxium is a beautiful WordPress theme for musicians. It comes with audio and video library, discography, galleries, and a drag and drop homepage builder.

It also has built-in artist pages, event management, slider, and custom widgets for social media and content discovery.

12. Sessions

Sessions

Sessions is a WordPress theme for musicians, djs, event organizers, nightclubs and everyone in the entertainment industry. It features a beautiful homepage slider, a built-in media player, and a drag and drop homepage builder.

It comes with WooCommerce support so you can sell stuff from your website. It also has discography, artist pages, events, galleries, and custom widgets for social media integration.

13. Berliner

Berliner

Berliner is a classy WordPress theme for musicians, artists, bands, and music venues. It features a beautiful homepage slider, events slider, and news section.

It also comes with artist pages, discography, event management, galleries, and videos.

14. Kontrol

Kontrol

Kontrol is a modern and highly customizable WordPress music theme. It has a beautiful slider on the homepage, music player, video gallery, photos, and blog section.

Kontol comes with an event management system and custom widget to display events on homepage. It also has artist pages, carousel, albums, multiple color schemes and layouts.

15. Hernan

Hernan

Hernan is a sleek WordPress theme for musicians, bands, DJs, etc. It has built-in videos, discography, media player, event management, galleries, and artist pages.

The theme comes with multiple layout options, colors, and custom widgets for content discovery and social media integration.

16. Promenade

Promenade

Promenade is a WordPress theme designed for the musicians who want to stand out with style and class. It comes with a highly customizable homepage with featured content, featured music, a beautiful media player, and custom widgets.

Promenade comes with event management system and a beautiful video library. It is very easy to setup and highly customizable.

17. Twotone

Twotone

With gorgeous fullscreen header and a beautiful transparent music player, Twotone truly stands out is an ideal WordPress theme for musicians. Below the header there is a two column widgetized area to display your music, events, discography and blog posts.

Twotone comes with event management, track and song management, custom fonts, video library, and gallery.

18. Marquee

Marquee

Marquee has a two column split layout featuring a header image and widgetized homepage elements. Marquee comes with a beautiful media player, audio-video media management, artist pages, discography, and event management system.

It is also optimized for speed and performance with tons of customization options.

19. Rock Star

Rock Star

Rock Star is a sleek and free WordPress music theme. It comes with multiple layouts, news ticker, featured content, featured slider, tours, breadcrumb, videos, social icons and instagram images.

It comes with built in social media integration, allowing visitors to easily share your tracks and tour dates. It also comes with a custom widget for Instagram to easily share your photos on your website.

20. DJ

DJ

DJ is a beautiful WordPress theme for musicians, DJs, music and entertain related websites. It comes with built-in audio player and video gallery.

It also has multiple page templates, custom widgets, beautiful slider, featured content, and live customizer.

21. Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a colorful WordPress music theme. It comes with 5 color schemes and multiple layout choices. It works beautifully with YouTube and Vimeo videos and allows you to add your playlists from SoundCloud.

Brooklyn is easy to setup and can also be used as a blogging theme for entertainment and music related blogs.

22. Setlist

Setlist

Setlist is a modern WordPress music theme for musicians, bands, entertainment related websites. It comes with a built-in event management module that allows you to easily add upcoming tour dates.

It also works beautifully with video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo. It comes with multiple ready to use color schemes, social media integration, beautiful slider, and quick setup.

23. Nightclubbing

Nightclubbing

NightClubbing is a WordPress theme with beautiful graphics built for musicians, night clubs and music sites in general. It comes with 7 beautiful color schemes, built-in event calendar, homepage template, and social media integration.

It also allows you to add music from SoundCloud, YouTube, or Vimeo with the slider widget to showcase your music or videos in your website.

24. Harmonic

Harmonic

Harmonic is a beautiful free WordPress theme designed for artists, musicians, photographers. It comes with portfolio custom post type, a beautiful homepage layout, beautiful media display, custom headers and backgrounds.

25. Videozoom

Videozoom

Videozoom is a WordPress theme for video websites perfectly suitable for websites sharing music videos. It comes with a powerful video slider allowing you to show video galleries in a beautiful carousel.

You can embed videos in WordPress from YouTube and Vimeo.

26. Dance Floor

Dance Floor

Dance Floor is a WordPress night club and music theme. It comes with a beautiful audio track widget, easy to use slider, and powerful social media integration.

It has a built-in events calendar to promote events and tour dates. It comes in 5 color styles and easy setup and customization options.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress theme for your band or musician website. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress site.

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How to Create Real Estate Listings Using WordPress (In 3 Steps)

Selling a property is no walk in the park. Even if you have the perfect listing available, chances are you won’t find the right buyers unless you know just how to show it off. That’s where WordPress can help you.

WordPress offers plenty of ways to create real estate listings and display them in all their glory. In this article, we’ll introduce you to one of our favorite tools to do so – the Easy Property Listings plugin. Furthermore, we’ll teach you how to set it up from start to finish, including how to integrate it with Divi.

An Introduction to the Easy Property Listings Plugin

The Easy Property Listings plugin.

Easy Property Listings is more than a simple tool to create real estate listings. In fact, it offers enough features to power an entire agency. It supports multiple agents, seven property types, and dozens of fields for each. Furthermore, the plugin is fully customizable, and can be used alongside most themes (including Divi).

Key Features:

  • Integrates with most WordPress themes
  • Displays listings grids or lists
  • Fully responsive
  • Includes built-in tutorials
  • Comes with several unique listing types
  • Supports as many agents as needed

Price: The basic Easy Property Listings plugin is free, but there are several premium extensions available | More Information

How to Set Up Easy Property Listings (In 3 Steps)

Before we get started, it’s worth noting that you should always back up your WordPress site before installing any plugins that implement major new functionality. If you’re not sure how to do so, you might want to check out our complete guide to using the UpdraftPlus plugin.

We should also mention that the Easy Property Listings plugin is not the only choice available if you want to create real estate listings in WordPress. It’s one of the best free options out there, but there are also premium alternatives, such as Estatik Pro.

Additionally, you might want to take a look at some of the real estate focused themes available, which work rather well with most of these options.

Moving on, let’s get to setting up this plugin.

Step #1: Activate the Types of Listings You’ll Need

After activating the plugin, an Easy Property Listings tab will appear on your dashboard. Click on it and choose the Settings option. The first thing you need to do is select which types of listings you want to display, and activate them:

The types of listings available with the plugin.

Once you’ve done that, scroll down to the Listing Single View section. In there, you may enable an option to automatically show galleries whenever a visitor clicks on one of your listings. We recommend that you enable this setting and add the number of columns you’d like displayed:

The options for individual listings.

Now, save your changes and head to Settings > Permalinks on your dashboard. Once inside, click on the Save Changes button.

You’ll now see additional tabs on your dashboard – one for every listing type you activated. We’ll need to use these tabs to add our listings, but there’s one step to go before we get there.

Step #2: Create Pages for Your Listing Types

Now that you’ve enabled the types of listings you want to display, you need to create individual pages for each of them. These pages will be entirely blank until you start adding properties, but you need to create them manually for the plugin to work.

Let’s say, for example, that you activated the Business listing type during step number one. You’ll need to go to Pages > Add New and type Business as the name of your new page:

Adding a page for your business listings.

Now, take that same name and add it as your page’s permalink:

Setting a permalink for your new page.

Then we’re good to go. Hit the Publish button, and you’ll be able to start adding properties under that particular category right away.

Depending on how many listing types you added, you may have to repeat the process several times. The only slug that’s slightly different from the rest is that for the Commercial Land property type, which is commercial-land.

Step #3: Publish Your First Listing

We just created a blank page for our Business listings, so let’s use that category as an example. If you enabled this option under listing types, a corresponding tab should have appeared on your dashboard:

The new Business listings tab.

After clicking on Add New, you’ll find yourself facing the WordPress editor. First of all, enter a name and description for your listing:

Adding a new business listing.

Next, you’ll want to specify a listing agent. If the name of your agent matches that of a user on your site, the plugin will automatically output a short biography alongside the listing:

The option to list agents.

In this same page, you’ll also need to input pricing details:

Adding pricing details.

There is also a section for the address of the property in question:

Adding an address to your property.

Aside from the information we mentioned, you’ll also want to add a featured image to each listing. Furthermore, the plugin even enables you to add videos and floor plans for your listings:

Adding videos and floor plans to your listings.

As you can see, each custom post type comes with a large number of fields to be populated. While this can be a bit cumbersome, detailed information should increase your chances of connecting with the right buyers. Once you’ve entered the relevant information, hit the Publish button and your property will be listed under the Business category (or whichever type you’re using).

And that’s it – you’ve added a listing to your website!

How to Publish a Listing Using Divi

If you’re a Divi user, chances are you’ll want to create and style unique pages for each type of listing on your site. Fortunately, Easy Property Listings includes a robust shortcode system, which enables you to include listings wherever you want.

To add one in Divi, open the page you want and load the Divi Builder. Then add a Code module where you want the property to show up:

The Divi Code module.

Now, open your Code module and locate the Content field:

At this stage, you should go ahead and check out Easy Property Listing’s shortcode documentation, since there are too many commands to cover here. However, if all you want is to publish your listings for a single category, here’s the shortcode you need to use:

[listing post_type="property"]

Just replace property with the type of listing you want to display, and you’ll be good to go!

Conclusion

WordPress is an excellent tool if you’re looking to get your real estate listings in front of as many eyes as possible. Whether you’re a realtor or an agency, setting up a website to display your properties in all their glory is entirely within your reach.

In fact, all it takes is installing the Easy Property Listings plugin and following these three simple steps:

  1. Identify and activate the types of listings you need.
  2. Create individual pages for each type of listing.
  3. Publish your first property!

If you’re a Divi user, you can also easily integrate listings using the Code module.

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10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2017

We’re about to throw a farewell for 2016 and proceed to 2017. This year has been pretty exciting for WordPress community as we’ve seen major plugin releases, theme additions, updates, and wordpress.org has started to test out its new plugin directory, which looks really cool.
A couple of days ago we’ve witnessed one of the major updates of the year, and that’s  “Vaughan”, the new 4.7 version of WordPress.It’s the latest and final update of the year which comes with a brand-new default theme, pretty impressive new features in customizer, editor, and some enhanced backend tweaks.

Creative Commons’ New Search Tool is Now in Beta, Pulls CC Images from Multiple Sources

If you’ve been wearing out Unsplash images on your blog, it’s time to take another look at Creative Commons. The site has just launched the beta of its new multi-source search interface. Unlike the current search tool, which will only search one source by sending the visitor offsite, CC Search loads the results from multiple sources onsite.

The Commons includes approximately 1.1 billion works in various formats – literary works, videos, photos, audio, scientific research, and other formats. As half of these works are estimated to be images, the prototype for the new search tool focuses on this format.

“Our goal is to cover the whole commons, but we wanted to develop something people could test and react to that would be useful at launch,” Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley said. “To build our beta, we settled on a goal to represent one percent of the known Commons, or about 10 million works, and we chose a vertical slice of images only, to fully explore a purpose-built interface that represented one type but many providers.”

CC Search currently pulls CC-licensed images from Rijksmuseum, Flickr, 500px, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This includes 200,000 new images from the collection of 375,000 digital works that the Met released under CC0 this week.

In addition to the new search interface, the beta includes social tools that allow users to curate and share their own lists, add tags and favorites, and save searches. One-click attribution is built in, making it easy for users to properly attribute the works.

As Creative Commons is a small organization and fairly lean on resources, the new search was built by a single contractor over seven months. Software engineer Liza Daly was selected to research and build a proof-of-concept for CC Search, a project which she understood to be “a front door to the universe of openly licensed content.”

“CC Search is meant to make material more discoverable regardless of where it is hosted,” Daly said. “For this reason (and for obvious cost-saving objectives), we decided to host only image metadata — title, creator name, any known tags or descriptions — and link directly to the provider for image display and download. A consequence of this is that CC Search only includes images which are currently available on the web; CC is not collecting or archive any images itself.”

Daly built the search feature on AWS cloud infrastructure using Python, Django, Postgres, and Elasticsearch. The beta has estimated hosting costs of $1,400/month. She opted for Python, because she was most familiar with it.

“As the prototype evolved, we decided the opportunity for an engaging front door to the Commons lay in curation and personalization,” Daly said. “Because of its dedicated maintenance team and frequent patch management, I chose Django as the web framework.” She chose Elasticsearch over Solr (and other options) primarily because of the AWS’s Elasticsearch-as-a-service.

“CC Search is not, at this time, a particularly sophisticated search application; image metadata is relatively simple and when dealing with a heterogeneous content set from a diversity of providers, one tends towards a lowest-common-denominator approach — our search can only be as rich as our weakest data source,” Daly said. “There is much to be improved here.”

Daly also described an interesting idea for adding a blockchain-type architecture that would record licensing transactions, sharing, and gratitude in a distributed way. This idea falls outside of the scope of the MVP but may be something the project’s future developers will consider when implementing the final version.

“A long-term goal of this project is to facilitate not only search and discovery, but also reuse and ‘gratitude,’” Daly said. “A frequent complaint about open licenses in general — both for creative works and software code — is that contributing to the commons can be a thankless task. There are always more consumers than contributors, and there’s no open web equivalent to a Facebook ‘like.’”

Other future improvements that the team will consider based on user feedback include adding more content partners, more tools for customizing lists, allowing users to search from their own curated material, and giving trusted users the ability to push metadata back into the collection. Search filters may also be expanded to allow for searching by color, drilling down into tags, and searching public lists.

Check out the beta for the new CC Search at ccsearch.creativecommons.org.

Guideline reminder: commenting and comment moderation

With many new observers and contributors joining the WordPress core project recently, let’s take a moment to review the comment guidelines for Make/Core, which can also be extended to apply to Make/Design, Make/Accessibility, and Core Trac. Overall, the majority of comments seen are positive and constructive, and it’s important to keep it that way to ensure the health of the project and its contributors.

Of particular note to editors is the comment moderation policy:

If a comment is disrespectful and/or unprofessional, it may be edited at the discretion of the core team.

Editing of a comment will be done with the approval of at least two blog administrators. When a comment is edited, only the offending section will be edited with the intent of retaining as much of the expressed opinion. The administrators who edit the offending comment will add an editor’s note stating the reason for editing and the names of the administrators who took action. Additionally, the administrator doing the editing should retain a screenshot of the unedited comment, which can be uploaded to the Media Library on make/core, if necessary.

Comments will only be deleted when the offending comment is clearly spam that was not properly moderated.

Comments are generally approved by default, which means that email notifications are triggered immediately. Outright deletion of a comment that is anything except obvious spam will be noticed and fosters justified feelings of undue censorship and lack of consideration. Comments with issues such as information that should be privately sent to the security team, attacks on individuals, excessive use of profanity, or distractingly off-topic content should be edited with a note per the process outlined above. This serves multiple purposes: a record of what was changed and why; a visible stand by contributors that the cited behavior is not tolerated; and a public record of that particular commenter’s behavior for others to use as context.

Google Webmaster Tools Fixes Confusing Messages About Updating WordPress

In 2009, Google announced it would send notifications via Webmaster Tools to site owners that new versions of software are available E.g. Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress.

WordPress 4.7.2 was released at the end of January. It patched a critical security vulnerability with the REST API that is being actively exploited in the wild. Site owners who updated to 4.7.2 are receiving Google Alerts that their sites are out of date.

Recommended WordPress update available forhttp://bit.ly/2fQQYCW

To: Webmaster of http://bit.ly/2fQQYCW,

Google has detected that your site is currently running WordPress 4.7.0 or 4.7.1, an older version of WordPress. Outdated or unpatched software can be vulnerable to hacking and malware exploits that harm potential visitors to your site. Therefore, we suggest you update the software on your site as soon as possible.

Following are one or more example URLs where we found pages that have outdated software. The list is not exhaustive.

http://bit.ly/2kYReV0

http://bit.ly/2lu22HK

http://bit.ly/2kZ32GW

Some of the people who received notices thought the email was a phishing attempt as WordPress is misspelled using a lower-case p. Others expressed confusion and anxiety receiving notices despite having already updated their sites.

WordPress powered sites contain a meta generator that Google uses to detect which version is running.

< meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress 4.7.1″ />

However, Google does not monitor pages in real-time. If a site owner updates to WordPress 4.7.2 but the page indexed by Google is running 4.7.1, they’ll receive a notice.

Juan Felipe Rincón, Webmaster Outreach at Google, responded to the forum thread and confirmed the issues reported by users, “Definitely a problem on our end,” Rincón said.

“We’re sorry for causing confusion in the messaging and for the swirl this created for many of you and your users or client base.”

Google was aware that notices would be sent to site owners who already updated but chose to send them anyway due to the seriousness of the vulnerability.

“However, we underestimated the number of sites that had already patched, and our messaging gave no room for interpretation or letting website owners know that if they had already upgraded they could ignore the message safely,” Rincón said.

Google has implemented the following changes to improve its update notification system:

  • Messages have stopped being delivered for now but will resume shortly.
  • The messages have been reworded to be clearer.
  • Additional checks have been added to reduce the number of notifications sent to owners who already updated.

If you’ve updated WordPress to 4.7.2, you can safely disregard the notices.

RCE Attempts Against the Latest WordPress REST API Vulnerability

RCE Attempts Against the Latest WordPress REST API Vulnerability

We are starting to see remote command execution (RCE) attempts trying to exploit the latest WordPress REST API Vulnerability.

These RCE attempts started today after a few days of attackers (mostly defacers) rushing to vandalize as many pages as they could. The RCE attempts we are seeing in the wild do not affect every WordPress sites, only the ones using plugins that allow for PHP execution from within posts and pages.

Continue reading RCE Attempts Against the Latest WordPress REST API Vulnerability at Sucuri Blog.

JavaScript Injections Leads to Tech Support Scam

JavaScript Injections Leads to Tech Support Scam

During a recent malware investigation, we found some interesting obfuscated Javascript code. This code pretends to appear as part of the popular AddThis social sharing plugin, using it in URL naming conventions and an image file.

The malware ultimately redirects website visitors to node.additionsnp[.]top which hosts a tech support scam that can be dangerous to visitors. This malware campaign cleverly hides its tracks with several layers of obfuscation, making it difficult for webmasters to identify the hack.

Continue reading JavaScript Injections Leads to Tech Support Scam at Sucuri Blog.

WordCamp Miami 2017 to Host JavaScript Track, AMA Spots, and 2-Day Kids’ Camp

WordCamp Miami is sporting an 80’s theme this year for its 9th year running. The team of 12 organizers is expecting more than 800 attendees and will host 60+ local and global speakers, including new speakers from India, Australia, Poland, Canada, and other international locations.

As in previous years, WordCamp Miami is a multi-day smorgasbord of WordPress networking and educational opportunities with workshops for all ages. The event is bringing back the two-day Kids’ Camp and Kids’ Panel it hosted last year. Lead organizer David Bisset is expecting approximately 50 attendees and said the team is seeing an even greater increase of parents and kids than previous years, based on more kids’ tickets being purchased earlier.

This year the Kids’ Camp will focus on blogging and coding and children will even get their own attendee bags. Kids will also receive free hosting and a free domain name, thanks to a donation from a sponsor. The call for speakers for kids aged 7-18 is now open.

WordCamp Miami will be hosting three workshops on the Friday leading up to the main event: a Beginner’s workshop, a Freelance workshop, and the WP REST API / BuddyCamp workshop. This is the fifth consecutive year for BuddyCamp and attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about building mobile applications with BuddyPress and the WordPress REST API.

The “Learn JavaScript Deeply” track is returning in 2017, featuring local and international JS developers. So far WordCamp Miami is the only camp to have an entire track devoted to JavaScript. Organizers have designed the format of the track to be duplicated by other camps that want to include more JS content.

The event’s organizers usually attempt to get “outside the WordPress bubble” by inviting speakers with experience in other platforms to share with attendees. This year’s lineup includes two sessions from members of the Drupal and Joomla communities. Mike Herchel, a front-end web developer at Lullabot, will present a session titled “WordPress & Drupal: Community and Contribution Differences and Lessons.” Aleksander Kuczek, CEO of Perfect Dashboard and a Joomla Extension Directory team member, will be speaking about how Joomla handles plugin contributions.

Other focus topics during the main event include customizing/extending WordPress, e-commerce, mental health, content marketing, and building a better business (from freelancers to agencies). Organizers have also reduced the time for speakers a little in order to introduce some “AMA” spots. The new format will feature prominent people in the community who will be available to simply answer questions from attendees. The guests for the AMA spots are still being finalized, but Bisset said one example is a representative from Sucuri and will be available to answer any questions regarding security.

WordCamp Miami will also debut the “Rate My Talk With Emoji” app that Bisset developed for attendees to give “live speaker feedback” while sessions are happening. He said the team is hoping to have the speakers decide on which emoji should be available, but if there are problems with pre-event testing they will pre-select emoji. At this time they are not planning on including any negative ones. Speakers will have access to their results after the conference.

WordCamp Miami would not be possible without the event’s army of volunteers. Bisset said organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out before and during the event.