Featured Speaker: Rick Radko

Rick Radko

Rick Radko

Rick Radko is the founder of R-Cubed Design Forge, where he develops and designs custom web sites and applications using open source software. Rick began building web sites and applications in 1996, using HTML and Perl.  Since then, he has worked with many PHP/MySQL systems including Mambo, Joomla! since its first release, MediaWiki, and WordPress since 2008.  Rick specializes in custom application development and multilingual WordPress sites.  He is co-leader of the newly formed Ottawa WordPress Group.

Why WordPress?

Simple, it’s really easy to use.  My clients get web sites that they can manage and update mostly on their own, and as a developer I get a framework that is easy to modify or extend with add-ons and plugins.

What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Toronto?

Networking and connecting with other WordPress enthusiasts.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Toronto?

Having worked extensively with WordPress for the past 3 years, I feel it’s time to give back and share my knowledge with others.

What is your talk going to be about?

My talk is about where to safely add code snippets to your site.  With automatic theme updates, sticking code in your theme’s functions.php is no longer the best option.  I will talk about 2 ways to put code into your WordPress site that are more resistant to upgrades.

What is one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

That it is really easy, and you don’t need to be a coder, to create your own spots to save code changes to your WordPress site.

What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why?

That’s a tough question, as a developer I use a lot of different plugins.  A few that I use most of the time are Gravity Forms, Google Analytics for WordPress, Tweet Blender and TinyMCE Advanced.

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About Andy McIlwain

Andy is a front-end dev and community guy (GoDaddy, Toronto's WordPress meetups, and WordCamp). Find him on Twitter and his personal blog.
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