Speaker Spotlight: Michael Corkum

Mike Corkum is seasoned web developer with over 14 years of experience. Currently, he works at Carleton University where he and a small team manage 250+ WordPress sites. When he’s not up to his neck in code or banging his head against his desk, he enjoys playing music and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. @cuweb

Mike is presenting: GIT Down to Business – An Introduction to Version Control

1) Why do you like using WordPress?
I like using WordPress because it provides a great foundation for a broad range of applications; from simple websites to complex web applications WordPress does the trick. I also am a big supporter of open-source development models.

2) Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa?
I live and work in Ottawa and am involved in the local WordPress community. I want to see our community prosper, the best way to do that is to share as much information as possible.

3) What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
Version control saves websites. If just one person can avoid versioning disaster, i’ll be happy. My talk is meant as a simple introduction and to prove even beginners can use version control.

4) What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why?
It’s a toss up between WP-CLI which makes my life super easy and HyperDB which allows our high-traffic sites to be super fast and efficient.

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