Speaker Spotlight: Troy Chaplin

Troy is a passionate WordPress theme developer who enjoys finding new ways to push the envelope and provide more powerful, yet even more simplistic tools and options for clients with each new project. With over ten years of experience in creative environments, Troy has dedicated the last six years, both professionally and personally, to working with WordPress in a variety of ways. Currently a web developer at Carleton University, Troy is heavily involved in assisting a small team to enhance and strengthen the universities online brand and web presence and provide hundreds of content editors with intuitive tools to help promote their various initiatives and activities.

Troy is a passionate WordPress theme developer who enjoys finding new ways to push the envelope and provide more powerful, yet even more simplistic tools and options for clients with each new project. With over ten years of experience in creative environments, Troy has dedicated the last six years, both professionally and personally, to working with WordPress in a variety of ways. Currently a web developer at Carleton University, Troy is heavily involved in assisting a small team to enhance and strengthen the universities online brand and web presence and provide hundreds of content editors with intuitive tools to help promote their various initiatives and activities.

Troy is presenting: Advancing your custom fields

1) Why do you like using WordPress?
Because it’s just plain fun. I believe WordPress is the best CMS out there as far as ease of use, which is very important for non-technical users, but it also provide powerful core functionality that even the most seasoned developer can find new, more efficient ways to do something, or extend it’s functionality.

2) Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa?
Being an active member in the WordPress community is something that I take pride in, and seeing how helpful they were to me when I first got going has motivated me to try and give back to those finding themselves in my shoes so many years ago.

3) What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
Ideas. Whether or not you have the technical ability or confidence to get hands on with the code, I hope people will walk away with ideas on how they can improve their site by taking custom fields to a whole new level and add some advanced functionality to their next, or current project.

4) What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why?
There are several plugins that I use on every project, like Gravity Forms and WordPress SEO, but given this talk is about one specific plugin, there’s no questioning that Advanced Custom Fields is one of the, if not the, best plugin that I have ever worked with.

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