DE{CODE} 2020: The virtual developer conference.


Learn from WordPress experts on how to build better digital experiences, faster.

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM CST

WP Engine Welcome

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM CST

Joost de Valk

Implementing Into Your Site

Search engines are constantly developing new ways to present search results and more often than not, they use data to do it. Implemented correctly, can do great things for your site and allow search engines like Google to pick up the data and present it in an enhanced way. Join this session to deep-dive on how to best implement structured data into your site, now and in the future.

Founder & CPO at Yoast

8:50 AM - 9:45 AM CST

Rick Knudtson

Finding Your Perfect Development Workflow

From simple updates to complex deployment pipelines everyone needs a workflow that meets their needs. We’ll take a look at a few key approaches to WordPress development workflows so you can find the tools and processes that work best for you.

Co-Founder & CPO at Flywheel

Aurooba Ahmed

Front-end web developer

Alain Schlesser

Maintainer of WP-CLI & Freelance Software Engineer

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM CST

Patrick Garman

Optimizing WordPress for Speed

Whether you’re launching a new site or fixing an existing one, ensuring optimal site performance is key to success. We’ll discuss key ways that you can monitor and improve the performance of your WordPress sites.

CTO at Mindsize

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM CST


10:30 AM - 11:25 AM CST

Carl Alexander

Advanced Plugin Development

With the right plugin, you can implement almost any functionality you want on your website. But sometimes you’ll run into situations where there are no plugins that do exactly what you need, which means it’s up to you to develop one. Join these experts as they unpack their tips on developing the most advanced plugins for WordPress.

Advanced WordPress Developer

Naomi C. Bush

Lead Developer at Gravity Plus

Robert Windisch

CIO at Inpsyde

11:30 AM - 12:25 PM CST

Loren Baker

SEO Considerations for Your Development Workflow

The best designed site in the world will fail if people can’t find it and purchase on it. We’ll share key ways you can improve your SEO and conversion rates on your sites.

Co-Founder & VP
at Foundation Digital

Shelly Fagin

at Highly Searched

Rebecca Gill

Digital Marketing Executive & SEO Consultant

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM CST

Jason Cohen

Headless WordPress in Action

Thanks to an innovative and fiercely open community, WordPress users are constantly finding new ways to build breakthrough digital experiences. A growing technology is in “Headless WordPress,” which uses modern development frameworks to create experiences that push the envelope of what’s possible with WordPress. In this session, hear from WP Engine CTO, Jason Cohen, about why WordPress is a great choice for a headless CMS, and then watch Matt Landers, Technical Architect at WP Engine, build a quick headless website using technology from WP Engine and Google Cloud Platform.

Founder & CTO
at WP Engine

Matt Landers

Technical Architect
at WP Engine

1:10 PM - 1:20 PM CST


1:20 PM - 2:15 PM CST

Nick Croft

Super Simple Accessibility Commandments

If your website is inaccessible, you are potentially excluding nearly one-fifth of the population from visiting it, not to mention limiting your potential customer base. This session will focus on some of the most basic and important rules of accessible development standards to make the web a better place by caring for all users.


Amy Carney


2:20 PM - 3:15 PM CST

Carrie Dils

Advanced Theme Development

Whether you're building a custom theme from the ground up or using a theme framework, this session will give you the theme development insights you can use to quickly build beautiful, performant & powerful WordPress themes.

Freelancer Coach
& WordPress Developer

Jon Brown

at 9seeds

Jonathan Jeter

Director of Technical Production

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM CST

David Vogelpohl

So You Want to Sell Plugins and Themes

You have some great sites with custom plugins and themes and you wonder, “Should I take these public and build a business or a new revenue line?” Come learn key things to keep in mind as you create your WordPress product business.

VP of Web Strategy
at WP Engine

Syed Balkhi

Founder & CEO
at Awesome Motive

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM CST


4:00 PM - 4:40 PM CST

Annan Patel

Solving Site Management Headaches

Whether you’re responsible for 1 or 1000 sites managing them can be a real pain. Come learn about the processes and technology that can simplify your life when it comes to site maintenance and safely deploying changes to your site you know will work.

Senior Manager of Product Management
at WP Engine

Nick Adams

COO at WP Buffs

4:45 PM - 5:40 PM CST 

Troy Dean

Key Strategies for Growing Your Agency Business

There’s a lot more to running a successful agency or freelance WordPress development business than just creating great sites. From finding your next client to ensuring fast client review cycles, come learn key ways you can help your business be successful.

CEO at WP Elevation

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Co-Founder & COO
at Web Dev Studios

Karim Marucchi

CEO at Crowd Favorite

5:45 PM - 6:25 PM CST

Mike McAlister

Building Better with Blocks

Gutenberg blocks can open up new possibilities for developers to add new functionality and design to sites but there are some things you need to know before creating or using blocks in your builds. Come learn how you can embrace the power of blocks.

Author of Atomic Blocks

Sara Greenlaw

Web Developer at The brandiD

6:25 PM - 6:30 PM CST

Closing Remarks

Attend DE{CODE} 2020

DE{CODE} is a developer-focused event that will take place virtually, and is dedicated to help you advance your WordPress expertise, so you can create better performing websites. A live-streamed event, DE{CODE} will feature 12 expert-led sessions on how to leverage WordPress for easy setups, fast builds, smooth launches, and effortless maintenance.