Room 5 

15:00 - 16:00 


Talk (60 min)

Using WordPress as a Modern Web Dev

Over the years, WordPress has gotten a bit of a bad rep with web developers, and it’s easy to understand why. We’ve all come across that one WordPress website, with 40 plugins, most of which are out of date, four which are abandoned and 6 which have security vulnerabilities.


The website was probably built 10 years ago, and has a visual builder thrown in on top of a theme with outdated support available.

But what if I told you that there was another way? That you could have WordPress running on your computer with the click of a button (ok, maybe 2 buttons), with all the local dev features we know and love, like hot module replacement, scoped styles and easy to build custom components? If you want (and have the skills in house), you can even build live updating React components that integrate directly with WordPress for things like advanced search and filtering without reloading the page. And once this is all done, you can deploy your changes via continuous deployment.

So join me as I take you on a journey to rediscover what WordPress is capable of, and together we’ll build a functioning, maintainable, easy to use WordPress website, with only a handful of plugins.

Amy Kapernick

Amy wears many hats as a business owner, senior engineer, mentor and conference addict. She regularly shares her knowledge with her peers and the next generation of developers by mentoring, speaking at and organising events as well as mentoring up and coming developers within her business.

Amy can be found volunteering her time with DDD Perth as Vice Chair and Director of Conference Content, organising Perth Azure User Group and mentoring at various SheCodes events. She has been recognised as a Twilio Champion and a Microsoft MVP since 2019 and has been nominated for the WiTWA awards previously.

In her spare time Amy shares her knowledge and experience writing blogs, speaking at conferences and running workshops on a variety of topics across front end development, accessibility, mental health and more. She has previously given keynotes at international events and conferences around the world.