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 We’ve all come across that one WordPress website, with 40 plugins, most of which are out of date, four which are abandoned and 6 which have security vulnerabilities.


The website was probably built 10 years ago, and has a visual builder thrown in on top of a theme with outdated support available.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 is a business owner,  senior developer, mentor and international conference speaker. She has a passion for sharing knowledge with the community with a focus on nurturing the next generation of developers. This has led to her organising and volunteering at events, running technical workshops, and writing and producing her own video content. She also regularly presents and keynotes at events all over the world, informing and entertaining audiences from a variety of industries and backgrounds.

A familiar face in the developer community Amy volunteers her time with several groups, including DDD Perth as Vice Chair and Director of Conference Content, Perth Azure User Group as one of the organising team and She Codes as a regular mentor. These contributions are not unnoticed, as she’s been recognised as a Microsoft MVP and a Twilio Champion since 2019 for her contributions to the tech community and ongoing commitment to helping those around her.