I'm not a stranger to public speaking. But speaking on a technical subject? To people who are smarter than me? Not something I relish. Yet, I felt I had something to offer the WordPress community, so I volunteered to speak at one of the UK's biggest WordPress meetups, WordCamp London.
Ever since starting my web development career I've wanted to be in the place where I could help other developers out with their development dilemmas. It's taken me a long time to get to this stage, and it's only because of some great help from the following people:
- Chris Geary
- David Hewitt
- Steve Woodall
- Louise Towler
It's thanks to them imparting their knowledge and expertise (and sometimes their time), as well as others, that I have anything that might be considered worthy of sharing.
There's a full writeup on the Indigo Tree website. I'll update this post with the video on WordPress TV when it's uploaded there.
My talk covered these main points:
- What is a headless (or decoupled) CMS
- Why use WordPress as a headless CMS
- Tools and process of building a headless site
- A basic example and some gotchas we found
- The Future is (probably) headless
Indigo Tree have kindly published the slides I made here. The slides are a case in point, because it's a GatsbyJS site with a WordPress backend! How's that for recursion ha ha!
... was terrifying, to say the least! I rattled through it all in less than 30 mins (I had been given 35 minutes), but there were some really great comments & questions from the audience that I found fascinating. I'm currently planning a series of blog posts on some of the questions that were raised.
Overall, even though this kind of thing doesn't come naturally to me, it's a way of creating a dialog with other great people in communities, and gives others a chance to think about new ways of working. And I enjoy that, as well as to think that maybe I'm helping a few people to solve their development dilemmas.