Better Embeds with Media Explorer

Better Embeds with Media Explorer

I had the pleasure of speaking last month at the UtahWP meetup (formerly WP-SLC) in Draper, UT.

The Platforms Team recently used Media Explorer as the foundation for embedding content from a variety of sources for a client project.  In the course of discussing the plugin, we discovered that many people – experienced WordPress developers and users alike – were completely unaware of its existence.

For the uninitiated, Media Explorer was originally built by Code For The People and is used on WordPress.com for Twitter and Youtube embeds.  It extends the “Add Media” workflow and provides developers the opportunity to add their own embeds without knowledge of Backbone.js.

In addition to introducing Media Explorer and what it does, my talk covered:

  • How to add service integrations to Media Explorer (my example using the Meetup API)
  • Using Media Explorer to insert shortcodes instead of embed URLs
  • Reusing Media Explorer components to create a “featured Youtube video” workflow

You can view the presentation here (fullscreen recommended):

Be sure to check out the example code on Github as well, it’s the only place to see the “featured Youtube video” functionality: https://github.com/jeffstieler/WP-SLC-MEXP-Demo

Presentation: Migrating to WordPress for Publishers

Presentation: Migrating to WordPress for Publishers

Tuesday was the inaugural Big Media & Enterprise WordPress Meetup in San Francisco. The event, part of a series of meetups in various cities hosted by Automattic, was a good mix of developers, designers, publishers, and WordPress enthusiasts.

I’ve attended the New York, Boston, and DC events and finally had an idea for a flash talk for SF. Most of our projects for publishers involve migrating data to WordPress. The talk focused on an overview of our process and what to look out for when migrating to WordPress. While this was tailored to publishers, it applies to anyone moving their site to WordPress. Here’s the video.