An open source WordPress multisite talk

I was watching a talk at WordCamp Boise earlier today and thought to myself that it would be a great set of slides to open source so that others could give the same or a similar talk to their local meetup group or another WordCamp.

I then wondered why more people don’t open source their talk material. 🤔

I then realized I had never open sourced my talk material. 🙃

In well timed fashion, I spent some time this week recreating the slides for the multisite talk I’m about to give because I misplaced the Keynote files and only had a PDF. I’ve given several iterations of the talk over the years and it seems like a nice candidate to open source so that others can use it as a launch pad for sharing that knowledge or creating talks of their own.

I’m considering the latest version, built in Keynote, the most prepared, though I’ll link to previous iterations of the slides so that anyone can see how they’ve progressed. I built the first set of slides in reveal.js, but kept coming back to Keynote as it always ends up being the least time consuming way for me to develop slides. I’m happy to integrate any changes that others suggest, especially as multisite and the set of solutions built around it continues to ebb, flow, and grow.

The talk content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The image of Thelonious Monk used on this page and in the slides was dedicated to the public domain by its photographer, William P. Gottlieb.

Download the slides for “Behind the Scenes of WordPress Multisite”

I’ll probably adjust this post or replace it with a page once I figure out a better way to structure this.

Talk history:

These are the videos and slides for iterations of the talk that I’ve done in the past. The videos available on are also published under the same CC BY-SA-4.0 license as the talk material. I’m not sure if the LoopConf video on YouTube has a specific license, so maybe refrain from any remixes? 🙂

Note: There should soon be an accompanying video from WordCamp Boise that I’ll add to this post once it’s available on

Social crosswords

I recently went all in on my NY Times digital subscription so that I could play their crosswords. It’s been a long while since I tried doing crosswords on a semi-regular basis and I’m surprised in that I’ve actually gotten better during the hiatus. I have no idea why, but for now I’m just going to attribute it to reading more books. Bonus: they’re so much more approachable than the Guardian’s cryptic crosswords. Ugh.


I’ve been having a lot of fun doing the mini crosswords and because there’s a “leaderboard” attached to those, it’s been fun to have a handful of people to compete against every day. The leaderboard is very temporary and very rudimentary, but it’s still fun.

If you’re a NY Times mini crossword player, you should add me as a friend so that you appear on my leaderboard. We can silently judge and cheer each other on! 🤓

Let’s have breakfast at WordCamp US

One of my goals for WordCamp US this year is to eat real breakfast every morning, something that I’ve maybe never actually done when at a WordCamp. 🍳

A reality is that if I try this by myself, I’ll hit the snooze for another hour before heading directly to the convention center. On the other hand, if a group of people are meeting me for breakfast, hitting the snooze would make me feel like a total ass.

So! Let’s have breakfast!

I’ve tossed out a few time slots to help gauge interest. We get in late on Wednesday night, so Thursday’s time is 9am. The other times are oriented around when WCUS gets going each day. I have a variety of breakfast places in mind, all pretty close to the venue.

In a perfect world, 3 or 4 people sign up for each slot, but we’ll see where reality takes us.

If you’re interested in breakfast, please fill out the form. I promise to never use this information to contact you other than for communicating about breakfast at WordCamp US 2019.

Oh, and breakfast is on Happy Prime!

Breakfast interest form

The breakfast interest form is now closed! It’s too close to WordCamp US and I don’t trust myself to check the form entries anymore.

If you’re still interested in breakfast, please reach out via email, Twitter, or say hi at WCUS. We’ll figure something out!