Speaker Spotlight: Meagan Hanes

052d4e778920f20d9f6611bf5c027528Meagan Hanes is a designer of digital things, photographer, blogger and all around creative gal living in Ottawa. Thorough her company Love Digimedia, she enjoys creating easy-to-use websites and technology solutions for artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives around the world. When not giving back to the community, you’ll find her behind a laptop or smartphone screen.

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Meagan will be giving a talk titled “To the Word and Beyond! Extending WordPress Past a Simple Blog“.

What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

Overall I think the Auto-Update feature has been the best improvement this year. Security is really important but many people overlook its importance. More updates means less compromises!

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I had a great time speaking at WordCamp Montreal last year, and a friend encouraged me to apply again, so I did!

What is your talk going to be about?

My talk is about three plugins that significantly change WordPress: bbPress, BuddyPress, and P2. If you’ve never heard of any of these, give them a Google and see what comes up! Or better yet, simply come to the presentation 🙂

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

I’d like people to walk away understanding the true power of the WordPress platform. It’s not just for simple websites!

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

So many people, I couldn’t list them all!

What new feature would you like to see in the future?

A true and full mobile experience, both for readers and authors.

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