Speaker Spotlight: Richard Archambault!

Richard Archambault,

Richard loves the web and really loves WordPress. After attending his first WordCamp Montreal in 2010, he was hooked! Now a Happiness Engineer with Automattic, Richard wants to help spread the WordPress goodness to anyone else who’s interested in the web. When he’s not tinkering with his sites, he loves going to Mexico to eat spicy tacos and ride around on the metro!

Follow @richardmtl on Twitter.

Richard will be giving a talk titled More Multisite for the Masses.

What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

The Media Uploader in 3.5. I remember struggling to understand how to create a Gallery, when I first learned about WordPress. 3.5 has made it so much easier!

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I am where I am today because of my first WordCamp experience, 4 years ago. I have learned so much from the community, I wanted to share a bit of that knowledge with others who might just be starting out on their own WordPress experience.

What is your talk going to be about?

I am going to talk about how easy it is to set up a Multisite installation, and the reasons you might want to do so. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it can be useful for lots of use-cases.

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

That even though some things might seem complicated to do, the documentation and tutorials out there help to make it relatively simple! Also, and this is key: Make a Backup!

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

In the local Montreal community, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Jeremy Clarke; the work he does with http://globalvoicesonline.org/ is important and his technical knowledge is impressive!

In the grander community, the work that Matt Thomas (@iammattthomas) has been doing with MP6 and the new Dashboard design has been particularly and inspired and inspiring for me lately.

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

Even easier multilingual integration. You want your WordPress in French/Spanish/Swahili? Do it with the click of a button!

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