Past conference sessions are a valuable asset for conference organisers, so for the London’s Calling Salesforce community event I came up with a way to archive them, and now you can too.
For the second year I was tasked with maintaining the website for Europe’s largest Salesforce community event – London’s Calling. And running up to the launch of the this years CFP for speakers and sponsorship registration I wanted to leverage the incredible resources that we had in the form of the sessions for the past two years.
Seeing that our site was powered by WordPress – using the Tyler conference theme – and that I have released a couple of WordPress plugins before (including the 5* rated Widgets on Pages) I wrote the Past Events Extension plugin to do just what was needed.
The free version enables site admins to archive sessions, which are then listed on a Past Sessions page. The Pro version includes support for a shortcode that can be used in any page or post to list these archived sessions for a given date range, meaning that you could for example create pages for each past event. The latter is what has been used on the London’s Calling site.
Other PRO features are;
- Additional Video setting – Add embedded video for each past-session (e.g. from Vimeo, YouTube); ideal to show off past presentations.
- Additional Slide-deck link setting – Add a link to slide-decks used for each session.
- Enhanced Single-Session page – Shows the embedded video and slide links
So what are you waiting for? Go grab the free version now and use your previous events to help sell tickets and gain sponsors.