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WordPress as a CMS: Tips and Tricks from eMusic

  • Mar 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM

**** STANDING ROOM ONLY ****

eMusic started transitioning to WordPress as their web front-end in 2011. Like most enterprise sites, they had outgrown their closed-source CMS and were looking for ways to speed up development and empower their editorial team. They decided to convert their Java back-end to Java-based Web Services, and their front-end to PHP, using WordPress for publishing, merchandising, web configuration, and service consumption. The site now boasts one of the best implementations of "WordPress as a CMS" and scales to many millions of page views a month.

Scott Taylor led eMusic through this transition. eMusic is music discovery service, previously subscription-only, which enables its subscribers to discover and purchase music at a discounted rate. Its recently-launched "A la Carte" service allows visitors to download albums and track without a subscription. eMusic has been around since 1998 and was one of the first services to champion the MP3 format and DRM-free downloading.

Scott's presentation will be a walk-through/case-study of eMusic's WordPress implementation, and he'll also share some tricks of the trade for managing many custom post types, regionalizing content, and easily integrating with services like AWS.

OPENING PRESENTATIONS:

Baeblemusic provides an entire library of exclusive concerts and session videos, plus thousands of indie and alternative music videos to your site with a simple click. Their WordPress Plugin extends Baeblemusic's entire video library to your site. You can add the plugin as a page or post to easily and immediately include video on your site.

Using Amara to caption WPNYC videos: Diane Goodwin will be talking about her experiences using Amara to caption some of our videos.

GENIUS BAR:

Bring your WordPress questions! As always, we'll have some geniuses on hand to help you get answers.

"WPNYC GIVES BACK" RAFFLE:

This month we will raffle off $1 for each user that RSVP's (i.e. 100 RSVP's = $100). This money will be split between:
-One WPNYC member.
-A WordPress developer that has donated a free theme or plugin to the community (chosen by the member winner)

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Scott Taylor: His official title is "Senior User Interface Engineer," but Scott spends most of his time as the architect of eMusic's PHP / WordPress / Web Services platform, handling all scaling / high-availability challenges and directing the front-end / PHP teams, which are currently synonymous. Since eMusic uses WordPress at scale, Scott finds lots of crazy bugs and improvements and contributes them back to the WordPress core project when possible. Scott was a "Recent Rockstar" for WordPress 3.5 and is contributing a lot of code for Post Formats and Audio / Video support in WordPress 3.6. Scott plays lead guitar in the NYC band, Goodbye Picasso, and is a lover of gourmet Mexican food.

Gene Ellis is a native and San Francisco who also spent 5 years in Chicago before coming to New York City in the Summer of 2011. His educational background is in Mechanical Engineering, and began coding at age 18 as a method to pay for college. As time went on, his passion for technology has continued to grow and he has been neck deep in code ever since.

Diane Goodwin is a veteran production and graphic artist, and instructor, in high-end desktop publishing pre-press technology, with 25 years of experience in the business. Formerly of Miami, she began her career as a typesetter, worked for Apple in Fort Lauderdale, and taught desktop publishing for Broward County Adult Education. Today she is a social media coordinator and web producer at GraphTec Media Solutions.

LOCATION:

eMusic
39 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
(Between 5th ave and 6th ave)

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  • Steve B.

    Congratulations to meetup member, Chloe Yamamoto, and @themitcho. This months winners of WPNYC Gives Back.

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Chloe Y.

      I pretty much enjoyed my first WPNYC meeting with such a huge luck. Thank you so much.

      1 · March 21, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Thank you Scott for a really great presentation, and showing us how to push the limits of WordPress.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Dawn R.

    Great. And Andrew is the smartest, thanks.

    March 19, 2013

  • Sveta

    What floor?

    March 19, 2013

  • Jason R.

    I do apologize, but I'm so sick and I was so looking forward to coming tonight. I'm just not going to be able to make it tonight. But I'm at the next one for sure. Just with the way the weather is and I'd rather have my throat at this point ripped out, I'm sure everyone there would like it if I just stayed in tonight as well.

    Hopefully there will be a video to check out and I guess I'll hit my questions up through other channels. Have a great night!

    March 19, 2013

    • Diane G.

      Sorry you will miss the presentations, feel better. Yes, there will be videos, as always. We can send you the information to help caption :)

      March 19, 2013

  • Chris C.

    I'm in.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I just started using WordPress for my business blog. Looking forward to meeting other users.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello everyone. Im a newbee here and also to wordpress. Trying to learn how wordpress work and how to develop ur own themes. Wandering if this group is going to have a meeting on how to develop a theme from scratch. Can anyone offer any links video or info related to the current worpress. I have found some tutorials on wordpress but not for the current version. Im trying to fins something current. v. 3.5

    March 16, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Jocsan-- Instead of building from scratch you may want to use a Starter Theme. This video explains why: http://wpnyc.org/vide...­

      2 · March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank u. I will look at it.

      March 17, 2013

  • Anthony R.

    Ran into a problem at work this week, and coincidentally came across a solution that Scott Taylor had posted on his blog. Will definitely be there to understand the depth which Scott and eMusic utilize WordPress.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus 1

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be there :)

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Jason R.

    And looking forward to my first WPNYC meetup - been watching from a distance for a while. But now that I live in Queens, time to dive into this great community.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Jason R.

    Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    March 14, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Designer-Developer

    March 14, 2013

  • AngelinaJao

    sched conflict but will come if it changes. thx for a great group!!

    March 14, 2013

  • Beau L.

    Booo! Something came up and I can't make it now. I'll have to watch the video later!

    March 13, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Steve, I am trying to image what you will say about the Give Back Raffle. Don't tell me now. I have a side bet as to your logic.

    March 9, 2013

    • Steve B.

      I hope the person you're betting with wasn't at the meetup last month... I explained the whole thing there.

      March 9, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Make sure the person you're betting with doesn't see this post on WP Daily: http://wpdaily.co/nyc...­

      March 11, 2013

  • Parag P.

    looking to learn more about WP.

    March 10, 2013

  • Beau L.

    I would pay $6 to hear Scott speak.

    March 8, 2013

    • Steve B.

      I was betting you would. ;)

      March 9, 2013

  • Louis T.

    Sounds good to me..

    March 8, 2013

  • Larry R.

    Looking forward to WP meetup.

    March 8, 2013

  • Eric Andrew L.

    \m/

    March 8, 2013

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