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How WordPress Works: The Bootup Process

Back in August, while staring at Twitter, one tweet caught my attention. It was from Mark Jaquith, one of the lead developers of WordPress, and he mentioned an "epic post" about WordPress.  Well, if Mark called a post about WordPress "epic", then I thought I better check it out... and I'm glad I did.   The post detailed the WordPress Initialization process, from start to finish, and it was truly "epic".  So, what else could I do...  I invited the author to present at our Meetup!

From Index.php to Index.php:

When each page of your website loads, the WordPress core runs through a series of files, to make hundreds of functions available, before it even gets to your theme and plugin files. In this presentation we'll walk step by step through the WordPress initialization process, from the core index.php to your theme's index.php, to try and discover where most of the more fundamental features and functionality comes from. If you customize or create themes, or build plugins to provide the features you think are missing, it's vital that you understand how WordPress "boots up" so you can be sure you're correctly taking advantage of everything it offers. How does WordPress core take the initial page request and give back such beautiful web pages? Attend this Meetup to find out.

This meetup will be somewhat technical, but will be interesting to anyone who wants to know how WordPress works.

About the Speaker:

Dominic Giglio is a computer science student at CUNY and open source enthusiast who tries to split any remaining free time he has to learning about WordPress, Ruby and helping people get the most out of technology through his tech support company, Universal Technology Advisors. He's been developing WordPress sites for the past 3 years and was just recently bitten by the Ruby bug. He blogs about WordPress and other nonsense at

Our Opening Presentations:

LinksAlpha: ( offers a social media management service. The service enables publishing of website content to social networks automatically using WordPress plugin Network Publisher or self publish content using News Feeds application. LinksAlpha also provides customizable social media buttons, via WordPress plugin – 1-Click, enabling website owners to spread content virally on social networks. WordPressNYC welcomes LinksAlpha as our newest sponsor.

Launch Effect:

Launch Effect ( is a WordPress theme that lets you create a viral campaign in minutes. The theme allows the user to customize a landing page that introduces a business, product, or event and prompts visitors to sign up with their email to earn some sort of incentive (beta invite, discount coupon, a gift, etc.). The visitor is then encouraged to share a unique referral link that tracks their friends' sign ups. Conversions are tallied on WordPress, and the user can determine who should receive the incentives. Launch Effect is a project by Barrel (, a digital agency in New York.

Genus Bar:

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

Holiday Mixer: Save the Date!

Last year’s holiday mixer was a hit, so we’re doing it again!  Good people… good food… good drink… and good networking. Mark December 20th in your calendar.  Details to follow.

About the Host: NWCU

This event is part of NWCU, community-powered learning driven entirely by member participation. NWCU is a curated collection of classes, workshops, Meetup groups, and hackathons, all sharing one core common goal: help existing and aspiring independents build, learn, and share with one another, so more people can lead better, happier lives working for themselves.

NWCU is made possible by amazing supporters of independents and innovation: GoogleBlackBerry & New Work City

About New Work City 
New Work City is a coworking space and community center for independents in Manhattan. We gather in a cozy shared environment to work, collaborate, learn, and socialize. All you need is some work to do and a friendly disposition!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The 1st 2 presenters were great cause I learned about 2 plugins which I will definitely use. The 3rd presenter was over my head. But I don't think that's a reflection of him as it is of me who is a beginner WP person. Steve Bruner even qualified the presentation & said that it was for intermediate to advanced WPers. Clearly, the rest of the room was able to keep up with the info he was presenting!

    November 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great technical walk through of the php guts of Wordpress.
    It was by necessity a cursory look. I hope there are follow ups!

    November 16, 2011

  • Kristy O.

    It was awesome. Great presentation. Thank you!

    November 16, 2011

  • Marvin S.

    Good stuff. A difficult topic explained in an easy to understand way.

    November 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced WordPress users. Then there are WordPress users that read every line of code and want to share that experience with other people. The presentation start off at the right pace but when he started analyzing every line it got to be too much. That 5 minute break allowed for my escape.

    November 16, 2011

  • Darin R.

    Excellent presentation by Dominic! The tone of his voice and tempo of the message were easy to follow. It was a large amount of info in a short time, however, well explained and a great resource for better theme development.

    November 16, 2011

  • Lorraine G.

    The material was awesome... but too much to absorb in one session. This is definitely a two-part presentation.

    November 16, 2011

  • Leslie H.

    Great content in the presentation on initialization/loading steps and a social links/stats plug-in demo.

    November 15, 2011

  • Steve B.

    One of the best and most unique presentations we ever had. Dominic did a fantastic job breaking down WordPress.

    November 15, 2011

  • Chris O.

    The post detailed the WordPress Initialization process, from start to finish, and it was truly "epic".

    --> Can we get a link by any chance? Would love to read this myself before the meetup.


    November 8, 2011

  • Steve B.

    Details coming early next week.

    November 5, 2011

  • Patrick S.

    Top secret event name ?

    November 4, 2011

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