STANDING ROOM ONLY
Our first meetup of the year will have something for everyone, and be action-packed!
Back in September, WP Candy wrote an article that Themify.me co-founder Darcy Clarke was relocating from Toronto to NYC... so naturally I reached out to Darcy about speaking at our meetup. I've only heard good things about Themify, and wanted to learn more.
If you're interested in theme development, or have questions about Themify themes, you should come to this month's meetup!
** Though is this mostly targeted to Intermediate / Advanced Developers, Beginners will learn how important a solid theme/framework is and how to find one.
Building WordPress websites from scratch is so old-school. There are tons of themes and frameworks that you can build on... or you can build your own. This talk goes into the trials and tribulations of developing a platform / product based on Darcys work at Themify. As a basis, the Themify framework, itself, has gone through multiple revisions in order to be an accessible, robust, solid solution to build themes on. Using his framework and themes as example, Darcy lays out how to optimize and build scalable and reusable themes and theme frameworks. Darcy will dive into both the front and back-end providing insights on key features that have driven their success.
About our Speaker: Darcy Clarke is a Developer, Designer & User Experience Advocate based out of New York, NY. He is the Co-Founder of Themify a Commercial WordPress theme company, and is currently a Senior Developer at Fantasy Interactive and a member of the jQuery Team. Darcy's work has been featured in publications such as: .Net Mag, Web Designer Mag, Applied Arts and Smashing Magazine.
GENIUS BAR: Beginner
If you're new to WordPress, or just have questions, stop by the Genius Bar and get some answers from other Meetup members.
1) Increase your page views in 60 seconds.
Oliver Wellington, from nrelate, will show you how you can easily increase your click-thru rate, and keep your visitors on your site longer, just by installing a few plugins:
- Related Content: Once a visitor is finished reading your post, show them other posts they might enjoy. This automated plugin can increase your click-through rates from 4%-9%, and help you recycle older posts.
- Most Popular: Easily show your visitors what your most popular posts are, and gain another click.
About Oliver: Oliver Wellington is the co-founder of nRelate - a content marketing company based in New York City. Under his leadership, nRelate has grown from a small startup into a technology company that now services more than 19,000 publishers across the web.
2) Internet Domain Name Disputes 101
Though not WordPress specific, meetup member Allan Pearlman recently represented a client (author Robin Cook) in an internet name dispute and won! I thought this was so interesting that I asked him to stop by and give us some tips.
When it comes to putting up websites, having the internet domain name or web address you want is a first-come-first-served proposition. Or at least it is at the start. The old saying “the early bird catches the worm” applies to how things work here. This presentation will discuss the three things a late-bird challenger must prove in order to take control of a domain name, and so take it away from the “early bird” who registered it first. Also discussed will be how an early bird defends against this.
About Allan: Attorney Allan R. Pearlman is a former judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and former Senior Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court in New York County. Now in private practice, he recently successfully represented New York Times best-selling author, Robin Cook to win control of Robincook.com.
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: Google, BlackBerry & 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!