Understand Web Plumbing: A Gentle Intro to HTTP, PHP, & the WordPress Page Cycle

Thanks to Improving EnterprisesWP Engine and Develare you can spend the afternoon eating pizza and co-working with the most talented internet professionals in the Metroplex. 

This talk will take a look at the web page cycle form the time the user clicks go until they see the page in their browser. We’ll examine the types of requests that browsers submit, how the server processes a request, and of course how the page is built before its returned to the requestor. We’ll be focused more on the server side of things, what happens when a request is received, how does .htaccess affect the request, how PHP is invoked, what role the WordPress router plays, when and how the database is accessed, and of course, how the page is built for the user.

Jay Elewitz is an accomplished software developer, systems architect, public speaker, and CEO with over 38 years of experience. Beginning with early home-built microcomputer systems in the 1970’s, Jay quickly realized the power of the IBM PC when it was released and focused on distributed, client-server based applications. After being introduced to Lotus Notes while contracting to ARCO International, Jay co-founded Groupware Concepts, Inc. (GCI) in 1993. GCI became a leading provider of Lotus Notes add-ins, custom development services, and training. GCI developed products that were used on 10% of the Lotus Notes desktops globally along with developing systems for Chase Bank, Texas Utilities, GTE, Union Pacific Resources, Prudential Insurance and others.

In 2003, Jay co-founded SimpletLTC, Inc. to provide a web-based interface to state and federal systems for Medicaid forms processing. SimpleLTC became the de facto standard for Medicaid TILE and MDS processing used by nursing homes throughout the country. Once again applying his experience with workflow based systems after his own experience with the IRS, Jay quickly saw the potential of a self-help tax resolution system at an affordable price and co-founded TRS Online Services, Inc. in 2012.


• 1PM-2:10PM: Pizza Networking Lunch

• 2:10PM-2:30PM: Announcements

• 2:30PM-3:45PM: Presentation

• 3:34PM-5PM: Q&A and Meetup Networking

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  • Shannon

    Tony, I just made the annual payment online. Do I need to bring the receipt or do you get notified by meetup?

    February 22

    • John Peterson

      It's been my experience that they have a list and next time you come they will know :)

      February 26

  • Robert Riggs

    On a different subject. I'm looking for guidance on how to add a topic to Wikipedia. Will you suggest a good how-to?

    February 25

  • Shannon

    Looking forward to a deeper dive sometime. I'd like to see the whole design of a WP site, file structure, db schema, and how to write themes.

    2 · February 23

    • John Peterson

      That sounds like about six good meetups to me... lol

      1 · February 25

  • Jay Elewitz

    Hi all, I truly enjoyed preparing for, and giving this talk. Thank you for your kind comments!

    4 · February 24

    • Shannon

      It was a great talk. Thanks! :)

      February 24

  • Jose Ricardo Fuentes


    February 24

  • Mike

    Very good review of the basics. Hope we'll get into more specifics in future meetups.

    February 23

  • Steve Clark

    Very helpful review of basics

    February 23

  • Lynn Huffstutler Fleck


    February 23

  • Doyle Calvert

    Very informative. Jay Elewitz did a great job.

    February 23

  • clay mclaughlin

    Our first Meetup and the value was way more than expected . I expected expert knowledge but the networking led to solid points in the right direction. See you next month. Thanks.

    February 23

  • Stephanie Inge

    Very interesting and the speaker was great!

    February 23

  • Jeff Lee

    I learned a lot. Thanks for doing this!

    February 22

  • Robert Riggs

    Jay Elewitz proved to be a Master Plumber in revealing the piping of the Internet today.

    4 · February 22

  • Cam Swegman

    Hated to miss this. Had a baby shower and now getting ready for an engagement party.

    February 22

  • Kathy Libey


    2 · February 22

  • Wendy Dillard

    Great information. As a lay-person of the tech world, I now have a better understanding of what's going on behind the scenes with my WordPress site and I think in the future, I'll be able to understand techies better when in conversation with them. And I finally know what php stands for: Personal HomePage!

    2 · February 22

  • Jeanine Gray

    Thank you Tony for your honesty. I appreciate it more than you know. :)

    1 · February 21

  • Jeanine Gray

    I have a blog that I started in the middle of September. There is still so much to learn but at some of these meetings I don't understand all of the lingo so it is a waste of time and money. I don't have either to waste so I am wondering if this meeting is going to be so far above my head that it will be a waste of both. Please advise. It is a long way to drive for me and I don't want to take the time and money unless it will be profitable. Currently I have close to 30,000 views on my blog as of January 1st which is good but I want to optimize it further.

    February 21

    • Tony Cecala

      Hi Jeanine, This month we WILL be taking a deeper technical dive. I can't predict 100% if you will be confused, but it is likely.

      February 21

    • Mitch

      Hi, Jeanine. One of the group's members, Lisa Irby, has a fantastic site dedicated to building WordPress sites. She also has a LOT of videos. Her website is http://2createawebsit...­. I hope you find it useful.

      February 21

  • J.R. Atkins

    I'm so glad to make this event as I have been advising more on WordPress with clients and have a few (many) questions.

    1 · February 16

  • Robin

    Soooo thrilled you found a new meeting place! I can make more meetings now! Thanks!

    1 · January 27

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