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September DFWWP: Randy Hoyt: Advanced WordPress Features & Customizations

Not just for blogging anymore, WordPress is an effective platform for powering websites with a variety of types of content and structured data. Learn about new WordPress 3 features, the child theme architecture, custom plugin development, and mobile device optimization. Leave with plugin recommendations, code samples, and techniques for extending current WordPress sites and for developing new sites.

Randy works as a web developer at a creative agency, and he teaches courses in web publishing at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been working with WordPress since the early days, building websites and blogs on the platform for over six years. Randy presents about WordPress and website development at conferences and local meetups, and what free time he can find he spends studying and writing about mythology and fantasy literature.

Agenda:

Full Meetup runs from 4pm to 6pm. 
The  first 30 minutes are for plugging in, networking, announcements, and snacks.  
The presentation runs from ~4:30 to ~5:45. 
Our "networking" party takes place at  Sherlock's Pub immediately after the Meetup.

DIRECTIONS: Parking at The Art Institute of Dallas: Use the East parking lot on the East side of 8080 Park Lane. Enter from Park Lane (drive past the North parking garage). Park on the 5th floor upward. Entrance to the building is from the 5th level walkway of the parking lot to building's 4th floor. Take the elevator to the SECOND FLOOR.

[Simplified directions] East Parking Lot 5th Level > Elevated Walkway to 4th floor > Elevator to 2nd Floor. Room 216-217.

First timers, please note: Review the directions carefully and give yourself some extra time. It is hard to find the right parking lot.

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  • Cam S.

    Randy Hoyt did a great job, as usual, of explaining advanced WordPress features like custom posts. I give his presentation 5 stars but I wish the room had been set up facing the other way with the dual screens because it was hard to see from the middle to the back.

    September 26, 2011

  • Melinda J.

    Happy to help! Thanks to YOU, Tony, for all you do for our group! :)

    September 26, 2011

  • Tony C.

    Thanks Melinda!

    September 26, 2011

  • Melinda J.

    You can access the complete presentation at:
    http://randyhoyt.com/wordpress/advanced-customizations/

    September 26, 2011

  • Eric T.

    RandyHoyt.com is in my notes. Hope that helps.

    September 26, 2011

  • Mason P.

    What's the URL to the presentation?

    September 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The subject matter was a little over my head; it seemed to be aimed more toward coders and developers. I thought it was well well thought-out and well presented. It's obvious that Randy is an instructor by vocation. However, I love all things WP, so I enjoyed it and I'm glad I attended.

    September 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Randy is a great instructor and knows the inner stuff of Word Press.
    This was more info than I need for my simple page but Randy is the ONE to go to when your page needs special attention.

    September 25, 2011

  • Mari D.

    Very informative. More! More! More!!!

    September 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk. Very informative. Good people to spend time with.

    September 25, 2011

  • Sharon S.

    Very good. Not too technical. I would like to see more advanced programs of a similar nature.

    September 25, 2011

  • Howard H.

    Ah, good! I just wanted to make sure the date had not changed, since I can make Oct 29, but not Nov 12. I'm looking forward to spending a dedicated day to WP stuff. Got lots I want to accomplish in WP.

    September 25, 2011

  • Tony C.

    Randy presented complex material in a clear, understandable, fashion. Thank you, Randy!

    September 25, 2011

  • Tony C.

    Yes, Howard, thanks for asking. November 12 is an additional date for the same workshop in a different venue.

    September 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Randy was very informative and gracious in sharing his knowledge in the advanced features and custom techniques. Very methodical and explained features well. Thank you for the download and various links.

    September 25, 2011

  • Steven H.

    Randy has a lot more to offer than what can be covered in an hour. This was a slice of what can be learned from Randy and I look forward to more meetups in Richardson where perhaps time can allow for more of this type of learning. Great job by Tony for organizing this and hope to see Randy again soon.

    September 25, 2011

  • Howard H.

    Saw a DFWWP meetup posted in Addison on Nov 12. Looked almost identical to the one for October 29 in Richardson. What's up with that?

    September 25, 2011

  • Howard H.

    I have read through some of the developer's manuals, but they tend to be so dry that my eyes glaze over. Randy provided a really good framework on which to relate the dry reference manuals, and things make a lot more sense now. That was just what I needed. Thanks, Randy!

    September 25, 2011

  • Ruth

    Excellent information. Thank you! I needed that!!!

    September 25, 2011

  • Tony C.

    Time to remind everyone to update their RSVPs: If you cannot make the Meetup tomorrow, please change your RSVP to "No". We have 25 souls on the Wait List!

    September 23, 2011

  • Brick H.

    I would love to be at this meetup, but our city is having our annual Maize Days event and everyone is required to work. Any of you that live this way stop by on your way home. Zane Williams and Eleven Hundred Springs are the headliners. http://www.murphymaizedays.com/

    September 23, 2011

  • Shaun S.

    Thanks to Chris and Tony for pointing me to polldaddy, it looks very interesting. And Randy, oops I mean Wendy, thanks for pointing me to WP-Polls. You guys are (and gals) are great!

    September 19, 2011

  • Wendy M.

    Randy? I meant Shaun. I haven't had my coffee yet. lol

    September 19, 2011

  • Wendy M.

    Randy, I have used WP-Polls in the past. I believe that you can also use this with Cube Points so you can add some incentive for answering the polls.

    September 19, 2011

  • Tony C.

    NOTE: If you find yourself on the wait list, you don't have to do anything special. The Meetup site keeps track of RSVPs: when someone changes their RSVP a new wait list person is bumped to "Yes" and notified via Meetup email. Watch the list as Saturday draws closer. Most of the list usually clears.

    September 19, 2011

  • Ruth

    DFWWP is addictive.

    September 17, 2011

  • Scot D.

    I like the way these MeetUps progress from one gathering to another. They makes for a GREAT opportunity to match a Learning experience with a Networking event. Can't wait to hear what Randy has to say.

    September 17, 2011

  • Chris W.

    I used PollDaddy when organizing WordCamp St. Louis and it was super awesome to work with. It will most certainly allow you to do what you're asking.

    1 · September 15, 2011

  • Tony C.

    Have you looked into Automattic's Poll Daddy? It appears to rock! http://polldaddy.com

    1 · September 15, 2011

  • Shaun S.

    Looking forward to seeing Randy, in the mean time does anyone have a recommendation on a plug in for making surveys/polls? I'm looking for one that can do multiple choice, weighted value answers like on a scale of 1 to 5 and display the results. Thanks in advance.

    September 15, 2011

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