February 2011 WordPress Meetup

  • February 21, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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With the New Year, we'll be in a new location at the Zebec Center! They've graciously allowed us to have our meetings in their new meeting/coworking space, and it should allow us more room to grow. There's also no need to bring your folding chairs. We'll have plenty of seating for everyone!

Monday's meetup is going to feature Eric Rasch. He'll be doing an in-depth case study of a website running on the WordPress platform, and talking about the challenges and solutions that were implemented to
satisfy some unique requirements that the client had for the site.

Next, we'll take a brief look at what's coming up in WordPress 3.1. Some of you may already be testing the Release Candidates that are out now, but we'll look at what's going to be available in the release version for those of us who aren't the brave beta testers. WordPress 3.1 is due out any day now.

Finally, we know that many of you come to the WordPress Meetup looking for answers. We'll have our own version of the Genius bar, complete with some extremely talented expert-level WordPress users volunteering their time and knowledge. So, if you have a weird theme issue, or can't quite figure out how to make that one pesky plugin work, or simply have a question you haven't found an answer to, we'll try to lend a hand with that.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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  • Travis W.

    ... I forgot to include contact info. Email me at: IEQPro at Gmail.com

    March 7, 2011

  • Travis W.

    I am looking for a developer to help me with a relatively simple site. It has an ecommerce and video feed aspect and we can talk in more detail if you are interested.

    March 7, 2011

  • Hesham

    with BBpress, yes you can, set to only registered users can view forum! By the way, testing could be a good start! you can test both of them on a test site, and go with the one you are more comfort with!

    March 1, 2011

  • Jiri George S.

    With Mingle, or BBPress, can it be hidden? or blocked by a password, so the outside world cannot have any access to it whatsoever?

    March 1, 2011

  • Rick A.

    I use Mingle for my forum at Texbiker.net. I am not sure it will do everything you want but it was easy to setup.

    March 1, 2011

  • Hesham

    Hi Jiri, the most simple forum plugin for WP is simple-press.com, it integrates 100% with login and other stuff, but I don't recommend it! otherwise I will go for bbpress.org (not a plugin) which is developed by WP developers, there is an integration for login but there is no integration in theme!

    March 1, 2011

  • Jiri George S.

    Hey guys, I forgot to ask during the meeting, anyone recommed a good and easy "forums" plugin that integrates easy with your themes, and logins? Especially one that can be made "private" so no one can see the threads. It's primarily for internal use

    March 1, 2011

  • Boaz A.

    Interesting and worth while.
    As I am new to WordPress I would have liked a cession on getting started and basics.

    February 26, 2011

  • Hesham

    I notice that WordPress 3.1 release is available today for upgrade! (Remember, don't upgrade on production sites, do some testing first!), enjoy!

    February 23, 2011

  • Chris E.

    @Eric / Jean-Marc as far as HTML5 compatibility goes, you can find a relatively accurate compatibility chart at http://www.quirksmode.org/dom/html5.html. I've been really hesitant to start using HTML5/CSS3 heavily on client work, just be sure to check compatibility on each element and you should be good to go.

    Why can't everyone just update their browsers? WHyyyyy?!

    1 · February 23, 2011

  • Eric R.

    @Jean-Marc: 1) HTML5 is fairly backward compatible. In fact, other than the way hr & br tags are closed, there's not much difference in the rendering of the code. I've used/tested a couple dozen plugins and I haven't seen any that break because I'm using HTML5.

    2) Initializr looks great! Thanks for the heads-up. It looks like it's keeping things up-to-date (like jQuery v1.5), whereas you'd have to download that manually to keep Boilerplate up-to-date.

    1 · February 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meeting exeeded my expectations. I'm hooked.

    February 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eric has once again brought valuable insight stemming from a WordPress project he has worked on. Thanks again, Eric!

    February 22, 2011

  • Jason D.

    Eric's session was great. Very informative and applicable information. Thought the overall meeting was a bit long though. Left after Eric... 2 hours was about my limit for sitting for the presentations though. But thought the group was great and wonderful presentation!

    February 22, 2011

  • Rick A.

    Excellent presentation by Eric. I learned a lot.

    February 22, 2011

  • Wayne R.

    Nice to see a full house with all levels of WordPress experience. The presenter (Eric) was great and brought some very useful perspective to the world of new WordPress users like myself...
    Thanks Eric for your time and the great info.

    February 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for being patient with questions from novice users like myself, of WordPress. I'm looking forward to learning, networking, and contributing to the groups success.

    February 22, 2011

  • Naren

    Great group. Great talk. I was motivated to dust off my WP project.

    February 22, 2011

  • Jean-Marc B.

    ps: Initializer is built on HTML5 Boilerplate, so this might actually make it easier for everyone!

    February 22, 2011

  • Jean-Marc B.

    Eric, I have several questions for you:
    1) About the HTML5 Boilerplate, plugins are not (yet) set up in HTML5. I know that HTML5 & HTML4 are compatible, but doesn't it break it somehow? I doubt it would, I'm just wondering if you had any problems regarding that.

    2) I ran across Initializr (http://initializr.com/) which seems so much easier than HTML Boilerplate. What's your view on it?

    Again, great presentation, very inspiring for future websites.
    Thanks a lot!

    February 22, 2011

  • Jean-Marc B.

    Great presentation. Inspiring for future websites.

    February 22, 2011

  • Eric R.

    Thanks for the feedback, guys! I really appreciate it. Talk about timing... here's an article just posted on Smashing Magazine about applying HTML5 to the default WP Theme Twenty Ten: http://bit.ly/hRdDkI. They mention a couple of things, like Modernizr, that can help your website play nice with IE. Again, this is part of the reason I use HTML5 Boilerplate (http://html5boilerplate.com/) because it comes baked-in and ready-for-use.

    February 22, 2011

  • Naren

    I really enjoyed coming out there and meeting you guys. I am motivated now to bring my WP project from the back-burner and get started on it again.

    February 22, 2011

  • Buddy R.

    Eric, you gave me some great ideas, thanks!

    February 22, 2011

  • Hesham

    Thank you for the great meetup, Christopher, Chris, Eric, and everybody!

    February 22, 2011

  • Stella

    Sorry, I couldn't come this evening. I hope I will be with you next time.

    February 21, 2011

  • Sarah W.

    I really want to go but with Houston Startup Weekend final week countdown and work etc. I don't see me making it this week. :(

    February 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jean-Marc, we're already set for topics this time, but I'll make sure we put it in the mix for next time.

    February 17, 2011

  • Jean-Marc B.

    Any chance we can talk about SEO for particular plugins?

    February 17, 2011

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