Demo of Headway, a Drag and Drop Framework & Run WordPress Locally on a Tablet

Agenda for Meeting

2:00pm Welcome and intro to group 
2:05pm Site showcase: We need a volunteer to showcase one of their sites
2:10pm: Run WordPress Locally on Your Android Tablet 
2:25pm: Q & A
2:35pm: Demo of Headway, a Drag and Drop Framework for WordPress Sites
3:20pm: Q & A 
3:30pm: Networking and troubleshooting

Member Showcase

We need a volunteer!

Run WordPress Locally on Your Android Tablet

Cliff exploits the powers of an Android tablet to be used as a full service WordPress Developer tool. He will go through apps that can let you run a local PHP server as well as apps to code with, all without having an internet connection. Along with apps with an internet connection, Cliff will show that its possible to take advantage of your Android tablet and not have the need to lug around a laptop if only quick changes are anticipated on your WordPress site.

Demo of Headway, a Drag and Drop Framework for WordPress Sites

"Drag and drop" is usually associated with ease of use. And to more advanced developers, drag and drop is sometimes dismissed as something for amateurs. 

But can Headway be a solution for both amateurs and professionals? More importantly, is it a solution that would fit your needs?

Steve will demonstrate how to create a WordPress site by drawing out "blocks" for headers, footers, menus, sidebars, content, and more. Then he'll show you how to style your blocks with backgrounds, spacing, fonts, borders. 

Are there tradeoffs? How long does it take to get up to speed? Steve will answer your questions and share his insights on how Headway compares to other major WordPress frameworks.

Presenter Backgrounds

Metro Detroit WordPress group member Steve Glick designs and develops website solutions for businesses, associations, and political candidates around southeast Michigan. He creates WordPress websites using Headway, Genesis, and WooThemes frameworks. 

Cliff Nowicki is a UI Designer that has been working around the metro Detroit area with his design skills for the past 12 years.  

Cliff is currently a UI Designer at Search Optics in Ferndale, MI working together with fellow designers to make high quality web designs for Tier II and Tier III automotive dealerships. Cliff has a strong passion for UI/UX design and can be seen geeking out over WordPress, grid systems, responsive and mobile design in the most unnatural way. Since his laptop has broken down, he has been finding many ways to use his Android tablet as a workstation. He also loves Chipotle. A lot.

Parking and Venue information

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors. 

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor. 

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited street parking on Woodward (no charge on Sunday). 

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF)

Please arrive no later than 2:15pm.

The building is secure and there will be no one at the door to let people in after 2:15pm. 




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  • Steve G.

    I enjoyed demonstrating Headway for everyone. There were a lot of good questions. Caveat: Although Headway is suitable for beginners to advanced, your selection of theme or theme framework should be based on your project needs, budget, and your own comfort. That said, Headway is probably the most customizable framework out there - without having to modify code directly.

    3 · April 16, 2014

  • Eric M.

    Great Job Cliff and Steve! Awesome talks, can't wait to run WordPress on my Galaxy; I wasn't to sure about the drag and drop theme, but you made me consider it.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • cliff n.

    It was very informative to see a drag and drop theme and how it worked.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Erica

    I enjoyed this meetup and the topic. I also liked how you guys kept track of time.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • cliff n.

    Hi Everybody, thanks again for coming out! It was great getting the opportunity to speak about as well as answer questions. As promised, here's the slide deck I used.

    http://www.slideshare.net/cliff_now/run-word-press-locally-on-your-android-tablet-33474608

    If you have any questions about the presentation, let me know! I wish I could answer questions better about uploading the site to the hosting server, but like a lot of people, I'm a deer in headlights and fumble through it and hope it work just like everybody else. My best bet is to use backup buddy which can be found here:

    http://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Cam C.

    A pair of interesting and informative talks, plus all of the great WP networking!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Nicole A.

    So sorry I couldn't make it. Not feeling well this weekend. Hope to see everyone next time.

    April 13, 2014

  • Rennette G.

    Is this meetup filled? I cannot RSVP or register even though it is showing only 9 people going.

    April 12, 2014

    • Eric M.

      I just opened up RSVPs, they close at a certain time. Register online or show up in person, either way we are still having it.

      April 13, 2014

  • Eric M.

    We are still having it. The RSVPs just closed at a certain time.

    You can still join. I just changed it so you can register online, or if you attend in person please have $5.

    April 13, 2014

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