Santa Cruz Wordpress Monthly Meetup

Our agenda:

Starting at 6:00 !

6-6:15pm  Introductions:  Please introduce yourself and let us know your "burning issues" with WordPress.  All resources are posted at Melody's blog

6:15-7:30pm  Join us this month for a double helping of WordPress goodness, for beginners and more experienced users alike.

First up:  Why Doesn't My Site Look Like the Demo?  Building With the Genesis Framework

The Genesis Framework from StudioPress ( is one of the easiest and most flexible WordPress theme tools out there.  However, to get the most out of it, a little overview can be helpful.   In this 45-minute overview, we will cover the basic building blocks of the Genesis Framework, and look at how to implement one of their child themes for your own site.   We'll review some of the most helpful plugins for Genesis, as well as look at the different ways people have been making sites using this flexible framework.

Do you have any questions or child themes you'd like us to address in advance?  Just leave a comment.

Next:  WordPress Theme Development Basics

If you are a designer or developer learning how to build WordPress sites, this theme overview will help you figure out how to do things "The WordPress Way".   This 45-minute session is appropriate for people comfortable working with WordPress theme files directly.  We will cover the WordPress data model, basic structure of a theme, how to create widget areas, and how to make page templates for your posts, categories, images and more.  This is an introduction to Anca's 5-week theme and plugin development workshop coming in January 2013.

About Anca

Anca Mosoiu runs Tech Liminal, a technology salon and coworking space in Downtown Oakland.   She has been developing WordPress sites since 2006 and teaching workshops for site publishers and developers since 2009.   Tech Liminal provides training and development services for individuals and organizations interested in taking ownership of their online presence through appropriate use and customization of open-source technology.

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  • Melody S.

    thanks, Anca. Your were just terrific. I've posted your slideshow here:

    December 21, 2012

  • Anca

    Thanks for having me at your meetup! It was nice to meet everyone and I hope you all walked away knowing something more than when you came in.

    I've posted the slides for my theme presentation online here:

    1 · December 20, 2012

  • craig h.

    Anca's presentation was terrific! Insightful, informative and clearly articulated..

    December 20, 2012

  • Brian C.

    As always, Melody brings in some great presenters that pack the house. Thanks Anca for sharing your expertise.

    December 20, 2012

  • Melody S.

    Don't despair. I'll add a few to wait list when I have a chance

    December 15, 2012

  • Melody S.

    thanks for asking, Richard. I just updated and will provide more details in the next couple of days.

    November 28, 2012

  • Richard S.

    What is the topic of the evening for the Dec. 19 meetup? Thanks.

    November 28, 2012

  • Melody S.

    I think you'd be better off setting up a WordPress site at your current hosting services and not using because they have so many limitations on plugins, etc.

    November 25, 2012

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