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Themes and Plugins - The St. Louis WordPress Meetup

<blink>Update: Location has changed!</blink>

We're now meeting at Lab1500, a brilliant co-working space located on Washington Ave.

Lab1500 is located at:

1500 Washington Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63103

The entrance is on 15th Street and we'll be on the ground floor! Parking is on the street and the meters stop running at 7pm.

Sorry for the short notice. We spoke to the folks at goBrandgo! and since they are shifting business strategy (and because the awesome Ben Gandhi-Shepard is leaving) they are no longer going to be our host for the General WordPress Meetup. We hoped to have this last meetup at goBrandgo! to not only say goodbye and thanks, but to let you all prepare for the change.

However, stuff happened and now we're moving to Lab1500 for (at least) July and August! Please help spread the word and again, I apologize for the confusion.

-Chris K.

Original Agenda:

How do you find good themes and plugins? Over the last few months we've covered setting up a development site, moving it to production, and the anatomy of WordPress. Now we get to the fun part!

This month we'll talk about some best practices to pick themes and plugins, what are starter themes & child themes (and why they're important), and have a open conversation* around choosing and using themes and plugins.

If you have a category of plugin or theme you're looking for (like a good event calendar plugin or a great theme for wedding photography) let us know! We'll be sure to work it into the conversation.

*Opinions on what are good themes/plugins can sometimes approach sports fan rivalry levels. It's like discussing who's the best baseball team (Cardinals of course), or the best Harry Potter book (Deathly Hallows), or the best St. Louis pizza...I'm not even going to suggest an answer for that last one.



Since many folks attend with questions in-hand we want to make it easier for them to get answers. Instead of making them wait till the end of the evening to ask their questions, we're going to dedicate the first 30 minutes of the evening to questions and conversation.


6pm to 6:30pm - Question and Answer time. Come to help others, ask questions, and socialize before the main event.

6:30pm to 6:45pm - Introductions and housekeeping.

6:45pm to 8pm - Main topic of the evening and presentations.


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  • Chris K.

    Last month the folks from @STLTechTalk visited our general meetup and recorded the entire session. Check it out!

    August 5, 2014

  • Chris M.

    I am happy to report that four of the videos are now in the hands on Wordpress TV to have on their site.

    2 · July 21, 2014

  • Chris K.

    I put together some notes from this meetup on Take a look if you couldn't make it or need a refresher. Thanks again to everyone for coming out, and special thanks to Bob Barker for sharing his experiences.

    July 21, 2014

    • Lucas L.

      Really good summary, congrats! Actually the content is complete...

      July 21, 2014

  • Lucas L.

    Hi all,

    I'm not sure if you remember my question about publishing Child themes to the official Themes repository, but I did a quick search and could find some good examples of that, meaning that it can be published if the requirements are achieved and that the community allows that:

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Robert G

    A good overview of different categories of themes. We touched minimally on the subject of PIs. A good session suited for those at the beginner to intermediate level. Many thanks to Chris for keeping all the balls in the air, organizing and leading the meeting, and seemlessly moving it from the goBrandgo! location to Lab1500 in one month's time! Well done!

    July 17, 2014

  • Lucas L.

    Thanks once more for the opportunity to learn more of WordPress and I hope I can contribute to the community in STL soon...

    July 17, 2014

  • Chad M.

    Won't be able to attend any meetups until August or September. We are moving to Belleville, IL from Washington, DC in mid to late August. Can't wait to meet so many like-minded folks!

    July 17, 2014

  • Benjamin G.

    Chris K. for president.

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Mark L B.

    Sorry guys and gals, but I moved to Dallas. Cheers, Mark

    July 15, 2014

  • Chris K.

    I hope you all got the update I just sent out. I'm posting here just to be redundant. The location of the General WordPress group has moved to Lab1500. Join us!

    2 · July 15, 2014

  • Jeanne T.

    Would love to attend but it is on my best friends birthday. Sorry to miss this. :(

    July 15, 2014

  • Natalie P.

    So bummed to miss it! I will be in Boston!

    June 25, 2014

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