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March WP518 Meetup

Come one, come all. Wordpress designers, hackers, n00bs, developers. Let us drink coffee/tea and discuss the fine, open-source goodness that is Wordpress.

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  • Sheri B.

    There was a mix of developers and writers in attendance. We talked about WordPress 3.4 which is about to get beta released. We did introductions, talked about the different ways we use WordPress, and brainstormed presentation topic ideas.

    March 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet everyone - such a nice group of people

    March 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey thanks Sheri!

    March 30, 2012

  • Damon

    Great to see new faces and hear about all the different levels of interest. Had a wonderful time.

    March 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was hoping to meet more programmers than users and was pleasantly surprised.

    March 30, 2012

  • Sheri B.

    @Cie, I'm glad you came last night. :)

    March 30, 2012

  • Sheri B.

    @HollyAnn: For a calendar plugin, I've heard http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/ is the best one. I've also heard http://eventespresso.com/ looks nice. For presentation topics, I like your "how to create a plugin" idea.

    March 30, 2012

  • Sheri B.

    @HollyAnn: It was nice to meet you at the meet up last night! Regarding "selling" WordPress to larger entities, I think what plugins/features I would recommend depends on the needs of the company, not the size of it. However, one particularly good example of a "big" WordPress setup is WordPress.com, which is running about 36 million blogs on one WordPress Multisite install. Check out http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ and you might also like http://wordpress.org/about/features/

    March 30, 2012

  • Damon

    @Cie, its at 7pm. Would love to know where you got a message from stating "4 pm?" Is somebody impersonating WP518?

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damon, I got a message that the meetup was at 4 pm, not 7. Which is the correct time? Or are there two meetings?

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As long as I can learn something, I'm in!

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    @Cie, don't sweat it, because we can tell you what any terms mean so you can learn if you're interested. I'll try to keep the meetup neutral. I know not everybody knows how to write a theme from scratch, or even install a plugin, but we're here to help.

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, I feel like I'm over my head here.
    I'm just a writer who uses WP on two web sites, not a programmer. You guys are talking in a language I don't understand.

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another future presentation could be how to create a plugin. OK, so that's REALLY generic. :-$ I could be incredibly selfish and ask for help on the plugin I'm looking for (the events calendar-based marquee) OR it could be a general presentation consensus where someone (a different person each time) could benefit from each others' contributions OR we could make a plugin creation sub-group? Whew! What a mouthful! Whatever you decide, I'm just looking forward to removing my butt from this chair!

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    ^ or choose, and not "of choose"

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    I'm thinking that a formal presentation will probably be hard for me to put together at this point, but i'll start gathering resources related to this topic and can share as much info as I have at meeting.

    Yes, I found myself re-writing a lot of CSS and other code when trying to use themes from the WP repo, but quickly realized it was easier to build from scratch of choose a framework based on the a project's specs.

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    @HollyAnn, here is a recent matrix evaluation I did of Wordpress events/calendar management plugins: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgGHTE9QQeIadFpZWlFVOUtpck13RlFwZWdoYnJnQlE
    I had a specific checklist of feature-set/requirements when performing the evaluation, but should hold up nicely for general usage.

    A presentation on theme SOPs is a good idea and something I'm always reading up on, and developing on my own. I tend to start with a framework, like Bones and build from ther

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Damon, That Dynamic Widgets was a great recommendation for @Rono's question. That's the kind of Joomla functionality that'd be really useful in WP. Something else I'm looking for is an events calendar (w/ "stop" dates) that can be a non-widget that's in a marquee format. As for a presentation, how about good template-producing SOPs? Lots of the templates I look at (and unfortunately download) are miserably programmed, especially the CSS, and I spend more time cleaning or rebuilding them.

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    @HollyAnn, I haven't tested Joomla in years (Why? Long story, but happy to share in person.) so I can't speak to your comments. If you have specific functionality in mind that you're wondering if WP can do I can speak to that?

    March 19, 2012

  • Damon

    @Rono, re: web forms check out Gravity Forms, and re: "different side bars on different pages..." I like Dynamic Widgets plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dynamic-widgets/

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do more Joomla than WordPress because it seems Joomla can handle "bigger" sites better, but WordPress is easier for most people to grasp administratively. Are there features and/or plugins that can give WordPress similar functionality to Joomla modules and/or components so that I can "sell" WordPress sites to larger entities?

    March 19, 2012

  • Rono

    What about having web forms in the header and also having different side bars on different pages?

    March 15, 2012

  • Damon

    I'm happy to put together a presentation if y'all are interested in a particular Wordpress topic? Let me know.

    March 15, 2012

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