• Contributor Day 2019 + 10 Years at Tech Liminal

    Tech Liminal 3.0

    The East Bay WordPress Meetup is 10 years old, and August marks 10 years that we've been meeting at Tech Liminal. (This is Tech Liminal's third location since 2009, but we've followed where they've gone.) I can't promise face painting or balloon art, but we will have party supplies in addition to the pizza and some fun activities in addition to a chance to give back to the open source project that fuels our businesses: WordPress. ****************************** You don’t have to be on the core team to contribute to WordPress. There are all kinds of ways to help out: answering questions in the support forum, writing and editing documentation, making translations, helping with accessibility, and more. Join us for a special extended session and give back to the WordPress community. We’ll show you how to do it and then get down to work. All you need is a WordPress.org (not .com) login (https://wordpress.org/support/register.php) and a laptop. The first hour will be a contributor onboarding session to get people set up. Links to Contributor Guides Accessibility (https://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/getting-started-at-a-contributory-day/) Core (https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/) Docs (https://make.wordpress.org/docs/handbook/about-the-docs-team/get-involved/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/) Meta (https://make.wordpress.org/meta/handbook/about/contributor-day/) Mobile (https://make.wordpress.org/mobile/handbook/general-guides/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/) Polyglot (https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/handbook/about/get-involved/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/) Support (https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/)

  • Migrating Complex Joomla or Drupal Sites to WordPress

    Tech Liminal 3.0

    The good news: you've convinced the client they need a WordPress website. The bad news: you have to move their existing content out of Joomla or Drupal, and there's way too much of it. Murphy's Law of web development dictates that the customer’s data is always a mess--and tags are a disaster. Join us at the September WordPress meetup to learn how to deal with * Information Architecture — content types, taxonomies, and relationships, oh my. * WordPress, custom taxonomies, and ACF relationships (basic overview) * Basic migration: CMS Migration plugins * Advanced migration: WP All Import and writing a custom migration apps in PHP and MySQL ABOUT THE SPEAKER R. Scott LaMorte has been a WordPress developer and project manager for five years. He specializes in complete redesigns of large and complex sites with large amounts of data, and has migrated Drupal, Joomla, and custom CMS databases to WordPress. His hobbies include planning revolutions to overthrow the capitalist state and Earl Grey tea.

  • Speaker Training for WordPress and Tech Events

    Tech Liminal 3.0

    This is a workshop for people who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events, such as this WordPress Meetup and WordCamp--and for people who might be thinking about speaking at other kinds of events, too. During this hands-on session, we’ll look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past — and explore how to move past your fears. We will discuss some common myths about public speaking, different talk formats, and we will focus on finding your areas of expertise. (Yes, you have areas of expertise!) We will brainstorm topics you can talk about at a WordCamp or other event. Each participant will come out of the workshop with a WordCamp or meetup talk idea — and more confidence to submit it. (There will be a sign-up sheet for 2020 meetups.) ***You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience. This workshop is for you if: * You haven’t seen enough people like you speaking at WordPress events * You’ve thought about speaking at Meetup or WordCamp but haven’t been able to think of a topic * You think you don’t know anything worth speaking about AGENDA * Why speak at WordPress events? * Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking * Coming up with topics and choosing one * Practice giving a short talk PREREQUISITE SKILLS No experience required. OBJECTIVES * Have several ideas for topics you could speak about * Recognize the basics of a good outline. * Apply what you have learned to your own outline. * Recall the different types of talk formats. * Practice public speaking in front of a small group to help build confidence. * Identify many of the fears that have stopped you from public speaking. Note: this is the WordPress.org Diversity Speaker Training workshop. If you're a member of an under-represented group and want to contribute your perspective, please get in touch!