• Using WordPress as an API (instead of other BYOFEs)

    Online event

    Wait, what's an API and why would I use WordPress as an API? What the heck is a BYOFE, and what does it have to do with WP? Why are there so many acronyms?!?! 😉 And why is there a picture of the Headless Horseman holding a WordPress logo? Isn't Halloween over? ---- WordPress is an incredibly flexible platform on which to build websites and web apps. Traditionally, WP has been used for blogs, publishing platforms, business websites and more. It offers an all-in-one package. But what if you want to use a framework like Gatsby (or Gridsome), NextJS (or NuxtJS), 11ty, MERN, Laravel, Ruby on Rails, RedwoodJS, etc. to build an application, but long for the WordPress editing experience? Or, what if you have a client that already has a web application running, and would like to incorporate a blog using WordPress to that application? There are many ways to "couple" other technologies with a "decoupled" WordPress publishing experience. In this talk, we'll explore: - What an API is and why use WordPress as an API - Look at other BYOFEs (bring your own front-end), and how WordPress offers the same or more out of the box - How we can easily create custom post types and custom fields to manage our data in WordPress for API consumption - How we can use other frameworks to read and publish WordPress data (I'll be using examples from Create React App and Gatbsy mostly, but this will apply to any framework that can consume an API - Some caveats and how to address those. This will be a jam-packed, Jam-stacky talk, so BYO-lunch and BYO-curiosity as we discover how we can use WP as an API instead of other BYOFE (ok, I'll stop with the acronyms now!). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: Nate is a local to Madison, Wisconsin, love learning and sharing new things and playing around with code, food, and his kids. He's currently a Senior WordPress Engineer at strattic.com

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  • Why WordPress Works

    Online event

    **This is the same talk that was given at FORWARDFEST on August 14** "I heard WordPress has security issues." huh. well... no, actually - no more than any other platform. We love WordPress! As the world's most popular open-source website platform it gets a lot of criticism. But the reality is that it is a really versatile platform that makes amazing things possible. We'll talk about those "security issues" and how you can keep your site safe. Led by local WordPress meetup host, Bekee Gibson, this workshop will examine some common myths surrounding the platform and help site owners identify why it may or may not be a good fit for their business goals. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: Bekee has been around the block. Most recently, she's the newly-appointed Director of CMS at Earthling Interactive (where she's been honing her WordPress chops for the previous six years). She's been coding websites since AOL's Personal Pages in 1998 and is not proud of having used spacer.gifs for padding around tables, but come on, it was the 90s.

  • Why WordPress Works

    Online event

    *** REGISTER FOR FREE HERE FOR THE FORWARD FEST EVENT*** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-wordpress-works-a-forward-fest-event-tickets-109869039254 "I heard WordPress has security issues." huh. well... no, actually - no more than any other platform. We love WordPress! As the world's most popular open-source website platform it gets a lot of criticism. But the reality is that it is a really versatile platform that makes amazing things possible. We'll talk about those "security issues" and how you can keep your site safe. Led by local WordPress meetup host, Bekee Gibson, this workshop will examine some common myths surrounding the platform and help site owners identify why it may or may not be a good fit for their business goals. *** REGISTER FOR FREE HERE FOR THE FORWARD FEST EVENT*** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-wordpress-works-a-forward-fest-event-tickets-109869039254 Thank you to the organizers of 2020 Forward Festival for including us in the program. Visit the website to learn about other awesome events happening the week of August 13th to 20th, 2020. *** REGISTER FOR FREE HERE FOR THE FORWARD FEST EVENT*** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-wordpress-works-a-forward-fest-event-tickets-109869039254 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: Bekee has been around the block. Most recently, she's the newly-appointed Director of CMS at Earthling Interactive (where she's been honing her WordPress chops for the previous six years). She's been coding websites since AOL's Personal Pages in 1998 and is not proud of having used spacer.gifs for padding around tables, but come on, it was the 90s.

  • What is OWASP?

    Online event

    Keeping up to date on current security threats is a full-time job. As a developer, you already have one. OWASP is a community-based team of security experts that can influence the way you code future projects, analyze your current code, and grow as a developer. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: Gunnard Engebreth is a 20 year veteran of the development world. Starting back in the dot com boom of the 2000s, Gunnard has grown his IT knowledge from backend development to systems administration and even IBM call center support. Gunnard now lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works as a senior developer for an ISP --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Overview/Agenda: What is OWASP? History Principles OWASP Top 10 Example: XML External Entities (XXE) Prevention Proactive > Reactive The Mind of an Attacker The Juice Shop OWASP ZAP Takeaways​ / Q&A --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Meetup sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* For over 20 years, Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

  • WordPress & Solopreneurs Tools

    Online event

    Join us on Zoom to hear a panel discuss their favorite Solopreneur Tools. Bring your queries and ideas! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So you have a handful of WordPress projects under your belt and now you're looking to streamline your process. Maybe you need time-tracking software because you're nearing max-capacity for remembering *when* you worked for *who*. Maybe you need a royalty-free image or nearly-free Creative Commons icon. Maybe you are looking for an all-encompassing solution to manage clients, projects, schedules, invoicing, and automated communication! This is an open-forum meeting where we'll talk about the tools *you* use or the ones you wish existed. Someone in the room will likely have experience with something that fits your needs and budget. Here are some tools and resources we hope to discuss: https://www.dubsado.com/ https://www.teamgantt.com/ https://thenounproject.com/ https://unsplash.com/ https://slickplan.com/ https://notion.so/ https://wordpress.org/plugins/wedevs-project-manager/ Bring your brain and your questions! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Meetup and pizza sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* For over 20 years, Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

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  • WordPress and Laravel: The Hows, Whys, and Intersections

    1705 Hoffman St

    Join us for a joint meeting with the Full Stack Madison and Madison Laravel groups! Talk: Do you work with WordPress and wonder if there are other tools and frameworks where you could leverage your PHP or JS knowledge? Should you be using WordPress for all your projects? Do you work with Laravel and wonder why some developers still choose (and love) to work on WordPress? Come along on the journey as we dive into the how and why of using WordPress and Laravel, the points of contact between the two paradigms, and how we can approach projects armed with the best tools for the job. Come also for the discussion, as I’m hoping this will generate some fun chatter and give myself and others opportunity to ask questions of the WordPress and Laravel communities. Speaker: Nate Finch has been building websites since 2011. He loves web development because it is the perfect mix of problem solving, helping people, and lifelong learning. As VP of Development at The Digital Ring, Nate splits his time between developing websites and developing developers. Prior to joining TDR, Nate freelanced, working with dozens of clients through platforms like Toptal and Codeable, and completed a brief stint as a web engineer with 10up. Nate collects masters degrees, has traveled to six continents, lived on four, speaks Spanish, and outside of work, family, friends, food, coffee, and cooking are his favorite activities. He lives in Wisconsin with his wonderful wife and two daughters. ********************** Since this is a joint meeting for the Full Stack Madison, Madison WordPress, and Madison Laravel groups, it will be listed on all three of the group websites. Please only RSVP on one of the groups. ********************** Location: Madison College - Health Education and Information Technology Building 1705 Hoffman Street, Madison, WI Enter through the main entrance. Head to the 3rd floor. If you come up the stairs, head down the hallway to the right. If you come out of the elevators, head straight down the hallway in front of you. We will be the first door on the left. Madison College can be reached by Madison Metro Bus Routes 6 and 20: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/full-service-chart

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  • The Elementor Page Builder – An Introduction

    Madison Public Library - Central

    Since its release in 2016 Elementor has become one of the fastest-growing drag & drop page builders for WordPress. In this introductory talk, we will cover what Elementor is, why it’s become so popular, and how you can use it to build stunning websites, even if you don’t know how to code. Topics will include: • The key differences between the popular Divi Page Builder and Elementor • Free Elementor vs Elementor Pro • How to get started & a brief look at the user interface • A crash course on how to create a page from scratch • A hack on how to create a page layout in < 1 min • 5 useful Elementor features to know about • 5 Tips on how to speed up your workflow in Elementor --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: Lisa Ross is a web designer and strategist. She’s been designing and building websites for Earthling Interactive since 2016, and recently started her own business Launch & Grow where she helps Life Coaches create strategic websites. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join us at the Madison Central Library in the 1st-floor Conference Room on Tuesday, January 28 General hob-nobbing and chit-chatting at 5:30, Pizza at 5:45, Some announcements, And, the talk begins thereafter. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Meetup and pizza sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* Since 1999 Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

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  • Tips for Keeping Website Development on Track and on Time

    Madison Public Library - Central

    Join us at the Madison Central Library in the 1st-floor Conference Room on Tuesday, October 22! General hob-nobbing and chit-chatting at 5:30, Pizza at 5:45, Some announcements, And, the talk begins thereafter. Tom Kuplic (Co-CEO and VP of Business Services at Earthling Interactive) brings us the presentation this month. He'll address common mistakes in the site development process and give you tools to accelerate website design, build, and launch. Even if you aren’t currently planning a new site or upgrade, you will gather skills and information to put to use whenever you find yourself on a site planning team (which you will, it is inevitable). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Meetup and pizza sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* Since 1999 Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

  • Debugging with Dan

    Madison Public Library - Central

    Join us at the Madison Central Library in the 1st-floor Conference Room on Tuesday, September 24! General hob-nobbing and chit-chatting at 5:30, Pizza at 5:45, The talk begins thereafter. Dan Greig brings us the presentation this month: Bugs are everywhere. How do you hunt them out and squash them? Join me as I discuss my process of ferreting them out. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little about the Meetup sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* Since 1999 Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

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  • Easy WP Dev environments with VVV

    Madison Public Library - Central

    Join us at the Madison Central Library in the 1st-floor Conference Room on Tuesday, August 27! Congregate around 5:30, pizza at 5:45, talk when folks are settled. Dan Stout brings us the presentation this month: Spinning up a local WordPress development environment has never been easier with VVV. Whether you need one WP installation or a dozen, you can spin up and spin down like a champ. VVV works cross-platform, so no one is left behind. Come hear more about this useful and easy-to-use technology! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little about the Meetup sponsor: *Earthling Interactive* Since 1999 Earthling clients have used our services to build outstanding websites and applications in dozens of industries. Based in Madison, our development teams regularly meet in person with clients who range from small startups to global companies. We pride ourselves on our technical chops, and we love solving thorny problems, but what really keeps us energized is the relationships we form with the people that trust us to help move their organizations forward in the digital age.

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