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WP Ann Arbor June 2014 - Creating Shortcodes and Simple Plugins

If you've customized a WordPress theme before, you probably have enough knowledge to create a simple plugin and add your own shortcodes. In this talk Ross Johnson will go over some of the basics of PHP and how to create your own plugin that adds custom shortcodes to WordPress.

This talk is intended for people who are already familiar with HTML/CSS or greater experience. Novice users are welcome to attend, but the pace will be geared towards more experienced website creators.


Ross Johnson (3.7DESIGNS & Project Panorama)

Talk Level: 

• Intermediate to Advanced

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location (Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we'll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.


It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon. 

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  • Tana D.

    Great meeting, thanks to Declan and another member (I'll get his name) for helping me with a difficult technical problem. With their guidance I've solved it. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to return the favor to another member.

    June 28, 2014

  • Larry B.

    Sorry I missed tonight, employee meeting. Will you be posting any notes.

    June 25, 2014

    • Declan O.

      Hi Larry, once Ross shares the slides, I'll post them.

      June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for welcoming a Drupal programmer to the mix. It was nice to sit down and spend some time learning about WordPress and making comparissons of the pros/cons of both platforms.

    2 · June 26, 2014

    • Declan O.

      Thanks for coming Tyler, we're glad you enjoyed the talk. Hopefully, we'll see you back again soon.

      June 26, 2014

  • Declan O.

    Excellent presentation by Ross.

    June 26, 2014

  • Nancy

    Anyone with excellent wordpress design skills want to walk me through the steps of a personal website?
    UM faculty member in History. Have ideas and design sense, money to spare, FEW skills in this domain.


    June 26, 2014

  • Dean Rochester call me ".

    Excellent information. Very well presented and awesome job coding on the fly.

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Andy P.

    Thank you Ross. You helped me a lot with that walk-through.

    2 · June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this talk be recorded? Or slides be available for later? I might have a time conflict this evening.

    June 25, 2014

    • Declan O.

      Hi Beth, Ross will have slides, but the talk will not be recorded. I'll look into recording future talks.

      June 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll have to miss tonight, but I'd like to see Andy's slides. Thanks!

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • DanRomanchik

    Good topic. See you there.

    1 · June 19, 2014

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