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We're familiar with the concept of the sidebar as that narrow column that usually appears on the right or left side of a website, separate from the main content area, and often containing things like info about the website or author, links to important pages, advertising, or perhaps an old-school blogroll.
But in WordPress, "sidebar" has a specific meaning. Most themes now employ one or more dynamic sidebars, otherwise known as widget areas. This is where one can place widgets, like the Recent Posts, Categories or Calendar widgets, which come standard with WordPress. This is found on the Dashboard under Appearance > Widgets.
In this presentation, we'll cover the basics of how widgets and widget areas work within WordPress themes, including:
Intro to widget areas What kinds of content are appropriate for the widget areas What widgets can help accomplish what you need Widgets you may not know about Managing widgets when changing themes Plugins that come with widgets Creating your own widget areas (basic intro) This presentation is targeted towards WordPress beginners and those learning how to modify their own themes.
OPENING PRESENTATION: Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting
Our members are always asking about hosting options, so this month Kristopher Lagraff from Page.ly is going to explain the benefits of managed hosting:
What managed hosting is and isn't. What are the benefits of managed hosting. Managed vs traditional hosting. Who should choose managed hosting. What to expect from your managed host provider.
Bring your WordPress questions! As always, we'll have some geniuses on hand to help you get answers.
"WPNYC GIVES BACK" RAFFLE:
This month we will raffle off $1 for each user that RSVP's. This money will be split between:
One WPNYC member. A WordPress developer that has donated a free theme or plugin to the community (chosen by the member winner)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Rindy Portfolio (http://about.me/rindy) is a founding member of Tadpole Collective (http://tadpole.cc/), an NYC firm that provides WordPress support, hosting, and custom development. Tadpole offers workshops on WordPress like its Beginner Bootcamp, and Tadpole members can be found in the Genius Bar of the WPNYC meetup every month.
Kris LaGraff (http://krislagraff.com/) is from Denver CO, and has been working with WordPress professionally for the past 4 years, and a Customer Success Engineer with http://page.ly for 6 months. Before page.ly he worked at Metropolitan State University Denver as a WordPress designer/Front-end dev and Vanguard Communications as their WP developer. I'm also currently one of the co-organizers for the Denver WordPress Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/DenverWordPress/).
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