Back in August, while staring at Twitter, one tweet caught my attention. It was from Mark Jaquith, one of the lead developers of WordPress, and he mentioned an "epic post" about WordPress (https://twitter.com/#!/markjaquith/status/[masked]). Well, if Mark called a post about WordPress "epic", then I thought I better check it out... and I'm glad I did. The post detailed the WordPress Initialization process, from start to finish, and it was truly "epic". So, what else could I do... I invited the author to present at our Meetup!
From Index.php to Index.php:
When each page of your website loads, the WordPress core runs through a series of files, to make hundreds of functions available, before it even gets to your theme and plugin files. In this presentation we'll walk step by step through the WordPress initialization process, from the core index.php to your theme's index.php, to try and discover where most of the more fundamental features and functionality comes from. If you customize or create themes, or build plugins to provide the features you think are missing, it's vital that you understand how WordPress "boots up" so you can be sure you're correctly taking advantage of everything it offers. How does WordPress core take the initial page request and give back such beautiful web pages? Attend this Meetup to find out.
This meetup will be somewhat technical, but will be interesting to anyone who wants to know how WordPress works.
About the Speaker:
Dominic Giglio is a computer science student at CUNY and open source enthusiast who tries to split any remaining free time he has to learning about WordPress, Ruby and helping people get the most out of technology through his tech support company, Universal Technology Advisors. He's been developing WordPress sites for the past 3 years and was just recently bitten by the Ruby bug. He blogs about WordPress and other nonsense at humanshell.net (http://humanshell.net/).
Our Opening Presentations:
LinksAlpha.com (www.linksalpha.com (http://www.linksalpha.com/)) offers a social media management service. The service enables publishing of website content to social networks automatically using WordPress plugin Network Publisher (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/network-publisher/) or self publish content using News Feeds (http://www.linksalpha.com/feeds) application. LinksAlpha also provides customizable social media buttons, via WordPress plugin – 1-Click (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/1-click-retweetsharelike/), enabling website owners to spread content virally on social networks. WordPressNYC welcomes LinksAlpha as our newest sponsor.
Launch Effect (www.launcheffectapp.com (http://www.launcheffectapp.com/)) is a WordPress theme that lets you create a viral campaign in minutes. The theme allows the user to customize a landing page that introduces a business, product, or event and prompts visitors to sign up with their email to earn some sort of incentive (beta invite, discount coupon, a gift, etc.). The visitor is then encouraged to share a unique referral link that tracks their friends' sign ups. Conversions are tallied on WordPress, and the user can determine who should receive the incentives. Launch Effect is a project by Barrel (www.barrelny.com (http://www.barrelny.com/)), a digital agency in New York.
As always, we'll have some geniuses on hand to help you get answers to your WordPress questions.
Holiday Mixer: Save the Date!
Last year’s holiday mixer was a hit (http://www.meetup.com/WordpressNYC/events/15634322/), so we’re doing it again! Good people… good food… good drink… and good networking. Mark December 20th in your calendar. Details to follow.
About the Host: NWCU
This event is part of NWCU (http://u.nwc.co/uwpnyc1), community-powered learning driven entirely by member participation. NWCU is a curated collection of classes, workshops, Meetup groups, and hackathons, all sharing one core common goal: help existing and aspiring independents build, learn, and share with one another, so more people can lead better, happier lives working for themselves.
NWCU is made possible by amazing supporters of independents and innovation: Google (http://u.nwc.co/gwpnyc1), BlackBerry (http://www.meetup.com/WordpressNYC/events/%201Dhttp:/u.nwc.co/bbwpny1%201C) & New Work City (http://u.nwc.co/nwcwpny1).
About New Work City
New Work City is a coworking space and community center for independents in Manhattan. We gather in a cozy shared environment to work, collaborate, learn, and socialize. All you need is some work to do and a friendly disposition!