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BWPM May13: Importing Content using WP-CLI [Dev] & Intro to Child Themes [Beg]

This month's meetup is sponsored by WP Engine:

WP Engine is the one of the most mature premium managed hosting platform for websites and apps built with WordPress. WPEngine powers tens of thousands of websites, delivering the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience.  Businesses large and small have come to rely on WP Engine’s exceptional customer service team that specializes in solving problems ranging from troubleshooting plugins, making themes scalable, and mitigating site migration headaches.


6:30-7:00 Networking/Food

7:00-7:10 Opening Remarks

7:15-7:55 Talk 1

7:55-8:30 Talk 2


Talk 1 [DEV]: Importing any content into WordPress using WP-CLI by Kelly Dwan (@ryelle)

Importing content from another CMS is something that makes everyone a little wary, especially if the other CMS has been customized at all. In this talk, we’ll go over how to map your existing data (regardless of CMS) to the WordPress content structure. The second half of the talk will run through how to use WP-CLI to write a script to move your data.

Bio: Kelly will fill one out!


Talk 2: An Introduction to Child Themes: How to make a good theme even better by Jonathan May

Have you found a theme that you like a lot, but it's not exactly what you're looking for?  Maybe you just want to apply some basic styling changes -- like use a different font family for the body text, or make the headings a little smaller -- that the theme settings don't allow you to conrol.  Or perhaps you want to use a page layout that the theme doesn't support?  Child themes provide a way to make these and any number of other customizations to your theme without requiring you to "tweak" the code in your chosen theme.  This talk will show you what you  need to get started.  (P.S.: No, you don't have to be a theme developer code jockey to create a useful child theme..)

Bio:  Jonathan May is President and Founder of an e-Marketing consultancy that specializes in website design and development with WordPress, and delivering customized training and in-classroom training courses in WordPress for students with all levels of WordPress experience.

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  • Tri N.

    It was great. The talk by kelly was quite informative and picked my brain quite a bit. Very cool use of git branches in the presentation as well. Good stuff!

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Disorganized and uninteresting talk

    May 28, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Thanks for the feedback Jon. Every week is different and we try and give everyone an opportunity to speak. If you have any constructive feedback for the speakers or our group feel free to shoot me an email at [masked]

      May 28, 2013

  • Ilan V.

    Unfortunately something came up and I will not be able to attend. Would it possible to publish the slides and/or other materials to this group, please?

    May 24, 2013

    • K. Adam W.

      Ilan, we try to record each presentation and always post them on — so you should be all set! Sorry you can't make it, but see you next time :)

      May 24, 2013

  • Alexa T.

    Hi, Hoping to meet contacts that can help me with back end of Wordpress ....!

    May 24, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    Co-Organizers: If you are still looking for someone to do a beginner-level presentation for this Meetup (or a future one), I would be happy to do one on "Child Themes Made Easy". I presented this topic at the Manchester, NH WordPress Meeting this week, and I think it went over quite well! Please send me a message directly to me. For some reason I don't consistently get notifications when new items appear on these discussion threads. Thanks!

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be on a trip that week.

    May 14, 2013

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