- Using Docker for Testing, Development, and Core Contribution
Learn how to quickly get a local WordPress development and testing environment setup with Docker. Try out new themes or plugins, develop new themes or plugins, or contribute to WordPress core.
- WP Engine DevKit Review
Local development options have been exploding recently, and DevKit from WP Engine is one of the new options. We'll have Chris Wiegman as a virtual guest to review it for us, and show off some of the things it can do. Chris was one of the creators of DevKit.
- WordCamp Grand Rapids 2019
Join us for WordCamp Grand Rapids at GVSU’s Seidman Center on Saturday, July 13th, 2019! If you’re already excited about this non-profit event, buy your ticket today. This will secure your seat (which is important, because seating is limited!) and you’ll be well-informed in the weeks to come as more event details become available. Want to help make this conference even more special? Become a sponsor! It is thanks to our many generous sponsors over the years that WordCamp Grand Rapids is now able to host its sixth event. Learn more about sponsoring! Interested in speaking? The call for speakers is currently open. Make sure you’ve submitted your application before 11:59pm on June 7th, 2019. Remember, RSVPing isn't enough. This even requires a $20 ticket. Get yours here: https://2019.grandrapids.wordcamp.org/tickets/
- The Modern Developer’s Toolkit
This month we'll be diving into the topic of developer tools. Brian Richards, long time fixture in the WordPress community and founder of WPSessions, will be sharing his personal experience with the tools that he and other developers prefer using for each of the many different tasks we all face. Since it can sometimes feel overwhelming to consider the multitude of responsibilities that face the modern web developer, having the right tool for a job can make all the difference. However, even identifying and defining what types of work you’re responsible for as a developer is half the battle. Knowing which tools exist and how to use them is the other half. This meetup will cover both fronts. Beyond that, as time permits, please come prepared to share your favorite tool(s)!
- Talking WPRig and Themeing in the Gutenberg Era with Morten Rand-Hendricksen
This month we're taking a look at the WPRig WordPress framework from its developer Morten Rand-Hendricksen. This will be a live remote presentation with Q&A as time allows. If you want to learn more ahead of the meetup, follow this link https://wprig.io/
- Current WP Job Trends and a Continuation of our Discussion on Theming
This month we're going to break the meetup into three parts. First off, show and tell! Come share something you've learned, something you're working on, what you do with WordPress, or a tool or service you've found that could help the group. This is an opportunity to share knowledge while also getting to know each other more. Anticipate having just 2-3 minutes so we can get everyone in and move things along. Second, I will share a brief presentation on the jobs, outside of the traditional development and design, that are available in WordPress. I've spent the last couple of years seeing if there's a place for non-technical me in the ecosystem and not only is the answer Yes!, but those jobs are becoming even more in demand. Finally, we'll end the night by diving more into the topic of theming WordPress in the Gutenberg era. The goal here is to see what we already know and what we're looking to learn. As always, please RSVP so that we can provide enough pizza for everyone, and a big thanks to A2 Hosting for that.
- 2019 Kick Off
Join us for another interactive evening of collective learning. We'll start off by sharing resources. Come prepared to share a minute or two on tools you've either recently found or old favorites you couldn't imagine working without. After that, we'll dive into questions or struggles you might be having. The goal is to answer as many as we can and turn those we can't, or don't have time for, into future meetup topics. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bounce ideas off of other WordPress professionals and enjoy some tasty pizza provided by our friends at A2 Hosting. RSVP today!
- Delivering the Project your Client Wants with Agile Management
Join us as Charlie White, co-founder of Adaptive Momentum, shares his experience using Agile Management to increase productivity. Read on to get an overview of what he'll cover. "Consultants and clients often have different visions for what "finished" means. One way to solve this is by including imposing contractual language about revisions, but this is a turn-off to clients, and really not a very fun way to work. Agile Management introduces a different kind of solution, where clients and consultants collaboratively to determine what "done" means in a cooperative, iterative process. Projects managed with Agile have a 30% higher success rate of being on time, scope, and budget -- and Agile provides a built-in mechanism for selling future phases of a project." Please RSVP so you're in the count for pizza and don't miss out on this chance to improve your work flow and client experience! See you all Thursday.
- Spy on Your Website Visitors Using Site Tracking
Have you ever wondered how users are browsing around your website, how often they come back, and how they engage with your business? If so, get prepared to take this to a creepy level using site tracking for your website. Join us to find out how a simple tool can be implemented onto a website to track a single user’s behavior, browsing, opt-ins, clicks, and email opens. Note: We will have pizza again. Please RSVP so we can have a slice for you!