We’ll give this Twenty Thirteen theme a run … let us know what you think.
WordPress Meetups in the summer can be a challenge; people go on vacation, kids go to camp, the weather does not cooperate … at all. The list can go on but those are a few of the more relevant and realistic reasons we have seen this summer season from our members. Life goes on and we all have our own to enjoy and enhance.
All that being written, we’re going to give this Meetup on the Patio another try … third time’s the charm or so we are hoping. So, let’s meet at the Krazy Cactus and enjoy some good food, good friends, and good cheer … and of course talk about WordPress.
It seems WordPress Plugins and related discussions are quickly becoming one of our favorite topics. Therefore, we will be continuing in those discussions with a panel-style all-in session where members can offer their opinions and recommendations based on plugins they are using.
Keeping on the plugin band wagon, this meetup will be a Roundtable discussion about plugins.
Please bring 3 plugins you would like to discuss, also what they do and why you like them. We will take turns going around the table so that everyone gets a chance to discuss their plugin(s).
If you email Ed or Terri with your plugin list in advance (do not list them in comments), we’ll put them on a test site so we can all see them in action. Cut off time for you to email us your list will be Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 8:00pm.
We will try and get through all of the plugins that are brought to the discussion, but that of course will depend on time.
We are looking forward to this being another interesting gathering … don’t forget to send in your plugin choices so we can prepare our test sites.
Our next Meetup will be on April 8, 2013 at the same GTA time in the same GTA place; or, at 6:30PM in the Comfort Inn Mississauga Room for those not familiar with our group. We will be having a presentation done by one of our organizers, Terri Caissie, on WordPress Plugins. Here is the write up from the Meetup Event posting:
Terri Caissie will be presenting A Review on Plugins – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
The Good: Useful well recommended plugins that work well. What would you recommend to your friends?
The Bad: What would you recommend to your enemies, dealing with plugin conflicts and what methods you can use to sort them out.
The Ugly: Epic Fails when installing and/or upgrading, different recovery methods.
If you have a plugin you would like reviewed or if you have examples, please list them here!
Terri will choose a selection of the suggested plugins to be used with the presentation.
Just wanted to record the old Meetup tagline for posterity:
WordPress GTA … it’s not the latest video game; it’s better!
as it now reads:
Doing our part to spread the WordPress
From the WordPress GTA Meetup.com site:
This meetup will be done in a slightly different manner than previous meetups as we will be having two speakers addressing the same basic topic.
They will be answering these questions:
- How did you learn WordPress?
- What tools have you used along the way?
- What are you using now to create your works?
Keith Lockhart will be presenting his Mac-centric version of these answers finishing with Codekit, which is an IDE for Mac.
Edward Caissie will present a similar PC-centric version ending with PhpStorm, which is an IDE for Windows (and Mac).
Expect a little bit of everything from tips and tricks to workflow ideas and samples … all taken from the speakers’ personal experiences and portfolios.
Keith Lockhart’s WP-Magic Resources Link:
Here are the links “scraped” out of my PhpStorm presentation slides …
Here are the actual slides …
From the Meetup event listing:
If we have time, we’ll even get into enqueuing scripts in WordPress.
Recommended Tools and Accessories:
I was fortunate enough to receive a pre-launch copy of the book from Curtis McHale. I made time to read it immediately (it was a slow day, but still took a few hours all the same). I am also glad I did make the time available.
The book covers a very good range of topics dealing with themes and plugins. The writing style and explanations make it easy for a new WordPress developer to gain valuable take-away ideas and insights. Long-time WordPress developers, such as myself, should also be able to gather useful and immediately implementable functionality in almost any WordPress project they are currently working on, or plan to, as well. For example, the book presents some interesting ideas on code organization and how to implement various scripts as well as techniques that improve site load times and scalability.
Our next Meetup is scheduled for January 21, 2013 at the Krazy Cactus Restaurant (one of our two usual haunts) at our usual starting time of 6:30pm. Look for us in the bar area …
… and from the Meetup announcement here are some more details:
The date, the time, and the place are all
tentative but most likelyset; we will be meeting on the third Monday (January 21, 2013) at the same time (6:30pm) in one of our two past venues (at the Krazy Cactus Restaurant or the Comfort Inn).
The topic is open for discussion but if all else fails we will have had a chance to be using WordPress version 3.5 for at least a month (depending on your update preferences) and we can discuss what we see as its pros and cons.
I would also like to open some discussion points about our schedule for 2013 and what discussions and topic arcs we can or should be having.
With the release of WordPress 3.5 comes the new default theme, Twenty Twelve … let us know what you think as I just switched the site over to using it.