June WordPress Meetup at AJ’s Cafe

Here’s my notes from yesterday’s meetup. Next time, I’ll try using real-time update on P2 theme (probably using this blog).

Roll call:
Naoko, Tim, Shawn, Raphael, David, Trevor, Ed, Matt

We talked about…

  • WordPress 2.8. Not everyone has upgraded yet – waiting for 2.8.1?
  • Facebook content is kind of “scattered around”. Shawn said he started a WordPress blog wanting to write more.
  • Windows Live Writer/Ecto – desktop apps for blogging
  • WordPress Stats. WordPress.com has built-in stats, which is also available for WordPress.org [screenshots]
  • Tim (@hogpath) said Role Scoper plugin for role management. Looks like a nice alternative to Role Manager. The author lives in Michigan 🙂
  • Talked about BuddyPress… You can test it out by signing up on BuddyPress.org or bp-dev.org
  • Raphael (@rsmudge) is presenting his project/WordPress plugin “After the Deadline” at the Ann Arbor New Tech June Meetup (today!).
  • Some discussion about WordPress.org/MU merge.
  • WordCamp San Francisco. Video will be up on wordpress.tv soon, I recommend Tim Ferriss’ presentation if I need to pick one to watch (besides the Keynote “The State of the Word”)
  • Matt (@lincolnwebs) talked about setting up 2 sites using 2 DBs and one WordPress install: using conditional statement based on the domain in wp-config.php.
  • He is looking into Vanilla forum software for integrating with WordPress.
  • Also Matt’s PHP book recommendation: Visual Quickstart Guide (beginners) and Visual QuickPro Guide (intermediate) by Larry Ullman, and an Apress advanced PHP book (not sure which)
  • Detroit Area PHP June Meetup is on Saturday, June 27th.
  • Ed mentioned JavaScript: The Good Parts book.
  • David (@Admore) stareted a FriendFeed Group for the meetup. Ferndale WordPress Group

Thank you all for coming.

Reminder to myself: send a reminder on the night before the meetup!

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Author: Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a front-end web developer focused on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. Founder of Lireo Designs, I create usable, attractive websites for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. In addition, I offer WordPress site maintenance services, training and consulting. Organizer for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup and Refresh Detroit. Former co-leader of Detroit User Experience, officer of Michigan Usability Professionals Association.

2 thoughts on “June WordPress Meetup at AJ’s Cafe”

  1. I found I cannot upgrade to 2.8 (at least automatically). I repeatedly get an error that the comments post file cannot be changed. Guess I will have to go old skool and do the manual upgrade. That’s so 2008!

    1. 😦
      I was able to upgrade fine using auto-upgrade, but there is a bug in the upgrade tool so it’s better to wait till 2.8.1 if you’re going to try again. I’d try disabling all plugins if you haven’t yet…

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