January Ferndale WordPress Meetup at AJ’s

January WordPress MeetupToday’s Ferndale WordPress Meetup had a nice turnout. I was happy to see lots of new people.

I am trying to schedule our meetups on more regular basis (same time, same week on every month). i3Detroit is a possibility (maybe after March) but let me know if you have any suggestions about the location.

Please join the Meetup.com group to get all updates about upcoming events. I also post things on Facebook and Twitter (@naokomc) time to time.

So in today’s meetup…

Developing a WordPress Theme

First, Trevor presented “Developing a WordPress Theme“. I posted the summary of it as another entry.

WordPress 3.0

Then we talked a little about WordPress 3.0.

  • WordPress MU merge is going well and a “pre-preview release” is coming soon.
  • There will be a new default theme called “2010” replacing Kubrick. You can read more about it on WordPress.org development blog’s entry 2010: A Theme Odyssey.
  • The project schedule for 3.0 is on WordPress Development Updates blog. For the latest updates, check that blog often. Currently, 3.0 release is scheduled for mid-April.
  • More new stuff: improved menu management, custom post type, core plugins… lots to look forward!

There were some questions about WordPress Foundation. The site explains its mission and purpose, but in short it’s a non-profit organization for open source WordPress projects. You can go to the site to check out the new default theme “2010”. The site is using a beta version of the theme.


Some of us are planning trips to WordCamp Toronto and WordCamp Chicago. There is a discussion thread on Meetup.com message board about it, so post comments if you’re interested. Gary says get the ticket soon if you’re planning to go, because last year Chicago ticket got sold out quickly.

We are also going to kick off our WordCamp Detroit 2010 planning. If you are interested in volunteering or getting updates, please contact me. Speakers, sponsors, spreading the word – any help is appreciated! When I have more specific information, I’ll make sure to post it here.


Author: Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a web designer focused on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. Founder of Lireo Designs, I create usable, attractive, and mobile-friendly websites for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. I offer WordPress training, website maintenance services, and consulting. Organizer for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, West Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, and Refresh Detroit. Former Detroit User Experience co-leader, Michigan Usability Professionals Association boardmember, Internet User Experience conference organizer, and HighEdWeb Michigan organizer.

4 thoughts on “January Ferndale WordPress Meetup at AJ’s”

  1. Hi there – we’d love to have you up to Toronto for WordCamp in March! We’re really excited about the value in relation to the ticket price. A networking breakfast, wine and cheese, 10 sessions and more all for $35 (CDN).

    That is unless you’re coming from the States! We’ve set up a discount code for you: enter “torontowptrip” and save $7.50 off the registration fee.

    Melissa Feeney (mfeeney@centennialcollege.ca) is working on hotel discounts for out of town guests.

    Feel free to share this. Hope to see you in March (it’s not cold in Toronto in March, btw, spring jacket weather for sure).

  2. Hi Mathieu,

    Thanks! I’ve posted this on the message board, and I’ll make sure to mention it at our next meetup in early February.
    Good luck with the event! Let us know if we can help in any ways.

  3. Sorry I’ve been missing the meetings.

    Transportation is hard out of the city, but I should hopefully get a car soon.

    I hope to help in anyway possible with Detroit Wordcamp. You know I’m a fan and I want to help all I can.

    Thank you soooooo much for doing what you do and uplifting Detroit word techies all over.

    You’re a blessing, N!!!

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