Russell Fair Presentation at November Meetup

Today at our November meetup, we were delighted to have Russell Fair from Atlanta WordPress Developers & Designers Meetup Group and Atlanta WordPress Users Group. He covered a wide range of relatively new WordPress features with great examples from his past and current work.

Russell Fair at Ferndale WordPress Meetup

Some useful sites/links that were mentioned during his presentation:

Video recording for his presentation will be published here soon & Russell will be sharing his notes later on.

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February WordPress Meetup at AJ’s Cafe

In our last meetup, Anthony Montalbano (@italianst4) gave us a presentation on “The Power of Plugins”.

Anthony on Plugins

The plugins he mentioned are listed is at Room3064.com, and titled “24 WordPress Plugins to extend WordPress beyond a blog“.

Everyone enjoyed hearing Anthony’s first-hand experience in using some of the popular plugins and other lesser-known yet useful ones. You can read descriptions and reviews about plugins, but sometimes it’s much more helpful when you can ask questions and compare usages.

I have a short video from this but it’s not ready yet. Coming soon… Update: Posted the video.

After the presentation each of us shared a couple of plugins that we like. I’ll just list them with a short descriptions.

Though it’s not a plugin, Press This was also mentioned as a very useful tool (FYI: Noel Jackson, another speaker from our past meetup worked on this!). If you don’t have it yet, go to the “Tools” panel on your WordPress dashboard. You can strat using it right away.

For March meetup, Tim will talk about some WordPress shopping cart solutions, and Trevor will shocase a non-profit organization site he worked on with Tim. I will post the date & details on the meetup site soon.

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.

WordCamp!

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.

July WordPress Meetup at AJ’s Cafe

The Wifi connection was a little slow, so I didn’t do live blogging using P2 (as I posted last time).

Thanks for coming to this month’s meetup!
Tim, David, Trevor, Ed, Dave, Brad, Jessie, and Andrew

David took notes and I posted some links on FriendFeed.

Topics we talked about (some overwraps with FriendFeed):

  • Do we want to plan a WordCamp here?
    • We need sponsors, speakers, & venue – exploring some possiblities
    • Work with other groups – BarCamp? “Tech weekend”? “Blogger week”?
  • It would be nice to have a2geeks.org type of local community for our area.
  • Ed mentioned some other groups
  • Dave demoed a BuddyPress onStar site that his team has been working on (no link – it will be live next week)
  • BuddyPress vs Ning: BuddyPress is much more customizable (especially in blog template) and can be easily learned by devs who use WordPress already
  • Andrew’s question: “what’s the best way to attract blog audience?”
    • Start communicating from your side. Comment on other people’s blogs
    • Build good content
    • Integrate other tools – e.g. Twitter, FriendFeed
  • Good Twitter plugin?
    • Simple Tweet – posts to Twitter when there is a new post
    • Twitter Feed – posts to WordPress (supports cron, local cache and multiple accounts)
  • What do you don’t like about WordPress?
    • Media upload handling (looking forward to 2.9!)
    • WordPress.com = less customizable for js/flash widgets than Blogger
  • What do you love about WordPress?
    • very extensible
    • easy and fun to customize
    • nice admin UI