Last month we mentioned a number of interesting projects happening in Ideas & Coffee. One of them was Sashiko Southwest, the ecommerce site designed around Joyce Perz delightful Sashiko interpretations of Southwest themes. We aren’t the only fans. Barbara Mummers built a quilt based in part on Joyce’s sashiko designs and it took First Prize and Judge’s Choice at the 2016 Eastern Long Island Quilt Show! Congratulations Joyce and Barbara!
We’ve been doing a WordPress work along for several months now and as it’s picked up in popularity and we’ve gotten more WordPress experts interested we’re moving from once a month to three times a month. Several local website development companies that work with WordPress are sponsoring these which is really awesome! Our current schedule looks like:
- First Thursday of the month – Orphic Workshop, Ken Hargis & SWCP, Jamii Corley
- Second Thursday – Noventum Consulting, Brian Stinar
- Third Thursday – Hermes Development, Jay Renteria
- Fourth Thursday – General WordPress Meetup, presentations, pizza, conversation
- Fifth Thursday – if there is one, we rest 🙂
The worst thing about being on the organizing committee for WordCamp is how few of the talks you get to go see 🙂 However I did sneak out to see several in the morning, starting with Sam Hotchkiss’s excellent introduction to security talk, Security 101. He covered the basics of having a more secure site really well, and now I have pointers to things I need to know more about. My short list for this is:
We’re planning a small WordCamp in April, geared towards people actively using WordPress. No beginners sessions this time (that’s for a future event). We’ll be limiting attendance to 100 people so if you’re interested, sign up soon. We’re actively seeking volunteers and speakers. Get in touch on our event website.
This week has been fun at Ideas and Coffee. We had Sam Hotchkiss’s very popular WordPress Developers Meetup on Monday. Alonso and Florian of Hermes Development spoke about developing plugins for customers. On Wednesday at RubiABQ, Cliff continued working on bringing the Built in New Mexico website up to Rails 5. It was a struggle with GitHub being down for about half an hour. There are an amazing number of things that become more difficult with GitHub being unavailable, but we got lots of interesting information none the less. Thursday brought the general WordPress Meetup on the topic of Themes. Thanks to Alonso, Florian, and Sheelah we got some insight into how people create bespoken WordPress themes using UnderScores. And we had a fun conversation about what all to look at when evaluating a WordPress theme.
I completely failed at taking pictures during the events. Too busy enjoying the great flow of information, so I’m attaching a picture of the Sandias as a bonus 🙂