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 🙂
We had an amazing presentation today at the iOS developers workshop, by Louie and Bob. They are in the process of building a tool that works with pattern blocks and allows you to build complex tilings and impressive art. The process starts out with simple shapes that you can combine by joining edges. The blocks you’re joining together reorient and rescale dynamically to fit together seamlessly. These can be saved as patterns themselves. They have a clever way of joining a block to itself (by tapping on two edges) that reproduces the original block, reorients and joins them. And there’s a way to do that repetitively in a circle or in a line to create amazingly complex patterns.
Last night’s WordPress Meetup had lots of useful information at several levels of expertise. We had Alonso and Florian from Hermes Development talk about a plugin they developed to take a static snapshot of a WordPress website, and Brian Stinar of Noventum Custom Software talked about several custom plugins he’s developed. One of these works with CSV files as a flat file database, allowing customers more autonomy when working with their own data. Then the group talked about favorite plugins they used. Here is a summary of some of the plugins that were mentioned. If I’ve missed any please contact me and I’ll add them to the list.