Meetups

September 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

Getting Started with WordPress…

Wish you had a website or blog but don’t want or can’t afford to pay for it? Come learn how to setup and configure your free blog or website on WordPress.com.

Tonight a complete website from beginning to end will be created right before your eyes. All of the essentials will be covered including:

  • Creating a WordPress.com account;
  • Creating a WordPress blog;
  • Creating a WordPress website;
  • Learning how to change the look of your site;
  • Learning the difference between pages and posts;
  • Adding content including text, photos and even a photo gallery;
  • Creating an About Us page;
  • Creating Contact Us web form;
  • How to safely allow visitors to leave comment without getting unwanted spam;
  • Learning the secret listing your site in the Google search engine.

Everyone is welcome however this evening will be of particular interest to those wanting to get started with a personal blog, or create a website for a club, activity team or special event (wedding, birthday, memorial, graduation, etc.) or other special interest group. The information will also be of interest to those who want to learn how to manage a self-hosted WordPress.org site as many of the topics discussed will be similar. Don’t know what the difference is between a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org type of site? Come find out. If you can use MS Word, you can do this too!

Can you believe we are going to cover all this in just one hour? Sounds like a lot but maybe it’s not actually as complicated as you think. Be ready to take lots of notes as this will be a live session!

Presented by: Michael Milette.  Micheal is a full-stack web developer and the founder of TNG Consulting Inc., an Ottawa firm committed to providing sustainable business solutions. Michael has been using his cross-functional expertise to build websites for almost 20 years including WordPress since 2009. He received awards for being helpful from the open source community in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and an awarded for Quality of Work by the Government of Canada. When not glued to a computer, Michael also enjoys volunteering, career coaching, learning and teaching. You can reach him at www.tngconsulting.ca or on Twitter at @MichaelMilette.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

 

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:10 – Ask the Experts:  Got a WordPress question? We’d be happy to share our experience and (hopefully) help answer your questions. Beginner and more advanced questions are welcome.  You’ll find more people with an interest in WordPress at our meetups than most places in the Ottawa / Gatineau region.

7:30 – Wrap-up

September 2017 Virtual Contrib2Core [Developers]

Virtual Contrib2Core – Shared event with WPToronto

See the Toronto WordPress Group for the partner event.

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Note: The activities in this meetup are best suited for intermediate/advanced WordPress developers.

Join Paul Bearne (Senior Freelance WordPress Developer) for a virtual meetup using Google Hangouts, where we come together as a team with the aim of adding to and improving WordPess itself (contrib to core).

This is a series of bi-weekly events using YouTube live recording on Google Hangouts. A new hangout link is published in the comments shortly before each session.

Sessions are interactive – you will help craft the code and create your own core commits. As at the beginning of April, we had submitted 6 patches of which 2 have so far been accepted into WordPress 4.5 from this project. You do not need to have experience of core commits, just to be reasonably comfortable with code and willing to come along, learn and do. There is guidance all the way, with opportunities to help with documentation and research. You can even just lurk and listen!

At each meetup, we are working on writing unit tests for the original functions file in WordPress – there are around 200 functions to keep us occupied!

The file we are working on is:

https://github.com/pbearne/contrib2core/blob/master/src/wp-includes/functions.php

We will use this repo to swap code as we work:

https://github.com/pbearne/contrib2core

If you are new to core development, you will need to install
https://github.com/Varying-Vagrant-Vagrants/VVV or have a working deployment build of WordPess.

More reading:

https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/

August 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

*** Please note venue – see meeting details below ***

Plugins and You: Finding that perfect plugin

Finding the right plugins, and navigating through the large library can be hard. Come and hear about some personal tips and tricks I’ve found to make the selection easier. I’ll recommend some plugins based on what you need – and discuss the advantages of a paid plugin rather than just free.

Presented by Miriam Goldman.  Miriam wears many hats: she is either a freelance WordPress developer, a karate sensei, or a competitive latin ballroom dancer – it depends on the day.

She self-taught herself HTML in the land of Geocities in the late 1990s, and likes to believe that her career path was started back in the mid 1980s, playing computer games on a Commodore 64, sitting on her father’s lap.

Miriam loves to share her passion for all things WordPress. You can connect with her at her website, or via Twitter at @mirigoldman.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $150-450/year)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:30 – Wrap-up

July 2017 Virtual Contrib2Core [Developers]

Virtual Contrib2Core – Shared event with WPToronto

See the Toronto WordPress Group for the partner event.

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Note: The activities in this meetup are best suited for intermediate/advanced WordPress developers. 

Join Paul Bearne (Senior Freelance WordPress Developer) for a virtual meetup using Google Hangouts, where we come together as a team with the aim of adding to and improving WordPess itself (contrib to core). 

This is a series of bi-weekly events using YouTube live recording on Google Hangouts. A new hangout link is published in the comments shortly before each session.

Sessions are interactive – you will help craft the code and create your own core commits. As at the beginning of April, we had submitted 6 patches of which 2 have so far been accepted into WordPress 4.5 from this project. You do not need to have experience of core commits, just to be reasonably comfortable with code and willing to come along, learn and do. There is guidance all the way, with opportunities to help with documentation and research. You can even just lurk and listen!

At each meetup, we are working on writing unit tests for the original functions file in WordPress – there are around 200 functions to keep us occupied! 

The file we are working on is:

https://github.com/pbearne/contrib2core/blob/master/src/wp-includes/functions.php

We will use this repo to swap code as we work:  

https://github.com/pbearne/contrib2core 

If you are new to core development, you will need to install 
https://github.com/Varying-Vagrant-Vagrants/VVV or have a working deployment build of WordPess.

More reading:

https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/

WordCamp Ottawa 2017

Hello Ottawa!! WordCamp Ottawa 2017 is officially announced. We hope you can join us in July for a fantastic weekend of WordPress learning and fun!

Tickets are only available from the WordCamp Website.  REGISTER FOR WORDCAMP OTTAWA 2017 AT: http://2017.ottawa.wordcamp.org/.   You may indicate your intent to attend by RSVP’ing here, but YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED for WordCamp.  You must register at the WordCamp site.

WordCamp Ottawa 2017 will feature 2 days of sessions, panels and workshops covering topics for all levels of WordPress user, from beginner to developer.  You can sit in on any session(s) in any track(s) you wish, even hopping between tracks, there are no restrictions as to which sessions you attend.

Content Creators”: presentations that will help users that create content in WordPress sites.

Site Creators”: content for those who are more experienced users, but not necessarily designers or developers.

Code Creators”: for designers or developers, including topics about site set-up, theme design, plugin development, best practices for development, and more.

Add in the “Happiness Bar” where you can get one on one help with your WordPress questions, and all together we’ll have about 50 talented people, many from our own WordPress community, and others from as far away as Vancouver, presenting to you the latest and greatest for WordPress.

Tickets are only available from the WordCamp Website.  REGISTER FOR WORDCAMP OTTAWA 2017 AT: http://2017.ottawa.wordcamp.org/.  You may indicate your intent to attend by RSVP’ing here, but YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED for WordCamp.  You must register at the WordCamp site.