April 2018 Virtual Contrib2Core [Developers]

WHAT WE DO

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 monthly events using YouTube live recording on Google Hangouts. A new hangout link is published in the comments shortly before each session. All registered attendees will also receive an email, just before the meetup, containing this link.

Sessions are interactive – you will help craft the code and create your own core commits. As at the beginning of January 2018, we had submitted around 20 patches of which about half have so far made it into a release 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!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

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

More reading:

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

This is a shared event with The Toronto WordPress Group and The Kingston WordPress Group and is open to anyone, anywhere!

March 2018 Virtual Contrib2Core [Developers]

WHAT WE DO

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 monthly events using YouTube live recording on Google Hangouts. A new hangout link is published in the comments shortly before each session. All registered attendees will also receive an email, just before the meetup, containing this link.

Sessions are interactive – you will help craft the code and create your own core commits. As at the beginning of January 2018, we had submitted around 20 patches of which about half have so far made it into a release 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!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

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

More reading:

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

This is a shared event with The Toronto WordPress Group and The Kingston WordPress Group and is open to anyone, anywhere!

March 2018 WordPress Meet-Up

Use Your Own Data to Take Your WordPress Website to the Next Level for 2018
—————————

We all want to improve our websites, but “best practice” guesses aren’t enough – we want real data to help us understand where to focus our limited time and resources. But so often, the data and stats are intimidating – and the complexity of tools like Analytics can reinforce that. In tonight’s discussion, we’ll discover seven specific ways our own data can show us where to optimise for the most impact. Layman’s terms will be used/explained throughout. Newer website owners all the way up to experienced dev folks will discover useful info.

– discover what content our own visitors are begging us to write.
– learn how fast our website pages really are for our actual users and which need improvement. Bonus: What if our site could notify us when important pages got slower?!
– understand what parts of the site’s navigation/calls to action our visitors find helpful and which ones they ignore.
– key in on the pages that would provide the greatest benefit if we worked to improve them. (And what is bounce rate really?)
– and more, including teaching Analytics how to show you the important data you care about, instead of having to dig it out every time you want to check it.

Join us to get a better handle on how to use Analytics to improve our websites!

Presented by: Paul Thompson. As an SEO and web marketing consultant, I focus primarily on optimizing existing sites into powerful marketing platforms. Using expertise in technical SEO audits as a basis, I incorporate SEO, custom analytics, content marketing, conversion optimisation, email marketing, paid search (ah, the buzzwords!) in a strategy to improve websites’ business performance. I also provide one-on-one coaching and training in these areas.

My time on the web goes all the way back to 1996. I’ve been managing and optimising sites since 2002, including stints running the web programs for Banff and Lake Louise Tourism and Travel Alberta. I’ve worked with WordPress since 2009. I’ve just returned to Ontario after 20 yrs in the Canadian Rockies – would love to connect on Twitter @thompsonpaul or www.buzzwordstobusiness.com!

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

7:30 – Wrap-up

February 2018 Virtual Contrib2Core [Developers]

WHAT WE DO

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 monthly events using YouTube live recording on Google Hangouts. A new hangout link is published in the comments shortly before each session. All registered attendees will also receive an email, just before the meetup, containing this link.

Sessions are interactive – you will help craft the code and create your own core commits. As at the beginning of January 2018, we had submitted around 20 patches of which about half have so far made it into a release 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!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

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

More reading:

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

This is a shared event with The Toronto WordPress Group and The Kingston WordPress Group and is open to anyone, anywhere!

February 2018 WordPress Meet-Up

*** POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER ***

Use Your Own Data to Take Your WordPress Website to the Next Level for 2018
—————————

We all want to improve our websites, but “best practice” guesses aren’t enough – we want real data to help us understand where to focus our limited time and resources. But so often, the data and stats are intimidating – and the complexity of tools like Analytics can reinforce that. In tonight’s discussion, we’ll discover seven specific ways our own data can show us where to optimise for the most impact. Layman’s terms will be used/explained throughout. Newer website owners all the way up to experienced dev folks will discover useful info.

– discover what content our own visitors are begging us to write.
– learn how fast our website pages really are for our actual users and which need improvement. Bonus: What if our site could notify us when important pages got slower?!
– understand what parts of the site’s navigation/calls to action our visitors find helpful and which ones they ignore.
– key in on the pages that would provide the greatest benefit if we worked to improve them. (And what is bounce rate really?)
– and more, including teaching Analytics how to show you the important data you care about, instead of having to dig it out every time you want to check it.

Join us to get a better handle on how to use Analytics to improve our websites!

Presented by: Paul Thompson. As an SEO and web marketing consultant, I focus primarily on optimizing existing sites into powerful marketing platforms. Using expertise in technical SEO audits as a basis, I incorporate SEO, custom analytics, content marketing, conversion optimisation, email marketing, paid search (ah, the buzzwords!) in a strategy to improve websites’ business performance. I also provide one-on-one coaching and training in these areas.

My time on the web goes all the way back to 1996. I’ve been managing and optimising sites since 2002, including stints running the web programs for Banff and Lake Louise Tourism and Travel Alberta. I’ve worked with WordPress since 2009. I’ve just returned to Ontario after 20 yrs in the Canadian Rockies – would love to connect on Twitter @thompsonpaul or www.buzzwordstobusiness.com!

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

7:30 – Wrap-up