Category: Plugins

Building a Portfolio in WordPress Grand Rapids

Building a Portfolio in WordPress: June 2015 meetup

We talked about Building a Portfolio in WordPress at our June 18, 2015 meetup. Below are the notes.

Building a Portfolio in WordPress Grand Rapids

What are clients looking for in your portfolio?

Presented by Andrea Napierkows­ki

  • Clients want to see themselves in your portfolio
  • Less is more: don’t overwhelm people
  • Make it easy to find the info they’re looking for (your portfolio, your phone number, etc.)
  • Be uniquely you
  • Use colors carefully; for example, blue and greens are generally more calming than reds, oranges, and yellows, which can be alarming
  • Be funny, and joke as appropriate to your clients

Using the CMB2 plugin for custom fields

Presented by Topher DeRosia

Using CPTs and Advanced Custom Fields

Presented by Chad Warner

Booking Reservations Appointments WordPress Grand Rapids

Booking Reservations and Appointments in WordPress: April 2015 meetup

We talked about Booking Reservations and Appointments at our April 16, 2015 meetup. Below are the notes.

Booking Reservations Appointments WordPress Grand Rapids

BirchPress Scheduler and PTA Volunteer Sign Up Sheets

Presented by Matthew Patulski

Other reservation, appointment, and event plugins

Presented by Chad Warner

Even more options

These plugins and services were recommended by the group.

Topher DeRosia recommended the post Best Hotel and Room Reservation Plugins for WordPress (WP Mayor).

Steve Day presenting on Retina-Ready WordPress

Retina-Ready WordPress: Feb 2015 meetup

We talked about Retina-Ready WordPress at our Feb. 19, 2015 meetup. Below are the notes.

Steve Day presenting on Retina-Ready WordPress
Steve Day presenting on Retina-Ready WordPress

High Density Images

Presented by Steve Day

Jetpack Photon and WP Retina 2x

Presented by Chad Warner

Jetpack Photon

What it is

  • Jetpack module
  • CDN for images
  • Runs on WordPress.com infrastructure

How it works

  • “[W]e just grab the best version that we can find, and manipulate that single source image for whatever size, crop, or filter happens to be requested at the time. That lets us do cool things, like upscaling for Retina displays, as well.” George Stephanis, Jetpack dev
  • “There’s a script we load with photon that will detect if your user is on a Retina display, and then swap out images for the higher-resolution versions.” George Stephanis, Jetpack dev
  • Photon filters content but doesn’t change the info in the database.
  • Photon currently only acts on images in posts and pages, as well as featured images (post thumbnails). Also works for CPTs.
  • Photon will apply to old posts and new ones alike and can be turned on or off easily.
  • Photon looks at the img element’s width and height attributes and then serves an image resized to those dimensions or to the width of the containing element (whichever is smaller).

How to use

Enable the Photon module in your Jetpack settings.

WP Retina 2x

  • Tutorial
  • Creates the image files required by Retina (High DPI) devices and displays them to your visitors accordingly.
  • Supports 4 different methods to serve the images to your visitors.

How to use 

  1. Make a full backup (in case images are damaged)
  2. Settings > Retina
    1. Basics
      1. Disabled Sizes: select those that are not used by theme (often thumbnail, possibly unused theme-specific sizes)
      2. Enable Auto Generate
  3. Media > Retina > Generate

X-Icon Editor: favicon generator

Generates single favicon.ico containing 64×64, 32×32, 24×24, and 16×16 px favicon.

WordPress Backups WordPress Grand Rapids

WordPress Backups, Oct. 2014 meetup

We talked about backing up WordPress sites at our Oct 16, 2014 meetup. We covered a few backup plugins and management services. Below are the notes.

WordPress Backups WordPress Grand Rapids
Chad Warner speaking to WordPress Grand Rapids
WordPress Backups WordPress Grand Rapids
Peter DeHaan speaking to WordPress Grand Rapids

BackupBuddy & Amazon S3, etc.

Presented by Chad Warner

BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is a premium plugin. Instructions: How to use BackupBuddy with Amazon S3.

BackWPup

BackWPup is a free backup plugin. These instructions are several months old, and may not be 100% accurate.

  1. Create Amazon IAM user and add to BackupBuddy group.
  2. Create S3 bucket named ow-sitename
  3. Settings
    1. General
      1. uncheck Show BackWPup links in admin bar.
    2. Jobs
      1. clear Key to start jobs externally with an URL
  4. Add New Job
    1. General
      1. Job Name: Database, files, uploads (local & offsite)
      2. Tasks: all except WordPress XML export
      3. Destinations: Folder, S3 Service
      4. Email address
    2. Schedule
      1. with WordPress cron
      2. basic, weekly, Monday (or daily or monthly)
    3. DB Backup: exclude unnecessary
    4. Files
      1. exclude unnecessary root, plugins, themes, cache
    5. To: Folder
      1. File Deletion: 6
    6. To: S3 Service
      1. Access Key and Secret Key: generate for user in Amazon IAM
      2. Bucket: select bucket for this site
      3. File Deletion: 6

Duplicator

Duplicator is a free plugin. Instructions (may be outdated): Copy and migrate WordPress sites with the Duplicator plugin

Backup Services

Online Backup for WordPress

Presented by Peter DeHaan

Online Backup for WordPress is a free plugin

  • many destinations
  • incremental backup

WordPress Management Tools & Hosting

Presented by Bob Orchard

WP Remote

  • TinyPint uses for backups
    • manual, not automatic; run backup, save to machine
    • downloads zip of files and database
    • can download entire site (files and database) or just database
    • can exclude files
  • setup
    • add site to WP Remote
    • install plugin
    • activate plugin
    • enter API key
    • in WP Remote, refresh

ManageWP

  • can run security check of site
  • many more options than WP Remote
  • performance test
  • can show WP admin screen within iframe
  • can back up database only or files and database
  • can exclude files or folders
  • can backup to multiple destinations, including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP
  • can clone and restore sites

Amazon S3

3Hub for accessing Amazon S3

Flywheel

  • made for agencies who create and manage WordPress sites
  • free demo sites for 14 days
  • automatic backups
  • fast; caching automatically configured

Media Temple Premium WordPress Hosting

  • backups
  • staging
  • cloning
  • easy migration
  • GoDaddy’s hosting with MediaTemple interface