Tag: plugin

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).

WordPress Network (Multisite): March 2015 meetup

We talked about WordPress Network (Multisite) at our March 19, 2015 meetup. Chad Warner introduced WordPress Network (Multisite). Then, Mika Epstein from DreamHost joined us via Google Hangout to talk about the dos and don’ts and answer our questions. Below are the notes.

Intro to WordPress Network (Multisite)

Presented by Chad Warner

Dos and Don’ts of WordPress Network (Multisite)

Presented by Mika Epstein

  • WP-CLI: a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, set up multisite installs and much more, without using a web browser.
  • Search Replace DB: A PHP search replace tool for quickly modifying a string throughout a database. Useful for changing the base URL when migrating a WordPress site from development to production.

WordPress Network (Multisite) tips

  • Blue Network Plugins! groups network-activated plugins (note: hasn’t been updated in over 2 years)
  • WP Migrate DB Pro: Copy your database from one WordPress install to another with one click in your dashboard
WordPress Grand Rapids Building Web Apps

Building Web Apps with WordPress: Jan 2015 meetup

We talked about Building Web Apps with WordPress at our Jan 15, 2015 meetup. Below are the notes.

WordPress Grand Rapids Building Web Apps

WordPress as a Web App

Presented by Brian Richards

  1. Components
    1. Custom post types
    2. Custom taxonomies
    3. Custom meta: post meta, user meta, comment meta
    4. User roles & restrictions
    5. Post relationships (via Posts 2 Posts)
  2. Methods
    1. WP_Query
    2. pre_get_posts: can be more specific than above
    3. $wpdb: can be even more specific than above
    4. AJAX: save users time and reduce server load
  3. Tools
    1. zapier.com: like IFTTT, but with more options
    2. AppPresser.com: Convert your WordPress website into a mobile app, publish on the app stores
    3. WP-API (coming soon): Access your WordPress site’s data through an easy-to-use HTTP REST API

Misc.

  • Ask: who is your core audience? What are they trying to do with the data? Answers help with information architecture.
  • BadgeOS: free plugin that lets you easily create achievements and issue sharable badges as your users succeed
  • Why start with WordPress? You can build very quickly because of the tools available in WordPress.
  • Caching: use transients, Varnish, memcached

Using WordPress to Power an Application: How we built a rewards platform in just a few weeks

Presented by Bob Orchard

  1. Choose Your Features
  2. Plan Your Development
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Create Your Plugin

Announcements

We’ve started planning WordCamp Grand Rapids 2015! We’ll have our first volunteer meeting after the next meetup (Feb 19). You’re welcome to join us!

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