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2014-09-18 WordPress Grand Rapids WordCamp Recap

WordCamp Grand Rapids Recap, Sep. 2014 meetup

We talked about what we learned at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014. We took turns sharing specific things we learned and actions we took as a result of WordCamp.

Chad Warner and Topher DeRosia summarized a few points from talks. Others added their thoughts or asked questions. We also had plenty of discussion about other WordPress topics. Below are the notes.

2014-09-18 WordPress Grand Rapids WordCamp Recap

Talk titles below link to slides for the talk. Here are links to all the WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014 slides.

10 Tips for Turning Your WordPress Website Into a Traffic Driving Machine

Rebecca Gill

  • about page
    • include basic overview, historical overview, testimonials, success stories
  • clear CTAs
    • create clear path
    • align to sitemap
    • offer clear value proposition: tell what they’ll get
  • landing pages
    • one task
    • testimonials
  • make content personal
    • Rebecca includes stories about kids in posts

Core Functions You (Maybe) Don’t Know Exist

Nicole Arnold

  • wp_list_pluck: returns a numerically indexed array of values from the specified field
  • human_time_diff: displays time in human readable format (such as “two days ago”)
  • make_clickable: turns email addresses and URLs into clickable links
  • get_extended: get your content, both before and after the more tag
  • _split_str_by_whitespace: breaks a string into chunks by splitting at whitespace characters
  • is_email: tells whether something is actually an email address
  • antispambot: obfuscates an email address
  • __return_false: returns false

Learn From My Mistakes: 8 Years in the Game

Ian Wilson

  • hiring
    • job responsibilities change all the time; find people who aren’t one-trick ponies
    • designers:
      • find those willing to learn and adapt
      • must speak excitedly and confidently about their ideas, but must realize that design is about client’s audience, not about them or the client
  • only you control scope
    • say no
    • or say “yes, but it’s going to cost you” (wishlisting)
  • hire a coach; Ian attributes 90% of his success to his coach

Q&A

  • how to find time to work on biz when working in biz?
    • hire others to free up time
    • allocate 1 day a month or at least a couple days a month to working on biz

Getting Started: What you should do BEFORE you buy your first theme

Andrea Napierkowski

  • need a new site?
    • has it been 3-5 years?
    • is your type hard to read?
    • do people need to pinch and drag to view on mobile?
    • is it hard to navigate?
    • does it look dated?
  • can’t have a “timeless” site; sites have shelf-life of 3-5 years
  • don’t buy theme before you have content

Design Is In The Details: How Decisions Shape Communication

Michelle Schulp

  • people read websites like a billboard at 60 mph
  • redundancy is your friend
    • include same CTA in multiple places on page
  • “almost” flat design: slight shadows and lines to make it clearer what to click, while remaining minimal

Q&A

  • Michelle doesn’t like sliders because they don’t convert well
    • you should have just one important message, not 5
    • still make sense for gallery (just look at photos, not do anything)
    • don’t use for CTAs
  • how do you handle clients who want to make design decisions?
    • Ask why. Have a productive discussion about better way to accomplish
  • design process
    • start with sitemap and wireframe

Theme Customization Best Practices

Kyle Maurer

  • use hooks and filters when possible, and only child theme templates when you can’t use hooks or filters

Don’t Fear the Code

Kyle Maurer

  • have delivery deadlines in agreement with payments scheduled
  • make sure client can’t drag project out
  • tell client when they need to provide content and review work
  • bill regardless of whether they meet their responsibilities
  • launch regardless of whether they meet their responsibilities

Additional discussion

Remember, you can also find us on Meetup, Twitter (@wpgrandrapids and #wpgr), and Google Groups.

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WordPress Q&A/Study Hall: Nov 2013 meetup

Our November 2013 meetup topic was WordPress Q&A/Study Hall. We discussed questions and helped each other with our WordPress sites. Here’s a summary of the questions, answers, and other items discussed.

If I missed any, please leave a comment, and I’ll add to the post.

Relational database to relate custom fields

  • Posts 2 Posts: Efficient many-to-many connections between posts, pages, custom post types, users
  • Pods: a framework for creating, managing, and deploying customized content types and fields

Responsive Mega Menu

  • Hide Mega Menu on mobile, display simple navigation instead
  • See MSNBC for reference
  • UberMenu: user-friendly, highly customizable responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin

Featured images in Genesis

  • For archives, Genesis first looks for a featured image; if it can’t find it, it looks for the first image attached to the post
  • Video Thumbnails will set video thumbnail as featured image

Fork a plugin and prevent updates

Must change plugin’s directory name

Breadcrumbs for CPTs

  • Create archive and style it as desired
  • Set archive to true for CPT, use rewrite API to point to desired page

Image resizing and compressing

Imsanity: automatically resizes huge image uploads

Cool stuff

  • Advanced Automatic Updates: Adds extra options to WordPress’ built-in Automatic Updates feature

  • MP6: preview future WP admin UI
  • Genericons: vector icons embedded in a webfont
  • Mentionable: Mention WordPress content with inline autocomplete inside tinyMCE (Topher DeRosia’s plugin)
  • Widget Customizer: Edit widgets and preview changes in Theme Customizer, with a control for each widget form in sections added for each sidebar rendered in the preview (Topher DeRosia’s plugin)
  • Dependency Minification: automatically concatenates and minifies any scripts and stylesheets enqueued using the standard dependency system
  • Query Monitor: View debugging and performance information on database queries, hooks, conditionals, HTTP requests, redirects and more.
  • AppPresser: Build iOS/Android apps using WordPress
  • Add From Server: allows you to import media & files into the WordPress uploads manager from the web server

Mentions

  • GiveCamp Grand Rapids: a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations.
  • The User is Drunk: create UI that’s so good that drunks can use it
  • SiteGround: web host
  • DigitalOcean: web host
  • WPSessions: training sessions by WordPress experts (run by Brian Richards)

WordPress Show & Tell, May 2013

Our May 2013 meetup was WordPress Show & Tell. Below are the video and tweets from the meetup.

Also, Brian Richards announced WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013! Please consider volunteering, speaking, and/or sponsoring.

Tweets