This post was generated by Dashter (which is available now, by the way!) It’s been a while since I posted a round-up – so here we go!
OCWP Dev Night
Cooking up some good geek knowledge here at the Zeek Interactive / Dashter offices. Let’s get started!
WordPress Network Sites
Tonight’s first topic is WordPress Network (formerly MultiUser) sites. If you want to get started using them on your site, there’s a great WP Codex page for getting started: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network
Suzette Franck – @suzettework
#ocwp Can’t wait to set up a multisite! Awesome demo!
Yep, multisite are a lot of fun. Also great for playing with multiple client projects – if you want to offer a variety of different theme options or choices, you can setup multiple “multisites” and then show off a full range of choices. It’s typically easier and more understandable from a client site if they’re choosing things like how many columns or where navigation will go. You can copy the source database of content and share it between as many sub-sites as you want.
Steve (@zengy) quickly showed off Pajamas Media – the author sites are “network sites” so that each author can manage and maintain their own content. It’s a clean install that demonstrates how MU / WordPress Network can be used for large-scale content sites. (Photo of Steve also courtesy Jeff Hester)
Yeah, that was cool. Awesome addition to the discussion.
[brief pause between sessions for pizza!]
BuddyPress Presentation by Suzette Franck
Suzette is sorta known ’round these parts as the “BuddyPress” queen – she’s got a great presentation prepared featuring a good walkthrough of why you might want to use BP, what some of the limitations & capabilities are, and how to do a successful install.
BuddyPress is available here for your WordPress site. For the developers in the group, there’s a full BuddyPress Codex available as well.
ManageWP Service Update (publicly launching / premium pricing coming soon!)
Yeah, that looks like an awesome solution for folks running numerous sites. I was impressed by the fact that they’re getting two-way chatter from the sites – so for instance a plugin installed on one site can get logged in the ManageWP admin; and then you can review it directly from there. No more having to log in to 20 different places to manage your stable of sites! Nice. Also includes member management, backups, cloning / replicating, and more. May have to check that out soon!
Brandon Dove shared a pretty quick hands-on with wp_ajax for plugins & themes – perhaps one of the most useful set of functions to get familiar with as a modern-day WP developer. Considering how much clients expect clean real-time user interfaces, AJAX is absolutely clutch to solve those problems.
So that’s about it for the evening! Had a good time – and good to see everyone. If you want to attend the OCWP (general audience) meetup - Subscribe to the Meetup Group on Meetup.com.