OC WordPress Dev Night Dec 5 2011

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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 FranckSuzette 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.

Jeff HesterJeff Hester – @jeffhester
PJMedia.com is a great example of a site using WordPress multisite. #ocwp

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)

Jeff HesterJeff Hester – @jeffhester
Skateboarding.com (and the other TransWorld sites) use WordPress multisite, too! #ocwp

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!)

Jeff HesterJeff Hester – @jeffhester
Holy cow! managewp.com looks awesome for managing multiple WordPress sites. #ocwp

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!

WP Ajax

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.

Again, there’s a good article in the codex on wp_ajax – but I also suggest you check out the Professional WordPress Plugin Development book for some good explanation of the action as well.

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.

OC WordPress Meetup Oct 24

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ǝɹpǝɹp – @dremeda
I’m heading over to @zeekinteractive for #ocwp – Should be a fun meetup 🙂

Thrilled we could get Dre to come make a visit – looking forward to seeing his chat on WP security. After the rash of recent hosting hacks and other problems, it’ll be good to have some expert advice on the topic.

Jeff TurnerJeff Turner – @respres
Truly… “@jeffreyzinn: Holy Moses, it’s packed to the heezie at the OC WordPress Meetup. Need some stadium seating in here. #ocwp”

Yeah, even the big room got crowded! Great to see so many WP fans!

Jason TuckerJason Tucker – @jasontucker
bah, and they blame me 🙂 (streaming) “@DevineLines: It’s always fun when techy people have technical difficulties. #ocwp”

Jason, we wouldn’t blame you for the technical difficulties if it wasn’t your fault! 😉

Jeff HesterJeff Hester – @jeffhester
Is #Dashter the ultimate tool for fighting blogger’s block? @respres @heydavecole http://t.co/7WIEhIEz #OCWP

In short, yes. Thanks for the shoutout Jeff.

Ross TeasleyRoss Teasley – @RossTeasley
Waving from home… #isuckattwitter #ocwp

Hey Ross! Sorry you’re having a tough time with Twitter… Maybe a sweet Dashter is in order?

Social Media Mastermind OC 10-22

This post was generated by Dashter… So it’s a Saturday morning and it’s time for some Social Media Masterminding here in Orange County!

Tips for College Kids about Social Media

Amanda WernickAmanda Wernick – @FUNomenalMe
in college? Be sure to keep up with your privacy settings. There is no privacy, only the illusion of it. #smmoc

Amanda has a really clear phrase here that I love, in that there is only the illusion of privacy. Companies like Google keep massive databases, and they’re public companies – they could decide tomorrow to sell off their database if it served their shareholders’ best interests. Privacy online is a virtual illusion.

Mitch DevineMitch Devine – @DevineLines
Social media advice to college kids: what goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet. It never dies. #SMMOC

It really doesn’t. Here’s something to think about: If you use 3rd-party apps on your social profile, those apps might be storing your profile data on their servers. Your data could be in a thousand different places – even if you delete your profile from the original website, it might be living somewhere else. The cost of hosting data is so low, there’s virtually no reason that it will ever get deleted.

What’s your Personal Brand?

Matthew GallizziMatthew Gallizzi – @mgallizzi
@DevineLines College kids could use a course on “branding”. They need to know employers will be researching them. #smmoc

Definitely agree with Matthew – personal identity and “branding” is more important today than ever before. There’s a part of me, though, that pities kids growing up in today’s marketplace. The act of “reinvention” is so valuable, but with online profiles and never-dying data, it becomes a lot more difficult. I think employers will have to adapt their understanding of hiring: Comparing two profiles, you will discover one with “bad” history and one with “no” history.

Candice CendañaCandice Cendaña – @CandiceCendana
RT @DarinRMcClure: #smmoc college kids your credit score is more important than your GPA. via @FUNomenalMe

Definitely think this is true – that credit score / tracking is for LIFE! You can always re-take a class, but your credit score is a reflection of your trustworthiness in the marketplace. Your next employer will care, your next date will probably care, and everything you attempt in terms of finance will be affected by this number. Good luck trying to get a home mortgage with an A- in economics!

SEO – Search Engine Optimization, it’s social, right?

Mitch DevineMitch Devine – @DevineLines
Approaches to SEO: you can optimize first, or you can focus on putting out great content and the #SEO will follow. #SMMOC

I think the folks with a strong SEO background would say the genius of a strong optimization strategy would be to start with a plan of action (know what you’re trying to optimize), write great content, and then continuously re-optimize. It’s a nonstop process.

Janet WhiteJanet White – @iSocialJanet
#smmoc SEO means
“How amped is your Google Juice?” #smmoc #google juice

Haha that sounds much worse than it is.

And a final thought… On Facebook – you’re not the consumer, You’re the Product.

Amanda WernickAmanda Wernick – @FUNomenalMe
If you pay nothing for something, YOU are the product #smmoc

No such thing as a free lunch – still true on social media & the internet – perhaps now more than ever.

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Think that makes for a great Saturday morning… Great to see everyone! Looking forward to seeing some of these friendly social faces at Monday evening’s Orange County WordPress meetup!

 

OC WordPress Meetup

Evenin’ OC WordPress’ers! Glad to see all these happy faces!

Looks like a super packed house, especially on the promise there’ll be a Headway 3 preview demo. Should be a great night!

The big buzz has begun! Headway 2 is previewed by Jeff Turner, mostly to provide a framework to understand “just how awesome” Headway 3 will be.

Now we’re on to a web-share from AJ on Headway 3.

Mike SchroderMike Schroder – @GetSource
OH@#ocwp “Not a computer person; you’re going to get a blank stare” – “I don’t know how to explain; you’re going to get a blank stare back.”

The crowd is rowdy this evening! All sorts of fun banter. Apparently Alex has mic envy. More on that another time.

Cindy RonzoniCindy Ronzoni – @cindyronzoni
Glad to meet you @ajmorris and thanks for helping me with my #headway questions. Love the platform. #ocwp. Thanks for being with us tonight.

Aww, Cindy is so courteous. Thanks for being a kind ambassador to our otherwise rowdy group.

So the rundown on Headway is that they’re going out to a multiple-column layout where you can essentially “draw” your website layout – and load it up with WP-powered “leafs” that really drive the site’s content and other functions. Continue reading OC WordPress Meetup

SMMOC in the Summer! 8-27 Roundup

Finally managed to find the time to get back to another SMMOC meetup. It may be hot outside and windy on the East Coast, but at the Lab it’s social media masterminding.

Oscar GonzalezOscar Gonzalez – @notagrouch
.@stabitha just explained how the FB sponsored stories. Pretty cool. Similar to sponsored Tweets on Twitter. #SMMOC

Started the morning off here at SMMOC with a quick summary of Facebook’s -other- ad offering; sponsored stories.

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Continue reading SMMOC in the Summer! 8-27 Roundup

OCWP Developer Day 8-15 Edition

Welcome to a new OCWP evening! This time, the full geeks are running the house… 🙂

Brandon DoveBrandon Dove – @brandondove
Sounds like we’re right on track. RT @RossTeasley: Omg… #awesomecount already up to 12 during intros #ocwp

The most important thing about WordPress is to make sure to say “awesome” many, many times. PixelJar seems to have serious concerns about first claim to awesome.

Jeff HesterJeff Hester – @jeffhester
Great ideas on how to make the most of ocwp.org at tonight’s #OCWP meeting. Looking forward with relish.

Yep, gonna be interesting to see what happens with the ocwp.org site over the next couple weeks. Think there’s going to be a battle-royale for super-super-super admin role. Continue reading OCWP Developer Day 8-15 Edition

OCWP Developer Day 7-11 Edition

Kicking off the second OCWP Developer day, here on international slurpee day. Is there no holiday sacred from WordPress developers?

alex vasquezalex vasquez – @alexjvasquez
You know it’s developer day when… @zengy is wearing a thong #ocwp

So, things started off debating the difference between undergarments and sandals. The jury’s still out on this one. Let’s just hope this stays PG.

Loren kicked things off by covering some challenges with WP Touch Pro. It looks like there is a potential glitch in the way that WP Touch uses its own get_posts() function. The peanut gallery’s opinion included tweaking the arguments for number of posts; but it doesn’t look like that did the fix. The real big question – when is WP Touch going to get ousted as the preferred mobile theming solution for WP? It’s not very attractive. Who’s got a real competitor in the works? Continue reading OCWP Developer Day 7-11 Edition

OCWP RoundUp – June 27

A great evening here in Orange County to geek out on WordPress for a few hours! As always, special thanks to the Zeek boys for hosting this awesome event.

Jason TuckerJason Tucker – @jasontucker
We’re streaming now at Orange County WordPress meeting officially starts at 7pm http://bit.ly/lQs0XR #ocwp

Jason came through with a complete streaming setup for the event. Could this help put Orange County on the WordPress map for good? Does anyone even watch live streaming? 😉

Jon BrownJon Brown – @jb510
Am I the only one hearing cello in the background? #ocwp

Jeff Tuner decided to kick us off with some YoYo Ma… Apparently needed some music to soothe the crowd.

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Jeff started off the evening demoing a pretty cool plugin called Front-end Editor. The editor allows you to make some modest changes to the posts, sidebars, and some other elements in real time, directly from the front end. Continue reading OCWP RoundUp – June 27

SMMOC Round-Up June 25

Starting off a great day here at Social Media Mastermind of Orange County – let’s see what good stuff comes up today! Get the most out of it today – SMMOC goes dark next week for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Cindy RonzoniCindy Ronzoni – @cindyronzoni
Thank you so much @ksablan for all your help putting together #ocregister #socialmediaday #smmoc. Greatly appreciate your efforts.

Kevin’s done a great job organizing & collaborating with Bob to put together a “backchannel” for the Social Media Day on June 30.

Kirsten WrightKirsten Wright – @kirstenwright
The info from Allfacebook.com is incredible #smmoc

After the SM Day talk, the conversation moved towards things like FullyFollow.me, AllFacebook.com, and helpful services to interact & learn.

Got a great thread of a discussion happening around the nature of profit in social media. Who’s making money (profit) using social media?
Continue reading SMMOC Round-Up June 25

SMMOC Roundup – June 18

Starting off another Saturday morning here at SMMOC (the Social Media Mastermind of Orange County).

Dave ColeDave Cole – @HeyDaveCole
Surviving the #smmoc internet blackout… Thank you iPhone tethering!

Started the day off without internet! Might make the day a little wild around here.

Jim WaleryJim Walery – @jwalery
Talking page title tag best practices at #smmoc. Tough 1st topic.

Jim called it – kicking off SMMOC with a pretty good technical topic. Some good ideas, including adoption of ScribeSEO service.

Lisa McClureLisa McClure – @LisaMcClure
Nice title tag template “industry, geography, specialty” also “recent relevant and local” #smmoc

Good suggestions for putting together title tags – make it count. I’d probably suggest “human” as another extension of these ideas. Make your web pages human friendly. Continue reading SMMOC Roundup – June 18