WordPress Meetup Seattle: New Faces…Ultimate Success!!
Last month’s WordPress meetup was a huge success, and I was very excited to see if this month would present it’s own perks. I’m excited to say, I knew within the first 2 minutes that this was going to be a great meetup yet again. Lots of new faces and 16 attendees in all. The event took place Seattle Software Development Co-Working Office, StartPad and the food was sponsored by…you guessed it…First Time Online! For those of you who decided to cop-out and miss this event, let me rub in what you missed in hopes that next month, you’ll be come:
We started the event with introductions and there was a fair mix of developers, designers, users, enthusiasts and more. Every end of the spectrum was covered.
WordCamp Seattle News: They’re closing in on a venue, possibly UW. They need your help. Anybody interested in helping, please contact WordCampSeattle here. Developers, Designers, Sponsors…all levels of involvement are welcome. We had about 260 people and the this years venue will hold 400+. It has been recommended that there’s a charge.
WordPress Presentation: Nick Ohrn presents the newest release with WordPress 3.0, Custom Post Types, or rather Custom “Content Types” as he likes to call them. For access to the original presentation files refer to WordCampSeattle website. The entire plugin structure from the presentation will be there. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s okay…come next month!)
The Future Of This Meetup
It looks like the meetup will handle sign-ups and more via Meetup.com. Stay tuned for future invite info.
With all these great minds in 1 room, you can expect a lot of useful shared information. Here are some of the tidbits I was able to pick up:
- Right off the bat, cool plugin Edit-Flow was introduced, one of the developers in the room being involved in the development process.
- Running WordPress on IIS isn’t suggested.
- WordPress MU was merged into WordPress 3.0
- WordPress Resources:
- Codex: Official documentation-wiki
- WP-Hackers: Get on their mailing list
- WordPress.org/Support: Support Forums
- IRC: Chat protocol. Go to the #wordpress & #wordpress-dev channels. Chat rooms for instant answers. (Official developer meetings about future of WP on Thursday @ 12:30pm PST)
- WPDevel.WordPress.com: “Offline” discussion about future of WP
- Carrington Framework is powerful/impressive
- …Google is your friend
Next Month’s Topics
The group is very diverse and it has been put on a table to discuss “Simple Plugin Development” and “ShortCodes”.For beginners and advanced users, there isn’t a strong resource that appeals to users. Wait until the Codex handbook to come out or come next month. Themes and menu’s were brought up as potential future topics. Unfortunately, I will be an Amsterdam for next months meetup, so hopefully someone else will take notes and post them up. I’m already looking forward to the November Meetup! See you then.