I had the pleasure of attending the Southern California WordPress Meetup at Kleverdog Coworking in Chinatown along with Media Temple CS Rockstar Amanda Winston. The meetup was well attended by over 55 people.

Automattic Theme Wrangler, Konstantin Obenland, presented on the changes in WordPress 3.5 and the new default theme, Twenty Twelve. I was the only person in the group currently using the new theme for their blog, so my website was demonstrated to the group. The mobile responsiveness of Twenty Twelve was shown using a handy online mobile site emulator, which can be found here.

The second part of the meetup included a Show and Tell from the members of the group. I was able to present how I used the Advanced Custom Fields plugin to easily create meta boxes to display recurring information on my website, Thinkspace Gallery. WordCamp LA Organizer Austin Passy showed off his site, http://extendd.com/, a plugin marketplace that he is working on. Joseph Karr O’Connor demonstrated his website, Accessible Joe where free Section 508 accessible compliant themes for WordPress can be found. BuddyPress developer @modemlooper demonstrated his work in progress on Status App which allows you to update your BuddyPress status right from a mobile device. Another great site that was shown was http://buildyourwpsite.com/, which is a guided tutorial on how to get set up with WordPress and a domain.

This was an excellent meetup and I look forward to my next visit! Thank you to all that were involved in sponsoring and putting this meetup on, it was a great success!

Published by Suzette Franck

Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a Wordpress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress. Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

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  1. Great recap Suzzette, I was very impressed by the work you did on Thinkspace Gallery. Its a great example of what you can do with a child theme of Twentyeleven.

    Appreciate the mention of buildyourwpsite.com (also a child theme of Twentyeleven) and looking forward to seeing you at future meetups!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Belsien! On thinkspacegallery.com, I actually forked the Twenty Eleven theme code and made it my own. It is a better practice to use a child theme, as you mentioned, to ensure maximum updatability. I am currently working on a simplistic child theme for Twenty Twelve, and I am looking forward to digging in the stylesheet. The codex has a great article on building child themes: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

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