SoCal WordPress Meetup

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!

Suzette Franck is a WordPress Evangelist at (mt) Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company providing premium web hosting and cloud services to web designers, web developers, digital innovators and entrepreneurs since 1998. An established member of the WordPress community and one of today’s most prolific female WordPress speakers, Suzette joined Media Temple in 2012 and has, since then, been building on the company’s early involvement with the WordPress and Open Source communities. She advocates and educates for WordPress by actively participating in WordCamp conferences country-wide and WordPress meetups in Southern California.

As passionate about front-end coding as she is about increasing awareness of the wonders of WordPress, she also co-hosts Media Temple’s weekly educational podcast, WP Unicorn Project (wpunicornproject.com), with WordPress Unicorn Rockstar Natalie MacLees, which addresses all things WordPress and web development with a variety of WordPress professionals including designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. Suzette blogs about WordPress at suzettefranck.com, and she is a repeated guest on the popular WPWatercooler video podcast (over 5 million views). When she is not “WordPressing”, Suzette, who resides in North Hollywood, CA, paints and collects art.

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4 thoughts on “SoCal WordPress Meetup

  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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