January 4, 2013 — John Housholder discusses the future of WordPress in Nashville, the Nashville Meetup, WP Nashville, and future business opportunities within the WordPress community in Nashville.
October 4, 2014 — Can Your Nonprofit Use WordPress as Your CMS? Yes You Can!
WordPress is a world-class CMS, but can your nonprofit use it and still be able to process donations, sign up people for your email list, promote advocacy and other nonprofit-specific tasks? Yes You Can! Walk through several examples of nonprofits that are using nonprofit as their primary CMS and either using WordPress plugins – like Wufoo – to process donations or tying into the APIs of nonprofit CRMs (Convio Luminate, Salsa, etc.).
October 3, 2014 — If you want to work with WordPress one of the very first things you need to understand is the concept of the “the loop.” When information needs to be displayed on a page the loop makes a “query” to the database, basically asking for said information. If you wish to customize any aspect of a theme or site you will want to learn how to customize the loop and the query to do exactly you want. There are three different ways you can customize the loop functionality: 1. query_posts(); 2. WP_Query(); and 3. get_posts(). In this presentation we look at each of these three techniques. We discuss what they have in common, what they do differently and when, where and why you would want to use each one. Concrete examples will be used to take all the mystery out of making custom queries via the WordPress loop.
September 16, 2014 — Organize your sites with Custom Post Types to handle speciality content (think staff, real estate listings, or design portfolio for starters). This presentation goes over how to write a simple plugin to handle the Custom Post Type creation and make sure that your work carries through from one theme change to the next.
September 14, 2014 — Our focus will be beginning CSS. We’ll use Firefox Fire Bug to show non developers how to do simple things like changing styles, colors, and things like heading tags and different classes. I’ll show people how to target classes & ids, as well as how to make the changes in real time so they can see what it would like if the changes were enacted. I’ll also show how to access the Stylesheet so you can just copy & paste the CSS from Firebug into your Stylesheet or the JetPack Custom CSS.
September 14, 2014 — Web accessibility (A11Y) is about making the web usable for people with disabilities, and it also benefits others with changing abilities, such as older people. Internationalization (I18N) and localization (L10N) are about translating web sites into other languages. UTF8 is a Unicode character set, which is now the dominant one used on the web, and it’s designed to include characters from just about every written language. Each of these topics are typically discussed in isolation from each other, but in this talk – after a gentle introduction to each of them – we’ll explore their interconnections. We’ll also take a look at what WordPress provides for supporting them in your work creating sites, themes, or plugins.
September 7, 2014 — Have you ever built a house? Imagine buying a lot, hiring a contractor, and then he shows up with a crane, bulldozer, and some ‘crete and says “I’m ready.” We often do the same thing when we build websites. We know we want a website, but don’t do the necessary planning to turn our ideas into reality. In wireframes for WordPress, I will discuss what wireframes are, my process for creating them, and how they fit into WordPress. Put on your hardhats and get ready to stop dreaming and start building!
August 27, 2014 — Sure, WordPress is SEO-friendly out of the box, but it’s not SEO-awesome. Jon will share proven strategies and techniques on how you can SEO the crap out of WordPress. He’ll also be covering Google Authorship and the importance of Schema.org structured data for your site.
August 26, 2014 — Part of the beauty of WordPress is that you don’t need to be a programmer to have a great website. This session is presented by a WP user who is not a developer so don’t worry if you’re not highly technical.
The presenter explores some of the common settings and uses of WordPress. Learn the right way to create content, organize it and make sure it’s easy for both your visitors and search engines to find your content.
August 21, 2014 — In the Universe of the Internet, WordPress occupies and important and growing space. This session covers what WP is and is not, the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com, and how frameworks/themes plus widgets and plugins fit into the picture. It talks a bit about the WordPress ecosystem, from its core and the company that runs it to third-party services and the world of support available. This opening session will be in plain language, by a WP user who is not a developer.