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WordPress Terminology

As presented at the SJWP Meetup on June 5, 2017: WordPress Terminology: What’s a permalink? and other burning questions. Base Level WordPress Terminology Database: All your content lives here, hidden in the dark recesses of a web server. Your database consists of, at minimum, the 11 core tables that are required for a WordPress site. Database table: think of…

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Where to Find Photos

WordPress and Photos: Where and How?

Here’s part two of my notes from our Meetup on September 4, 2017.  I covered photo-related topics that day: where to source stock photos; how to prep them for upload and managing image sizes; and compression, which I’ll cover in a future post. Where to Find Photos First of all, it’s important to remember that…

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How to Prepare Your Photos and Manage Image Sizes in WordPress

It’s been a long time coming – at long last, here are my notes from our Meetup on September 4, 2017. You may also remember this as “the Meetup we had to sit outside for because it was Labor Day and the restaurant was closed.” I covered photo-related topics that day: where to source stock…

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Research on “Membership” for SJWP’s “Building a Site Together project”

By Barry Sardis | April 4, 2020
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Introduction Due to some karmic event, I discovered the San Jose WordPress Meetup (SJWP) in December 2019. I was seriously considering firing the agency I had been relying upon for the development of my website, TechForAging.com. I was intrigued by the subject, “Building a Site Together”, of the upcoming January 7, 2020 meeting. I attended…

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Notes from WordCamp US Report

By Dave Kuhar | November 5, 2019

Tonight we talked about WordCamp US, and I mentioned a few sites everyone might want to check out: HeroPress Qubely (Gutenberg blocks) WordCamp US State of the Word 2019 WPblab with commentary by Jason Tucker and Bridget Willard (not an endorsement, as I haven’t watched it, but looks like there’s a lot of info there)…

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Troubleshooting CSS on WordPress 5.0+ Websites

By Crystabelle Lopez | August 6, 2019

WordPress 5.0’s release in December 2018 made the new block-based editor (“Gutenberg”) the default experience for everyone. While Blocks have made it easier to add and display content, they introduce new sources of CSS for us to consider. Crystabelle Lopez provided an overview of what blocks are, their associated CSS, and how to quickly figure…

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Quick Tip: replacing URLs in post excerpts

By Dave Kuhar | July 19, 2019

I generally find WordPress excerpts a little bit irritating. They ignore all formatting, including paragraphs, so you just end up with a block of text with no styling and sometimes little sense. To make matters worse, if your content includes a URL you’ll end up with the whole thing displayed in the excerpt, no matter…

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Choosing a WordPress theme for your website

By Chandrika Guntur | June 23, 2019

During the Cupertino WordPress Meetup in February, I talked about how to choose the right theme for your website. There are many themes both free and paid and choosing one theme that gives you everything you need for your site from a sea of themes sounds practically impossible. Add to that all the new features…

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Quick Tip: Add tracking code to header

By Dave Kuhar | April 3, 2019
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Let’s say you need to add Google Analytics code, a Facebook pixel, or other tracking code to the head of every page on your site. While there are plenty of plugins you can use to do this, you may be like me in that you try to keep the number of plugins you run to…

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Inclusive Content Strategy

By Dave Kuhar | March 5, 2019
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Inclusivity is at the heart of an effective content strategy. Accessible code may be imperative for inclusion, but all the code in the world doesn’t do any good if the content is not meaningful to our readers. Presenting for us was AmyJune Hineline. She’s been an active participant in the Open Source community for over…

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Gravity Forms and Gravity View: Build advanced forms and make it possible for users to view and edit content on the front end of your site.

By Dave Kuhar | February 5, 2019
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This month, Lou Anne from the Bay Area Foothills meetup walked us through Gravity Forms, one of the most popular form builders for WordPress, and an add-on called Gravity View, which makes it possible to display and edit data entered via Gravity Forms on the front end of your site. The following videos are from…

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Playing with Blocks: the Gutenberg Editor Explained

By Dave Kuhar | January 9, 2019

For our January 2019 meetup, I presented the new Block Editor in WordPress 5, also known as ‘Gutenberg’ in homage to that printing press guy you may have heard of. Below you’ll see the slides from the presentation. As soon as it’s available, I’ll post the video we recorded during the meeting. The slides, narrated…

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Pull an RSS Feed of Posts – with Images – to Display on Another Site

By Dave Kuhar | June 15, 2018
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A client of mine asked me recently to build a standalone website for a conference/tradeshow they’d be displaying at, and one of the requirements in the spec was to pull posts from their main site (I’ll call it “source”) and display them in a rotating carousel on the new site (aka “target”). Each post had…

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Our Next Meetup

 

SJWP Meetup: Zoom edition


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5:30pm - 7:30pm
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