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  1. Ideas for WP101

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    Next month: Witness the birth of a WordPress website.

    Ron will demo buying a domain name on GoDaddy and install WordPress on it.

    Andy will demo admin panel. Posts, pages.


  2. Notes from 2-19-2015

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    • People are looking for help with purchased themes.
    • It’s too cold out.
    • The join our mailing list form is up.
    • Chip in with some $ on the meetup page.
  3. Notes from 1-15-15

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    Bob started us off with best practices questions about User Accounts.
    1. Is it better to use a user name or email address for accounts? The answer was that it doesn’t really matter and depends on your organizations approach to user accounts. A suggestion was made for generic user names based on positions (webmaster, sales, etc) as a way to seamlessly manage change. The downside to that is authorship. If a generic approach is used the author loses the credit for the authorship.
    2. When creating a new user account, what level access should be provided? We looked at the five default roles WordPress provides in the Codex (Admin, Editor, Author, Contributor & Subscriber). WordPress provides five Roles with associated default Capabilities. Additional Roles and Capabilities can be defined as your website needs. Each organization uses a different approach to assigning roles. Many use a minimum capabilities approach for security reasons. Bob asked about giving team members who may not really need it admin access to provide a backup. That’s a fine backup plan, a recommendation was made to use a two-factor authentication (Google Authenticator) for additional security.

    Ron was excited to share his productivity boost from Here’s a description from their website-
    Emmet is a plugin for many popular text editors which greatly improves HTML & CSS workflow.

    Scott shared his template created with WP-Visual Composer and we looked at some questions. He uses MenuMakerPro for his menu layout and customization. Ben suggested searching for menu approaches.

    looked at pixlr – a free Photoshop-ish image editor

    Nick talked about the Google Places Reviews plugin included in his theme which adds his Google reviews on his homepage.

    Contact Forms: What are people using to add contact forms to their website -gravityforms($), contact forms 7, fast secure contact, ninja forms

    Someone commented about the WordPress community and we paid homage to #wpmom.

    Looked at website

    Looking for ideas for future meetups:

    • workflow
    • tools – editors/version control/deployment
    • Child theme development
    • WordPress SEO Plugins
    • Custom Post TYpes
    • Taxonomy
    • Framework comparison
    • getting schools/businesses involved
    • security plugins: wordfence, securi, ithemes

    We asked everyone to think about wrangling a segment at a Meetup.

    Talked about Meetup funding (ways to cover cost of

    • Provide ways for people to donate – Add a donation button to, bring a basket to the meeting and ask for donations
    • Add a donate button on WordCamp Buffalo signup

    A suggestion was made to change the meeting to 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 4th Thursdays to make it easier to plan.

  4. Meeting notes from 11/6/2014

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    Looked at gravity forms, demo’d making a form and putting it on a site ( Many people are interested in CRM integration, and Gravity forms makes this easier. A thorough presentation on this would be a good draw for more attendees. for batch resizing multiple images is a good resource.

    irfam is also good (-Bob), also affinity.

    We talked about modal windows, added a modal dialogue plugin, and tried adding a button to pop open a modal. It didn’t really work well.

    Connie posted on the meetup message board, but no one got an email notification. Here’s the link:

    Security is a huge issue.

  5. Notes from 10-23-14

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    • Dave wanted to customize a custom post type layout. We looked his custom post type code and got it to put classes on the fields that could be controlled using css running only in the admin ala
    • Terry demonstrated using advanced custom fields with custom post types as an alternative to Dave’s process.
    • Scott showed some responsive sites built with html-blank theme, using megamenu pro and revolution slider.
    • He demo’d Visual Composer as a way to lay out your pages with a WYSIWYG approach.
    • Search and Replace DB2 is a good way to migrate your database-Terri
    • WordPress Duplicator is how Ben usually migrates sites.
    • We looked at several events/calendar plugins: and
  6. Meeting notes 8-28-2014

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    • Andy talked about the options framework theme:
    • Looked at the options page addon to Advanced Custom Fields.
  7. Meeting notes 8-14

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    Connie from Buffalo-Niagara Gardening had a small issue with image sizes. In areas where thumbnails should’ve been loading, larger images did. They scaled down correctly, but users were downloading full-size images, only to see them at less than 100px wide. Andy found that this was because a featured image was not chosen on some of the articles, so the theme then defaulted to the first image within the article. Using the featured image, the correctly sized images began loading.

    Security Discussion

    We spent some time duriing the meetup discussing some basic security issues and plugins to alleviate them. First was making sure to not use ‘admin’ as a username on your site. If you did, make a new administrator level user and delete the old user named ‘admin’. Terry mentioned being careful about your nickname, as hackers can target that. We also talked about changing the location of the Login and Admin Panel urls, to help with brute-force login attempts by unwanted bots or people. iThemes Security has a setting for this as well as many other security suggestions and features. We also took a look at the Sucuri Security Free Plugin for some malware checks and hardening.

  8. Meetup notes 5-22-14

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    We are blind to ads. Andy pointed out a article that we should all read.

    Andy started out with an announcement promoting WordCamp.

    Connie got help with moving images around in the visual editor and events manager on her site:

    We helped Carol with her website:


  9. Developer/Designer meetup

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    • Walker class to only show part of a menu-Chris will give code to Jen
    • Responsive code
      • responsive nav -plugin for 1 level of menu nav on responsive
      • smaller than 800px, just serve 1. if larger, generate smaller images and use css/media queries to serve lower res images.
      • sidr javascript menu generator
    • Woothemes: Chris Recommended “canvas” theme from woothemes, for woocommerce.
    • Child themes: mainly for Genesis fw
    • Ben left for kids broken arm