The section Your WordPress on the forums might have made sense at the beginning when few of us were using WordPress, but now that it’s so popular, there are better avenues for someone to “Strut their stuff” and get feedback.
These days this section contains mostly spammers and moderators tend to give that section less attention. In my opinion, this section is not worth keeping, but I may have not considered something.
Care to voice your opinion filling out the survey and/or leaving a comment?
Following my discussion earlier this week with Jen and to clarify what was mentioned in her post, I’ve been thinking of ideas for what a “Troubleshooting WordPress Workshop” could look like.
Two years ago at WordCamp Toronto, Kathryn Presner led a 3 hour workshop and gave beginners a primer about WordPress walking them through the dashboard, etc… Myself and Ruth Maude were on hand to help people with questions.
Perhaps 3 hours is too long for a troubleshooting workshop, but having a longer session would be useful for folks to ask question, play with code, etc…
A very rough outline of what could be covered would be:
Installation Issues ( localhost and self hosting )
I can’t find/reset my password what do I do?
Overview of FTP and phpMyAdmin – why these are great troubleshooting tools
Ack! White screen of death
Incompatibility with themes/plugin
Media Images are not showing up, how can I fix this?
I’ve upgraded my site and now it’s borked
My site is slow
I’m making changes and nothing happens
I change the site url and now I can login to my admin
Help me change the width/colour/font???? How do I do this?
These are just off the top of my head right now. Before doing anything, I would want to go through the troubleshooting info on the codex, but having been on the forums for a while, I’ve answered a combination of these questions, once or twice. 😛
I would also like to give the participants the opportunity to submit their specific issues before they come. Hopefully once they’ve been through this, they would be more comfortable coming to the forum and offering help.
Let me know if you have any suggestions, comments.
I just spent a few hours making some edits. I found quite a bit of info that was incorrect so made changes. I also tried to use the same standards from page to page as in use bold instead of “” when highlighting some words. I covered all the pages from 06 to 08 except Multisite. I don’t do Multisite (terminator voice)
It’s 5 am and here I am not being able to sleep because I have a couple of ideas about the forum. 🙂
I thought I would pass them on and see if we can discuss these later, (maybe at the wpcs?)
I find myself repeating 2 things over and over again in the forum. 1) Please provide a link to your site 2) …making a child theme would be good idea. Here are some instructions….
1) Could this be “solved” by adding a text field when people first submit the thread? The field could be optional, but at least if it’s there, people might use it.
2) When theme developers submit a theme, it might be a good idea, to provide a folder for the child theme with the styles.css ready to go with proper commenting and instructions on how to get started. Not sure if this would fly by the theme reviewers. I noticed that Emile’s theme – Responsive – has a folder for custom templates with instructions on how to use it. There are tons of tutorials on child themes, yet so many questions about them. This might encourage them to get started.
Anyway, these ideas were in my head and keeping me up, back to bed. 🙂