Recap of April 5, 2016 Meeting

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  1.  Welcome
    1. @rtenshi is new! Welcome!
  2. Updates on plans
    1. @chanthaboune has one-click updates to make
    2. @toniaslimm is still working on Setting Static Page as Homepage copyedits
  3. Speaker Workshop
    1. some awesome people in Vancouver and elsewhere ran special workshops to encourage more diversity in speakers at WordCamps in their area
    2. Have been almost done for a while and need some volunteers for final touches.
    3. @bethsoderberg has a list of tasks needed for this to be complete
    4. A P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at post is coming with that list; @toniaslimm and @rtenshi have volunteered to help, but anyone can volunteer!
  4. Tier 2 Proposal
    1. @bethsoderberg and @chanthaboune will sort through the Troubleshooting lesson.
    2. Comment was left asking how we chose each pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. @meaganhanes will follow up.
    3. Decided that a resource/handbook page that deals with things to remember and guidelines for writing a lesson that is centered around a specific product (plugin, theme, etc).
    4. @melindahelt suggested adding a lesson on custom sidebars.
    5. Voted for the existing plugin lessons, plus custom sidebars.
      1. @chanthaboune will add to spreadsheet
    6. @wpnzach raised the concern that showcasing plugins based on popularity is not the clearest metric.
      1. @melindahelt suggested clearer descriptions: the first point will be a lesson plan that explains “If you want to add a contact form to your website, you need a plugin”. Then there will be a series of lessons that cover individual plugins. That library of plans will grow as time goes on and we welcome anyone to add specific LPs for contact plugins, if they follow the guidelines.
    7. @bethsoderberg suggested an adjustment to the order of Theme lessons
      1. Anatomy of a Theme (ready to test)
      2. Evaluating a theme (in spreadsheet)
      3. Finding a Theme for Your Site (in spreadsheet)
      4. Activating Themes on Your Site (in spreadsheet)
      5. Basic Theme Configuration
        1. Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
      6. CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.
      7. Intro to Theme Testing (in spreadsheet) – needs definition

We had a lively discussion and a lot to get through, so we mostly focused on the plugin section. We could use some additional ideas around lessons in customizer!

Themes were tabled until next week, but if you have any thoughts, leave them in the comments!