Recap of August 9, 2016 Meeting

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NOTE: Next week we will be having a video call for our meeting instead of a chat in Slack. We’ll post the connection details in Slack next week in advance of our meeting time!

  1. Welcome
  2. Lesson Plan Updates
    1. @beckster is working on the WordFence lesson plan
    2. @melindahelt‘s assigned plans could be taken over by others if they have time to do them before WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Pittsburgh (September 17th)
    3. @epetrashen has completed What is Contact Form 7, What is Google XML Sitemap, Custom Post Types and Improving Site Performance
    4. @chanthaboune and @bethsoderberg  took a look at what we have in the pipeline and what folks have been planning to work on, etc. and @chanthaboune suggested a pivot to take a breather on Plugins and look at the Themes for a while for a few reasons:
      • There is still considerable confusion around Plugins that isn’t there for Themes. Themes is fairly straightforward in its current state.
      • A bulk of Themes lessons have folks who are active on the team that are experts on the info in them, so we would all probably feel more at ease working with those.
      • There is an actual deadline coming up for a Theme workshop (November 14-18).
    5. The initial theme workshop we’d identified in the past were:
      • Basic Theme Configuration
      • How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation
      • Font Management
      • 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.: CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Changes
      • Customizer: Taglines
      • Customizer: Static Front PageStatic Front Page A WordPress website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a “static front page” which is used to show customized content. Typically this is the first page you see when you visit a site url, like for example. vs. Content Feed
      • Customizer: Site Icons and Logos
      • Customizer: HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. and Background Images
      • Customizer: Menus
    6. attendees (@melindahelt, @meaganhanes, @mindsize, @bethsoderberg, @chanthaboune) agreed to move forward with the focus on the intro to themes workshop next. We’ll set Plugins aside for another day folks can choose whether they want to finish out their current lessons or not, but no one should feel bad about leaving it as a Work In Progress for later.
    7. @melindahelt and @bethsoderberg may be able to test this workshop in November.
    8. @mindsize wrote a post on outlining a development set of courses. Please read and comment on it! There was a general feeling in the chat that moving to development lessons after the intro theme workshop could be ideal.
  3. Copyediting Updates
    1. @skarjune is working on copyediting the What is Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. plan
    2. @c3zh is working on copyediting the What is W3 Total Cache plan
    3. The current list:
      1. Keeping WordPress Sites Secure
      2. custom post types
      3. help regenerate thumbnails
      4. What is Open Source – @skarjune
      5. web fonts
      6. What is W3 Total Cache – @c3zh
      7. Intro to WooCommerce – @mindsize
      8. What is contact form 7
      9. What is Google XML Sitemap
      10. Improving Site performance
    4. @bethsoderberg and @meaganhanes will divvy up the other plans and try to catch up on copyediting throughout this coming week or two.
    5. @bethsoderberg would like to formalize copyediting training and materials after we rework the website structure.
  4. Testing Updates
    1. None this week!
  5. Announcements and Questions
    1. @epetrashen did  stellar job of pulling together that teacher resource outline. It is here: Please comment on the Google Doc or DM @epetrashen with your comments!
    2. @melindahelt will attend WordCamp Columbus, which is expected to have a small contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. She’ll work with anyone there who is interested in the Training Team.
    3. Please continue to comment on the post about the user experience of the website!
    4. NOTE: Next week we will be having a video call (using Zoom, which will require a download) for our meeting instead of a chat in Slack. We’ll post the connection details in Slack next week in advance of our meeting time!