Recap of August 23rd Meeting

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  1. Welcome
  2. Lesson Plan Updates
    1. We combined the theme workshop we’ve defiend recently with some lesson plans from the spreadsheet to make a new list of lesson plans to focus on. Our draft of this was:
      • Finding a Theme for Your Site/
      • Evaluating a theme/
      • Activating Themes on Your Site/
      • Basic Theme Configuration/
      • How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation/
      • Theme Documentation/
      • Font Management/ Complete
      • 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/ Complete (I believe)
      • Customizer: Taglines/completed by @epetrashen and is in copyediting
      • 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/ @mindsize
      • Templates/ @juliekuehl
      • Themes/Plugins Relationships/ @coachwp
      • WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Areas/ completed by @epetrashen and is in copyediting
      • Custom Post Types/ completed by @epetrashen and is in copyediting
      • Theme AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (
      • Theme Internationalization/
      • Theme Troubleshooting/
    2. To review, theme-related plans that are already in testing are:
      • Anatomy of a Theme
      • Child Themes
      • Conditional Tags
      • Intro to CSS
      • Local InstallLocal Install A local install of WordPress is a way to create a staging environment by installing a LAMP or LEMP stack on your local computer.
      • The LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. noted that this lesson plan had factual inaccuracies when tested in Pittsburgh
      • Template Hierarchy
      • What to Include in functions.php
    3. @chanthaboune will wrangle this discussion into a plan for priority workshops.
    4. We are working on a goal of having materials prepped for a workshop in November that will be a week long. It will likely be a mixture of both the configuration lessons and the beginning developer lessons, according to @chanthaboune.
  3. Copyediting updates
    1. @bethsoderberg will work on copyediting the ones @epetrashen wrote that haven’t been copyedited yet that fall into the theme categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. first
    2. @mindsize is still working on the copyedit for the Introduction to Woo plan
    3. Unassigned plans in need of copyediting are:
      • What is Contact Form 7
      • What is Google XML Sitemap
      • building a sitemap for a site
      • Improving Your Site’s Performance
      • What is W3 Total Cache
      • Web Fonts (higher priority than the others)
      • Dashboard Icons (higher priority than the others)
      • Help Regenerate Thumbnails
  4. Other things
    1. @mindsize is talking to the organizer of 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. Peoria about a one day 101 training prior to the main conference.
    2. @mindsize wants to inspire outside contributions and involvement on the developer training post. We talked about reaching out to various WordPress news outlets, through the Outreach channel, and potentially through Central.
    3. If you know any developers who would want to chip in with infrastructure or curriculum development, send them this way
    4. @bethsoderberg will pick through the responses to the website post and come to this meeting with a sense of next steps to move forward on that.