Recap of July 14, 2015 Meeting

Slack log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

  1. Welcome and recap of last meeting
  2. Lesson plan updates
  3. Testing updates
    • @melindahelt has testing feedback that she will submit this week.
  4. Slides
    • @bethsoderberg found some small font size and spacing issues when comparing the PSDs and Google Slides. We’ll check to see if @ariwinokur has a report on anything he’s found next week.
  5. 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. logistics
    • @courtneyengle checked with the Outreach Team and found that they do not have a specific RSS/iCal/etc feed of Contributor Days at this time. The hope was to use this with some automation that @ariwinokur was working on.  However, we’ll need to stick to manual for now.
    • @bethsoderberg will start a draft plan for next week to handle contributor days for each of the following scenarios. @melindahelt will take on whatever needs to be done on the plan next week.
      • Someone from team can attend the contributor day
      • Someone from team can monitor Slack on the contributor day
      • No one from team can attend or monitor Slack on the contributor day
  6. Future logistics discussions
    • We all agree that we’d like to discuss lesson plan continuity in the future.  As updates to WordPress are released, we’d like our content to be reviewed to ensure that it’s current. When we have this conversation we’ll want to revisit the Content Audit 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 conversation we had in October 2014. @courtneyengle is going to check with the WPTV team to see how the TV video plugin is developing and how they plan to maintain and address changes in content as WP evolves.

#content-audit, #contributor-days, #slides, #testing

Recap of June 23, 2015 Meeting

Slack log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

  1. Hello and recap of last meeting
  2. Lesson plans status and questions
    • Team reports work in progress
  3. Testing status and questions
    • Seeking suggestions for finding venues
      • Library
      • Chamber of Commerce
      • Cowork spaces
      • Colleges
  4. Questions on new team roles
    • Welcome Wagon DM script
    • @courtneyengle Create a script for 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. Point of Contacts
  5. Slides – @courtneyengle will migrate Training Slides PSDs to Google Slides templates and report back next week

#procedures, #roles, #slides, #testing

Agenda 9-16-2014

Template Hierarchy: Check to see if @coachbirgit needs support

Intro to CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site.: need to test!! Any takers?
Widgeted Spaces: @bethsoderberg
Post Formats: Check to see if @courane01 needs support

Testing: continue discussion on connecting with meetups (esp through foundation)

Next modules to tackle / filling out what we have


Second Run of the Child Theme Training Module…

Second Run of the Child ThemeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. Training Module

Last night I did a test run of the Child Theme Training Module at the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup (

It was a small group – around 10 folks with varying skill sets. I told them about the training project and let them know they were helping test it and that I wanted their feedback at the end.

I did make a slide deck for the training It contained the main points and notes I could refer to (hit the S key to see the notes while viewing the slides).

I went through each section and did a live demo of building a child theme at the same time. We skipped the group exercises for lack of time and because it was not a classroom situation, but I did just ask folks to talk through how they would do the exercises. As a group they did well on the quiz.

Overall, I think it went great, the feedback was very positive. I asked people what they thought and they said they understood the material.

I asked them how it could be better. @liamdempsey thought the graphics illustrating how the Child Theme affects the Parent could be better. I asked him to please send me any mock ups or suggestions. Another person said it would be helpful to know information about the setup on the demo computer – Browser, OS, text editor, etc. – at the outset of the class.

Most of the folks at the MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. are coming to WCPhilly. I let them know we were planning on working on more modules at Dev day.