WCUS: Welcome to Training

Preliminary tasks:

  • Plugins:
    • top 10 plugins in repo
    • what plugins are shared hosts providing upon installation?
  • Plugins – where to find, what to do, evaluating, recs – existing lesson plan “choosing and installing plugins” needs to be reviewed to determine if it is missing anything
  • objectives for plans outlined as to be written

Lesson Plans that need to be written:

  • Intro to Themes
  • Intro to Plugins
  • Themes – where to find, what to do, evaluating, recs
  • editing plugins
  • design for theming
  • getting a theme into the repo
  • Lesson plan of the top 10 plugins in repo (and default plugins installed by shared hosts)

Lesson Plans that have been started and need to be completed/reviewed:

  • Intro to WordPress (Q1 workshops) –
    • what can you do with WordPress
  • Dashboard overview
    • content editor overview
    • managing media
    • managing widgets
    • pages vs posts
  • Basic troubleshooting
    • troubleshooting basics
  • Building a theme from _S
    • custom post types
  • Building a 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party
    • what goes in plugins vs what goes in functions.php

RevisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. from content audit

Accessing lesson plans to edit:

  1. Get assigned to a plan by a training team member
  2. Login at https://make.wordpress.org/wp-admin/
    • You may be presented with several options of teams, depending upon your involvement with other teams:Team Login
  3. From the Dashboard, you can see which plan you have permissions to access:
    1. Accessing Lesson Plans from Dashboard
  4. From the front end:
    • Navigation MenuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. -> Lesson Plans
    • Browse to the lesson plan you are editing
    • Select edit from the top of your screen to enjoy WordPress dashboard’s familiar post/page style editor.
      • Edit handbook page
    • Editing on the front end of a P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. is great for composing plain text or writing htmlHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. manually.  It doesn’t offer a way to upload screenshots.

#wcus

Agenda for December 1, 2015

We will consolidate this meeting post to serve as the agenda and recap this week.  Safe travels for those attending #WCUS.

  1. Welcome
  2. Lesson plan updates
  3. Testing updates
  4. 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. US
    1. Logistics/finding each other (in person/virtually on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. & Twitter)/what to bring
      1. Use the Training Slack Channel to stay in touch throughout the event
      2. Travel help
        1. Septa Independence pass $12/day
        2. Map of all WCUS venues (thanks @liljimi)
        3. Moovit for public transportation routes & schedules and Waze for GPS
        4. Laptop needed only for Dec 3 Community Summit Workday and Dec 6 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. (Power strips and projector adapters = bonus)
    2. Community Summit – Dec 2 Unconference Day 9am-5pm EST
    3. Team Working Day Agenda December 3 9am-5pm EST – We already have basic scheduling constraints. Each possible agenda item below has any backup documentation listed under it. Please add anything we’ve missed in the comments.
    4. Contributor Day
      • Work on lesson plans that have been identified as a priority
      • Speaker lesson plan tasks
      • Lesson plan testing training
        1. We’d like to have a few folks from our team available that day to train new people in testing lesson plans
      • Auditing of existing plans that are ready for testing
        1. Draft guidelines on how others can do this with hopes to share it to new people at Contributor Day
    5. Questions

Recap of November 24, 2015

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  1. Welcome
  2. Lesson plan updates
  3. Testing updates
  4. 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. US
    1. Logistics/finding each other (in person/virtually on Slack & Twitter)/what to bring
      1. Use the Training Slack Channel to stay in touch throughout the event
      2. Need to touch base with @courane01 or @bethsoderberg?  Use Twitter DMs.   https://twitter.com/courtneyengle &  https://twitter.com/bethsoderberg
    2. Community Summit
    3. Team Working Day Agenda – We already have basic scheduling constraints. Each possible agenda item below has any backup documentation listed under it. Please add anything I’ve missed in the comments.
    4. 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.
      1. Work on lesson plans that have been identified as a priority
      2. Speaker lesson plan tasks
      3. Lesson plan testing training
        1. We’d like to have a few folks from our team available that day to train new people in testing lesson plans
      4. Auditing of existing plans that are ready for testing
        1. Draft guidelines on how others can do this with hopes to share it to new people at Contributor Day
  5. What do we want to/need to discuss at next week’s (short and snappy) meeting? Prepare before WCUS?
    1. Coffee/breakfast before Community Summit on Dec 3.
  6. Questions

 

Agenda for November 24, 2015 Meeting

This week’s meeting will be all about prepping 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. US, which is just days away at this point! YAY!

  1. Welcome
  2. Lesson plan updates
  3. Testing updates
  4. WordCamp US
    1. Logistics/finding each other (in person/virtually on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. & Twitter)/what to bring
    2. Community Summit
    3. Team Working Day Agenda – We already have basic scheduling constraints. Each possible agenda item below has any backup documentation listed under it. Please add anything I’ve missed in the comments.
    4. 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.
      1. Work on lesson plans that have been identified as a priority
      2. Speaker lesson plan tasks
      3. Lesson plan testing training
      4. Auditing of existing plans that are ready for testing
  5. What do we want to/need to discuss at next week’s (short and snappy) meeting? Prepare before WCUS?
  6. Questions

If you have any other agenda items, please add them in the comments below!

#wcus

Recap of November 10, 2015 Meeting

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  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Making workshops out of lesson plans
    1. We need your help to create groups of lesson plans (proposed workshops). You can read more about why we’re doing this and also add your ideas for workshops to our post on this topic!
    2. After we have a rough list of workshops, we will make a push to complete any lesson plans that will work across workshops.
    3. As a team, we’re going to try to get an average of one proposed workshop a person this week.
  4. Lesson plan progress – no updates
  5. Testing progress
    1. Pittsburgh MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Tested Conditional Tags last week and will be testing 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. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop. on Thursday. @torlowski is/was presenting both and we will submit feedback ASAP.
  6. Quarterly Lesson Plan Audit
    1. We are doing our quarterly audit to determine an accurate list of plans people are currently working on. If the plan you are listed with is correct, please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @abuango or @bethsoderberg to let them know. If you can no longer work on the plan listed, please ping and let us know. We’ll ping people in our Slack meetings for the next three weeks and the list will also be in the meeting recaps.
      User Lessons
      managing menus @wpnzach
      what can you do with WordPress @meaganhanes
  7. Training Handbook Outline
    1. @courtneyengle has created an outline for how the training documentation could be organized.
    2. The handbook discussion will be the first priority of next week’s team meeting.  We’d like to get set at that time so that we can start actually creating the content, especially any super important details, before the WCUS 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. on dec 6. At this time, it’d help if you can review what’s on the outline above.  Next week, share if we’ve overlooked any areas, if there are things that you think will help orient new people to the team, how we can continue to make it clear how and what the training team does, etc.
  8. WCUS
    1. Getting ready for #wcus will be the focus of the team meeting on November 24.
    2. We’ve been working on a few foundational areas as a team, and will have an opportunity during WCUS Community Summit to hopefully finalize some things. @courtneydawn has been heading up our efforts on providing slides to lesson plan instructors.
    3. Please, please, please comment on the slides post!
    4. If you’ve tested plans, please comment on this post about what slides you did/did not use.
  9. Contributor days
    1. Will anyone who attends the training team meetings be attending the WordCamps/Contributor Days in Berlin or Orlando this coming weekend? If so, please ping @courtneyengle or @bethsoderberg

#contributor-days, #slides, #wcus, #workshops

Recap of November 3, 2015 Meeting

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  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Lesson Plan Updates
  4. Testing Updates
    • We had a conversation about the need to improve our testing feedback process:
      • @torlowski will do a trial run of having a feedback form for participants in the session at tomorrows WP Pittsburgh meeting
      • @bethsoderberg will write up a post on the website so folks can share their ideas.
      • We’ll continue to revisit this topic and have a full discussion in the coming weeks.
  5. Lesson Plan Audit
    • We are doing our quarterly audit to determine an accurate list of plans people are currently working on. If the plan you are listed with is correct, please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @abuango or @bethsoderberg to let them know. If you can no longer work on the plan listed, please ping and let us know. We’ll ping people in our Slack meetings for the next three weeks and the list will also be in the meeting recaps.
    • User Lessons
    • Theme Lessons
      • 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. @courtneydawn
      • custom post types @olalaweb
  6. WordCamp NYC Contributor Day update
    • The WCNYC contributor day was last Friday and we had awesome volunteers who worked mostly on abandoned lesson plans.
    • Feedback from @bethsoderberg: We need to have one very clearly defined set of tasks for people to work on and it is best to have a real person there to explain them. I think if we didn’t have a real human, we might not have attracted any volunteers. I also learned that our auditing of plans to make them current is something that (at least for me) I could not explain to new folks how to do very well because we don’t have a system since that is still an experiment so I think someone needs to go through with the work @mikemueller and @judylwh have done to make a process with clear instructions on how to do this new thing.
    • Our long term goal should be to recruit volunteers to be the liaison at contributor days since obviously when limited to the current team members we can’t be at all of them.
  7. Team Handbook Outline
  8. WordCamp US
    • During the annual WordCamp – now WCUS, not just WCSF, there is a community summit day.  We have a few topics in terms of how the training team works that we need to talk about with the WP community at large. In order to be ready to ask those key people for help, we need to have a few things really thought out and documented. Therefore, preparation for WCUS is going to be our priority in the next few weeks.
    • Please add any items you have to the agenda in progress.
    • If you haven’t already, please comment on the slides post and also if you’ve tested plans, please share the slides you used,  or the method, or the print outs, or anything that would be a “material” .
    • We’ll also focus on refining our process to keep lesson plans updated.

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

Recap of September 29, 2015 Meeting

    1. Greetings
    2. Recap of last meeting
      1. We need further input from the team regarding what we want to see for Slides.
    3. Lesson plans status and questions
    4. Testing status and questions
      1. @melindahelt will be testing the Anatomy of a Theme next week
      2. @melindahelt anticipates feedback on the Intro to CSS lesson tested last week
    5. Contributor day process proposed and ratified process moving forward:
      • Someone monitors the 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. sites and adds any upcoming contributor days to a shared calendar so that the team knows they are coming.
      • We will use that calendar to determine what posts need to be scheduled in the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. to go out for each event.
      • Different people can take the lead on writing each post.  Remember that prescheduling on the P2 appears in UTC.
      • Each post will include instructions for the participants to leave their comments/progress as comments on the P2 post and to go to SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. to ask questions, ideally of a pre-established person who will be on call and check for messages throughout the day.
      • If an in-person human is available, then questions can go first to them, then to Slack. Posting the questions on Slack also allows for others on the team to jump in when we see things if the on-call person isn’t there at the moment.
      • During our team meetings we review the feedback from the P2 posts and make assignments amongst ourselves to make changes to the plans according to whatever feedback we’ve received. (or other changes, etc.)
      • @judylw will review WordCamps listed on Central for Contributor Days and add them to our shared calendar until this ticket is resolved.
    6. Location of training team documentation
      • Consideration for using the team handbook as a handbook on procedures, and moving Lesson Plans to Custom Post TypeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. or Pages.
    7. WordCamp US Brainstorm
    8. Training team will observe 17:00 UTC for meetings, no matter the daylight saving time changes globally.

 

#contributor-days, #procedures, #wcus

Agenda Brainstorm for WordCamp US 2015

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. US is approaching and will be in Philadelphia in December. Since this will be an opportunity for the training team to meet in person we want to make sure we’re gathering a list of all of the items we’d like to address as a team. We’ll also try to schedule a special video chat of some sort with folks who can’t be there.

Agenda items we’ve discussed thus far in team meetings include:

  • All things related to slides
  • Whether to separate Jetpack as a tool out of the CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. lesson plan – see also this post

This post will be updated as WordCamp US approaches and will be used to make the actual agenda and set the priorities for the team at WordCamp US. Please add your ideas of items to address in the comments!

#wcus

Recap of September 15, 2015 Meeting

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  1. Greetings
  2. Recap of last meeting
    1. We still need your thoughts in comment form on the slides post.
  3. Lesson plans status and questionshttps://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/Reference
    1. We discussed and made a few tweaks to the changes @bethsoderberg made to the Child Themes plan to replace the import method with enqueuing style sheets.
  4. Review of changes to lesson plans suggested by the East Bay Meetup
    1. Regarding the Install WP on a Server lesson plan, the team voted to include the suggested links to the Codex as a resource list at the end of the lesson with the title of the page being the list item and a link to each item. @mikemueller will make this edit.
    2. Regarding the Intro to CSS lesson plan, the team decided to table a discussion of restructuring this lesson plan to remove Jetpack as part of the demo until 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. US. We also voted to adopt the copy edits that were suggested as well as the addition of two tools in a resources section at the end of each plan: the browser inspect element tool and the Mozilla CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. docs. @mikemueller will make these changes.
  5. Testing status and questions
    1. @courtneydawn is testing the Child Themes plan at the WordPress DC meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. this week.
    2. @kdrewien submitted lots of feedback for plans she has tested.
  6. We ran out of time, so the following items will be moved to next week’s agenda:
    1. A few more items related to the East Bay Meetup review of lesson plans
    2. Location of training team documentation

#testing, #wcus

Google Hangout for October 27, 2014 Meeting

Hi folks! @liljimmi and I were unplugged all day at the Community summit which is why we weren’t online. We created an event for our Google Hangout tomorrow

WCSF Team Training hangout – Google+
A Google hangout during our regularly scheduled IRC chat time so folks who can’t be in SF can join us.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c4kc3b9l6426rinesevi2edt3bc?authkey=COPLs7uKzdPdsgE

It will be at 18:00 UTC, our regularly scheduled meeting chat time. We will have our meeting and folks who can’t be here with us in SF can join in on Google Hangout.

Actual agenda will be posted before meeting, it will be similar to agenda we planned at last meeting for two days of meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area..

#wcus