Google Analytics is a huge topic. There are many resources on the subject, though it’s hard for any publication to keep up with the new developments–including Google’s own documentation! Here are some resources that Meetup members can use to help them get to grips with Google Analytics.
Google Analytics Home
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The main topic at the March 2014 East Bay WordPress Meetup was iThemes Exchange, the most recent e-commerce plugin. Meetup description:
iThemes created Exchange to be easy to use: an end-user’s shopping cart. Chris Lema has heralded it as the simplest shopping cart (or membership system) to set up.
This is not what you want for your complex…
Q & A
This time is open for people to ask questions about any aspect of WordPress that they’re having difficulties with, or share recent discoveries.
iThemes Builder/Drag-and-Drop Page Layout/Theme Frameworks
Josh Visick, Anca Mosoiu, and Sonja London shared their experiences running WordPress businesses in a lively discussion that ranged across topics like contracting and scope creep to marketing and figuring out how much to charge.
Sonja talked about Scott Berkun’s book The Year Without Pants and the experience of working with distributed…[Read more]
Sallie Goetsch compiled these slides with statistics about the WordPress economy as an introduction to the panel discussion about why running a WordPress business might be different running any other web design business. (One thing that the slides make clear is that even on the lowest-paid job sites, Drupal pays better than WordPress.)
General Q & A
Watch out for hosts that automatically delete BackupBuddy plugin files. Sallie ran into an issue recently where DirectNIC deleted the PCLzip from BackupBuddy, so it wouldn’t run. After watching the file disappear when she uploaded the plugin via FTP, she had to remove BackupBuddy and install a different plugin–in this…[Read more]
Here are Sallie’s slides from the November 2013 East Bay WordPress Meetup.
What Sallie Thinks Designers Should Know About
Anatomy of a WordPress Theme
WordPress Template Hierarchy
WordPress Theme Frameworks
Comments & Comment Form
Hi Greg! I definitely understand your point but let me address a few things since it seems there’s a few assumptions in there that might not be entirely correct.
If you have to hire someone to put together […]
Thanks to Tyler Smith from MetaCDN for his presentation about ways to speed up your WordPress site even when you’re on shared hosting, and for pointing us to the Ultimate Guide to Speeding Up Your WordPress Site. The elements of this guide are:
Choose a fast web host
Choose a fast WordPress theme
Use post excerpts
Serve scaled…[Read more]
Stefan Didak gave a dizzying high-speed presentation explaining the secrets behind managed hosting and really fast WordPress sites, starting with an overview of the way caching works in WordPress and continuing on to cover
Apache vs.…[Read more]
Elegant Themes don’t automatically come with the Elegant Page Builder plugin–that plugin is a separate purchase. All of the Themify themes come with the Themify Builder. I think Themify is probably better if you […]
Sallie Goetsch provides a whirlwind tour of some of the available free and premium drag-and-drop (or, in some cases, click-and-add) WordPress themes, frameworks, and plugins, for the August 2013 East Bay WordPress Meetup.
Chris Lema: Design without Coding: Comparing Drag & Drop WordPress Themes (Recommends Ultimatum (with reservations), Builder, and Headway.)
Chris Lema: Picking the Right Drag and Drop WordPress […]
WooCommerce is a robust plugin for selling many types of products, but not as intuitive as one might expect or hope. Give yourself plenty of time to configure it the first time you use it, and prepare for a challenge if you need to handle shipping costs or taxes. Once you’ve dealt with the initial learning curve, however, there is a lot to be said…[Read more]
True confession: We didn’t make slides in February. This presentation is retroactive, based on the content of the actual meetup.
Thanks so much to WPEngine for joining us to provide the inside scoop on their […]
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