Category Archives: Meetup Handouts

April 2015 Meetup Handout: ACF and ACF Pro Links

Here are the links I found while preparing for the April 2015 Meetup on Advanced Custom Fields and ACF Pro.

I used some of these tutorials to create the demo site, but have not had a chance to follow up on all of them.

Note that tutorials on Sridhar Katakam’s site require a paid subscription. It’s only $10/month and totally worth it if you develop for the Genesis Framework.

General ACF and ACF Pro Tutorials

ACF Pro Gallery, Slideshow and Content Slider Tutorials

ACF Pro Page Template/Layout Tutorials

ACF Videos

May 2014 Handout: Google Webmaster Tools


It’s easier to verify site ownership in Google Webmaster Tools if you use a plugin. If you’re already using WordPress SEO by Yoast, you can use that. I like All in One Webmaster because it lets you do multiple things in one place: Analytics, Authorship, and Webmaster Tools. It also does Google Tag Manager, which I haven’t mastered yet. You might actually need both, though, if you have to verify both the www and non www versions of your website.


Yes, it’s possible to set up Webmaster Tools if you use, or if your clients do. (And not just Google Webmaster Tools, but Bing, Yahoo, Pinterest, and a bunch of other things.) So even though you can’t use Google Analytics with, you can use Webmaster Tools.

The WPBeginner article shows you how to verify your site either by pasting the entire meta tag into your header (using a plugin) or by using the Yoast SEO plugin. Using All in One Webmaster works pretty much just like using Yoast SEO. Using Google Publisher (beta) requires signing into your Google account rather than pasting in a meta tag.

The rest of the articles apply to using Webmaster Tools with any website.


April 2014 Handout: Google Analytics Resources

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’s Resources

Google Analytics Home

Google Analytics Help Center

Google Analytics Academy

Google Analytics Blog


An Introduction to Google Analytics for e-Commerce

Free PDF download. Produced by Shopify. Helpful for setting up events, goals and funnels.

Your Guide to Google Analytics by Ryan Dube

PDF, ePUB, Kindle or HTML published on Not WordPress-specific.

Google Analytics: Getting It Right

Free PDF eBook from the makers of the Google Analyticator plugin and Video User Manuals. Sign up to download.

Getting Started with Google Analytics

Free PDF eBook from iThemes.


How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress for Beginners (WPBeginner)

Beginner’s Guide: How to Use Google Analytics for Your WordPress Site (WPBeginner)

An Introduction to Google Analytics for WordPress (Elegant Themes)

WordPress Google Analytics (UA) Events Tracking Guide (Penguin Initiatives)

Creating a Google Analytics Filter for Image Search (

Perfecting Your Goals in Google Analytics (


Google Analytics for WordPress (Custom events, but no universal analytics)

Simple Google Analytics (What it says)

WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration (Tracks the rest of your site as well as your WooCommerce products)

Google Analyticator (Supports universal analytics. Shows all kinds of analytics in your dashboard. Performance drag.)

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (Very similar to Analyticator, including the performance drag.)

Feb 2014 Handout: Business Links


These links point to the source material for the statistics quoted in the slides, and also provide some further insight into issues like setting rates and prices.


These videos from recent WordCamps discuss some important aspects of running a WordPress business.

Jan 2014 Handout: WordPress 3.8

Sallie’s car broke down and she wasn’t able to attend the January meetup to present the WordPress 3.8 feature tour, so Anca took over. In lieu of slides, here is the official video from WordPress.

Introducing WordPress 3.8 “Parker”, a release — named after Charlie Parker — that introduces a redesigned, responsive admin, theme browser, and a new magazine theme, Twenty Fourteen. You can learn more about the release here.

Some Links

Official Announcement, December 12, 2013

Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We hope you’ll think this is the most beautiful update yet.

The Design of WordPress 3.8 (Matt Miklic)

Matt explains the redesign of the admin interface, which started life as the MP6 plugin:

From the outset we knew that we wanted to create an evolution, not a revolution, of WordPress. So we kept the basic structure and layout of items the same, but rethought their visual treatment. We used a unified color for the top toolbar and sidebar menu, more clearly separating navigation from content. We un-rounded corners, simplified shadows and gradients, and eliminated other visual effects, but did so carefully, while maintaining a sense of hierarchy and depth, and without flattening elements like buttons and form fields beyond recognition. We also used color judiciously to indicate activity and state, so something like an alert message or an activated plugin is easy to discern at a glance.

Meet WordPress 3.8, “Parker” (Post Status)

Brian Krogsgard comments on the development cycle as well as the new features:

This is the second rapid release cycle for WordPress, and the shortest time between major versions ever. Though with the shift to features-as-plugins driven development, the development cycle (a subtle but significantly different thing than the release cycle) has been a more standard four months. As most readers will know, WordPress 3.8 development started at the same time as WordPress 3.7.

I’m not sure how often this will be done in the future. It appears to me that simultaneous development cycles, while it worked well, may be rather unique to the type of releases WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 have been. I would suspect that in the future, we’ll still see shorter times between release cycles, but perhaps not as often see full-on simultaneous development between major versions.

However, it seems pretty clear that we will see features-as-plugins sometimes span multiple major release cycles as they prepare for the proposal process and core merging. I hope that this makes for a less stressful environment for new contributors to get involved in WordPress core development.

What’s New in WordPress 3.8 (SitePoint)

SitePoint praises the overhaul of the admin interface:

The interface is noticeably faster than previous versions. Most pages weigh in at less than 300Kb (compressed) with the bulkiest rarely exceeding 500Kb. I suspect it could go a little further if the team switched from JavaScript-based animations to CSS3 but it remains impressive.

Smartphone and tablet access has been significantly improved. I recommend you try it. In my opinion, it’s superior to native iOS and Android WordPress apps which rarely work as you expect or support plug-in functionality.

WordPress 3.8 “Parker” Released (WordPress Tavern)

Jeff Chandler notes that

Version 3.8 has been in the oven for 49 days. This marks the second release that contains features that started off as plugins first, a development practice we’ve covered on WPTavern at great length. It’s important to note that after upgrading to WordPress 3.8, you are strongly encouraged to disable and remove any of the features that started off as plugins.

WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme Is out in the Wild (WordPress Tavern)

What Sarah Gooding meant by “out in the wild” was “available on, though users of self-hosted WordPress could download the 3.8 beta and use the theme that way. There’s a very important and still-useful link in that article: to the Theme Showcase page on, which provides all the information you need to know to set up the theme.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 474.
  2. Featured images work best with images that are least 1038 wide.
  3. The primary sidebar (left) width is 162.
  4. The secondary “content” sidebar (right) width is 306.
  5. Widgets in the footer widget area are 255 wide.
  6. The header image size is 1260 wide and 240 high.
  7. Single image pages are full-width and 810 wide.