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Our first foray into drag-and-drop themes, in August 2013, looked at CyberChimps, PageLines, SiteOrigin, iThemes Builder, and Themify. This time around, we examined four new themes and two plugins.
Here are the slides from Lou Anne McKeefery‘s presentation about SEO for WordPress on June 22nd, 2014.
This is Lou Anne’s Keyword Silo Worksheet (you can download it in Excel format)
Google is limiting the things you can do for free. For instance, you need to pay to appear in Google’s shopping results. More than…[Read more]
Q & A
How do I display a gallery of posts?
Eve Lurie wanted to know whether it was possible to link the thumbnails in a WordPress gallery to posts instead of just to images. The gallery shortcode in WordPress […]
Here are the slides from Sallie Goetsch’s May 2014 presentation introducing Google Webmaster Tools for WordPress: how to set up an account, verify ownership of your WordPress site, connect your 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 […]
Here are Katherine Mancuso’s slides from the April 2014 presentation on Google Analytics. Katherine discussed what analytics can tell us and why we need to know, including hits vs. page views vs. sessions and setting up goals and campaigns.
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
Google Analytics…[Read more]
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
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]
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