Making The Events Calendar Sit Up and Beg

Modern Tribe is sponsoring our meetup about The Events Calendar / Events Calendar Pro. Rob La Gatta will provide pizza, swag, a demo of the latest features, and a chance to ask questions.

Following Rob’s presentation, we’ll have some demos by meetup members of ways to customize TEC: modifying widget output, modifying views, integrating TEC event pages into your theme, setting up breadcrumbs to work on TEC virtual pages, and more. (Let me know if you want to participate.)

East Bay WordPress Meetup Contributor Day

You don’t have to be on the core team to contribute to WordPress. There are all kinds of ways to help out: answering questions in the support forum, writing and editing documentation, making translations, helping with accessibility, and more. 

Join us for a special extended session and give back to the WordPress community. We’ll show you how to do it and then get down to work. All you need is a (not .com) login and a laptop.

Pizza and soft drinks provided by Pagely.

Links to Contributor Guides








Ins and Outs of the WordPress Database

For many, the WP database is thing that gets created when we set up WP and then forgotten until it fails. This program will try to empower you to leverage the database to create and maintain a more powerful, efficient WP site. 

We will briefly cover a few things you should be doing to keep it working properly – backup, import, export, cleanup and optimization. 

We will take a quick look at the WP database structure. Then we will look at some ideas for enhancements and show a few demos, including one with 50k users and another that draws pretty pictures directly from the database. 

Finally, we will look at a few tools to help you connect with the data.

Presented by Sonja London, meetup member and big data expert extraordinaire.

Customizing the WordPress Admin for Your Clients

When do you decide to customize the WordPress admin to make it easier for people to use? For most basic tasks, it’s easier and cheaper to teach a person to do the right thing – but in some cases, it’s worth the expense to create tools and customize the interface to make it harder for people to do the wrong thing.

Anca Mosoiu, WordPress developer and owner of Tech Liminal, will share techniques and demo the custom administrative interface created for Social Media Week (, a WordPress application used to market, organize, schedule, and run four 1-week, international conferences each year. supports thousands of events and hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, including submitting an event for consideration into a conference, world-wide scheduling, a registration system, and much, much more. 

Adam LaBarge, lead WP developer at HyperArts, tries his best to make the WP back-end as bullet proof and simple to use as possible. 

Adam works mainly in Genesis and uses ACF for customizing the WP Admin, but will also address custom meta boxes, custom save_post hook development, dashboard widgets, widgets, plugins, and option screens, along with heavy modification of the WP Admin sidebar menu.

If you’ve customized the admin for your clients–through roles, plugins, admin themes, or any other method–we want to hear about it.

The meetup is now part of the O’Reilly Partners Program, which means that members get discounts on their e-books, and some other perks. I’ll send a separate message about that. 

I’m also looking into lining up a sponsor to provide pizza, swag, and the opportunity to win a product license. Details will be posted on the site when I have them.

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