Community Website Project Update AND Custom Plugins AND Useful Code Snippets

6:30 – 6:45 Meet, Greet and Eat! – We’ll share some food and drink, and do a bit of informal networking.

6:45 – 7:00 Welcome/Introductions

7:00 – 8:40 – Presentations

Topic A: WP Community Website Project Update – Project Steering Team (ALL levels)

Work on the collaborative project to build a website for our WP community is underway! A project steering team has developed a proposed scope and approach for the project. The team will provide a progress update, discuss next steps, and…YES, ask for volunteers to join the team that will design and develop the site. Come one, come all! This should be an excellent learning opportunity, especially for those with modest experience developing sites with WordPress.

Topic B: Fun with Must-Use (MU) Plugins – David Heckel (Intermediate level)

Take the power of mu-plugins and turn them into something profitable. So just what is a mu-plugin and how is it used in the WordPress world? We will code up a simple mu-plugin that you can use on all your sites.

Topic C: Some Useful Code Snippets – Scott Lewis (Intermediate level)

Scott will show you several snippets of PHP code (shortcodes, hooks, actions & filters) he has used to tailor WordPress to fit his clients’ needs. Some examples: using the WordPress generated, backend PDF preview as a frontend thumbnail image, allowing certain tags in excerpts, keeping captions out of excerpts, preventing media insertion from defaulting to linking to the media file, redirecting logins to specific starting pages by role, and redirecting to the home page on logout. These snippets can be in a custom plugin or the functions.php file in a child theme.

8:40 – 8:50 Open mic

8:50 – 9:00 Wrap up


About The Presenters:

David Heckel is the founder and owner of Culver Technologies, an IT managed services practice supporting businesses and academic institutions with their technology-related needs.

Scott Lewis is a freelance marketing services provider who designs and builds WordPress-based websites and assists clients with marketing automation, strategy, email marketing, and video/photo marketing.