With the imminent release of WordPress 5.0, it’s time for us to take a closer look at the new features in the upcoming version, including the new Gutenberg editor. Continue reading November 2018: Intro to WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg
Thanks to everyone who joined us at our October 2018 Show and Tell meetup this week. Here’s a quick recap of our meetup.
Three Things to Know About WordPress
- The WordPress 5.0 release schedule was announced earlier this month. The final version is expected to be released on November 19, 2018.
- Rian Rietveld, WordPress Accessibility Team leader, has resigned. Read her reasons for why she has left her role.
- WooSesh, a free online two-day conference all about WooCommerce, takes place this week, October 18-19, 2018.
Website Tips and Advice
During our meetup, members shared their tips and advice on website creation and content management, including:
- Keep your domain name registration and hosting at different companies.
- Hosting should be in the name of the site owner, not the developer/designer. It’s the site owner’s website, they need to own it (for when designer/developer leaves or relationship goes south).
- Craft content that’s easy to read. Use good color contrast and headings. Write short paragraphs and short sentences. Explain what acronyms mean on first use.
- If you have a client with a low budget, consider hosted WordPress.com, which offers ability to use your own domain name, customize your branding, and is constantly updated with the latest WordPress version.
Show and Tell
Since our speaker Basia Dabrowski wasn’t able to attend, member Sue Schneider stepped up and shared two of the recent sites she launched.
Jogue is a business-to-business site which launched this summer. It’s the first website Sue has ever created.
Using Divi, she worked with the client to highlight their services, including a product-specific dropdown in the contact form. The client was especially happy with that feature for their product-specific customers.
The second site she shared was Sue’s own website which also launched in the past few months.
Save the date!
Since Thanksgiving falls the week we would typically meet, we changed our next meetup date to Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Hope to see you there!
The topic for the next meetup is WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg. We’ll take a look at the new editor as well as new features expected in WordPress 5.0.
One of our new members is checking into whether we can meet at a local library. I’ll post meetup details and registration when we’re confirmed for our meetup space.
At our July 2018 Get Your WordPress Questions Answered meetup this week, our West Metro Detroit WordPress members discussed:
- How to block IP addresses in the All in One WP Security and Firewall security plugin (to avoid getting dozens of attempted login messages every day)
- WordPress themes: why a premium theme doesn’t necessarily mean better support or more recent updates than a free theme
- Why you shouldn’t use Google to search for WordPress themes. Best to select themes from the WordPress repository or look at paid themes from respected theme shops
In addition, we had a quick demo of the beta Gutenberg editor, showing how it works and the concept of blocks.
During our meetup, several members shared their favorite premium themes and resources to learn more about and try out Gutenberg.
Here are some of the resources shared during the meetup. If I missed any, share them in the comments.
- WordPress Free vs Paid Themes: Which is Right for Your Next Project?
- StudioPress premium themes
- ElegantThemes premium themes
- GeneratePress free theme and premium plugin that extends the functionality of GeneratePress
- Introducing a new way to WordPress: the Gutenberg editor
- You can help test Gutenberg with instructions from my friend Birgit Pauli-Haack on how to create a copy of your WordPress site to test Gutenberg (free to set up)
Thanks to everyone who came out to the meetup and helped to answer our members’ questions!
Our next meetup is Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip: on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Hope you’ll join us!
Imagine you’ve had the same theme on your website for a few years. It’s starting to look dated and you’ve decided it’s time to change to a new theme.
That’s exciting! The new theme has features you’ve wanted to add to your site and you can’t wait to get started.
WordPress makes it easy to switch to a new theme. But before you activate it, there are a few things you can do to make sure you safely transition to the new theme.
For our April 17 meetup, we’ll share nine tips to help you get your new WordPress theme up and running quickly.
What You’ll Learn
Our WordPress experts will share their experience switching themes, offering tips for:
- Reviewing your existing theme
- Selecting a new theme
- What to do before activating the new theme
- What to do after activating the theme
Meetup Details and Location
We’ll be meeting at the Grand Traverse Pie Co. in Plymouth at 41640 Ann Arbor Road, on Tuesday evening, April 17, 2018 from 6:30pm until they close at 8:00pm.
When you arrive, look for a bunch of tables that have been pushed together, with a sign on the table that says “West Metro Detroit WordPress.”
Cost is $4.00 (we’ll be providing pie!). Register for the meetup on Eventbrite.