December 2015 Triad WordPress Meetup Notes

We had a great, albeit small, group which begin putting together our test kitchen site over at triadwp.com/eat –

Take a look at the site now, and come join us at the live meetups as we build the site and work through real world decisions and process to develop a viable and competitive product.

The site was created from scratch with the addition of a premium theme called Canvas, by Woo.

The imaginary restaurant is the basis for learning by doing and will be used in various way as needed for presentations and demos.

If you missed this helpful session where we started from zero you missed the list of standard plugins and settings details used by Craig Biles of Kama Marketing .

The Go-to starting list of plugins for this project included or discussed for this project:

  • Yoast SEO
  • Youst Google Analytics
  • Custom Facebook feed
  • My Calendar
  • Simple Event Calendar
  • Flamingo
    ( preferred over Contact Form 7 )
  • Wordfence Security
  • WP PHP Widget
    (though not as useful these days)

Since the site we are building is for a restaurant Craig also went through a useful menu creation tool called Locu – by Godaddy.  If you are ever building a menu it’s worth a look.


 

Beginning next month, and for at least two after that,  we will move our meetup location to the campus of GTCC in Jamestown.  This will be using a technology classroom with all the presentation tools in a great education environment.

We enjoyed excellent hospitality at John William’s Camp Tiny House meetup emporium and hope that he will be joining us next month at GTCC.

Look for  details on the Meetup site http://www.meetup.com/triadwordpress/ 


 

Please note – High Point Road has several changes now with much ongoing construction. There are 2 turns now which aren’t in this video. By the time we meet there could be even more changes.  Just follow your nose and the signs will lead you to GTCC.

 

 


One last thing –

I have just wiped out the old WP site with BuddyPress, as it was severely hacked by the  dark forces.  Starting from scratch I deleted both standard plugins, and wrote a post (this one).  In the hour or so that took, I already received some comment spam.

Between the two quick spam comments I set the clock to UTC-5 , o you can see the time code differences.  After this I turned off comments completely and did a quick edit to remove comments allowed on the first post.

All this to say not every step Craig outline in his presentation was covered above.  I went straight to posting before I changed some key settings, time, allow comments,   and permalinks (use postname) to name a few.

Comment Spam in dashboard of wordpress