Engaging in Your Local WordPress Community

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One of the best things about working with WordPress is the large community that you can participate in. If you’re new to WordPress, experiencing this community in a tangible way can seem daunting. The goal of this post is to help you find ways to participate in both your local portion of the WordPress community, as well as the global community.

There are numerous ways to engage with other people who are working, or who want to work, with WordPress. Here are a few that we will cover:

  • WordPress Meetups
  • WordCamps
  • Online groups

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The Custom Post Type UI Million Download Celebration

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In the spring of 2013, I was moved into a “Plugin Czar” position within WebDevStudios. This meant that I was now in charge of the support, maintenance, and development of many of our free plugins available on our WordPress.org account.

Custom Post Type UI is one of our many plugins, and undoubtedly our most popular one. So popular, that it is the first WebDevStudio plugin that has reached one million downloads with an active install count above 200,000. Not only that, but it maintains a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating with an impressive 87 5-stars at the time of this writing. This is quite an impressive feat to achieve since Brad Williams first tagged version 0.1.0 five years ago.

Lord of the Rings Meme.

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WordCamp Milwaukee 2015! We see you rounding the bend!

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Oh snap! It’s summer and some of our rad WDS-ers are prepping for WordCamp Milwaukee 2015, which is July 24th-26th! Several of our rockstar folks will be speaking, and you won’t want to miss it!

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

Parbs, Dusty, and one of our newest, Zach S, will be not only attending, but speaking!

Here are the details for their awesome sessions–don’t miss ‘em!

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WordCamp Philly 2015 is Nearly Here!

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I know you didn’t think we’d miss announcing the next big event we know we’re stoked on! WordCamp Philly 2015 is THIS WEEKEND, June 13th-14th!

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

This is a big one for us since Philly is where WebDevStudios HQ is located! This is the fifth WordCamp Philly, and not only will a bunch of WDS folk be there, but there are some other special events taking place that we hope those of you attending will participate in. Rami, Justin, and Brian will be speaking, and Brad, Corey, and Jaimie will all be attending as well, so make sure to grab them and say hello!

Here’s what you won’t want to miss:

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Use Git to Test & Update Your Plugins for WordPress 4.2

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WordPress emails you telling you that you need to update your plugins Tested up to

So, you get an email like this one every time WordPress publishes a new release. 4.2 just went out, so I got this email a few days ago. I’m not a serious plugin developer like most out there. They aren’t premium plugins; I just share my code because it’s helpful and it’s nice to know people use my stuff to help them do things. So, usually, I update my plugins after the release. Serious plugin developers are going to test their plugin before the release. For this tutorial, we’ll be updating it post release.

It’s good to let users know what version your plugin works on. When I looked at this list, I thought a lot of these plugins should work in 4.2, but people are probably not trying them because they are so outdated. This is not uncommon, especially if you’re just starting out or have that usual nine-to-five. I just got this email, so it totally sparked this post! Let’s get these updated!

In this tutorial you will learn how to:

  1. Use WordPress on Git to easily switch back and forth between versions for testing
  2. Update your plugin’s ‘Tested up to’
  3. Publish your changes to WordPress.org quickly

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Releasing Plugin Updates and Handling Security Vulnerabilities

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In my last article, I walked you through getting your plugin up and running on the WordPress.org plugin repository. In this follow up article I want to talk about releasing updates and new versions of your plugin.
I will also touch on the topic of security vulnerabilities and how to deal with them, which is a frightening topic for many people but by following a few simple steps you will save yourself a lot of stress and look like a hero to your users.

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The Lonely Presser Guide to WordCamps

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Have you ever used one of those Lonely Planet guidebooks? Yeah, me neither. But I’m told they’re pretty fantastic for getting the skinny about a particular place you might want to go. Like, really detailed, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-level detail, so that you know almost as much as an actual local. Actually, I lied; I actually have used a Lonely Planet guide–the Lonely Planet British Phrasebook, which did actually have a surprising amount of valuable information when I went for a semester abroad in Norwich, England.

This post will hopefully offer the same amount of information, except for WordCamps, whether you know what a WordCamp is or you’re organizing (or volunteering for) your first WordCamp.

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WordCamp Minneapolis 2015, WDS is Coming for Ya!

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Yep, it’s that time again! WordCamp Minneapolis is coming up right quick, and as we’ve done with past events, we want to give you the scoop on what to see and where to be. WebDevStudios will be there; both Lisa and Parbs will be speaking at the event, and Justin will be there as well!

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

WordCamp Minneapolis is on April 25-26th, 2015, and in addition to giving you the heads up about WDS speakers, we wanted to highlight a few things to check out while you’re there:

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New Media Expo 2015 Speakers Who Are Already On WordPress

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The New Media Expo (NMX!) 2015 Las Vegas is coming up with a quickness! This year, the event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 13th – April 16th, 2015.

We are stoked to say that WebDevStudios will have a booth at the event and our killer CTO, Brian Messenlehner, will be speaking at the event as well. His session, “WordPress the Web OS. Building Beyond the Blog,” will cover WordPress’ capabilities beyond what the average person may know, its infinite extendibility as a CMS, and how flexible and complex it can be, allowing it to suit a wide variety of needs. His presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:30 AM in Pavilion 11.

Dre Armeda, Shayne Sanderson, and Scott Bolinger will all be in attendance as well, so don’t hesitate to say hello–even if it means waving from across the crowded room and yelling, “I KNOW YOU!” (Okay, well, maybe actually stop by and say hi and pick up a discount code for Maintainn while you’re at it!)

Bloggers, podcasters, and web TV content creators come together at NMX to expand their base knowledge on content creation, monetization, and distribution of their work, as well as network with some of the biggest media creators in the world. According to a recent press release, the event hosts 98,000 attendees from 150 countries, as well as 1,600+ exhibitors and has sponsored support from big brands like WordPress (hey, we know them!).

This has been mentioned nearly ad nauseum at this point, but yes, WordPress is powering almost a quarter of the world’s websites, and as WordPress fans and experts, we couldn’t be more excited to continue evangelizing WP’s versatility and functionality at such a massive event.

While normally we use these event posts as an opportunity to highlight specific sessions at events that caught our eye, we wanted to give this one another twist: Since WordPress is such a major player, it’s not surprising that some of the very accomplished and noteworthy speakers are already running their sites on WordPress. Despite knowing this, I was still incredibly surprised to discover just how many of these incredible media moguls are running their sites on WordPress.

Here are a few people that we hope to run into at NMX Las Vegas 2015 who have already jumped on the WordPress party bus:

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