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  • kmcdade 10:26 pm on June 23, 2009 Permalink
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    July Meeting Date/Place 

    The third Thursday in July (July 16th) is also the date of Ignite Portland 6, so we will NOT be meeting then.  Instead, we will meet on Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    We also have a new meeting location! CubeSpace, sadly, has now closed, so from now on our monthly meetings will be held at Webtrends, 851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1600.  Webtrends will also be the site of WordCamp Portland in September.

    We’ll post an agenda for the July meeting later, as soon as it’s confirmed.

  • kmcdade 7:11 pm on June 18, 2009 Permalink
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    WordPress 2.8 Overview 


    Named after trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker.


    Fixes over 790 bugs.


    Faster; both admin interface and database have improved performance.


    One-click theme installation.


    New CodePress editor for themes and plugins.


    Plugins are no longer divided into active and inactive sections (although are marked as such)


    Widgets are easier to use

    Widget editing on the fly

    Drag and drop widgets between sidebars; edit all sidebars simultaneously

    De-activate widget but save settings.

    The full list of features and fixes in 2.8, including developer features and a new Widgets API: http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.8

  • kmcdade 5:42 pm on June 18, 2009 Permalink
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    July Meeting Date – Please Vote! 

    The third Thursday in July conflicts with Ignite Portland, and we can’t have that!  So please vote for an alternate meeting date, and we’ll let you know ASAP which one was chosen.

    Go here for the poll, since the embed code doesn’t seem to work.

  • kmcdade 9:56 pm on June 10, 2009 Permalink
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    June 18 Meeting and WordPress 2.8 

    As you may have heard, WordPress 2.8 was released on Wednesday!  Want to find out more about it, or exchange tips with fellow users? Maybe you even need someone to help you upgrade? Our next Portland WordPress User Group meeting will be Thursday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Open Source Bridge conference, and we’ll be taking a look at what’s new in WordPress 2.8.

    Now, here’s what you need to know about meeting logistics.

    LOCATION:  The Open Source Bridge conference is being held at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.  You do NOT need to be registered for the conference to attend the user group meeting. We are scheduled as a “Birds of a Feather” session, and will be in the Steel room.

    TIME: Please note that we are meeting at a different time this month – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    WHY ARE WE MEETING HERE? Because WordPress is one of the finest examples of open source software out there!

    If you DO want to register for Open Source Bridge, you can get a special rate of $150 for all three days as a member of the Portland WordPress User group. Just use the discount code osb4228 when you register.

    What is Open Source Bridge?

    Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies. It will take place June 17-19 in Portland, OR, with five tracks connecting people across projects, languages, and backgrounds to explore how we do our work, and why we participate in open source. The conference structure is designed to provide developers with an opportunity to learn from people they might not connect with at other events.

    Through this conference, we hope to answer a question: what are the rights and responsibilities of an open source citizen? As developers, we find ourselves in many roles; we are users, creators, and leaders. The Open Source Bridge team believes that our role as open source citizens informs our work whether we are conscious of it or not. Open Source Bridge is intended as a call to action to become better citizens, by sharing our knowledge with each other.

    • Catherine Azzarello 7:13 pm on June 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I’m new and would like to attend user group on 18th. Shall I just show up?

      • Aaron 10:31 pm on June 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, just show up. We’ll be in the “Steel” room as designated by the Open Source Bridge folks… guessing we’ll have some folks on hand to help direct those arriving for the WordPress group. We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Kristin Wolff 6:51 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Looking for help get a hosted WP blog up (thesis I think) and functional. I can/have done it, but need the help of someone who really knows what they are doing to accelerate process. Happy to pay hourly or based on scope (I’m guessing 8 hours?). Anyone interested? What are you doing on Saturday (June 20)? DM @kristinwolff or email reply to kwolff@skilledwork.org.

    • Matt Beck 4:59 pm on June 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll be there

  • kmcdade 8:44 pm on June 9, 2009 Permalink
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    May Meeting Recap 

    Thank you to those who attended our May meeting at Webtrends! It was great to get a look at some of the space we’ll be using for WordCamp Portland.

    • Betsy Richter led the meeting, focusing on the wide variety of plugins available for use in WordPress (Betsy will post a fuller recap of this part of the meeting as soon as she’s able).
    • Aaron Hockley talked about WordCamp Portland (coming September 19-20).
    • Kathleen McDade (that’s me!) was introduced as an addition to the Portland WordPress User Group leadership (so you’ll be seeing more of me here, on Twitter, and maybe elsewhere).
    • We gave away two free passes to the Open Source Bridge conference.

    The next meeting will be held at Open Source Bridge — details to come in another post!

    • Derek Herman 3:37 am on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting, when is the next meeting and how to I participate? Please email me.

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