Upcoming Presentations

As many of you may already know, WordCamp 2020 has been postponed and MidCamp has decided to be a digital only event

Our April speaker has also tentatively cancelled, and while I am inclined to put together a presentation of my own I am going to hold off on making any announcements for a while until there is better information about just how cautious we need to be with holding public events

In the meantime I will be creating and expanding a knowledge base section for this website to keep the flow of information coming!

If you would like to help in this project, please submit content via the “Contribute to the knowledge base” form on the “contribute” page, or contact me directly via email

-Jeff McNear

KNOWLEDGE BASE ARTICLES


Creating a Block Pattern Plugin

While the Block Pattern Builder Plugin is a fantastic innovation, as of the writing of this article (5/22/20) there is no JSON export as found in reusable blocks – which means that while the pattern exists in the site where you built it, it isn’t easily portable to another site.

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Taking control over the Gutenberg Color Palette

For many of the block elements in Gutenberg there are color settings for text and/or background colors.
The default color selections are less than perfect in my opinion – thankfully they can be over-written by taking a few steps in your theme.

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WordPress Overview Presentation

Wordpress has an impressive market share of 34% which makes it the single most popular framework around. Flipping this equation tells us that nearly two thirds of site owners probably have little understanding on how WordPress works.

We will cover a high level overview on the default structure of this CMS, how to extend it and how the theming system works. I will also be sharing my somewhat opinionated views on best practices from the perspective of a developer who has repaired dozens of malformed and under-performing websites built by those whose experiments and improvisations with WordPress have failed.

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ACF and WordPress – Jeff McNear

With the advent of Gutenberg and the increasing popularity of other page builders like Beaver Builder the WordPress ecosphere is increasingly embraching drag and drop process to achieve layout configuration. It is important to realize that the data generated via the page builder process generally lives within a single database field.

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