Davao Bloggers Mini BootCamp

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I am invited to give a talk for Mini Bootcamp this coming Saturday, August 5. This is an event organized by Davao Bloggers Society for budding bloggers. My talk will be about essential plugins that help you supercharge your WordPress blogs. I’m excited to share this part of WordPress with you! There are also other amazing sessions that you should watch out for.

Come and join us. Say hello to me, too!

Recap: July 2017 Meetup

Last Saturday was one of the most fun meetups we ever had. There were more than 10 people attended the hangout, and our place was just as special as those who spent the afternoon with us.

WordPress Development with Varying Vagrant Vagrants (VVV)

Guy Magayano, a full-stack developer and UI designer, walked us through this new and alternative workflow in developing your WordPress websites locally. For an overview, VVV is your alternative tool to MAMP, LAMP and XAMPP. I’d encourage developers to checkout and play around this tool. Best of all it’s open source.

Slide: WordPress Development with VVV by Guy Magayano

Links to references in his talk:

Community Time

During the community time, aside from the usual Q&A and discussions, we had this game ‘Pinoy Henyo’ stuffed with words anything related to WordPress. I personally had so much fun and I knew I’ve been organizing this meetup with not much excitement going around but Andrew saved the day! Also, I hope that doesn’t make me a boring person 😀

Pasalamat ❤️

We’re not going to end this without thanking our amazing sponsor during the meetup.

automattic-cmyk

Automattic for the venue, foods and refreshments. They are the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, Akismet, Polldaddy among others. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Github.

We’d also like to thank Andrew (again), an Automattician, for the swags as always, and for such a fun game. More games and prices para more chances of winning!

 

Thanks to our WordPress Davao community members for the photos

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If you were there during the meetup, let us know what you think of our hangout in the comment down below. Or if you have something in mind that you would like to suggest to our community, please do also comment.

Upcoming: Monthly WordPress Meetup (July 2017)

What’s up? It’s that time again! Let’s do our regular hangout with WordPress users here in our lovely city! Feel free to bring your own laptop.

Topic(s):

Local Development with VVV (DEV)  by Guy Magayano
Get started local development with a vagrant setup tailored for WordPress development. You don’t want to miss this session, pramiz 🙂

Community Time (ALL)
Any questions from blogging to development? Or need feedback with your WordPress project? We’d love to hear it!

We’ll be giving away tons of WordPress swags din!

More info and RSVP here:

Monthly WordPress Meetup (July 2017)

Saturday, Jul 15, 2017, 2:00 PM

Batu House Cafe
9 Circumferential Rd, Block 10 Dona Vicenta Subdivision (Marfori) Davao, PH

6 Members Attending

What’s up? It’s that time again! Let’s do our regular hangout with WordPress users here in our lovely city! Feel free to bring your own laptop.Topic(s):Local Development with VVV (DEV)  by Guy Magayano Get started local development with a vagrant setup customized for WordPress development. You don’t want to miss this session, pramiz :)Community …

Check out this Meetup →

 

P.S You can attend this while working on your WordPress projects/business—a working meetup? 😛

Come, hangout with us. Kita-kits!

Free WCEU #Livestream

Let’s join Europe and the rest of the world for WordCamp EU this Friday and Saturday! No need to travel miles away from home. The event offers FREE tickets for livestream attendees! Now you can watch amazing talks from different breakout sessions as they happen right from the comfort of your living or—even bed—room. There are thousands of tickets available, so get yours and +1 anyone you know that ❤️s WordPress!

Upcoming: Monthly WordPress Meetup (May 2017)

For our May meetup, we’ll be celebrating WordPress 14th birthday along with other WordPress meetup groups in the Philippines 🇵🇭! Watch out as there might be an afterparty (we’re celebrating!)?

Date &Time
Saturday, May 27, 2017
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Venue
CabinSpace.co
843C Atis Street (this street is at the back of World Palace)
Juna Subdivision, Davao City

Our topics might be all about how WordPress evolves over time by looking back from 14yrs ago up to how this greatest piece of free software dominates the ~28% of the web.

Community Time

Let’s talk about upcoming events and discuss what areas of WordPress you all would like to have for the next meetups.

As always, meetup is our outlet to ask around and get feedback with our WordPress related projects, be up to date with WordPress; or even to getting started with WordPress.

Join na sa next hangout. Kita-kits!

RSVP and read more info about meetup in our Meetup.com group.

Upcoming: WordPress Davao & PHP Women Asia Combined Meetup

Let’s hangout this Wednesday and have a quick catch-up on recent happenings around our WordPress projects. Plus, April Kwong of PHP Women Asia, together with Kathy Dacanay, will be joining us bringing home invaluable insights on PHP—especially empowering women to code—in the Asia tech scene.

With our collaboration with PHP Women Asia for this meetup, we can’t stretch enough how we encourage women to attend our hangout next week 😉 but everyone is equally welcome as well!

Snacks and drinks will be served.

First time we will have a combined meetup and first time we’ll have it on a weekday, so don’t miss it! It’s going to be a great time together and a great way to wrap up our day! 🙂

For more info about the time and place, please visit our meetup.com event page.

March Meetup: First Meetup for 2017!

WordPress Davao says hello to 2017! What’s the best way to start the year with a blast is of course through our monthly meetup.

First Things First

We skipped the last two months (supposedly the usual monthly meetups) but here’s an update to give you idea on happenings for the past few months:

December 2016 – Dreb & I co-volunteered at WordCamp Manila held in Microsoft Tower, Makati City, Metro Manila. Andrew spoke at the event about how they work at Automattic. You should attend this year, too! From what I’ve heard, tentative date will be around 3rd quarter of this year, so we’ll keep you posted 🙂

January 2017 – Dreb, Jhong, Jaymar and I spoke at an event for a local community of bloggers and influencers named Davao Digital Influencers, Inc. We talked and demonstrated how to use WordPress for bloggers. It was the first time WordPress Davao was invited by other local community to talk and share about WordPress and how it can easily power up their blogs or websites.

Dreb wrote a brief blog post about his talk on his website.

February 2017 – Dreb attended The WordCamp Thailand and gave a talk at Saigon WordPress meetup.

That’s it! Pretty hectic right? So that’s the story why we started the meetup for this year at the end of March. If you have any WordPress related happenings to share with us, feel free to ping us in our WordPress Davao Facebook page or send us updates through our contact form here. We’d love to know your journey with WordPress.

First #wordpressdavao meetup for 2017 @cabinspace.co #meetup #WordPress

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March 2017 Meetup Topics

We WordPress

Dreb opened the event with a welcome message and a quick introduction about the (We) WordPress Davao community. We’re doing this every meetup to keep the new members informed about the community’s objectives.

The community is all about reaching out to other people who make things or use with WordPress. Since it’s an open-source platform, one way for us to give back is by way of organizing events such as meetups, sharing knowledge and learning about innovations with WordPress and how we can contribute to the core community.

Getting Started with Theme Development

Good themes improve engagement with your website’s content.

Basically, it’s the design of the WordPress website. Dreb talked about getting started with Theme Development by defining what is a WordPress theme and other helpful understanding for you to start building your very own theme.

Link to slide: https://www.slideshare.net/DandrebBitanghol/march-2017-meetup

ATM. @drebbits talks about #WordPress Theme Development @cabinspace.co #wordpressdavao #meetup

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Getting Started with Divi Theme

Romel gave us a walkthrough about the basic yet powerful features of Divi—one of the popular and most used themes of Elegant themes.

Link to slide: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KwJTWyt4KMSaa-5eMWOXF_GxMRtDEpgZ4w0e7eXc-fc/edit?usp=drive_web

Creating Themes with Sage Starter Theme

We’ve learned from our first time speaker, Renz, how we can make use of Sage started theme to modernize our process of developing a WordPress theme. This starter theme is jam-packed with modern front-end development workflow.

Link to slide: theme-development-with-sage-second-edition

 

 

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Our massive thanks to March sponsors! Cabinspace.co for the tambayan (hangout place) and Prior Marketing Solutions for our snacks.

Kita-kits sa atong next hangout!

Survey: What do you want to see change in the editor experience?

A project is underway to redesign the editing experience in /wp-admin/, and it could use your voice!.

Everyone has used the editor in /wp-admin/, yeah? Whether for your own site, training clients how to add content, or you’ve customized it beyond recognition — and WordPress core would like to hear what you love and hate about the entire experience.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help influence the future of your favorite CMS, WordPress.

Here’s the link to the survey:
http://wordpressdotorg.polldaddy.com/s/editor-survey

Know someone else that has some thoughts on how we can make this better? Forward them the link! We’d love to hear from them, too!

PS. this is our chance to contribute back in our little way if WordPress has been part of some of the milestones we’ve had 

Thank you!

Upcoming: March 2017 WordPress Meetup

Here comes the first WordPress meetup for 2017! As always, it’s completely free (no hidden charges)!

In this meetup, we will be diving more about themes. So far we have 1 confirmed speaker. If you would like to speak (or volunteer), please reach out! Feel free to comment down below, via the form in our about us page or on our Facebook group.

Sorry for skipping January & February. I know how much we’re missing each other already. We would ❤️ more members from the WordPress community to help us run our monthly hangout.

See more details of the meetup here.

Kita kita ta!

December 2016 Meetup Sidenote

I would just like to give a shoutout of big thanks to NOW Outsourcing Services and Prior Marketing for being our sponsors in the recently concluded meet-up! It’s our first time to receive support both from foreign and our very own local businesses ❤.

NOW (http://www.nowcandoit.com) is a local outsourcing agency that offers professional digital marketing to local and international clients. They are hiring, too!

Prior Marketing (https://priormarketing.com/) is a team of innovative marketing experts that specializes in Funnel Development and Infusionsoft Automation. They are based out of Reno, Nevada, USA — a very humbling experience that we even got support from the other side the world!

Companies like them are just testaments that any size of businesses and from any where in the world are with us in giving back to WordPress and helping the community grow by supporting groups such as ours. Their support will fuel us going forward.

We’re all in this WordPress project together.
WordCamp Europe 2016

I can’t wait to share how the recent meet-up went on the next blog post. In the meantime, enjoy the gloomy weather in Davao. 🌧


P.S We’re looking for sponsors (we encourage locals) for our future meet-ups. We’d like the community to get to know businesses that use WordPress and connect our members with them, as well as learn from their business. If you’d like to reach out or know a business that you can send our way — contact us through the form in our about page.