Tucson WordPress Meetup, February 2014

It’s 2014 and a great time to kick off the new year with a WordPress event in Tucson.

Join the newly formed Meetup.com group to RSVP and be notified of new events: Tucson WordPress Meetup.

Follow us on Twitter @tucsonwp for news and announcements. Hashtag: #tucsonwp

Our next Tucson WP Meetup is Tuesday February 18th from 7–9 PM at CoLab Workspace, see details and directions.

See you there!

WordPress 3.8 “Parker” and Twenty Fourteen Theme

I’m proud to call myself a WordPress contributor yet again with the recent 3.8 “Parker” release. This is an amazing update to the world’s best CMS, with a focus on device support in the refreshed admin interface, better widget and theme administration, a new default theme, and much more.

As with Twenty Twelve and Twenty Thirteen my primary role in the project was launching a new default theme, Twenty Fourteen. This time the goal was a bit different: create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress. And launch it before the new year.

Twenty Fourteen started with an all-star team of Takashi Irie (designer) and Konstantin Obenland (lead developer) and we were joined by many contributors in the WordPress community, notably Nick Halsey (aka celloexpressions) who’d contributed to previous default themes and had a big impact again.

As with Twenty Twelve WordCamp contributor days were a big highlight for me during the 3.8 cycle. For 3.8 and Twenty Fourteen kicked things off at WCSF 2013 contributor day and then did a bunch of testing at WordCamp London (see the above photos for beautiful evidence). It was amazing to meet other WordPress contributors in person, work and talk together, and improve the software we love and use daily—people like Joan and Ben. This is why I love being a part of this community!

More about Twenty Fourteen:

- Twenty Fourteen demo site to see it in action.
- Takashi’s recap and the design decisions for Further (the predecessor to Twenty Fourteen).
- The Fourteen Colors plugin by Nick Halsey in case you’d like to customize the look a bit more.
- Background post on WPTavern: WordPress 3.8 – Taking The Default Theme Further.
- The philosophy behind default WordPress themes—and why they are named after the year (Twenty Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen… ): Why Default Themes Change Each Year.

Enjoy, and happy new year.

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” and Twenty Thirteen Theme

A bit late posting this but it’s still very much on my mind.

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With WordPress 3.6 I was honored once again to be part of the team for the newest default WordPress theme. For Twenty Thirteen Joen Asmussen pulled out all the stops, working from Matt’s vision for something new and bold and colorful. I’m still tingly from the first time I saw the design.

Check out the demo and read on for all the juicy details:

- Background and introduction post by 3.6 lead Mark Jaquith.
- Joen’s recap: Four Little Numbers.
- Lead developer Konstantin Obenland presents: Twenty Thirteen – Ins and Outs of Developing a Default Theme (slides).
- Joen’s alternate color versions and original PSD: Twenty Thirteen: Make It Yours.

If you missed the 3.6 announcement or want to know what’s next for WordPress I highly recommend watching 3.6 and State of the Word.

8 Years on WordPress.com

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Totally geeky and egocentric stat but I’m very proud to be a WordPress.com blogger. I haven’t had this particular blog on WordPress.com for all 8 years—it’s been just a few, but I was within the first 700 users to sign up in the beginning.

Since then this blogging service has grown up just a bit: see a live look at activity across WordPress.com.

Paul Clark on How WordPress Saves Lives

Sometimes you hear a story that grounds you and reminds you about the reasons you chose your profession. Why it all matters. This is one of those.

Paul Clark’s presentation at WordCamp Phoenix did just that. A must-watch.

Discover how the freedom and flexibility built into WordPress empowers relief teams working in war zones in Southeast Asia. We will explore the challenges faced and strategies used to create an application that tracks medical care and human rights abuses in the jungles of Burma. The power behind Custom Post Types and the Pods Framework enables doctors and relief workers to make critical data-driven decisions when treating 15,000 patients each year. Come see how you can use the same tools to power maps, charts, and interactive timelines in your own WordPress plugins and themes.

Video: Paul Clark: How WordPress Saves Lives – Freedom, Hope and Custom Post Types.

Thanks for the inspiration, Paul.