Weekly Review – What did you read last week? 6/19 (Video Edition)

Top off your coffee and check out some of these interesting articles that I read last week. Scratch that… Read something a little interesting before bed!

MSP WordPress User Group #4

This past Thursday (2/4) I attended my first MSP WordPress (WP) user group meeting at The Nerdery. There were four panel sessions but I could only go to two.  The four to choose from were:

  1. Intro to HTML
  2. Intro to CSS
  3. WP Widgets
  4. WP 3.0

WP Widgets

The WP Widgets coding demonstration was instructed by Ray Champagne (@raychampage) who did an awesome job “dumbing it down”, at least for me.  Ray showed us some professional examples of how WP can be used in lieu of traditional print media but how to transform that print media into an online web presence.  He broke the presentation down into smaller parts:

  • What are widgets?
  • What does the code look like?
  • Coding a simple widget.
  • Implementing your widget.

WP 3.0

The WP 3.0 presentation was very enlightening in that I didn’t even know there was a new version of WP coming out and that some of the features will be changing, hopefully for the better :).

In short, this presentation was more about what changes are going to happen with WP 3.0 but also how anyone can help contribute to the development.  Here are some useful links and insight that Mitchell Hislop (@mitchellhislop) provided:

  • WordPress Foundation.org -“…founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.” – Also debuting the 2010 WP theme.
  • Example of the P2 Theme – A theme for threaded discussion instead of using the standard WP blogging or email.
  • The single user version WP and WPμ will be merged.  Within the WP settings you will now see a “network” section.  This will be the multi-user part of WP.
  • WP Mailing lists – Use these mailing lists if you want to stay informed or help out with the various functions of WP.
  • Mitchell’s Ultimate WP Starter Pack

In Conclusion…I’m super excited to go to the next one to meet even more people and to learn more about WP!

MPS User Group Info:

Google Group

How to add Google maps to your website, the easy way.

It’s as simple as following the steps below…

  1. go to http://maps.google.com/
  2. enter the address that you would like featured on your map
  3. click the “link” button in the upper right corner of the map and copy the code from the embed section.
  4. simply paste this code in a div or table cell.
  5. you’re done!

With this method of implementing a map into your web page you’re pretty limited on what you can change in appearance and what not.  The attribute that you will probably change is the height and width.

If you were to do this using the the Google Maps API, you would be able to customize your map with just about anything.