These are my notes from the August 29, 2011, OKC WordPress meetup. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

The div (thediv.org) is a nonprofit foundation created by iThemes to help train a local workforce in Edmond, OKlahoma for web development
– this space is available for meet ups in tech
– want to promote web-tech creativity and innovation
– grand opening was just last week
– Ruby on Rails group is meeting here next week
– this is a free, community-based space

Thursday is a co-working day: come in and co-work
– formula is simple: put good geeks in a room together and cool stuff is bound to bubble up

MY COMMENT: THIS IS VERY INTERESTING AND EXCITING. REMINDS ME OF THE “The Oklahoma City Coworking Collaborative” BUT THE DIV IS COMMERCIALLY SPONSORED AND NOT AS FOCUSED ON CO-WORKING. GOAL OF FOSTERING A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY OF GEEKS / CODERS IS SIMILAR. GREAT TO SEE THIS IN OKC METRO AREA!

Some websites of attendees at tonight’s meet up (about 40 people here in all!)
m1k3.net (website of Michael Dick, who among other projects designed the mobile website for Mashable.com – WOW!
www.thefringepodcast.com
www.jnzradio.com

1st topic tonight: iThemes Builder

presentation by Chris Jean, who has worked for iThemes for 3 years

Video overview

iThemes Builder from WebDesign.com on Vimeo.

Builder was developed because of customer requests to make tweaks/changes and especially specific requests for customizations in WordPress
– our initial effort was Flex to let people control more options/customizations
– Builder uses layouts

It’s hard to make a Buddypress compatible theme, so at this point Builder is not Buddypress-compatible

MY COMMENT: IT’S GREAT TO HAVE THE EXPERTISE OF THE iTHEMES GUYS LIKE CHRIS HERE. IT HAS FELT AT LEAST A FEW TIMES IN THE PAST (AND TONIGHT) LIKE THIS WORDPRESS MEETUP IS MORE OF A MARKETING OPPORTUNITY FOR iTHEMES THAN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WORDPRESS USERS TO SHOW STUFF TO EACH OTHER…

Anyone who has attended a WordPress OKC meet up in the past should fill out our member survey, created by Lynn with Gravity Forms

Topic 2: Now hearing an overview of Backup Buddy
– lets you backup your WordPress installation to various spots in the cloud, including AmazonS3, DropBox, etc.

Video overview of BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy from WebDesign.com on Vimeo.

BackupBuddy includes a malware scan – SWEET!

Avoid free themes & plugins 4 #wordpress from hedgy / suspicious looking sites, malware is also distributed via downloads #wordpressOKC #fb

Many #wordpress malware instances come from PCs that have malware, when people use FTP, it injects malware into a theme

MY COMMENT: I’VE HEARD ABOUT BACKUPBUDDY MULTIPLE TIMES, SEEN IT DEMOED… I REALLY NEED TO BUY IT AND USE IT.

Topic #3 is Loop Buddy

but first: quick demo of WP Ajax Edit Comments (Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments)

Loop Buddy: “With LoopBuddy, you can modify the behavior and appearance of this Loop without touching a single line of code.”

MY COMMENT: UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TO BAIL OUT A BIT EARLY TO PICK UP AT SCOUTS. GREAT MEETUP TONIGHT, I DEFINITELY NEED TO PAY AND USE BACKUPBUDDY! I’M EYEING THE DEVELOPER SUITE

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7A7RQEVRS6ZRSNH4XCBXBCAKHI Lynn

    Wesley, great roll-up and videos to go along with what was covered last night. I appreciate your being there – wish we would have gotten to talk, but I know you’re super busy.

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