The title of this meetup was “How to design and create theme faster and better” and so we talked about html/css/js frameworks, starter theme and child theme.
We knew that we get many audience if we have something around design as our topic, but it was more than expected. Some people couldn’t come in to the place and had to sit outside and talk there. We need to limit the registration or find a bigger place.
We plan to have many different type of topics from dev/tech to design, contribution and blogging. Next one is “blogging” and might be more people.
Community organizer group
Meetup is run by volunteer community, just the way as the other meetups are and I’m really glad at the fact we can discuss and prepare together for the coming meetups.
So far, the meetup and community are growing but if I have any concern, it’s about the speakers. All the speakers we’ve had in the past meetups were great and I’m sure that the next blogging meetup will be great.
But still, I think there are more people who can share their experience and thought. There will be more fun for themselves if they do some presentations. I thought there should be an easy start position to be in front of people, and at the next meetup we introduce Lightning Talk time, where people who want to do 3 to 5 minutes presentations can come and share their blogs or products. I hope this will work fine and they will be the future speakers.
After the main session, I had a little talk in Thai about the WP communities in Japan. I talked about WordBench and people’s help and volunteer spirits and asked for help to organize the future meetups.
Now we have a team of 20 Thai people to organize the meetups. We are now exchanging ideas of the future meetups. I wish they will be the future leaders and there will be more events and community. I hope I can bring something similar to what I got at the community in Japan.
By changing the main language, I could see many different people in this country while we lost some who don’t speak Thai. There are people who are willing to have some in English like Julien from N2Clic and I think we need to make some effort to combine them or devide them? Let’s see what happens when I’ve done more events here.
Anyway, it was very nice that we had more people who were interested in developing things with WordPress and I could share the basic of creating plugins.
The topic was more about business model than tech, and the guests were 2 co-founder of Pronto Marketing.
Pronto Marketing is a company with 70+ employees based in Bangkok which offers website/marketing solutions for small business owners in US, Canada and other English speaking countries.
For clients, they create really nice design websites, write everything, mail customers’ customers, host WordPress and keep it always updated and more. Shortly, they do almost everything that a small business would need for their websites and give the clients time to concentrate on their own business. They charge basically $247 per month.
Here’s a video which is good to know what they do.
The talk title was “Get involved in WordPress”, was about how to contribute to WordPress and here’s a list of hows (I made memo of the talk but couldn’t write them all so I researched by myself too. It’s a bit different from Siobhan’s talk.)
Codex is something people including me are always looking at.
Handbooks are the new documentations. There are two kinds of handbooks, for Developers and for Contributors.
Inline Documentations are docs in the core files. It’s a nice way of getting involved for you who understand code if you read, but maybe it’s difficult to write patches with codes. Inline documentations will not only be just inside the core files but also will be extracted from core to new website.
Somebody wants to turn wordpress.org web site into responsive?
And off course the core. It maybe fun to look at WordPress core components because there you can choose topic you want to try.