Topics discussed at last night’s meetup:
Google Site Links & Google Search Console
Arnie wanted to discuss the “Site Links” section of sub-links on Google’s Search Results Pages, and how you’d go about adding them. Andy mentioned that Google automatically will turn them on or off, and will notify you if that happens via the Google Search Console (formerly named Google Webmaster Tools). It is likely an algorithm that decides when a site gets Site links for a specific search term. Google will guess what links should go in the Site Links section, but you can remove some links if they’re not prominent pages (or turn it off completely – which we can’t think of a reason to do).
Build Processes for Front-End
We discussed tooling, workflows and our automation processes briefly. Arnie mentioned a newer option called Webpack which calls itself a ‘module bundler’. We also talked about Gulp and Grunt, which are in the same ballpark. Arnie also brought up the question of how other members who are developers show in-progress versions of their websites. Andy and Ron both use development URLs. Ron also discussed Cloud9 which he uses as a Cloud IDE so he can work on his projects with any computer that is connected to the internet.
Live WordPress Build
Andy continued coding the new Rooducts website with input from the group. We added a gallery to the homepage for featured customer vehicles and made some CSS changes and responsive adjustments for different screen sizes. Andy will add the sites theme files to Github soon.
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- Andy showed us how to use Slack
- We talked some #wcbuf
- We looked at Joyce’s site, (TrailChaiser2020) and explained how to add/remove widgets, use the customizer, and generally how to customize a WordPress.com hosted site.
- We looked for a theme that could handle Anne’s requirements for her site.
- We looked at Chuck’s sites: Gateway Niagara. Andy got mad that he disabled right-click on the site. >:(
- We had a spirited discussion about digital photo copyright issues, online theft of photos, and other elements and whether disabling options for all users is the correct way to solve the issue.
- Where should widgets go? The sidebar or the footer? What should be the call to action? We discussed.
Talked about backup plugins. Good list here:
Media files: 4.4 uses responsive images
Ron had a problem that seems to be addressed here: http://support.advancedcustomfields.com/forums/topic/repeater-field-with-image-type-wont-update-if-image-too-small/
7 in attendance.
Andy talked about flexbox.
You can learn a lot at flexboxfroggy.com and flexbox.io
We demo’d on codepen.io: http://codepen.io/empireoflight/pen/QyNpaY
max mega menu and uber menu are good menu options for complex menus
This is a plug in one can try free for seven days.
Here’s the info about the plug in
It sells for $47.
What do you all think of it? Maybe we can take a look at this week’s meeting.
Submitted by: Anne-Marie Huurre
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I would like to explore media queries in more detail. I have a mental block on it.
Also flex tables.
Submitted by: Scott Herman
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We did some workflow showing off. Then we looked at Randy’s site, http://rooducts.com
We had the idea to redesign his site as part of the meetups over the next several months. Stay tuned for a schedule!