New Year, New WPYEG!

Welcome back to WordPress Edmonton, and thanks to everyone who attended our meetup on January 16th.  We learned about using Bootstrap, how to write posts with killer SEO, and enjoyed a quick welcome back presentation to share everything new and fun with WPYEG.

If you missed our meetup, or just want to review what was covered, here are the slides:

Tammy Lee
2017 Welcome Back WPYEG 

AJ Dyrbye, Kick Point
Setting Up a Base Theme With Twitter Bootstrap

Adriel Michaud, Top Draw
WordPress Posts With Killer SEO

Thanks to all our speakers, who did an amazing job!

Join us on Monday, February 27th at Startup Edmonton for our next WPYEG meetup!

As always, if you want to speak at a future meetup, fill out the handy dandy form.

See you next month!

Ladies Learning Code: WordPress for Beginners

Ladies Learning Code is bringing back their WordPress for Beginners workshop to Startup Edmonton on Saturday, March 29th!

Whether you want to start your own blog, or your company website is run on it, WordPress allows you to update and create content easily, while allowing for your own style and customization. You don’t need to be technical to use it, but it can be really powerful if you get your hands dirty and work with the code. In this workshop, we will show you how to install WordPress, what it and all the files mean, and of course, how to edit a theme to make it your own.

This workshop has been designed for beginners who are interested in customizing and coding a WordPress theme from scratch. If you are familiar with working with pre-built WordPress themes or templates but want an introduction on how to customize an existing theme or building a theme yourself, you’ve come to the right place! This is also a great starting point for HTML/CSS developers to get their feet wet with developing for WordPress!

Tickets are available at http://llcyegwordpressmar29.eventbrite.ca

Ladies Learning Code: Intro to Photoshop

Ladies Learning Code’s Edmonton Chapter is back on February 22, 2014, returning to Startup Edmonton, Ladies Learning Code will be running their Intro to Photoshop workshop. Tickets are available here: llcphotoshopyegfeb22.eventbrite.ca

“No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to developing your technical skills, you’ve probably realized that Microsoft Paint just isn’t going to cut it forever. Whether you need to crop or resize a photo, want to create a logo for your blog, or have a more significant design project in mind, at some point, you’re going to need an introduction to Photoshop. At this workshop, you’ll learn to use Photoshop and a bit of Illustrator (plus as much design theory as we can reasonably fit in).”

What is Photoshop?

Photoshop is a graphic software program, by Adobe, that most graphic designers use to create, edit and manipulate graphics and images for use on the web.

How can it benefit using WordPress?

Whether you want to create a logo for your blog, tweak and edit a featured image, make a banner or graphical call-out (really – the options are as versatile as your creativity allows) – understanding how to use the basic options in Photoshop can do a lot for your WordPress website!

Already know how to use Photoshop?

Could you be a mentor for our upcoming workshop? If you are a local web or graphic designer who happens to be Photoshop-inclined, take a look at the information below to get in touch for mentoring for our workshop.

Intro to Photoshop

When: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 – 10am-5pm
Where: Startup Edmonton, 10363 104 Street, Edmonton, AB
Tickets and more information: llcphotoshopyegfeb22.eventbrite.ca

www.ladieslearningcode.com
www.llcyeg.ca
bree@ladieslearningcode.com

Ladies Learning Code: Edmonton Chapter

Ladies Learning Code is a national not-for-profit organization that started up in Toronto in 2011. Founder, Heather Payne, back from a recent trip to LA for a coding workshop, found herself in a strange position – she wanted to learn beginner-friendly computer programming without signing up for a long semester in a technology school, (which often works on the assumption that you already know the basics). After searching around and not finding what she was looking for, Heather took to Twitter to ask if any other women were interested in code; The feedback was astonishing. In a short month or so and after being contacted by would-be sponsors, volunteers, and eager learners, Ladies Learning Code was born!

I think we’ve tapped into an unmet need in the Toronto community – Heather Payne

The first year of Ladies Learning Code in Toronto saw over 1733 participants and it was only a matter of time before other cities starting picking up what Toronto was putting down! Today, joining Edmonton and Toronto, there are 9 more LLC chapters across Canada, including: Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Ladies Learning Code’s workshop style is what makes it stand-out from other technology groups. We have a ratio of 4:1 students to mentors, so that on top of everyone following along with a lead instructor, they’ll have an additional support system to help them along the way! Our workshops are social and collaborative, in an effort to create a comfortable and engaging atmosphere for women (and men) to learn! And, with a repository of over a full year’s worth of learning material – there is likely no chance we’ll be slowing down any time soon!

Since Edmonton’s launch in July, we have taught over 155 learners, welcomed 5 lead instructors and over 40 volunteer mentors have helped run courses for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, and most recently, WordPress. A special thank you goes out to the local companies and organizations who have secured the spaces for us to hold our workshops; Community sponsor and backer to the #yeg chapter bid, BE3Designs, NAIT and to Startup Edmonton who have graciously handed over their social space for half of our workshops in 2014!

We are celebrating (and learning) at our very last #llcyeg workshop of 2013 today – none other than WordPress for Beginners, our first workshop to sell out WEEKS in advance and set us up with a waitlist long enough to justify a second event! As Chapter Lead, I’d like to take this moment to thank our lead instructor and mentors who volunteered their day to our learners – THANK YOU! Without your help, Ladies Learning Code would be more like Hey – I Showed Up, Where is Everybody? Everyone is Asking Me Questions!

With our new season starting up in 2014 and workshops for HTML, CSS, WordPress and more – please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested in becoming a learner or a volunteer! We’ve got a community page on Facebook here: www.llcyeg.ca or you can check out the full Ladies Learning Code site at www.ladieslearningcode.com and follow @llcodedotcom on Twitter!

Ladies Learning Code: functions.php Quick Tips & Tricks

What a great day working with everyone at Ladies Learning Code Edmonton Addition!

As a mentor, I was paired up with a super smart and speedy group that wanted to get just a little more out of their session so I decided to dive into their functions.php file with them and show them how to make a few easy customizations. Below is the code we used in the functions.php.

Change your WordPress Login Logo & Link

Here’s a quick way to customize your WordPress login logo to the Ladies Learning Code login logo. This code will also link the LLC logo to their website.

Step 1: Right click the image below > Download > Place it in the following place in your theme file > wp-content/themes/ladies-learning-code/i/llc-logo.png

llc-logo

 

Disable unwanted dashboard widgets

Hate how busy your WordPress Dashboard looks when you log in? Paste the code below into your functions.php file and watch them be disabled! It’s like magic but cooler…it’s code!

The one thing you’ll notice is that I commented out the ‘Right Now’ and ‘Recent Comments’ dashboard widgets. I did this because I find these widgets to be the only important ones that you SHOULD keep in your Dashboard.

Set the image upload default to ‘no link’

I get really annoyed when I’m trying to add a new image to my WordPress page/post and it automatically links to itself, opening it in a new page when someone clicks on it. Don’t be a linky linkerton, disable to auto linking by placing the code below in your WordPress themes functions.php file.