June 2016 Meetup Summary

Discussing WooConnect, The Zipping Zebra and Storefront 2.0

Nabeel Sulleman

Nabeel is an Automattic engineer working on WooCommerce and spoke about the WooConnect project. WooConnect is a feature of WooCommerce core that will allow you to connect services like shipping and payment options without API keys or copying and pasting subscription keys. This seems like a very exciting addition to the capabilities of WooCommerce.

We were also updated on the changes in WooCommerce 2.6 (The Zipping Zebra) and the recent release of the Storefront 2.0 theme.

Meet the New .NET: .NET Core

Beth Massi and Nate Barbettini

Beth Massi helped provide an understanding of the big .NET picture, where .NET Framework, .NET Core, and Xamarin fit in. She explained where .NET is headed and the future pathways. Beth also spoke about the state of the .NET ecosystem, the health of the Microsoft open source repos, and how developers can contribute.

Nate Barbettini talked about, and demonstrated, using .NET Core in the real world. He walked us through his experience porting an existing library to .NET Core.

See the presentation slides:

Git Version Control for the Complete n00b

Adam LaBarge

A great presentation by Adam where he spoke about what is git and why you should use it. He went through how to set up git on Mac or Windows and connect to repositories such as gitHub and Bitbucket. Adam demonstrated how to best use git on your projects, the workflows such as pull, push, merge, branch, revert and working with a team. Using git for deployment was very interesting which included Adam’s example of using SSH, WP-Engine and Pantheon

NGINX Tips and Tricks

Floyd Smith from NGINX

The presenter, Floyd Smith, spoke about WordPress being the single largest platform for website creation and web application delivery worldwide. However, scaling and securing WordPress sites can be challenging. Floyd explained how using NGINX we could increase performance, reliability and security, of WordPress-powered websites. NGINX is at the heart of the modern web, accelerating more than 50% of the world’s busiest websites.

See the presentation:

WordPress Melbourne User Group
Ringwood WordPress Meetup

Essential Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Anthony Hortin

Anthony spoke about useful plugins that everyone can use on their WordPress website. From essential security and SEO plugins through to eCommerce and much more.
Some of the plugins mentioned were:

  • Page Builders: Divi Builder, Beaver Builder, Page Builder by Site Origin
  • Security: WordFence Security, iThemes Security, All In One WP Security and Firewall
  • Caching: WP rocket, WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, WordFence Security
  • SEO: WordPress SEO by Yoast, The SEO Framework, All in One SEO Pack, SEO Ultimate
  • Backup: BackupBuddy, VaultPress, WordPress Backup to Dropbox, Updraft Plus
  • eCommerce: WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, Jigoshop, iThemes Exchange
  • Forms: Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms
  • Sliders and Galleries: Envira Gallery, Soliloquy, Meteor Slides
  • Spam Prevention: Akismet, WP-SpamShield, Spam Destroyer

See the full list of plugins covered:


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