How in the world is it the middle of October? Has this year flown by as fast for you, as it has for us? We are amazed at how much ground we have covered this year, so far, and things are going to really pick up speed now with Nathan and Sarah on board. Wait, who? If you didn’t get our special announcement last week about our newest ServerPressers, read on – we’ve included it in this month’s newsletter as well. In fact, Nathan’s awesome photo from WordCamp Los Angeles is our cover photo for this month’s newsletter! He’s contributing lots of ways that fit right in with our quirky team, don’t you agree? This newsletter has a recap from WordCamp LA, the announcement about Sarah & Nathan, some important info about our GitHub repository, and other tips and tricks from the community. We hope you enjoy it!
WordCamp Los Angeles Recap
Gregg, Sarah, and Nathan had a blast at WordCamp Los Angeles last month. We enjoyed sponsoring, attending, and Sarah enjoyed speaking, at WCLAX. We wrote a recap of the event which you can read on the blog. And if you’d like to see Sarah’s talk on career development you can head over to WordPress.tv. We are committed to supporting our WordPress community through remaining active in WordCamps. We think it’s one of the most important ways we can give back to the community who has given us so much.
We will be traveling to WordCamp Seattle and WordCamp Portland this month. If you’re at one of these camps please pop by our table & say hi to Gregg in Seattle, or come to Marc’s talk and Sarah’s talk in Portland.
ServerPress is Growing!
Thanks to you, ServerPress has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two years. While Gregg, Steve, and Marc have been able to keep things moving forward, we knew that in order to truly elevate the company, we needed to bring in some additional talent. We are thrilled to announce that Sarah Pressler has joined our team in an official capacity, after working with us behind the scenes all year long. She will continue to work with her friends at CodeBrain Media, and other clients, while helping us manage our projects, our social media, our content, and try to wrangle our community! She’s been doing a great job all year and we’re happy to finally announce her as a bonafide ServerPresser. Most recently we added Nathan Tyler to our developer team. He will continue to build Tyler Digital while working alongside Steve to help support our production schedule. You can read more about Sarah & Nathan on the blog!
Our GitHub Repo is Starting to Grow, Too!
When we released DesktopServer 3.8, one of the biggest changes to the program was the ability to utilize Developer Plugins with DesktopServer. Since the initial release, which included a few plugins for both Limited and Premium version, our GitHub Repo contains a few additional plugins that we wanted to share with you. These were features we had planned to build into v4.0, but since streamlining our production plan, we were able to create extensibility within 3.8, which gives you access to one of the major features that had been tagged for 4.0. (In other words, while v4.0 isn’t officially out, you’re already using some of the core features!)
random-db-prefix: Provides a random database prefix for new sites
mailbox-viewer: Provides quick developer offline viewing of mail delivery services.
local-admin-color-bar: Changes the local Admin bar to another color and adds “LOCAL DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE”
wp-presenter: A WordPress theme for presenting at WordCamps based on Reveal.js
innodb-autoconvert: Convert a site’s tables to InnoDB on Create, Copy, Move, and Import operation
These are all public plugins and can be used with either the Limited or Premium version, but they do require you to use the most current version of DesktopServer.
Learn DesktopServer for Free thanks to OSTraining
This is a repeat from last month’s newsletter but it’s been so well received by the community we wanted to repeat the information this month in case anyone has missed it. Earlier this year, Topher DeRosia completed a series of DesktopServer training videos for OSTraining. Last month, we received word that OSTraining had released all 14 training videos to YouTube and they informed us we were more than welcome to share the videos with our users. We can’t tell you how grateful we are for this generous contribution to the DesktopServer community! If you, or someone you know, are needing a solid overview on using DesktopServer, these training videos are easy to follow, straightforward, and thorough.
If you’re ready to step up into the Premium DesktopServer Membership, you can check out using coupon code OST20 and receive 20% off the one year membership fee.
Community Created Content
We have been blown away by all the amazing content our community members are producing. It’s awesome to see how much of an impact DesktopServer is making on local development best practices. Here are some great articles, presentations, and slide shows, that we’ve come across this month. If you have produced content about DesktopServer, let us know and we’ll be happy to feature your work in an upcoming newsletter!
- DesktopServer for WordPress Development Locally by Kris Jolls: this post showcases some of the premium features – thanks Kris!
- 15 WordPress Plugins that Every Developers Must Know by Phirebase: a plugin list that showcases several of our favorite plugins – including our own. Thanks Phirebase!
- Local WordPress Development Strategies on Draft Podcast by PostStatus: we were honored to be included on one of the new Draft Podcast from PostStatus. Thanks Brian & Joe!
- I Built a WordPress Theme From Scratch (And You Can Too): a great how to article on theme development from scratch! Thanks, Brandon!
Happy Fall & Happy Local Development-ing!
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