Today is the Day for @WordCampRI

In a previous post, I wrote about the 2015 WordCamp Rhode Island coming up in September. Well, it is here! Today, Friday, September 25, 2015  is the first day of the two-day event.

Since that post, I’ve been talking up the WordCamp when networking in person and socializing on the web; tweeting about it and mentioning it on LinkedIn and Facebook, encouraging WordPress enthusiasts to attend. Lots of first responses were: “What is a WordCamp?”, so, let’s clear that up.

What is a WordCamp?

WordCamp Central explains it very simply,

“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.”

That’s true and the “techie” part of me has heard all that it needs to hear!…BUT Al Davis,  freelance web developer and writer for Torque, WP Engine’s online magazine, helps me understand WordCamps in a way that makes me want to attend AND encourage others to attend.

“WordCamps are open to everyone with an interest in WordPress regardless of ability, and that’s an important piece to remember. WordCamps are attended by many different people: from those who’ve just discovered the software, to those who make a significant living working with it. They all gather together under the same roof with a common goal in mind: to learn and to help others learn.

I didn’t say it as elegantly, but, that is exactly what I was thinking in my responses to the 2015 Rhode Island WordCamp organizers’ questions.

2015 WordCamp Rhode Island

Okay, so this type of WordPress learning experience is going on right now at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It was put together by a small group of WordPress-centric professionals who worked tirelessly over the last three months to make it happen. While a WordCamp is fun and relaxing to attend, it is a ginormous logistic challenge and my hat is off to the logistics team!

We had a walk-through at NEIT Wednesday, and while the coordination stress was at an all-time high, I got *jazzed* all over again just thinking about the buzz when the attendees arrive, the classrooms fill with speakers and audience, and WordPress enthusiasts are getting individual help at the Happiness Bar. Yeah, you remember why you volunteered and you smile into one of those quiet moments.

It is Friday already, and you may have missed today’s events. That’s okay. There are 15 sessions planned for tomorrow, not including the Opening Remarks and Keynote address.

2015 WordCamp RI schedule

Saturday Morning Schedule for 2015 WordCamp RI

Some of the WordPress workshop topics are:

  • Child themes, Designing WordPress Websites
  • Ten Tips to Make WordPress Your Friend
  • Internationalization/Localization Functions
  • Tracking Meaningful Moments on your Website

This is a great opportunity for you to learn and connect with like-minded folks. The value way exceeds the $20 admission fee! WALK INS accepted, although you can still register here!

See you tomorrow my WordPress friends!

UPDATE: Upon re-reading this, I notice it ended on a ‘salesy’ note. My intention was to let you know that this WordCamp is truly a special event. It is an exciting day for the organizers, sponsors, speakers and attendees. I got caught up in my WordPress enthusiasm, and don’t want you to miss out. 🙂

2015 WordCamp Rhode Island – Sept. 25 & 26

Through the years, you know that I have attended as many of the local WordCamps as possible, and documented (here) lots of what I learned. WordCamps are a great way to learn more about WordPress, but also to connect with other WordPress enthusiasts. And I mean enthusiasts! In the 11 years I have been developing with WordPress, I have attended a lot of general networking events, seminars, conferences, workshops, and meetups, and none measure up on the enthusiasm scale to the WordPress-centric ones. There is something about WordPress that brings out the nice in everyone. You feel comfortable and connect with others and learn in a stress-free environment.

2015 WordCamp Rhode IslandThis year, I am happy to announce that I am one of the organizers for the 2015 WordCamp Rhode Island.

WordCamp Rhode Island will be held at the New England Institute of Technology – East Greenwich Campus, Friday and Saturday, September 25 & 26, 2015. There will be three tracks, Beginners, Developers, and Business, and presentations and workshops will be geared to ALL levels of WordPress experience and knowledge.

Attendees receive a logo T-shirt and WordPress-related swag, breakfast tidbits, lunch and snacks both days, and entrance to Saturday’s After Party! Who doesn’t like a party?

Students go for free and the rest of us pay $20 (for ALL that!). Purchase your tickets today!

Not convinced? More reasons you should attend 2015 WordCamp Rhode Island!



3 Ways to Change Products per Page in WooCommerce

  1. WooCommerce products are saved to ‘post’ pages, so, from WordPress’ perspective, it just wants to know how many “posts” to display per page. Go to SettingsReading and change the number of Posts to display per page (“Blog pages show at most”). Changing this number affects all instances of posts per page, so, if you are also hosting a blog at the website and want a different number of posts per page for products and another for blog posts, use one of the solutions below.
  2. Non-Techies: Install a plugin. One is WooCommerce Products per Page
  3. Techs can edit the functions.php file and one line of code at the bottom:
    // Display 36 products per page
    add_filter( 'loop_shop_per_page', create_function( '$cols', 'return 36;' ), 20 );

Hopkinton Lumber Launches a new Responsive WordPress Website

Congratulations to Hopkinton Lumber of Hopkinton, MA on its new website. This is the first website for Hopkinton Lumber. Hopkinton Lumber is a friendly, family-owned establishment on Main Street, and, as far as the owners are concerned, Hopkinton’s best-kept secret!

Early in 2015, Hopkinton Lumber decided it was time to use the Internet to get the word out about itself and its products. The owners were tired of hearing, “I didn’t know you sell paint supplies.”, “I didn’t know you sell home improvement products.”, “I didn’t know you sell contractors’ supplies, automotive repair products, camping gear, backyard furniture, landscaping tools, pet grooming supplies, holiday decorations, and whatever-else-you-can-name”.

Well, Hopkinton Lumber has over 10,000 products in stock! As the name implies, it started out selling only lumber, but, the front building was converted into a hardware/home improvement store many years ago.
Responsive WordPress Website with custom WooCommerce It is conveniently located on Main Street (Rte. 135) within 1 mile of route 85 and route 495. The owners invite local home owners and contractors to stop into the store and introduce themselves.

Primary Business Goals:

  • Get the word out to local home owners and contractors about the wide array of home improvement products in stock
  • Showcase products in a catalog-like fashion
  • Allow prospective clients a convenient way to browse the online catalog of products
  • Implement solutions that make it easy for staff to update and customers to navigate


  • Use WordPress so staff can update content on the web pages
  • Use a responsive WordPress theme so that the website visitor enjoys a pleasant experience while viewing the website regardless of the device (cell phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) used by the visitor
  • Use a shopping cart/catalog building product with an easy learning curve. The WordPress-ready shopping cart WooCommerce was installed in order to provide staff the ability to effortlessly add products and to be able to categorize each product in multiple categories.
  • WooCommerce customizations included: The Catalog viewing and Add to Cart functionality were used, and the check out, my account and related functionalities were disabled.
  • Custom WooCommerce Plugin: Custom PHP code bundled in a plugin that allows customers to print out a shopping list was developed. The shopping list prints to a PDF for easy download to a cell phone or formatted printing. The Print Shopping Cart option displays dynamically once items are added to the shopping cart.

Shopping List PDF

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The website is live and ready for visits. Staff are loading the products each week, so, please return to view additional products as time goes on. And…No, we did not forget to post the email or an online contact form. Hopkinton Lumber is a friendly face-to-face operation. Staff specializes in welcoming each person, taking time to help each one find the best solution for their project, assisting or keeping a distance as each customer desires.

Stop in and let Hopkinton Lumber know that the word is out. You know that there are thousands of products! Heck, the hardware store structure is an original post and beam building with a 100 year history – and – that alone is a reason for visiting!

2015 Boston WordCamp

This weekend, I spent both days in Boston at BU attending WordCamp Boston 2015.

Boston WordPress WordCamp 2105

Saturday morning keynote speaker, Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton (@BobbieC) kicked off the 2015 version of all-things WordPress tech-fest with her presentation entitled Visibility = Opportunity. She took us to the circus to illustrate the major points of her presentation about marketing and PR of events.