It’s in the books. This past Saturday, PACS held its first Virtual meeting. We had 4 SIGs that offered sessions, including Digital Photography with Reed Gustow, Windows Q&A with Rob Keiser, Novice Q&A with Dr. Paul Good and WordPress with yours truly, Matt Ryan. It was awesome!
The kicker?! The PACS Board is making plans to have our regularly scheduled May meeting be a virtual event. How cool is that? Watch your inbox for details and when/if asked PLEASE reply indicating you will be attending. There is no charge to attend, but it means that you will be sent the private login to the SIG – to use or not.
Enough of that. How about the WordPress SIG? We talked about the latest release of our favorite CMS – WordPress 5.4. It’s got some cool new blocks – one for social icons and another for buttons.
Color gradients have been added to the button and cover blocks (can you say ‘tie-dye’?)
Adding multimedia works much more consistently than it ever has. Your media+text book has some new surprizes. The image can link to something else. Whoa!
We tried a few examples on our local dev site to see the new social media icons and buttons.
After going through the 5.4 highlights we talked a bit about event managers and booking plugins. The list below offers the resources we discussed.
- Booking Plugins: https://wordpress.org/plugins/tags/bookings/
- Events Manager plugin – https://wordpress.org/plugins/events-manager/
- Calendar integration – https://calendly.com/
- Premium Booking – https://www.booking-wp-plugin.com/
- WooCommerce Booking – https://woocommerce.com/products/woocommerce-bookings/
- Events Manager – https://wp-events-plugin.com/features/
As of this post, wpsig.pacsnet.org uses the free version of Events Manager to present events here on the website.
That was about all we discussed.
Following up on the release of WordPress 5.4 I want to point out that the folks at EasyWPGuide have just released their updated guide for 5.4. I strongly recommend this guide. Single copies of the branded PDF is available for free for non-commercial use.
I’d link the PDF here but the T&Cs of the agreement I accept when I purchase the white-label 10-pack is that I don’t offer it on a public facing website. So, go get your own FREE copy.