Today the monthly WordPress Kathmandu, Nepal Meetup, for the month of July, was held at Knic Education Foundation Pvt. Ltd., Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.
Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Anything that brings together 2 or more people to share their WordPress experiences counts — there’s no minimum number of attendees or required format. These events (commonly referred to as meetups, which can be confusing since people often use the same word to describe the group itself) take many formats: presentations/lecture series, hack-a-thons, social gatherings, workshops, co-working, running a WordPress help desk, contributor sprints/drives, and others.
WordPress Kathmandu, Nepal July 2016 Meetup was attended by about 20 WordPress designers, developers and enthusiasts. As usual, there were WordPress talks and discussions along with updates on all that is happening in the Nepali WordPress community.
The meetup began right at 11 am with presentation by Saurab Adhikari, Plugin Developer and Code Reviewer from WEN Solutions, on “Plugin Development Strategies and Maintenance”. He gave his insights on how to develop plugins. He highlighted that forming strategies for development of plugins will only work to your advantage as a plugin developer. And also he added that developers must always have pathways for maintenance of their plugin releases so as to keep up with the ever-changing WordPress ways.
After Saurab’s talk and a little Q&A, Amrit Banjara, WordPress Developer from Mero Box Technologies, started his presentation on Child Theme. Titled “How to Create WordPress Child Theme?”, his presentation covered the basic nitty-gritty of Child Theme like what a Child Theme is, why to create one and how to makes changes. It was very well-informed.
Nilambar Sharma, WordPress Developer at Web Experts Nepal, also gave a surprise presentation on “WordPress in Nepali.. Returns”. The main aim of his presentation was to motivate the attendees to contribute to translating WordPress. He noted that one point some time ago WordPress had been translated 100% in Nepali. But as new version releases of WordPress came out, the numbers of contributors to translation also saw gradual decrease. At the moment, out of hundreds of WordPressers only 71 contribute to translation. He emphasized that translating WordPress in Nepal will generate a feeling of “ours” and will extend the reach of WordPress to more Nepali markets and users, opening many doors of opportunities.
Before the conclusion of the meetup, Sakin Shrestha, the lead organizer for this year’s WordPress Kathmandu, Nepal gave a brief introduction to this upcoming event as to why it split from the long-running WordCamp Nepal. He stated that WordCamp Kathmandu was initiated so as to give opportunity for other small-but-thriving WordPress communities in different parts of the country. He believes organizing WordCamps and WordPress Meetups in other major cities of Nepal like Pokhara, Chitwan and Nepalgunj will motivate WordPressers there to come forward and showcase their skills. And previously, even though WordCamp Nepal has been an event with continued success, it was always held in Kathmandu. So, decentralization was also another motive for WordCamp.
The event was concluded on a high note after a short refreshment and networking session. All in all, WordPress Kathmandu, Nepal July 2016 Meetup was a very informative session.
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