The Ottawa WordPress Group

Do you want to learn about WordPress?  Do you have a WordPress blog or site, or use WordPress at work? Would you like to talk to others about WordPress?  Do you need to know more about how to run your site?

Attend our next meeting, and meet other WordPress users, learn more about WordPress, learn best practices, share ideas, projects and other information.

We have 2 meeting streams.  The main stream, meeting the first Wednesday of most months, includes beginner WordPress topics and general topics like SEO.  The “Not Beginner” track, on the third Wednesday of select months, is comprised of talks that don’t fit in the main stream.  This track will cover things in more depth, and some knowledge of WordPress will be expected.

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November 2014 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

Make your stylesheets sassy: Getting started with Sass

Sass is a CSS preprocessor that you can use to make your stylesheets faster, more succinct and actually enjoyable to write.  Sass stands for “Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets” (no joke) and this presentation is for developers who are new to Sass and looking to get started with their first .scss files (the ‘S’ stands for “sassy”).

Nathan will be covering how you can get your workflow ready for Sass, using the Scss syntax, and his recommended structure for your .scss files.  Additionally, Nathan will discuss how you can implement popular frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation using Sass while avoiding the bloat of hundreds of lines of styles you have no intention of using.  Finally, Nathan will show developers how to integrate their stylesheets into their project using WordPress’ recommended way via the functions.php file.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with them. You will benefit from installing a prepossessing application before-hand such as Prepos (Windows and Mac), Cactus (Mac), or CodeKit (Mac) all of which have free trial versions.  Using these applications  will get you up and running with Sass instantly along with other benefits which will be discussed during the talk.

Presented by Nathan Ferguson.  Nathan is an Ottawa web developer who builds client sites predominantly with the WordPress platform.  Nathan’s focus is on front-end development and is eager to share what he’s learned with the WordPress community.

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.  Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.  Robertson Hall marked on Google: http://goo.gl/maps/1UkxO

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $7 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Presentation

8:00 – Q&A

8:30 – Wrap-up

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WordCamp Toronto 2014

WordCamp Toronto is an annual, volunteer-run conference that’s all about WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system (CMS).

WordCamp Toronto is for anyone interested in WordPress.

Our goal at WordCamp Toronto is to showcase, connect, and inspire all WordPress users from around Toronto (and beyond), regardless of experience or skill level.

We’re still in the early planning stages, but you can expect a mix of:

  • Educational presentations & project showcases.
  • Insightful panel discussions on a variety of topics.
  • Hands-on workshops that dive into using WordPress.
  • Plenty of opportunities to meet new people and chat about WordPress.

Full details at: http://2014.toronto.wordcamp.org/welcome/

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, Nov 5, 2014

Building on the basics, an introduction to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

A lighthearted look at the basics of HMTL, CSS, and WordPress theme structure. An ideal starting point for anybody just starting out, seasoned developers hoping to heckle, and people who need a little more style in their tags. Be prepared to ask questions!

Presented by Christopher Ross.  Christopher is a Canadian WordPress designer, developer, speaker, teacher, and consultant who enjoys long walks with shortcodes, functional arguments, and playing with other people’s APIs.

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Presentation(s)

7 ish – Questions

7:30 – Open help session “Happiness Bar” – get answers to your WordPress questions.

8:00 – Adjourn

Meeting Details:

LOCATION NOTE:

We have a private space reserved downstairs. Enter the main doors, turn left, and down the stairs.

No donations for this meeting!  If attendees buy enough food etc. from the pub it covers our tab.  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $450/year)

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October 2014 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

Getting started with WordPress development

Ready to start customizing WordPress but aren’t quite sure where to start? This presentation will help get you going in the right direction by showing you some tools, talking about some Gotcha’s and providing an introduction to some code.

Presented by: Ryan Welcher, a web developer with over 10 years experience working for Mediaplus Advertising here in Ottawa.

This is and introductory level talk for anyone who is interested in learning how to begin customizing WordPress. 

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.  Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.  Robertson Hall marked on Google: http://goo.gl/maps/1UkxO

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $7 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Presentation

8:00 – Q&A

8:30 – Wrap-up

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, Oct 1, 2014

Google Analytics and WordPress for Beginners

Google Analytics produces thousands of different numbers, metrics and statistics. There’s so many numbers it can be more confusing than enlightening trying to figure out which ratios should be taken into account, which stats are the most important.

This session is a beginner’s guide to best practice set up of Google Analytics and navigating the user interface so you can look at your traffic more critically. We’ll also talk about how Google Analytics WordPress plugins simplify your set-up and analysis.

Presented by David Bird of Bird’s Eye Marketing. @d8vidbird

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Presentation(s)

7 ish – Questions

7:30 – Open help session “Happiness Bar” – get answers to your WordPress questions.

8:00 – Adjourn

Meeting Details:

LOCATION NOTE:

We have a private space downstairs. Enter the main doors, turn left, and down the stairs.

We’re working on a new downtown location for the regular monthly meetings of the meetup since we’ve outgrown the libraries.  As we have not settled on a new location yet, this meeting will at the James Street Pub.  We have a private space in the basement to keep the meeting separate from the regular bar patrons. (This will not be our regular location.)

No donations for this meeting!  If attendees buy enough food etc. from the pub it covers our tab.  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $450/year)

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