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 advanced track, meeting on the third Wednesday of select months, will cover things in more depth, and some knowledge of WordPress will be expected.

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, April 2, 2014

WordPress as a Tool, SEO as a Strategy

Are you looking to drive more traffic to your WordPress blog? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one avenue that you absolutely need to include in your online strategy. This session will walk through what an SEO Strategy is and how you can leverage a vehicle like WordPress to attract new eyeballs on your content.

Presented by Jackson Lo. Jackson is the founder of SteerUp Marketing, an Inbound Marketing company located in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. He regularly consults with his clients on how to effectively leverage inbound marketing to drive more leads to their business. He’s a speaker and also an instructor for his Search Engine Optimiztaion (SEO) Workshops.

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.

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

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Presentation

7:15 – Q&A, Mingle and Network

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, March 5, 2014

A Journey in Marketing

A Journey in Marketing will be about how Ryan discovered a problem, found a solution to his problem, and marketed the solution. More specifically, he will talk about how he market’s his WordPress plugin. He’ll talk about how to target people with a specific need or problem through various online networks such as Google search, Adwords, YouTube and Twitter. He’ll share strategies, tips and techniques he used to bring awareness to his WordPress plugin. While Ryan is going to talk about marketing his WordPress plugin, his approaches and tactics can also be applied to most other products.

Presented by Ryan Parent of Vidrack. After taking economics at Carleton University Ryan realized that he wanted to start his own business. He had an interest in photography and decided to start a wedding photography company here in Ottawa. Soon after he discovered that he enjoyed marketing his photography just as much as actually being a photographer. Over the next few years Ryan learned all kinds of ways to market online and after speaking at a marketing meet up he was offered contract work with Marketing What’s New a local marketing agency. After discovering a problem gathering user generated videos he decided to create a WordPress plugin that could help him easily gather user generated videos. He is now working on his first tech startup, vidrack, completely built on WordPress.

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.

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

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Presentation

7:15 – Network

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Advanced WordPress Meetup, February 19, 2014

A Peek into the World of WordPress Plugin Development

The ability to create a simple plugin shell, which can be used as a site plugin, is a valuable skill to obtain if you need to maintain or create WordPress websites. This session will give you a quick introduction to the construction of WordPress plugins. As we build a simple plugin to add a widget to your sidebars, I’ll summarize the resources needed to help you create your own plugins.

While you will definitely will need to learn PHP, HTML and CSS to create plugins on your own, no coding ability is required for this session. You will be able to create your first plugin by pasting the example code into files on your web site.

Presented by Rick Radko.  Rick is the founder of R-Cubed Design Forge, where he develops and designs web sites and applications using open source software. Rick specializes in custom development and multilingual websites.

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “advanced” series. Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an expectation in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some prior knowledge of, and working experience with 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

8:15 – Wrap-up

 

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, February 5, 2014

Google Analytics
Learn how to install Google Analytics on your WordPress site and gain valuable insight into where your visitors are coming from.  Learn where your visitors are getting stuck on your website as well as if you should prioritize Facebook, Twitter, Email or other Social networks by seeing where you get the most visitors and the most clients.

Stéphane Boisvert has been working with PHP and MySQL for over 10 years, he’s been using WordPress for 4 years and currently works for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com as a VIP Wrangler.

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.

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

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Presentation

7:30 – Network

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Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, December 4, 2013

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Date
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:00 PM
Venue
James Street Pub

“Ask the Expert & 500 Member Celebration

We’re repeating last years successful December meeting, except this year we’ll have 300 more members, for a total of 500!  Help us break 500, tell all your WordPress friends about the group.

Chat with topic experts on WordPress and related topics.  It’s your chance to direct the discussion to what ever YOU want to learn about WordPress.  Bring all your questions, beginner to expert.  There will be 5 to 10 identified “Topic Experts” on hand to answer your questions one on one or in small groups. Of course you can discuss your questions, or WordPress or just shoot the breeze with anyone else there too!

 

Topic Experts:

Stéphane Boisvert was the Lead developer for the Federal Liberal Party of Canada.  He has been working with WordPress since 2009 and with PHP and MySQL since 2002. He is currently a freelancer based in Ottawa. Talk to Stéphane about: WordPress, multi-site, BuddyPress, scaleability and conversion optimization.

Meagan Hanes is a lifelong digital designer who uses WordPress to empower small business owners, artisans, and all other creatives to achieve their digital dreams. With over 15 years of design experience across all aspects of digital project management, her company Love Digimedia provide a range of online solutions, with a focus on self-empowerment through education and coaching. Talk to Meagan about: Blogging, Social Media Engagement, Extending WordPress, Digital Coaching

James Maduk has been online since 1995 and started Blogging in 2001 – yes the post is still there! A WordPress Expert, Speaker, trainer and Serial Entrepreneur – he’s got the answer to your WordPress questions.  James’ Managed WordPress Hosting Company www.FullContactSites.com makes Blogging with WordPress Hassle Free!  Talk to James about: WordPress membership sites, domain names, shared hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting for your Blog. 

Richard Martin is an online entrepreneur. He created and manages a site that provides health services to clients and continuing education training for health professionals. Before going online he did product marketing in Silicon Valley with several companies including Apple, Cisco and Broadcom. Richard now lives in Ottawa. Talk to Richard about: WordPress + how an effective blogging and video strategy can drive clients to your WordPress site.

Jamie Oastler is a jack of all WordPress trades that is content to be master of none because he knows the WP code base and ecosystem is constantly changing – he never stops learning and neither should you. He has been taking WordPress beyond its’ blogging roots for many years and is looking forward to helping you do the same. He also enjoys discussing the philosophy and impacts of open source. If you have questions or ideas about creating: custom post types, robust uses of Gravity Forms, developing plugins or WordPress-as-a-platform, get yourself a pint and introduce yourself to Jamie.

Rick Radko of R-Cubed Design Forge, is a designer and developer specializing in custom web applications and multilingual WordPress sites. He has published WordPress plugins, is a WordCamp Ottawa Co-organizer and a frequent WordCamp speaker. Talk to Rick about: WordPress, multilingual sites, multi-site, plugins, backups and site migration.

Jasmine Vesque is a natural-born communicator who enjoys helping people share their most important stories and ideas. She currently works as the Communications Marketing Manager for a group of five companies. She maintains their online presence through web design, development, and maintenance, and content marketing. The only thing she loves more than building websites with WordPress, is sharing her knowledge with others. Jasmine is a WordCamp Ottawa Co-organizer and speaker, as well as a regular Ottawa WordPress Group presenter and Ladies Learning Code mentor. Talk to Jasmine about: WordPress, Web Design, and Digital Communications.

 

Meeting Details:

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

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

6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Ask the expert and network!

8:00 – End

 

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