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November 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

Beginner’s Introduction to SEO with Yoast Plugin

WordPress makes it easy for beginners to get a website up and running on the web, but what happens next? What can you do to attract traffic to your website? You may have heard about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but what does it mean? How can you quickly take advantage of it with your new website?

This session gives a brief introduction to SEO, but will mostly focus on the practical steps needed to implement SEO using the Yoast SEO plugin. The Yoast SEO plugin has more than one million active installs making it one of the most popular WordPress plugins.

Join us at the next meet up to see how to install the Yoast SEO plugin, and use it to for your traffic generation needs.

Presented by David Mackey, who is a Digital Marketing Consultant based in Kanata. He has years of experience building and supporting multi-tiered server applications and telecommunication systems. His recent programming and consulting experience includes five years of working with WordPress. He is excited to share what he has learned about Yoast SEO Plugin, and how you can use it to transform your vanilla WordPress website into a persuasion platform.


 

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.

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 $150-450/year)

 

October 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

All about images

• intro to the media library

• what formats are supported

• where images are stored / why you should sort by date

• what WP does with images uploaded/derived intermediate sizes

• inserting images individually

• inserting as a gallery

• adaptive images in WordPress 4.5+

• what “regenerating thumbnails” does

Presented by Mike Dickson.  Mike has been programming for 17 years, and by far his favourite is websites. He loves everything about them, from the “boring” planning stages and framework design to the finessing of the layout to get it just right. He’s an entrepreneur at heart, running three businesses from home in Ottawa.

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.

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 $150-450/year)

 

September 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

A WordPress Sampler (3-4 quick talks to wet your taste for WordPress) – more to come as talks are confirmed

A Battle of Two Plugins: qTranslate X vs. Polylang
A case study of the pros and cons of two popular multi-language plugins.  Presented by Miriam Goldman

WordPress Improv
Request a topic, vote on it, and Meagan will present it. Presented by Meagan Hanes

 

 

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.

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 $150-450/year)

 

May 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

WordPress website backups

Could you recover your WordPress website if it was lost due to a hardware failure, hacked, or corrupted during an update or plugin install? Having reliable automated backups can make the difference between taking 10 minutes to restore your site, and needing to do a complete site rebuild that may take a week or more. This presentation will look at the many options and plugins for backing up your WordPress site including backing up to Amazon S3.

Presented by Rick Radko of R-Cubed Design Forge.

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.

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 $150-450/year)

 

April 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

Creating a WordPress Child Theme

Child themes are the safest way to customize and tweak your WordPress theme while still allowing you to apply updates to your site. At this meetup, we’ll discuss what a child theme is and the benefits of using one. We’ll also go through the process of creating and activating a child theme, as well as how to make modifications to your WordPress site using a child theme.

Presented by: Liz MacDonell.  Liz is a web developer and digital product manager. Liz started working with and falling in love with WordPress 3 years ago.

NOTE: Child themes, while not a basic topic, are an extremely important topic, and everyone who manages a WordPress site should know how to create a child theme.  Liz is targeting this talk to be at a beginner level so that users of all levels can learn how to use child themes on their sites.

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.

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 $150-450/year)