General

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)

 

March 2016 WordPress Meet-Up

The low down on free SSL certificates

UPDATE Feb 25th: Our Demo for this Meetup will now showcase the Let’s Encrypt Free SSL Product instead of the Amazon AWS offering. Let’s Encrypt is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of the Free SSL Community, and knowing the basics of Let’s Encrypt will serve us all that much better.

UPDATE: Due to Rick helpfully pointing out that the Amazon AWS SSL Certificate is only for sites hosted on EC2 AWS instances, we’re going to scale back a touch on the AWS portion of the talk, and replace with some discussion on the Free SSL Certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt. We’ll also briefly discuss the Free SSL provided by Shopify even though this isn’t WordPress related.

Very recently, Google has announced that all websites not running on HTTPS will actually be receiving an SEO penalty, a change in their Algorithm that will be implemented sometime in 2016. Combined with the fact that a majority of E-Commerce Payment Gateways already insist on sites using HTTPS as a condition of usage (ie Stripe), plus Facebook insisting on HTTPS for most higher-level FB Applications, it is abundantly clear that anyone with a website needs to make HTTPS part of their routine…which means you NEED to know about SSL Certificates.

SSL Certificates are not new of course, they’ve been around for years…and unfortunately cost money. However, another recent announcement from Amazon AWS has informed the world that they offer SSL Certificates for FREE. When compared to the state of the SSL industry in the past, this Free SSL product from Amazon AWS is a real game-changer.

At this Meetup, we’re going to go through the ins-and-outs of an Amazon SSL Certificate, and set one up LIVE on a website right at the Meetup. This is one talk you do NOT want to miss, especially if your work is in the E-Commerce field. Our speaker, Jordan St Jacques, will be doing all the research ahead of time, and deciphering it in easy-to-follow steps. After this talk, you’ll feel more confident in dealing with the AWS SSL product, and be able to save yourself a pile of cash!

Jordan St Jacques is an Ottawa and Boston-based best-in-class Digital Marketer and intermediate (still growing!) coder. Formerly from the Concert Industry, Jordan worked independently and also for LiveNation and Viacom during a 20 year run that ended in 2013. His entry into the digital world started in 2004, when he became one of the first people in the world to take a MySpace profile over 1,000,000 Friends, and he’s been delivering similar digital results ever since.

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)