Ottawa WordPress Meet-up, Dec 3, 2014

“Ask the Expert & 750 Member Celebration”

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:

Meagan Hanes is an interactive multimedia designer and developer who specializes in using WordPress to create fantastic, effective, maintainable and secure websites for clients of all kinds.  Talk to Meagan about:, WordPress Troubleshooting, Plugins and Themes.

Shawn Hooper has been developing web applications since the late 90’s, and has been actively working with WordPress for the past few years. This year he started speaking at community events, presenting at both WordCamp Ottawa and Toronto. His interests are in making the web DO cool things. As WordPress grows as an application framework, it does exactly that…. cool things! Talk to Shawn about: API Integrations, Security, Managing WordPress from the Command Line, Plugins, or any other developer topics.

Jackson Lo is an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Having worked on countless projects with national brands to small businesses, Jackson brings a breathe of knowledge and experience in optimizing WordPress sites for both humans and search engines. If you feel your WordPress site is not stacking up to SEO best practices or you’re stuck, Jackson is the guy you’ll want to speak to. Jackson also runs a digital marketing agency located in Ottawa called SteerUp Marketing. He recently released a free tool called the Schema Creator Tool. Talk to Jackson about: WordPress SEO, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Local Search Marketing, Content Marketing and Google Analytics.

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, custom themes, custom plugins, multilingual sites, backups and site migration.

Christopher Ross is a website designer, developer, speaker, and consultant who enjoys long walks with shortcodes, functional arguments, and playing with other people’s APIs. Talk to Christopher about: issues with larger sites, optimization, and structure issues, as well as advanced developer topics.

Jasmine Vesque is a web evangelist who enjoys helping people share their most important stories and ideas. She is a web specialist, digital marketer, and graphic designer. Her boutique web agency, Forward Slash Media, provides a wide range of digital solutions and technology training. She loves teaching and regularly contributes as both an instructor and mentor to the Ottawa WordPress Group and Ladies Learning Code. Jasmine is also a WordCamp Ottawa organizer and regular WordCamp speaker. Talk to Jasmine about: WordPress, Web Design, Social Media, and Digital Marketing.

Ryan Welcher is a web developer with over 10 year experience who has been working with WordPress since about 2009. He believes there really isn’t much WordPress can’t do, and has been able to successful rely on it for projects ranging from large websites integrated with 3rd party software, to native mobile apps, to single page sites and browser based games.  Talk to Ryan about: plugin development, hooks, custom post types, WordPress as a data source,  and development processes.



6:00 – General announcements

6:05 – Ask the expert and network!

8:00 – End


Meeting Details:


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)