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September 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

Getting Started with WordPress…

Wish you had a website or blog but don’t want or can’t afford to pay for it? Come learn how to setup and configure your free blog or website on WordPress.com.

Tonight a complete website from beginning to end will be created right before your eyes. All of the essentials will be covered including:

  • Creating a WordPress.com account;
  • Creating a WordPress blog;
  • Creating a WordPress website;
  • Learning how to change the look of your site;
  • Learning the difference between pages and posts;
  • Adding content including text, photos and even a photo gallery;
  • Creating an About Us page;
  • Creating Contact Us web form;
  • How to safely allow visitors to leave comment without getting unwanted spam;
  • Learning the secret listing your site in the Google search engine.

Everyone is welcome however this evening will be of particular interest to those wanting to get started with a personal blog, or create a website for a club, activity team or special event (wedding, birthday, memorial, graduation, etc.) or other special interest group. The information will also be of interest to those who want to learn how to manage a self-hosted WordPress.org site as many of the topics discussed will be similar. Don’t know what the difference is between a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org type of site? Come find out. If you can use MS Word, you can do this too!

Can you believe we are going to cover all this in just one hour? Sounds like a lot but maybe it’s not actually as complicated as you think. Be ready to take lots of notes as this will be a live session!

Presented by: Michael Milette.  Micheal is a full-stack web developer and the founder of TNG Consulting Inc., an Ottawa firm committed to providing sustainable business solutions. Michael has been using his cross-functional expertise to build websites for almost 20 years including WordPress since 2009. He received awards for being helpful from the open source community in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and an awarded for Quality of Work by the Government of Canada. When not glued to a computer, Michael also enjoys volunteering, career coaching, learning and teaching. You can reach him at www.tngconsulting.ca or on Twitter at @MichaelMilette.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

 

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:10 – Ask the Experts:  Got a WordPress question? We’d be happy to share our experience and (hopefully) help answer your questions. Beginner and more advanced questions are welcome.  You’ll find more people with an interest in WordPress at our meetups than most places in the Ottawa / Gatineau region.

7:30 – Wrap-up

August 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

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Plugins and You: Finding that perfect plugin

Finding the right plugins, and navigating through the large library can be hard. Come and hear about some personal tips and tricks I’ve found to make the selection easier. I’ll recommend some plugins based on what you need – and discuss the advantages of a paid plugin rather than just free.

Presented by Miriam Goldman.  Miriam wears many hats: she is either a freelance WordPress developer, a karate sensei, or a competitive latin ballroom dancer – it depends on the day.

She self-taught herself HTML in the land of Geocities in the late 1990s, and likes to believe that her career path was started back in the mid 1980s, playing computer games on a Commodore 64, sitting on her father’s lap.

Miriam loves to share her passion for all things WordPress. You can connect with her at her website, or via Twitter at @mirigoldman.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

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 $150-450/year)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:30 – Wrap-up

May 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

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Backups, Backups, Backups

Did you know that it is often recommended that you have at least 3 separate backups of your website?

Could you recover your WordPress website if it was lost due to a hardware failure, hacked, or corrupted during an update or plugin install? Loosing your website is not fun, make sure you have it backed up!

This presentation will look at some of the many options and plugins for backing up your WordPress site including backing up to Amazon and Google Drive

Presented by Rick Radko of R-Cubed Design Forge.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

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 $150-450/year)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:30 – Wrap-up

April 2017 Special Meetup

Guest Speaker Meetup – Christina Varro

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This talk focuses on tales of trial, error, and misadventure in WordPress security. I will share tips, tricks, successes, and failures in keeping my client websites secure over the years, as a non-developer. I will cover a few useful plugins and services, as well as monthly maintenance strategy for keeping WordPress sites secure.

Presented by: Christina Varro, who owns and operates a creative design and commercial photography studio called Varro Creative based in Calgary. She has over 15 years of experience in graphic and web design, and has primarily focused on WordPress based projects for her web clients for the past 6 years. She has spoken at several WordCamp’s, and is excited to collaborate and share knowledge with others in the WordPress community.

Meeting Details:

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $8 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 $150-450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Q&A Lets talk WordPress

8:30 – Wrap-up

April 2017 WordPress Meet-Up

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Start a Community with BuddyPress

WordPress is a great platform where you can quickly and cheaply create a web presence, but do you want more engagement? Do you want to take your web presence to the next step a build an online community? If this is where your web presence is going, then BuddyPress is the right plugin for you!

BuddyPress is fun and flexible software for online communities, teams and groups. BuddyPress helps you build any type of community website using WordPress with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging and more.

You will hear an introduction to the BuddyPress plugin in this meetup, and examples of successful BuddyPress communities will be shared. The meetup also includes a demo of BuddyPress where you will see …

How to install BuddyPress, How to configure BuddyPress, and The BuddyPress User Experience

Presented by David Mackey, who is a Digital Marketing Consultant based in Kanata. He has 25+ years of experience building and supporting multi-tiered server applications and telecommunication systems. His recent programming and consulting experience includes six years of working with WordPress. David dreams about reshaping the shopping experience with WordPress at https://modshopr.com. David is excited to share what he has learned about BuddyPress Plugin, and how you can use it to transform your WordPress website into a thriving online community.

Meeting Details:

This months meeting is at Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St. We have the room called “The Abbey”.

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 $150-450/year)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:30 – Wrap-up