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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!

Backups can also be used to migrate your site to a local site to do testing or site redesigns. (Local sites are covered in our May 13th meetup)

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

***** POSTPONED *****

Due to the recent cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa we are postponing this months meetup. We will be evaluating the situation month by month for the remaining meetups until such time as we can return to holding regular meetups. We hope that we will be able to see you back at regular meetups soon.

We will be rescheduling Joel’s talk as soon as possible once we return to regular meetups.

***** POSTPONED *****
 

Containerization (Docker) for Software Developers

The end is nigh. Your application is almost ready, and you will need to deploy it. And with the deployment, the endless tweaking to get everything running in a production environment. If only there were a way to test everything in that environment first. This is where containers will come in to save the day. With a container, you not only run your code in an environment similar to the production server, but it is also the production environment. In this talk, the attendees will learn about how to create container friendly applications, how to use containers to share their code with their team, and finally, how to use those same containers to deploy to a production server with minimal effort.

Presented by: Joel Lord. Joel is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things, but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling to various conferences all around the globe.

He graduated with a college degree in computer programming back in the last millennium. Apart from a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he has always been in the industry. As a developer advocate with Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them make the web a better place.

During his free time, he is usually found stargazing in a campsite somewhere or brewing a fresh batch of beer in his garage.

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series is all the talks that cover anything that is “not beginner”. Talks in this series will range from not very advanced at all – just barely above beginner – to deep dive dev talks.

Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but for “not beginner” talks there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress, and/or the presented topic.

Location Details:

This meeting is at Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch, in room B125.

If you want to connect to WiFi, you will need your library card. (unless indicated otherwise above, laptops and connection to the internet are not required during the presentation)

Free parking is available on the neighbouring streets after 5:30pm. Check the signs, a couple of the closest streets are limited to 1hr before 7pm.

The room is in the basement (B125). Enter the main doors, head left, and down the stairs. (Do not enter into the actual library) Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and follow the halls to the room. The entrance is the second door to the room. (the first door is always locked)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:25 – Wrap-up

 
***** POSTPONED *****

Due to the recent cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa we are postponing this months meetup. We will be evaluating the situation month by month for the remaining meetups until such time as we can return to holding regular meetups. We hope that we will be able to see you back at regular meetups soon.

We will be rescheduling Meagan’s talk as soon as possible once we return to regular meetups.

***** POSTPONED *****

 
Responsive First: Why Designing for Small Screens Makes Big Sense – Presented by Meagan Hanes

It’s 2020 and people still design websites for laptops first – websites are generally built on a computer, after all. However, this does a disservice to actual internet users who access your site on a variety of devices, sizes and capabilities. A key principle of design is: less is more. Designing your website using a phone-first approach ensures a strong alignment to data hierarchy, information conveyance, and high performance – while ignoring common modern theme pitfalls such as over-inflated images and needless accessibility-failing animations. In this talk I’ll show key differences in my responsive-first design approach, with attention paid in particular to the new Block Editor in WordPress.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE!

Location Details:

This months meeting is at Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch, in room B125.

If you want to connect to WiFi, you will need your library card. (unless indicated otherwise above, laptops and connection to the internet are not required during the presentation)

Free parking is available on the neighbouring streets after 5:30pm. Check the signs, a couple of the closest streets are limited to 1hr before 7pm.

The room is in the basement (B125). Enter the main doors, head left, and down the stairs. (Do not enter into the actual library) Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and follow the halls to the room. The entrance is the second door to the room. (the first door is always locked)

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:25 – Wrap-up

 

Don’t get left behind: Keeping your site up-to-date

In my years of developing and managing WordPress sites I’ve discovered that many end users don’t keep their sites as updated as they should. This usually stems from not being sure how things work and/or the fear of breaking things. My talk will focus on the real-world management task of plugin and WP core updates: what WP does automatically and what you have to do yourself; how the update system notifies you; deciphering update version numbers and descriptions; how to do the actual updates for plugins, theme and WordPress itself.

Presented by: Mike Dickson

 

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE!

Location Details:

This months meeting is at Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch, in room B125.

If you want to connect to WiFi, you will need your library card. (unless indicated otherwise above, laptops and connection to the internet are not required during the presentation)

Free parking is available on the neighbouring streets after 5:30pm. Check the signs, a couple of the closest streets are limited to 1hr before 7pm.

The room is in the basement (B125). Enter the main doors, head left, and down the stairs. (Do not enter into the actual library) Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and follow the halls to the room. The entrance is the second door to the room. (the first door is always locked)

 

Agenda

6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:25 – Wrap-up

 

Back to Basics: WordPress 101

Are you brand new to WordPress? Have no clue what the posts and pages are, and everything else in between? We will give you a quick introduction to all things WordPress, so you can get started using it ASAP.

 

Location Details:

This months meeting is at Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch, in room B125.

If you want to connect to WiFi, you will need your library card. (unless indicated otherwise above, laptops and connection to the internet are not required during the presentation)

Free parking is available on the neighbouring streets after 5:30pm. Check the signs, a couple of the closest streets are limited to 1hr before 7pm.

The room is in the basement (B125). Enter the main doors, head left, and down the stairs. (Do not enter into the actual library) Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and follow the halls to the room.

Presented by: Miriam Goldman

 

Agenda
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6:00 – General announcements

6:10 – Presentation

7:00 – Q&A

7:30 – Wrap-up