April 2014 WP Ann Arbor Meetup

Topic WordPress Theme Customization Best Practices

So you’ve installed that shiny new WordPress theme and are ready to go. But wait…it doesn’t look exactly the way you want it to. Now what?

In this session Kyle Maurer will walk you through practical, real-life examples of the how, what, where and why when it comes to customizing our WordPress theme.

Kyle will be covering issues such as:

  • Child themes
  • Theme options
  • Using plugins to customize the theme
  • Creating plugins to customize the theme
  • Tips and tricks

Come prepared to learn and feel free to bring examples of theme customizations you want to make on your site for discussion and demonstration.

Talk Level: Intermediate

Speaker: Kyle Maurer

Kyle Maurer is the co-founder and lead developer for Real Big Marketing which is a Jackson, Michigan based, full service marketing firm. Kyle has been developing WordPress websites full time since 2011. Kyle also co-organize the Jackson WP Meetup. Kyle has a passion for working with WordPress, helping others with their online challenges, attending meetups and WordCamps and developing new WordPress plugins.


Group Facts

  • Female to Male ratio is about 50/50
  • Attendance ranges from 10 – 30 people, depending on the topic.
  • Wifi is available
  • Bottled Water is available

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location

116 E. Washington St., Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI (Please note: The meetup location is above “Arbor Brewing Company” just look for the “Ingenex” door.)  Our doors will be open from 5:45 pm.

Date/Time

April 30, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Parking

The 4TH & Washington parking structure opposite ”Arbor Brewing Company”. Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

March 2014 WP Ann Arbor Meetup

TopicBuilding WPAnnArbor.com

For our March meetup, we’re going to build and launch our new domain, “WPAnnArbor.com”.

This live demo will include:

  • Pointing the DNS to the hosting server
  • Installing WordPress and configuring the database
  • Configuring  WordPress and activating the Twenty Thirteen theme
  • Creating a child theme
  • Securing WordPress
  • Creating a Custom “Meetup” Post Type
  • Installing/configuring Gravity Forms, Backup Buddy, Jetpack, & Akismet
  • Migrating pages/posts content
  • Plus a whole bunch of other stuff

Speakers: Ross Johnson & Declan O’Neill


Group Facts

  • Female to Male ratio is about 50/50
  • Attendance ranges from 10 – 30 people, depending on the topic.
  • Wifi is available
  • Bottled Water is available

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location

116 E. Washington St., Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI (Please note: The meetup location is above “Arbor Brewing Company” just look for the “Ingenex” door.)  Our doors will be open from 5:45 pm.

Date/Time

March 26, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Parking

The 4TH & Washington parking structure opposite ”Arbor Brewing Company”. Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

February 2014 WordPressA2 Meetup

TopicDesign 101 – Identifying Great WordPress Themes

Speaker: Ross Johnson

Meetup Expectations: Helping Us, Help You!

  • We’ll have WordPress Experts and Advanced users available to answer questions and help you solve problems.
  • Attendees must have a hosted or self hosted WordPress website already setup and have a good understanding of how to add/edit a blog post or page or install your on plugins. You can view some video tutorials on WP LifeGuard.
  • If you have never used WordPress before, this is probably not the right meetup for you. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to conversations, we can help point you in the right direction – we only have 2 hrs and lots of people to help :(
  • We’ll try organize a beginner session in 2014.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location

116 E. Washington St., Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI (Please note: The meetup location is above “Arbor Brewing Company” just look for the “Ingenex” door.)

Date/Time

February 26, 2014, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Parking

There is a parking structure opposite ”Arbor Brewing Company”. Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

January 2014 WordPressA2 Meetup

TopicWordPress, Bad Guys, and You

WordPress sites are popular targets for computer criminals. Find out why someone might want to break into your WordPress site, how they go about doing it, and what they do after succeeding. By gaining an understanding the criminals’ motivations and methods, you’ll be better able to keep your WordPress site safe. The talk will include a live demonstration of how to break in to a not-up-to-date / poorly configured WordPress site.

Note: Beginners are welcome, but this will be a very advanced discussion.

Speaker: Mark Montague

Mark Montague is a computer engineer at the University of Michigan who helps researchers use the University’s supercomputers to expand the frontiers of human knowledge. From 2006 through 2010, Mark was the manager of the University’s central web infrastructure team, which included shared web hosting that some departments used to run WordPress.

Meetup Expectations: Helping Us, Help You!

  • We’ll have WordPress Experts and Advanced users available to answer questions and help you solve problems.
  • Attendees must have a hosted or self hosted WordPress website already setup and have a good understanding of how to add/edit a blog post or page or install your on plugins. You can view some video tutorials on WP LifeGuard.
  • If you have never used WordPress before, this is probably not the right meetup for you. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to conversations, we can help point you in the right direction – we only have 2 hrs and lots of people to help :(
  • We’ll try organize a beginner session in 2014.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Location

116 E. Washington St., Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI (Please note: The meetup location is above “Arbor Brewing Company” just look for the “Ingenex” door.)

Date/Time

January 29, 2014, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Parking

There is a parking structure opposite “Arbor Brewing Company”. Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

October 2013 WordPressA2 Meetup

Topic:

How to create Custom Post Types in WordPress and display your content.

Note: Beginners are welcome, but this will be an advanced discussion.

Speaker: Ross Johnson

Ross Johnson has been designing websites professionally for over fifteen years. He brings a unique and comprehensive view to design, shaped by a lifelong love for fine arts and his education in technology, business and social science. This diverse background brings insight to all aspects of design including practicality, business implications and psychology of how people interact with computers.

For the past seven years Johnson has run a global design firm called 3.7 DESIGNS. The firm has serviced companies across the globe including General Motors, Sandals, Brine, and The Detroit Zoo. He currently teaches at Michigan State University and Washtenaw Community College. Johnson’s expertise extends into the WordPress arena having picked up the platform in 2006. Johnson is a co-organizer of WordPress Ann Arbor, WordCamp Detroit and has authored several WordPress plugins and countless themes.

Workshop Expectations: Helping Us, Help You!

  • We’ll have WordPress Experts and Advanced users available to answer questions and help you solve problems.
  • Attendees must have a hosted or self hosted WordPress website already setup and have a good understanding of how to add/edit a blog post or page or install your on plugins. You can view some video tutorials on WP LifeGuard.
  • If you have never used WordPress before, this is probably not the right workshop for you. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to conversations, we can help point you in the right direction – we only have 2 hrs and lots of people to help :(
  • We’ll try organize a beginner session in 2014.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

Date/Time

October 30, 2013, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location

116 E. Washington St., Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI (Please note: The meetup location is above “Arbor Brewing Company” just look for the “Ingenex” door.)

Parking

There is a parking structure opposite “Arbor Brewing Company”. Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

September 2013 WordPressA2 Meetup

Topic:

Come help us celebrate our 3rd Birthday. We’ll be providing Beers, Cake, and with some luck, balloon animals. There will be no presentation, just general WordPress discussion, and of course, networking.

Time, Date, Location:

  • Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • Location: 116 E. Washington St. Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

August 2013 WordPressA2 Meetup

Being David in a World of Goliaths: Compete & Thrive as a WordPress Startup

Come and discover the simple strategies for competing (and winning!) in any WordPress based business. Justin Ferriman, co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, discusses two of the techniques he uses to snap-up market share from one of WordPress’s most successful development firms.

Justin is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, a WordPress-based learning management system and strategy provider. LearnDash has been adopted as the primary learning system by departments of major universities, medical professionals, training organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Prior to LearnDash, Justin worked as a learning and collaboration consultant at Accenture, where he implemented international e-learning programs for organizations such as 3M, Dow Chemical, Harman/Kardon, Timken, and the U.S. federal government.

Time, Date, Location

  • Date: Wednesday August 28, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • Location: 116 E. Washington St. Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

WordPress A2 Meetup: July 31, 2013

For our July meetup, we will have another website workshop, where you can work on your website and get professional help for free! We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable device. Networking will also occur during the workshop.

Workshop Expectations: Helping Us, Help You!

  • We’ll have WordPress Experts and Advanced users available to answer questions and help you solve problems.
  • Attendees must have a hosted or self hosted WordPress website already setup and have a good understanding of how to add/edit a blog post or page or install your on plugins. You can view some video tutorials on WP LifeGuard.
  • If you have never used WordPress before, this is probably not the right workshop for you. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to conversations, we can help point you in the right direction – we only have 2 hrs and lots of people to help :(
  • We’ll try organize a beginner session later in the year.

Our Next Meetup:

Date: Wednesday July 31, 2013

Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Location: 116 E. Washington St. Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

WordPress A2 Meetup: June 26, 2013

For our June meetup, we will have another website workshop, where you can work on your website and get professional help for free! We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable device. Networking will also occur during the workshop.

Our Next Meetup:

Date: June 26, 2013

Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Amer’s Deli, 312 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Google Map)

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.

WordPress A2 Meetup: May 29, 2013

For our May meetup, we will have a website workshop, where you can work on your website and get professional help for free! We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable device. Networking will also occur during the workshop.

Our Next Meetup:

Date: May 29, 2013

Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Amer’s Deli, 312 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Google Map)

Call for Topics & Speakers:

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.