WP Ann Arbor March 2017

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The WordPress Project Discovery Phase

Speakers: 1) Ross Johnson, 2) Rami Hassan, 3) TBA

Overview: In the second of eight meetups, we will cover the WordPress website planning process, which includes project meetings, discovery documents, sitemaps, wireframes etc.

Talk Level: All

Rami’s Bio

Rami is a web designer and developer living in Toledo, Ohio. He loves logical structure and hierarchical content, and conjures easier ways to consume information. Rami’s experience in web design and development ranges from marketing websites and e-commerce to web applications. Rami also instructs front-end website development classes for Girl Develop It Toledo.
In his spare time, Rami enjoys playing video games and drawing.

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2017 Meetup overview: 

Our meetups Feb – Oct will have a theme “project lifecycle”, we’ll cover the major milestones of building a WordPress website.

We have created a speaker sign up sheet; we need 3 or more speakers for each event. See signup link for details

• Feb: Sales and Kickoff ✓

• Mar: The project discovery phase

• April: The design phase

• May: Responsive coding phase

• June: Development phase

• July: Content phase

• Aug: Testing phase

• Sept: Birthday Party

• Oct: Hosting + Security Phase

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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.

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Location: Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 1250 is on the 1st floor of the Undergraduate Science Building. The doors will remain unlocked until 7 pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Location Tip! The Undergraduate Science Building is on the corner of Washington and Palmer. From the street, take the steps up one level. At the top of the steps, you will see the door entrance. Parking is available on Palmer Drive.

Parking

Parking is available on Palmer Drive.  Also, University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6 pm on; carefully check the posted signs. A parking map is available; the Undergraduate Science Building is at M-2 on the map.

WP Ann Arbor Feb 2017

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The website sales process and project kickoff meetings

Speakers: 1) Declan O’Neill, 2) TBA, 3) TBA

Overview: In the first of eight meetups, we will cover the sales process and project kickoff meetings, including proposals, billing, contracts, onboarding, and managing client expectations.

Talk Level: All

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2017 Meetup overview: 

Our meetups Feb – Oct will have a theme “project lifecycle”, we’ll cover the major milestones of building a WordPress website.

We have created a speaker sign up sheet; we need 3 or more speakers for each event. See signup link for details

  • Feb: Sales and Kickoff
  • Mar: The planning phase
  • April: The design phase
  • May: Responsive coding phase
  • June: Development phase
  • July: Content phase
  • Aug: Testing phase
  • Sept: Birthday Party
  • Oct: Hosting + Security Phase

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Location: Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 1250 is on the 1st floor of the Undergraduate Science Building. The doors will remain unlocked until 7 pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Location Tip!
The Undergraduate Science Building is on the corner of Washington and Palmer. From the street, take the steps up one level. At the top of the steps, you will see the door entrance. Parking is available on Palmer Drive.

Parking
University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6 pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, three blocks away, for $1.20/hour, as well as in red visitor lots.

WP Ann Arbor Jan 2017

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: Work Session.

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your site, help others, or just chat with other local WordPress users. There will not be any agenda, speaker, or topic. People of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome.  Come to share what you know and learn what you don’t know.

Guidelines:

If you want to get help, please come prepared with everything other people will need to help you, including the information you need to log into your WordPress site as an administrator (site URL, username, password, SFTP information), information about your WordPress hosting provider (cPanel or other information), and so on.  Bring your own laptop, if you have one, so you won’t have to trust entering your password on someone else’s laptop.

• If multiple people are waiting to get help with their site or ask questions, we’ll switch to new people every 30 minutes.

• If you know the answer to someone else’s question, please consider helping them.

• If you or your company provide for-fee WordPress consulting or services, no sales pitches please, and no charging for any help at the meetup.  You can say that you offer consulting or services, and pass out business cards or flyers, but anything beyond that should happen at a different time and place than the meetups.

• Please be courteous, professional, and respectful of others.  Everyone is a community volunteer.

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 (Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109) 

Room 1250 is on the 1st floor of the Undergraduate Science Building. The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 3 blocks away, for $1.20/hour, as well as in red visitor lots.

WP Ann Arbor Oct 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 2001 LSA Building
500 S State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Topic: Work Session

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your site, help others, or just chat with other local WordPress users. There will not be any agenda, speaker, or topic. People of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome. Come to share what you know and learn what you don’t know.

Guidelines:

  • If you want to get help, please come prepared with everything other people will need to help you, including the information you need to log into your WordPress site as an administrator (site URL, username, password, SFTP information), information about your WordPress hosting provider (cPanel or other information), and so on. Bring your own laptop, if you have one, so you won’t have to trust entering your password on someone else’s laptop.
  • If multiple people are waiting to get help with their site or ask questions, we’ll switch to new people every 30 minutes.
  • If you know the answer to someone else’s question, please consider helping them.
  • If you or your company provide for-fee WordPress consulting or services, no sales pitches please, and no charging for any help at the meetup. You can say that you offer consulting or services, and pass out business cards or flyers, but anything beyond that should happen at a different time and place than the meetups.
  • Please be courteous, professional, and respectful of others. Everyone is a community volunteer.

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 (Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd-floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour. More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

WP Ann Arbor Sept 2016

Come help us celebrate our 7th Birthday. We’ll be providing soft drinks, cake, and Pizza. There will be no presentation, just general WordPress discussion, and of course, networking.

Sept 28th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Location: Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

RSVP via Meetup.com

WP Ann Arbor August 2016

Topic: Panel Discussion (Ask anything related to WordPress or your WordPress Business and get answers!)

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speakers: Ross Johnson, Kyle Maurer, Rachel Leggett, Ian Wilson + more to be announced

Talk Level: ALL


Location

Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd-floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

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.

WP Ann Arbor July 2016

Topic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shortcodes (Plus Some)

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kyle Maurer: Co-founder at realbigmarketing.com

Talk Level: Beginner (with a few intermediate concepts discussed)

Overview: Shortcodes are one of the coolest and most powerful features in WordPress. They empower us and enable us to do things far beyond simple word processing within our content. In this session we will:
– Cover the many useful applications of shortcodes
– Discuss why they are so cool
– Walk through creating a basic shortcode
– Explore creative ways to make shortcodes more user friendly Will cover the basics as well as some intermediate concepts.


Location

Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd-floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

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.

WP Ann Arbor June 2016

Topic: The Art of the WordPress RFP Response

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Steve Bennett: Partner, Project Manager at Real Big Marketing

Talk Level: All

Description: Let’s face it, we call them a hassle, or more often just a complete waste of time, but state funded organizations, and non-profits call RFPs a tool to reduce risk. The irony is that your agency is likely the lowest risk solution – your team can handle anything they’d throw your way. Plus, the payment for your work is predefined and prequalified; you will definitely get paid. So, even though it looks hard, taking the time to qualify and complete RFPs isn’t a waste. When addressed correctly, RFPs become a boon. Let me share with you how we; pre-qualify RFQs, quickly respond to them, differentiate ourselves from the competition, and I’ll even throw in a few tricks for addressing “Hard Questions”.


Location

Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

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.

WP Ann Arbor May 2016

Topic: Actionable Google Analytics

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ross Johnson: Designer, Developer, Janitor, Dog Walker at 3.7DESIGNS

Talk Level: Beginner / Intermediate

About Talk: Most people go through the routine of installing some sort of tracking on their website, but few actually look at the results and even fewer figure out how to make improvements based on what they find. In this talk I cover why you’d want to have analytics on your site, what metrics to look at and how to use metrics to improve your website over time.


Location

Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

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.

WP Ann Arbor April 2016

Topic: My Madness and other Project Details

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Joel Worsham: Developer/Designer at www.realbigmarketing.com

Talk Level: Beginner – Intermediate

About Talk: In this talk, Joel will be taking you through some of the innards and guts of how I setup a WordPress project. He’ll be covering things such as: workflow, naming conventions, structure, etc.

About Joel: Joel is a web developer and designer who loves and works with WordPress. He works for a company called Real Big Marketing out of Jackson, and they make cool stuff.

Joel considers himself an expert in web development, web design, WordPress, HTML, CSS, JS, SASS, PHP, and a few other tools.

He loves helping people learn new things as well as providing a place for conversation, fellowshipping, and growth for others, as well as myself!


Location

Room 2001, LSA Building, 500 S State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2001 is on the 2nd floor of the LSA Building (1 floor above the ground floor), directly off the 2nd floor lobby. You can enter either from State Street (the front of the building) or from Maynard Street (the rear of the building). The doors will remain unlocked until 7pm, but we’ll post signs on the doors directing you where to go and including a contact cell phone number.

Parking

It may be possible to park in the small visitor lot directly behind the LSA Building, on Maynard Street, or in the lot next to the Student Activities Building if spaces are available. Street parking and University Blue-lot parking should be free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. But parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 1 block away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

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.

WP Ann Arbor April 2016

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016, 6:00 PM

Room 2001 LSA Building
500 S State Street Ann Arbor, MI

48 Members Went

Topic: My Madness and other Project DetailsSpeaker: Joel Worsham: Developer /Designer at www.realbigmarketing.comTalk Level: Beginner – IntermediateOverview: In this talk, Joel will be taking you through some of the innards and guts of how I setup a WordPress project. He’ll be covering things such as: workflow, naming conventions, structure, etc…

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