WP Ann Arbor October 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: We’ll cover topics related hosting, securing WordPress & SSL Certificates.

Speakers:

  • Karen Dec: (Brightgirl Designs) SSL: what is it, why it’s important, and steps to create a new WP site with SSL or migrate an existing WP site to SSL.
    • Talk level: All
  • John Gallias: (University of Michigan) Securing Yourself & WordPress. Learn how to keep Yourself & WordPress running securely.
    • Talk level: Starts all, shifts up to intermediate, and could go advanced if time allows
  • Jerry Eaheh (Nexcess): Coming Soon

Overview: In the eighth of eight meetups, we’ll cover topics related to hosting and security.

Talk Level: All – Advanced

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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 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 1230 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.


Karen Dec’s Bio

Karen Dec owns Brightgirl Designs in Dexter, Michigan, providing web design, redesign, and ongoing site maintenance services to several dozen local and national small business and nonprofit clients. Karen started making websites in the late 1990s as a hobby, while working in the higher education/student affairs field. In 2005, she made her career switch official and earned her certificates in web design from the Internet Professional program at Washtenaw Community College. After graduation, Karen taught introductory HTML and Web Graphic Design classes at WCC for several years, while launching Brightgirl Designs. Karen also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, and dual Master’s degrees in College Student Personnal Administration and Counseling Psychology from Indiana University, and has found that counseling skills come in really handy when working with clients! Karen was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and now enjoys life in Dexter with her husband and son.

John Gallias’ Bio

An educated, experienced, and easygoing information technology administration professional. Able to quickly and effectively articulate complex and important decisions affecting mission-critical operations with an emphasis on security. Genuinely, morally, and passionately believes in solving complex technical problems for the greatest possible benefit to people.

 

WP Ann Arbor August 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The Testing Phase

Speakers: TBA

 


Overview: In the seventh of eight meetups, we’ll cover topics related to testing your website/code/plugin.

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 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

_____________________

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 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 1230 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 July 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 2260, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The Content Phase

Speakers:

1) Laura Lynch (How to Build a Content Strategy for Any Business)

2) Hien Lam (Go Where the Fish are: Simple Ways to Write Copy as Your Customer)


Overview: In the sixth of eight meetups, we’ll cover topics related to writing content for your WordPress blog/website.

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 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

_____________________

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: Room2260, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 2260 is on the 2nd 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 June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The WordPress Development Phase

Speakers:

1) Kyle Maurer (Talk coming soon!)

Kyle works at Sandhills Development on Easy Digital Downloads which is a WordPress plugin that makes selling digital products ridiculously simple. He’s a native of Jackson, Michigan and helps organize meetups and WordCamps in the region while brewing fine beer and playing guitar as often as possible.

2) Ross Johnson (Talk coming soon!)

3) Declan O’Neill  (The 5-minute install – setting up a development environment)


Overview: In the fifth of eight meetups, we’ll cover WordPress development, best practices, and configuring popular plugins.

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 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

_____________________

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 1230, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Room 1230 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 May 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The WordPress Design Phase

Speakers:

1) Kyle Maurer (Coding plugins)

Kyle works at Sandhills Development on Easy Digital Downloads which is a WordPress plugin that makes selling digital products ridiculously simple. He’s a native of Jackson, Michigan and helps organize meetups and WordCamps in the region while brewing fine beer and playing guitar as often as possible.

2) Suzanne Seibel (The Responsive Grid – Behind the Scenes: An introduction to building Responsive Websites)

Suzanne Seibel is a web developer, copywriter and graphic designer at Graphic Visions, Inc. in Northville. She’s relatively new to WordPress, but has been hand-coding HTML/CSS websites since 2009.

3) Anthony Montalbano (Let’s take a responsive, HTML mockup and create a new WordPress page template.  Topics covered will include how to setup the header, footer, menus, using the customizer, template parts, and conditionally loading scripts/styles.)

Anthony is a Detroit-based entrepreneur and founder of AMBR Detroit.  He’s been a technology and startup mentor for companies through Bizdom, Grand Circus, and Windsor Essex Small Business Centre in Canada. Anthony loves conversation on topics ranging from WordPress development to SEO to entrepreneurship.  Let’s make the web a beautiful and useful place!


Overview: In the fourth of eight meetups, we’ll cover coding approved Photoshop files into WordPress templates.

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 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

_____________________

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 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 April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
(Room 1250, Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109)

Topic: The WordPress Design Phase

Speakers:

1) Ross Johnson (Custom Themes)

2) Janelle Reichman (Child Themes – why to use them, how to design them and how to implement them.)

Overview: Overview: In the third of eight meetups, we will cover the WordPress website design process.

Talk Level: All

Ross Bio: Coming soon

Janelle Bio: Coming soon

 

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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

_____________________

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 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 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.

______________________

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

_____________________

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 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

_____________________

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.