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


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


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 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.