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.


  • 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


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 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.