Past Meetups

March 5, 2019

How to Skip 4 Years of Design School in 1 Hour

Have you seen that new commercial for WordPress.com? Don’t they make it look so easy for anyone to just grab a few photos, write some text, and bingo! have a polished, professional looking website in just a few clicks?

Well, they got the technical ease of creating a website part right, but what about all the other decisions about the visual design that go into creating an effective and pleasing website? If you are new to designing, you’ve probably figured out by now that there’s a lot of effort that goes into making something look effortless.

So what’s the secret? Talent? Nope. It’s about using the foundational tools all designers learn and hone their craft around: the principles and elements of design. And I’m going to tell you all their secrets.

We’ll go over the different principles and elements of design that are used behind any effective visual communication—whether it’s a website, direct mail, social graphics, email newsletters, or your own business card. I’ll show you how to use these principles and elements to your advantage, when to stick to the rules, and when to break them. So whether you are a one-person shop, a marketing manager, a content creator, a programmer who wants to venture in the front-end, or someone who wants to better communicate their ideas to a designer—having these foundational tools in your tool belt will take your design from blah to ta-da!


February 5, 2019

Getting Started with Yoast SEO

Sorry for the video quality, it didn’t capture the screen well. We have a new camera on the way!

For February’s meetup, Shane Skinner of Devadigm (devadigm.com) will provide a demonstration of how to install and setup the Yoast SEO plugin and how to optimize each page and post. He’ll share best practices and tips for success that, when utilized effectively, should help improve your websites’ SERP.

Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin that helps you start optimizing your website to improve your SERP (Search Engine Ranking Position). From the initial step-by-step setup to on page features such as focus keywords, meta title, and meta description, Yoast SEO provides a user-friendly way to insert the information needed for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Shane Skinner owns and operates a web development company called Devadigm [Dev-uh-dime]. Devadigm works with small businesses to develop the paradigm of their web presence. We work with clients to create a consistent, relevant, and successful brand message across all their utilized digital platforms. Our primary focus is to solve problems and help clients exceed their goals. He is a fan of the WordPress CMS platform and a small business advocate, and teaches classes on WordPress and other aspects of Web Presence. Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and their five children and watching NFL football.


December 18, 2018

Getting Started with Gutenberg

Gutenberg is the new site editing experience going into WordPress core in the 5.0 release.

In a meetup earlier this year we covered a high-level introduction to Gutenberg. In this meetup we’ll go deeper into the new experience and get some hands-on practice on the basics of using it.


October 11, 2018

Website Accessibility: A Crash Course

In 2017, Winn Dixie was sued by a disabled website user for having an inaccessible website. The judge presiding over the case sided with the plaintiff and ordered Winn Dixie to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA (WCAG 2.0 AA). This remediation cost the company over $250,000.

Over the course of 2017, over 800 more cases were filed against companies with websites that were inaccessible to disabled users. Many of these companies bore the cost of expensive remediation.

So what does it mean to be WCAG 2.0 AA compliant? What are the risks of not being compliant? And what tools are available to help make your website more compliant?


September 13, 2018

WordPress Happiness Bar & Open Discussion

Happiness Bar

The Happiness Bar is for WordPress users to help eachother with problems and answer questions. Stuck on a WordPress problem? Need help finding the right WordPress plugin or theme? Not sure what kind of hosting you need? We can help!

Open Discussion

This is an open forum for meetup members (especially advanced WordPress users) to discuss topics of interest.


August 9, 2018

How to Pick the Perfect Plugin

How do you pick the perfect plugin? The vast WordPress plugin ecosystem is what makes WordPress great. But with over 50,000 plugins, how do you know which plugins to use? In this meetup you’ll learn how to find & evaluate plugins and indicators of a good plugin.

Our presenter, Jonathan Desrosiers, is a seasoned WordPress veteran and a WordPress Core contributor at Bluehost, one of the largest WordPress hosts in the world.


July 12, 2018

Intro to Gutenberg: The New WordPress Editor

Gutenberg is the new site editing experience going into WordPress core in the 5.0 release. This meetup will be a high level introduction to Gutenberg. Until then, learn more about Gutenberg here: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/