WP Ann Arbor May 2015: Plugin Do’s and Don’ts

Topic

Plugin Do’s and Don’ts

Description

A look into how hosting companies view WordPress plugins.  Discussing plugins and features that are frowned upon by hosts as well as mutually beneficial plugins and features for the client and the hosting company.

Speaker 

Ben Cool (A2Hosting)

Talk Level: 

All

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 Work Session – May 2015

Time/Date/RSVP

About:

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your WordPress site, help other people with their WordPress sites, 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 in to 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.

Location:

  • We’re changing the location yet again.  For the summer months, we’ll be meeting in room 1180 of the Duderstat Center on North Campus.  It’s about two miles away from where we have been meeting before, but has a larger room with more comfortable chairs and easier parking.
  • For more information, please see the map.

Parking:

Park in either the Murfin Avenue lot or the Beal Avenue lot.  If you are already in downtown Ann Arbor or on Central Campus, you can take the free buses to North Campus.

WP Ann Arbor April 2015 – PHP Programming for WordPress Admins

Topic

Introduction to PHP programming for WordPress administrators

Description

Learn the basics of PHP, the programming language WordPress is written in.  Programming does not have to be complicated or hard — this presentation will give you the tools you need to help you get started.

Note that this is a very basic class for non-programmers.  The presentation will not cover the internals of WordPress, themes, or plugins, but it will help you understand and customize other people’s code so that you can make WordPress do things that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

Speaker 

Mark Montague

Talk Level: 

Beginner to Intermediate

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 Work Session – April 2015

Time/Date/RSVP

  • Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Ann-Arbor/
  • NEW Location: Tappan Hall, 855 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Enter Tappan Hall via a side door, go to the 2nd floor, go inside the Fine Arts Library, and room 210 will be on your right.

About:

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your WordPress site, help other people with their WordPress sites, 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 in to 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.

Location:

Tappan Hall is on South University Avenue and is the orange brick building hidden behind the U-M Museum of Art.  The front door is on the west side of the building facing the art museum but has steps leading up to it; a barrier-free entry with access to an elevator is available at the back door, which faces the President’s house on the east side of the building.  For either door, you have to follow a sidewalk leading away from the street which goes between buildings.

Room 210 is inside the Fine Arts Library on the 2nd floor, and is the first door on your right as soon as you enter the library.

Parking:

It may be possible to park for free in the small visitor lot 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 are also free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. Parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 2 blocks away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

WP Ann Arbor March 2015 – HTML for WordPress administrators

Topic

Introduction to HTML for WordPress administrators

Description

HTML is the structure for just about every website and despite the intimidating acronym, it’s not that complicated. HTML is a markup language  which is considerably less complex than a programing language. In this session we’ll go over the basics of HTML, how it’s used to build or alter websites and how you can modify your WordPress site using HTML. This talk is intended for beginners who have little to no experience with HTML.

Speaker

Ross Johnson

Talk Level:

Beginners

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 Work Session – March 2015

Time/Date/RSVP

  • Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Ann-Arbor/
  • NEW Location: Tappan Hall, 855 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Enter Tappan Hall via a side door, go to the 2nd floor, go inside the Fine Arts Library, and room 210 will be on your right.

About:

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your WordPress site, help other people with their WordPress sites, 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 in to 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.

Location:

Tappan Hall is on South University Avenue and is the orange brick building hidden behind the U-M Museum of Art.  The front door is on the west side of the building facing the art museum but has steps leading up to it; a barrier-free entry with access to an elevator is available at the back door, which faces the President’s house on the east side of the building.  For either door, you have to follow a sidewalk leading away from the street which goes between buildings.

Room 210 is inside the Fine Arts Library on the 2nd floor, and is the first door on your right as soon as you enter the library.

Parking:

It may be possible to park for free in the small visitor lot 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 are also free from 6pm on; carefully check the posted signs. Parking will definitely be available in the City of Ann Arbor Maynard Street parking structure, 2 blocks away, for $1.20/hour.  More parking options are available on the map, if you click on the (P) icon.

WP Ann Arbor – Feb 25th Meetup.

Topic

WordPress Show and Tell (RSVP)

Description

This session will be focused on showcasing and sharing all the recent projects everyone has been working on. Everyone is encouraged to share and anything can be shared.

  • Have you made a new website?
  • Added something new to a website?
  • Discovered a new plugin?
  • Created a new plugin?
  • Learned some new PHP or JS or CSS?
  • Written a great blog post?
  • Attended a conference?
  • Learned a valuable lesson on client projects?
  • Participated in a podcast?
  • Learned something new about hosting?
  • Found a cool new theme?
  • Had an idea you want to bounce off others?
  • Encountered a challenge and want to share with a group?

Everyone will get 10 – 15 minutes depending on # of attendees and you must notify us in advance if you want to share something. Feel free to message Declan if you’re unsure or need suggestions/encouragement.

Speaker

N/A

Talk Level:

All

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 Jan 28th Meetup.

Topic

Getting Involved: How to Find Your Place in the WordPress Community

Description

Networking, building relationships, learning, making friends and giving back are just a few of the many great reasons to get more involved with the WordPress community. And like so many things in life, we tend to get back what we put in. In this session we’ll cover many great ways that you can participate so that you can learn more, make a name for yourself and ultimately help others. We will show that one does not need to be an expert developer or even a developer at all to make a major impact and that everyone has a place no matter what their skill set or experience level.

Speaker 

Kyle Maurer

Talk Level: 

Beginner

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.

RSVP

WP Ann Arbor “Work Group Session” – Jan 2015

Time/Date/RSVP

About:

Show up to work on your WordPress site, get help with your WordPress site, help other people with their WordPress sites, 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 in to 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.

Location:

The Tap Room is on the ground floor of the Michigan Union, at the corner of State Street and South University. Find the Subway restaurant in the food court and keep going back through the double doors. We’ll be at one of the group work tables with a monitor; look for a “WP Ann Arbor” sign. In addition to the food court restaurants, there are Starbucks and Au Bon Pain one floor above if you’d like coffee or pastries.

Parking:

It may be possible to park for free in the small visitor lot 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 are also 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.

Upcoming Meetups Jan – Apr, 2015

  • Jan 14, 2015 – Work Group Meetup
  • Jan 28, 2015 – Getting Involved: How to Find Your Place in the WordPress Community (Kyle Maurer, Real Big Markerting)
  • Feb 11, 2015 – Work Group Meetup
  • Feb 25, 2015 – Introduction to HTML for WordPress Admins (Ross Johnson, 3.7DESIGNS)
  • Mar 11, 2015 – Work Group Meetup
  • Mar 25, 2015 – Introduction to PHP for WordPress Admins (Mark Montague, University of Michigan)
  • Apr 15, 2015 – Work Group Meetup
  • Apr 29, 2015 – Business Development for WordPress Freelancers (Declan O’Neill, 3.7DESIGNS)