September 2018: Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip

At our July 2018 meetup, one of our members spoke about how they organize their writing. Another member commented, That sounds like something I could use. What app is that?

Which prompted me to think, why don’t we have a meetup where we share some of our favorite productivity tools or tips? Continue reading September 2018: Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip


Recap: Get Your WordPress Questions Answered

At our July 2018 Get Your WordPress Questions Answered meetup this week, our West Metro Detroit WordPress members discussed:

  • How to block IP addresses in the All in One WP Security and Firewall security plugin (to avoid getting dozens of attempted login messages every day)
  • WordPress themes: why a premium theme doesn’t necessarily mean better support or more recent updates than a free theme
  • Why you shouldn’t use Google to search for WordPress themes. Best to select themes from the WordPress repository or look at paid themes from respected theme shops

In addition, we had a quick demo of the beta Gutenberg editor, showing how it works and the concept of blocks.

During our meetup, several members shared their favorite premium themes and resources to learn more about and try out Gutenberg.


Here are some of the resources shared during the meetup. If I missed any, share them in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the meetup and helped to answer our members’ questions!

Our next meetup is Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip: on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Hope you’ll join us!

July 2018 Meetup: Get Your WordPress Questions Answered

Imagine you’re working on your WordPress site, make a change, and something goes wrong.

And you can’t figure out how you can fix your site. Argh!

That’s why you want to join us for our July 2018 West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup to get your WordPress questions answered. Continue reading July 2018 Meetup: Get Your WordPress Questions Answered

Recap: Intro to MailerLite for Email Marketing

At our June 2018 Introduction to MailerLite meetup at the Westland Public Library, member Anthony Wagner helped us learn about MailerLite, an online service for email marketing that integrates with many things, including the object of our attentions, WordPress.

Thanks to Pat Martz for taking notes from his talk.

To kick off his presentation, Anthony Wagner logged in to his MailerLite account and led us through what you would need to know to set up a simple email campaign. Continue reading Recap: Intro to MailerLite for Email Marketing

June 2018: Intro to MailerLite for Email Marketing

Join us on June 19, 2018 for an exciting presentation about MailerLite by fellow West Metro Detroit WordPress member Anthony Wagner.

MailerLite is an email marketing application that integrates with WordPress, WooCommerce, and other applications.

Similar to MailChimp, AWeber, and other email marketing apps, MailerLite offers small businesses, bloggers, digital marketers, and others a way to build and grow your mailing list.

One of the features MailerLite offers: a free plan for up to 1,000 subscribers.

Anthony will talk about the advantages of using MailerLite, step us through the basics, and show us how his account is configured.

Questions, suggestions, and discussion are welcome!

Whether you’re new to WordPress or have been working with it for several years, please join us.  If you use WordPress for marketing purposes or in connection with email, I’m sure you’ll find this meeting very interesting.

New Location and Meetup Details

We’ll be meeting at the Westland Public Library from 6:30pm to 8:300pm.  Located at  north of Ford Road on Central City Parkway (map and directions to the library).

Parking is free in the lot behind the library.

Cost is free, but pre-registration is required.

The room is limited in size to 10 people. Be sure to register on Eventbrite.

We’re meeting in Meeting Room C at the library. Once you enter the library, turn right at the circulation desk and follow the hallway about 1/2 way down.

Meet Our Speaker

Anthony Wagner

Anthony Wagner is an educator and entrepreneur. He’s currently building an online business to help school counselors use and organize data.

Wagner has ten years of experience helping folks with their technology.  For the past four years, he’s worked for a public school, learning about the needs and pain points of all different type of educators.

On the personal side, Anthony is an avid fan of classical and jazz music and plays the trombone.