Recap: Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip

At our September 2018 Share Your Favorite Productivity Tool or Tip meetup this week, our West Metro Detroit WordPress members discussed:

  • Several WordCamps going on in the area!  Cost to attend works out to about $20 per day. If you learn one thing, it’s worth it!
  • WordPress 4.9.9 is in process – last WP release before 5.0. Coming in November 2018. Keep up to date on 4.9.9 release information on WordPress.org.
  • ProBlogger posted a helpful article today – 8 Important Admin Tasks to Do When Launching a New Blog.
  • On that note, when you have a post regarding number of things such as the above example, it’s best to leave the number out of the URL. That way when the list is updated in the future, the link doesn’t change.
  • Having dates in the permalink is the default on WordPress.com.

During our meetup, several members shared their favorite productivity apps, Canva, Zello and Hushed.

Canva is a slick, free online graphics editing tool which allows the easy creation of custom images for web and print.

Many of the images you see on Pinterest are created with tools such as Canva, and there is an entire section of layouts for use in social media, amongst many other projects!

Zello is a free, push to talk two way radio app that turns your phone into a walkie talkie. Create an account and invite your friends to connect – you can also create channels in which you can add contacts and “broadcast” to the group or communicate privately.

Works anywhere you have a mobile data signal!

Hushed is a service providing disposable phone numbers, custom voicemail and call forwarding. Especially helpful since Skype has discontinued the personal recording of outgoing greetings!

Resources

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 Show and Tell on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Hope you’ll join us!

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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.

Resources

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