Recap: October 2018 Show and Tell

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our October 2018 Show and Tell meetup this week. Here’s a quick recap of our meetup.

Three Things to Know About WordPress

Website Tips and Advice

During our meetup, members shared their tips and advice on website creation and content management, including:

  • Keep your domain name registration and hosting at different companies.
  • Hosting should be in the name of the site owner, not the developer/designer. It’s the site owner’s website, they need to own it (for when designer/developer leaves or relationship goes south).
  • Craft content that’s easy to read. Use good color contrast and headings. Write short paragraphs and short sentences. Explain what acronyms mean on first use.
  • If you have a client with a low budget, consider hosted, which offers ability to use your own domain name, customize your branding, and is constantly updated with the latest WordPress version.

Show and Tell

Since our speaker Basia Dabrowski wasn’t able to attend, member Sue Schneider stepped up and shared two of the recent sites she launched.

Jogue is a business-to-business site which launched this summer. It’s the first website Sue has ever created.

Using Divi, she worked with the client to highlight their services, including a product-specific dropdown in the contact form. The client was especially happy with that feature for their product-specific customers.

The second site she shared was Sue’s own website which also launched in the past few months.

Upcoming Meetup

Save the date!

Since Thanksgiving falls the week we would typically meet, we changed our next meetup date to Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Hope to see you there!

The topic for the next meetup is WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg. We’ll take a look at the new editor as well as new features expected in WordPress 5.0.

One of our new members is checking into whether we can meet at a local library. I’ll post meetup details and registration when we’re confirmed for our meetup space.


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
  • 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

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!


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!

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!

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

Recap: 9 Tips to Help You Safely Change Your WordPress Theme

At our April meetup this week, we had a great discussion about changing your WordPress theme. After I gave my presentatation, our members chatted about themes, talked about WordPress, and enjoyed delicious slices of pie from Grand Traverse Pie.

I’ve published my talk on my blog, where you can find the nine tips, along with my recommendations for finding themes.

In addition to the presentation, we discussed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the upcoming 15th WordPress anniversary.

General Data Protection Regulation

Here’s what I mentioned about General Data Protection Regulation at the meetup, along with helpful resources:

  1. GDPR is a European Union (EU) data privacy law that goes into effect May 25, 2018.
  2. The aim of the regulation is to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens.
  3. Regardless of your physical location, if you process the personal data of any EU citizen on your website, GDPR applies to you. And your company must be able to show compliance by May 25, 2018.
  4. GoDaddy has two excellent resources on GDPR. One article explains GDPR compliance for web designers and developers. The second article is a practical guide for moving your site toward GDPR compliance.
  5. Another excellent resource is how to make a WooCommerce website GDPR Compliant? (12 steps).
  6. MailChimp has released their GDPR-Compliant Form

Our next meetup is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Hope you’ll join us!