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!

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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!

Recap of Our January 2018 Kickoff Meetup

It was exciting to meet people tonight at our inaugural West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup.

Great start to launching our meetup group! Thanks to Jim, Deborah, George, and RJ for coming out to Grand Traverse Pie.

We enjoyed learning more about each other, how we use WordPress, chatted about this weekend’s Plymouth Ice Festival, and, of course, two of us took home pie!

Highlights from Our Meetup

Here’s a quick summary of what we discussed:

Day change: move meetup day to third Tuesday evening of the month, so we won’t have two WordPress meetups in the same week (Metro Detroit WordPress meets the second Monday evening of the month)

Venue: looking into local businesses who might offer conference space, checking with local colleges to see if space is available.

Also, we’ll notify the local Chamber of Commerce about our meetup to get the word out to businesses who use WordPress.

If we’re not able to find anything for the February meetup, we’ll continue to meet at Grand Traverse Pie in Plymouth, Michigan.

Communication: use this site to share upcoming meetups, news, recaps. Consider P2 theme for discussion, sharing tips, Q&A. Maybe another WordPress.com site using P2 theme that we could link to from this site?

Format: Open to various meeting formats, including

  • Showcase website
  • Presentations
  • Share your favorite plugin
  • Share tips
  • Theme documentation
  • Q&A

What will keep you coming to meetups?

  • Nearby location
  • Learn more about WordPress
  • Meet people in our communities who are using WordPress
  • Mixture of topics / meeting formats

What will keep you away from meetups?

  • Travel, work, school
  • Discussions only focused on a specific area, whether that’s design, development, SEO
  • Becomes too technical, over your head

We’re all looking forward to our February 2018 meetup!