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!

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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!