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March Meet-up and Upcoming Events

From: Carol S.
Sent on: Monday, March 11, 2013 8:14 AM

It is already time for our March Meetup and I am so thrilled to share some very exciting information coming your way in the next several months.

 

COMING UP IN AZWP MEETUP

WordCamp was a tremendous event and I could not mention it without thanking all of the amazing volunteers and organizers that helped make it a success.  Some of the great programs, sessions and discussions surrounding WordCamp have given the meet-up organizers some great ideas for the future of our meet-up as well.

Beginning in March, we are beginning a series that will include a website build from start to finish.  The exciting part of this series is that we will actually be designing and building our very own new Meetup WordPress site and this site will be the subject of the series.  The meet up group will be involved through the sessions in watching a site in process, but also taking an active part in the build of a site that we will all benefit from.

Our first session begins this week with a session on strategy.  April Holle from Made Better Studios will kick off this series with a session on Website Strategy.  Not only will she share information with you about website strategy, she will also demonstrate a strategy session and will interview some of the meet-up organizers and demonstrate the process of working with a client in the initial strategy session.  If you are a user and don't do websites for a living, this session will still be a benefit as you learn the important things to think about before you ever make that initial WordPress install.

Agenda

  • Introductions - 5 min
  • Site Show and Tell - 25 min (Still seeking a volunteer to show and tell their site - contact me if you are interested)
  • Tips and Tricks/Needs and Wants - 15 min
  • Website Strategy and Strategy Session Demonstration - 1 hour

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Live Streaming

For those of you who were at WordCamp, you may have seen the WPWatercooler in the house doing live streams and broadcasting.  The Meet-up organizers were inspired and we are going to broadcast the upcoming Meet-up through a Google Hangout.  To view the hangout, you will watch it directly on the Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/AZWordPressMeetUp.  To submit questions for the discussion, tweet the question using the hashtag #wpaz and we will ask it for you.

 

Perks and Benefits

We have a couple of new perks and benefits to offer members of the group. (View these perks at the bottom left sidebar under "Membership Perks"

Media Temple -- Discounts on website shared hosting an VPS Solutions.

SEOMoz -- Extended 60 Day Trial

 

Upcoming WordPress Developer Event -- WordUp

This developers event will be held on March 16 in Avondale from 9 am to 3 pm.  For more information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5567101350/atom

 

New North Scottsdale Meetup Location

We are excited to have Seth Carstens and Betsy Cohen leading a new meet up location in Scottsdale. The first meeting will be March 21.  For more details go to http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-WordPress-Group/events/105393072/

 

Stay tuned for more information about our Website Series and more great things coming your way.

 

Our Sponsors

  • Gangplank

    Thank you to Gangplank for allowing us to use their meeting space.

  • WP Engine

    Premium Managed WordPress Hosting

  • Headway Themes

    Thank you to Headway Themes for assistance with meeting space

  • Skyhook Internet Marketing

    Special thanks to Skyhook for sponsoring the AZ WordPress Birthday Party

  • Rock It Boot Camp

    Technology-based training programs to meet the needs of employers.

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