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November WordPress Meetup

As always, the Seattle WordPress Meetup is a free, non-judgemental place for people of any skill level, interest, or background to come and learn, share, and participate in our amazing WordPress community. We hope you'll join us this month for two exciting WordPress presentations, and stick around for Q&A and networking.

Doors open at 6pm, feel free to come at 6pm and catch up with old friends, or perhaps meet new ones. The meetup will kick-off at 6:30pm.

 

First, we have Seven DeBord presenting Thinking Outside the Blog: Creative Uses for Wordpress.

While Wordpress is widely known for being an excellent platform for today’s blogs, magazines and new sites… its flexible nature makes it a favorite for a variety of tasks. See how Seven is straying from traditional uses and establishing Wordpress as the basis for projects such as enterprise digital signage, rapid prototyping of apps and interactive installations driven by motion tracking devices.

Seven DeBord is an Interactive Communications Engineer (Mad Scientist) for a small, 112-year-old startup named Nordstrom, where each day he finds new ways to increase enterprise adoption and reliance upon WordPress. Whether they know it or not.

 

Next, we have Aaron Hockley presenting Succesful Site Launch: from Domain to Fame

WordPress boasts the famous five-minute install (and it's a lot less than that with many web hosts), but there's a lot more to launching a successful website or blog than just installing WordPress.  Aaron Hockley will walk us through a series of important things to keep in mind throughout the process as you prepare a site, unveil it to the world, and engage in immediate post-launch promotion to ensure that folks know about your new web venture.  While we can't guarantee fame, we can help you remember key milestones and avoid making potentially costly mistakes along the way.  Whether your new site is for a hobby or a business, you'll want to start off in a strong position, and you'll walk away from this talk with a helpful checklist for launching your new WordPress website.

Aaron Hockley is a photographer with a tech background; he's been blogging since 2001 and using WordPress to build a few dozen websites since 2004.  He's the founder of WordCamp Portland and has presented at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, several WordCamps, and numerous smaller meetups.  Along the way, he's learned a thing or two about how, and how not, to launch new sites.

 

After presentations we'll break into smaller groups for Q&A and mingling, and everything should wrap up between 8:30-9pm.

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  • Steph

    I haven't attended any of your meetings at TechStars before and wondered about parking nearby? Thanks.

    November 13, 2013

    • Steph

      Thanks Nancy and Grant. Excellent.

      November 13, 2013

    • Thomas M.

      Damn: I wish I could have been there. I was stuck at a shoot in the U. District till ten. Please please let me know when the next session will take place, as I am trying to put together a web site (at last!) and need all the help and advice I can get.

      November 15, 2013

  • Juliet

    Despite the traffic, I enjoyed myself last night and met some awesome people. Thanks to all the organizers and advisers, I feel relieved now that some of my unanswered questions have been answered. I'm definitely looking forward to next meetup.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Carla C.

      Glad it was a good first meeting - great way to connect with the WP community.

      November 15, 2013

  • Darla

    I'm sorry, I didn't make it. Got off the freeway at 70th, just too much traffic and then not knowing what the parking situation would be. Is anyone interested to carpool from the Lake Forest Park area for future events?

    November 15, 2013

    • Jojo

      It's free parking on the street.

      November 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same with me. Last night traffic is crazy:<(

      November 15, 2013

  • Jojo

    It was great to join today's Meetup! Just I was little shy, didn't talk to anyone... Look forward to next Meetup, learn more and make some friends. :)

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Virginia

      Aww, I'll come say hi next time, Jojo. :) I know it can be overwhelming with a big group of people!

      November 15, 2013

    • Jojo

      Thanks Virginia! Look forward to meet you next time! :)

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    for my first time at a Wordpress meet up, it was really good, I find it very helpful. thanks!

    November 15, 2013

  • Virginia

    Glad to have finally attended my first Seattle WP Meetup. I appreciated that the presentations catered to a broad audience, and the breakout group time was useful too. Thanks all!

    November 15, 2013

  • Steph

    Thanks to Seven and Aaron for their great presentations.

    2 · November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we had a conflict with transportation. Maybe next time.

    November 14, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Very bummed, last minute stuff and I cannot make this one. Have a great time and enjoy the words of wisdom from my friend Aaron... cheers!

    November 14, 2013

    • Virginia

      Aw, bummer, Bob! I've been hearing your praises from Bethany Mooradian for ages, and I was looking forward to connecting with you (finally). Catch ya next time, I hope!

      1 · November 14, 2013

    • Bob D.

      I'm sure we will connect down the road...cheers!

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Virginia

    This is my first WordPress Meetup—does one bring one's computer to these things for real-time fiddling, or not so much?

    November 14, 2013

  • Nancy J.

    I can't come this month. Got a family birthday dinner to attend. Will the presentations be available later on?

    November 13, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Not sure - probably at the discretion of each presenter (slides, etc). We don't have the camera equipment to record and publish later, sorry!

      November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My blog selfmadepreneur.com is my baby. Can't wait to have it critiqued.

    November 14, 2013

  • Michael H.

    First time. coming to check it out, hopefully pick up a few things and maybe be able to give some advice or tips ive learned so far

    November 14, 2013

  • Viv Ilo V.

    Are we really back at TechStars?

    1 · November 4, 2013

    • Viv Ilo V.

      Yay! Looking forward to seeing you.

      November 13, 2013

    • Viv Ilo V.

      Yes, Sean, I recently taught a couple of Evernote classes and will be teaching one soon at BGI down at the Impact Hub coworking space in Pioneer Square. Date has not been set.

      November 13, 2013

  • Juliet

    Hello, I look forward to meeting you all. It's been awhile, I don't even remember the last time I've been in Seattle.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Looking forward to having you!

      November 13, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    I just found out the meetup is tomorrow so I'm not sure I can make it, but my biggest question is what is a good simple widget to feature my Facebook science page?

    November 13, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Hi Kevin. For future questions, you should checkout the WP Q&A discussion board for this group (http://www.meetup.com...­). As for your question, my preferred widget is the one that comes with Jetpack.

      November 13, 2013

  • Jojo

    Look forward to my first meetup in Seattle. :)

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Bob D.

      Welcome... looking forward to meeting you!

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks fun

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Jason A.

    Anyone interested in working on my site? www.nwtechalliance.com

    email me at [masked]

    November 8, 2013

  • Steph

    I'm in the process of moving several of my Wordpress sites to VPS. I'm finding the process really complicated so I'm hoping Aaron will touch on VPS. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    I am coming to the meetup on the 14th, and have RSVP-ed...I would like to bring someone with me, and want to make sure that that is okay.

    November 8, 2013

    • Bob D.

      Hey Thomas since you have RSVP'd yourself, in the upper right corner you will see a box that says, "Your RSVP: Yes" Click on change and can easily add a guest. Of course if you had just brought someone, we certainly wouldn't turn them away :)

      1 · November 9, 2013

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