Wordpress.com versus Wordpress.org, plus live WP install on hosted server

For our first official meetup, we'll be discussing the differences between wordpress.com (where your blog is hosted by Wordpress) and wordpress.org (where you install WordPress on your own server). We'll also be doing a live site installation on a hosted server, from beginning to end, so that users can see the new installation.

Because interest so far is coming primarily from the end-user part of the spectrum, we'll be focusing on this entry-level topic. However, designers/developers and advanced users are, of course, quite welcome to attend and offer their input.

I (John) will be hosting and presenting this talk. I'm an intermediate level end-user myself, so you're not getting expert advice, and I may not be able to answer more complex questions. However, I've done many, many site installations and am very comfortable with the whole process.

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  • Doug R.

    A great kickoff to a new group. Wide range of participants from newbies like myself to those with considerable expertise. Met some very interesting people who seem to want to learn/share WordPress. I think work sessions would be very useful to me

    January 19, 2012

  • Matt C.

    Great info and thanks again to John for getting this going! Great group and it was truly a pleasure to meet everyone and look forward to the next one.

    January 19, 2012

  • Mitch P.

    Excellent group of people and the start of a terrific WP community here in Calgary.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed learning about the manual install of Wordpress. I also thought the other group members represented a nice mix of novice and experts Wordpress users.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good start. Good mix of questions and experienced answers. Time well spent.

    January 19, 2012

  • Catherine S.

    Good and detailed information. Attendees were beginners and experts alike.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the evening. My First Meetup - ever! Thanks to John for creating this event. A suggestion - I used #calgarywordpress in a tweet to John via Twitter, so it might be a good way to stay connected going forward on this topic. Please let me know if there's another hashtag already in use for this. Thanks again all!

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you John for a very educational evening :)

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ya, I'll be there in the front area in giant blue parka...you WON'T miss me LOL ;)

    January 18, 2012

  • Matt C.

    Hey Kate, just replied as well see you at the Starbucks, to confirm that is the one inside the chapters?

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Matt...thx man :) I sent you a text with the details :)

    January 18, 2012

  • Matt C.

    @Kate I can pick you up what time do you want me to come by. And where do I go?

    January 18, 2012

  • Joel O.

    Should be quite an interesting meeting later with wordpress.com and wordpress.org taking part in the blackout (SOPA/PIPA)...

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My hubby has the car tonight and I feel it's just to cold to take transit...I live in the NW end of the city, if someone was good with car pooling I can make it, otherwise I will am a no for tonight. Thx for understanding :)

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this meeting. Looking forward to the next :)

    January 11, 2012

  • Asif P.

    Perfect timing. Can't wait to learn current practices for WP. Looking forward to it.

    January 5, 2012

  • John S.

    Thanks for the suggestion Cody. I had already heard back from Shannon at Endeavor Arts and we're going to go with their venue for the first one. Will consider Rhino for future though.

    January 4, 2012

  • Kevin B.

    I'm going to be away for this Meetup but look forward to the next.

    January 4, 2012

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