Creating a New Site for Your Business? (WP USER GROUP)

Which is better, a do it yourself product such as WIX, a CMS like WordPress, or a product like Joomla? Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each. In our first WordPress User Group session, led by Bonnie Sainsbury, a panel of specialist will discuss the differences between various CMS and web development tools for users. Learn what the differences are between them and why you may choose one over another for your personal or business website.

 

Prerequisites

This is a session for users, either beginner or intermediate. You do not need to know any code or have web development skills to attend this session.

 

Speakers

Margaret Reynolds

DIY - has built WIX.COM sites for her company

Margaret Reynolds is an independent insurance advisor for First Advantage Financial. She works with small business owners to help them make sure their business and life styles will continue on even if they are off work because of illness or injury. She also helps them create tax effective strategies to help them save money now & in the future.

Her background includes contract management in high tech, creation and design of custom databases and some desktop publishing.  She chose to build her site on Wix.com because it is simple, fast and you don’t need to know how to write HTML code. She will show you how you can do it yourself, and even if you choose not to why Wix.com may be a smart choice for your business site.

 

Curtis Hemingway

JOOMLA

Curtis Hemingway is a long time professional in the IT and Web world. Prior to the advent of the internet Curtis was busy developing on-line communities with dial up BBS technology. Today Small and Medium sized business website development dominates the product list at his company Web GooRu www.gooru.ca. Since 2005 Web GooRu has developed now exclusively in the Joomla! Framework Content Management System.

Web GooRu's philosophy is simple, to deliver an effective dynamic website that serves the marketing, engineering and editing requirements necessary to carry on day to day. What that means is the framework must be conducive to SEO, support a robust developer network for plugins, and host an active community support forum. We want the client to have a website developed with solutions that are commercial off the shelf and well supported, this avoids being hamstrung with proprietary coding that leaves the client hopeless. We provide sustainability, with a path for growth.

 

Bonnie Sainsbury

WordPress

Bonnie Sainsbury founded Social Media Smarter, a full service Social Media and Online Marketing service. She conducts workshops on all aspects of social media as well as developing and implementing online campaigns for small business. She's been using WordPress to create sites since 2009 without writing a line of code. She's also co-host (with Margaret Reynolds) of the Women Talking Tech webcast.

 

Workshop Sponsorship
Thank you to our sponsor, The Network Hub, for providing space for our monthly workshops! The Network Hub is a beautiful co-working space located in the heart of Vancouver. Check them out at www.thenetworkhub.ca




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  • Mari K.

    Here's my write up of last week's meetup: http://blogsitestudio.com/wix-vs-joomla-vs-wordpress/

    2 · April 24, 2013

    • Bonnie S.

      thanks for taking the time to write a review

      April 24, 2013

    • Mari K.

      No prob. Thanks for providing material for my blog.

      April 24, 2013

  • Mari K.

    Great meetup! Thanks for putting it together, Bonnie, et al.

    April 19, 2013

  • mamush

    Thank you so much for organizing this great meetup. Look forward to the next meetup.

    2 · April 19, 2013

  • mamush

    Hi Morten and Vanessa,

    Could we have a meetup session on "Managing WordPress Databases". Tricks on exporting, importing and backing up databases, and creating shells could be discussed. Thank you in advance for considering a meetup on this subject.

    Cheers,

    April 19, 2013

  • Bonnie S.

    Thanks to Margaret and Curt .. great job!!

    April 18, 2013

  • Hanmi

    Sorry, I'm not be attending for today. Gino, I hope you reserve my spot.

    April 18, 2013

  • Jolene

    I'm on Richards street at the blenz coffee shop, Google maps shows the location as right across the street but I am unsure as to where the entrance is? Is it located in the century house building?

    April 18, 2013

  • Nick B.

    Had to cancel. Spot open!

    April 18, 2013

  • Carol O.

    It's almost time, and I'm still on the waiting list. Anymore space for me? :) thank you.

    April 18, 2013

  • Zaidah Martin G.

    Sorry I will not be attending the event.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, won't be able to make it tonight as i've got another meeting to attend :(

    April 18, 2013

  • Kevin F.

    Sorry but something has come up last minute. Hope someone else can use my spot!

    April 18, 2013

  • Pauline L.

    Something come up and I can't make it tonight. Please take my spot. I hope there'll be video later.

    April 18, 2013

  • Nigel L.

    Please take me off tonite's spot, I won't be attending. I am going to miss this again thanks to my boss scheduling a meeting at 630pm.

    April 18, 2013

  • Dianne R.

    Will miss being there to learn from the best

    April 17, 2013

  • Amanda M.

    Sorry - was on waitlist and had booked something else. So another spot is now free. ENjoy!
    A

    April 17, 2013

  • Perry M.

    another opening

    April 16, 2013

  • Dan

    Please open my spot for someone else please. Tim Conflict.

    April 15, 2013

  • Kai C.

    conflict of schedules. darn. at least someone else can take my spot now :)

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    24 waiting list OMG...guess No chance :(

    April 15, 2013

    • Jill B.

      I wouldn't rule it out, Jason. There are usually a lot of cancellations the day of. I've been further down on these waiting lists before and spaces have always opened up for me.

      April 15, 2013

  • Laurie K.

    Arrgh! I'll have to bow out as I have a schedule conflict! Good news to the folks on the waiting list!

    April 15, 2013

  • Carol O.

    Really want to attend this one!

    April 14, 2013

  • Carol O.

    Hello, I would love to attend to this event.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to it.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to Bonnie for asking me to speak. I'm happy to share my view as a DIY website maker who uses WIX.com as well as Wordpress.

    April 8, 2013

  • Bonnie S.

    This session will help business owners understand the different options they have available to build a website. It sounds like you've already made that decision.

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this about setting up a new website or about CMS?
    I have a new site set up on Word Press, I just need more hands on how to...

    April 4, 2013

  • veto B.

    this is the first time Ill be with you guys! very excited

    April 2, 2013

  • Mari K.

    Looking Forward to it!

    April 2, 2013

  • mamush

    Thanks for organizing this event. I look forward to attending.

    April 1, 2013

  • Dale

    See you there.

    April 1, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    Definite yes, exactly what I am looking for.

    April 1, 2013

  • Wendy C.

    Looking forward to finding out what's working for others.

    April 1, 2013

  • Penelope H.

    Hope this is webcast as I can't make it out.

    April 1, 2013

  • Jenn

    Not this time, but maybe next time!

    April 1, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Looking forward to my first meeting with this new group!

    April 1, 2013

  • kitsboy

    Sweeet!

    April 1, 2013

  • Marilou

    Looking forward to this. Is it for a self-hosted site?

    April 1, 2013

  • Laurie K.

    YES!!! Exactly my sore point. I'm a designer and I need a new site! You know what they say about the cobbler's shoes....!

    April 1, 2013

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