WordPress Basics

WordPress is a wonderful system, but if you're new to the scene, there's a lot of ground to cover. PodCamp Toronto 2013 took us on a small detour last month, but we're getting back on track with the roadmap in March.

This session will focus on the highest-rated topics from January's roadmapping survey: Explaining WordPress Jargon & Terminology; Choosing a Host (Managed vs. Shared vs. Dedicated); Essential Plugins; and Site Architecture (Mapping Pages & Posts). The structure of meetup will be a mix of group discussion and talking points.

We'll be in Room 200 at the Northern District library. Take the elevators at the front entrance to the 2nd floor, and follow the signs. Setup begins at 2:00pm, while opening remarks start promptly at 2:30pm.

WooThemes - WordPress Themes & Plugins

Thank you to our platinum supporter WooThemes for helping cover our Meetup costs. The Woo crew are one of the most well respected commercial theme & plugin vendors for WordPress. We can't thank them enough for their support of our group!

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  • Laura

    Wow, this would have been a great class for me to be at. I feel like a dough dough bird when it comes to Wordpress :)

    May 17, 2013

  • John M.

    I just recently started using Word Press, and am fairly computer literate, but haven't programmed in weeks. Is there are support number I can call to figure out why my WordPress site refuses to Publish a post I made. This of course is my first one :) Thanks!

    May 2, 2013

    • John M.

      Matthew, will try and call you today. Thanks!

      May 3, 2013

    • matthew

      Okay John. If you can call me at 2pm today, that will be good.

      May 3, 2013

  • David M.

    Urgent: Update WordPress SEO plugin to version 1.4.7 - all earlier versions have a security hole #yoast Change Log: 1.4.7 - Properly fix security bug that should've been fixed in[masked]

    April 17, 2013

  • Shanta R. N.

    Any word on the slide deck? Wanted to share with a friend that wasn't able to attend. Thanks!

    April 2, 2013

  • Karen R.

    Great dynamic although a bit too loud, I agree. Very helpful, got the answers I was looking for. Thank you! Looking forward to the next one.

    March 25, 2013

  • Don T.

    This was my first meetup and I found the format quite effective. I met some nice people and hopefully helped clarify concepts and shared some new ideas. Many questions were not specifically about Wordpress but the broader field of the web, and this is Ok. I found many new to Wordpress not really able to follow during the discussion period, even though this was to be a basics session. Smaller and more numerous groups might be better. Andy's suggestion to cruise around was a good one, so I did. At times I found it was loud and could not hear others in the discussion. Overall it was great. I'll try to get to the next meetup

    March 25, 2013

  • Jenny

    Andy, Brent, Al and others SMEs and staff that helped organize this even and share their knowledge.....Amazing event. I loved how we got into different groups to ask qt. Next step, to actually help us on our issue on the labtop, to move a little further...from the step we are stuck at.
    If there is a seperate panel of SME and we can take turns to go to them, whist the others are discussing in seperate groups as last Sat would be great!.
    Thank you Andy, amazing job!

    March 25, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Fantastic! The presentation was well done, Andy. And thank you so much Brent and Shanta...I learned so much.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Brent K.

      Hi Diane, very glad you found the meetup useful - I agree, well done presentation

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Mark

    Very practical information. Great format of mixing the int/seniors with the newbies. A suggestion for next time is to have the int/seniors move around after 15 minutes to share their knowlegde with different newbie groups

    March 24, 2013

  • Shanta R. N.

    Great setup. Need to get the groups sorted a little better. Maybe setting one area to one topic. ;)

    March 24, 2013

    • Joel

      Shanta that's a tough for me cause I would want to be in all the groups .. Themes .. Widgets.. Plugins ..

      March 24, 2013

    • Andy M.

      A balance of both would be good, I think. Making it easy for members to get answers about a particular topic, without restraining group discussion, would be nice. e.g.) giving our advanced users a special name tag that states what their area of expertise is. (We had red name tags for everyone, maybe a blue name tag that says "Ask Me About:" ???)

      1 · March 24, 2013

  • Brent K.

    Really enjoyed the format. Loved the mix of Advanced, Intermediate, & Beginner. Great participation from everyone. Good job Andy & everyone who helped

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Jeanette L.

    Very helpful -- thanks to all of the organizers!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Asif M.

    good good good

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Joel

    It was an Amazing Event .. Very Informative .. Great Energy
    Andy you outdid yourself!!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • David M.

    Great format and a diverse crowd

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Gary Van N.

    It was a great way for me to get informed and started on Wordpress

    March 23, 2013

  • Peter W.

    This was another great meetup.

    March 23, 2013

  • Andy M.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Arlette

    It was a great event. Thanks Andy and his team. Got all my questions answered. Looking forward to another event!

    March 23, 2013

  • Helena F.

    Excellent. Filled in some annoying gaps in my WP knowledge.

    March 23, 2013

  • Dale G.

    Good; a little chaotic, but good. Met a lot of enthusiastic people; got even more motivated to get going on my WP web site.

    March 23, 2013

  • matthew

    Excellent event

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • matthew

    Excellent event

    March 23, 2013

  • Richard

    First time at one of these meetings, found it very informative

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    Great!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Adrian B.

    First time attending. Anytime I can learn a couple of new things or get answers to my WP questions is a good experience. Looking forward to some of the interesting upcoming events.

    March 23, 2013

  • Corbee D.

    Great meeting, looking forward to having an opportunity to coming to more Meetup's.

    March 23, 2013

  • Erez E E.

    I enjoyed it.

    March 23, 2013

  • David M.

    We are at Aroma yonge & eglington

    March 23, 2013

  • Paulette T.

    Hi Everyone, Sorry Paulette & Frank Touby will miss out. Going to press on Monday and too much work.

    Have fun, learn lots!

    March 23, 2013

  • Paul

    Regretfully I'll miss-out.

    March 23, 2013

  • Marni

    I'm so sorry have had a family issue come up.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the parking situation around the area? I'm driving in from west Mississauga.

    March 19, 2013

    • Jocelain H.

      Best bet is to park at Kipling subway for free, and take the TTC east to Yonge, north to Eglinton.

      March 21, 2013

    • Erich Nolan B.

      Roselawn and Castlefield have free street parking west of Rosewell Avenue as far as I can tell from google

      March 23, 2013

  • Marilyn K.

    Sorry. I'm sick and don't want to pass this on to anyone.

    March 23, 2013

  • Will

    Sorry, time not squeezable.

    March 23, 2013

  • Sheryl M

    Just realized I have to be in Scarborough for 4pm :( Next time!

    March 22, 2013

  • Adrian B.

    Always open to learn more about WP and to help others.

    March 22, 2013

  • Christopher R.

    Looking forward to a great day of learning!

    March 22, 2013

  • Edward C.

    You know what they say about "good intentions" ... unfortunately as much as I would like to drop by to say "Hi" to everyone, I'm just feeling a bit selfish about sharing this cold with everyone (*grin*)

    March 22, 2013

    • Andy M.

      No worries, Ed. Get well!

      March 22, 2013

  • Erich Nolan B.

    Hey Andy man honoured master of this group, I tend to go to events and bring my camera along, and shoot/document happy attendees, you down with me doing that for this event? I'll post all the images to picasaweb for anyone to pluck and view. creative commons ©. Use with cred to shoot boi... lemme know. cheers....

    March 22, 2013

    • Andy M.

      Please do! We actually have a request from the fine folks at WP Candy to share our event pics with them. If you're cool with sharing your work, we'd all appreciate it!

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Arlette

    I was wondering if you are going to be touching on "mobile optimization". Is this something that one can do on its own, or do you need the expertise of a professional to do it? Thanks.

    March 21, 2013

    • Andy M.

      Hi Arlette, the WP Touch Pro plugin from BraveNewCode (a dev shop here in Ontario) is a good place to start: http://www.bravenewco...­ We can touch on it as part of the Essential Plugins portion of the session.

      March 21, 2013

    • Arlette

      thanks Andy!

      March 21, 2013

  • Jenny

    Thank you Andrew!

    March 21, 2013

  • Cindy

    Will there be opportunity for people to ask for help with setting up their wordpress site? If I bring my laptop, is there someone on hand after the session to offer some basic help?

    March 19, 2013

    • Cindy

      Thanks! Are we wearing name tags? how do i find people? :P there are 100+ here :P

      March 21, 2013

    • Andy M.

      Hey Cindy, we'll have nametag badges ready to go for when people show up.

      March 21, 2013

  • Ruth M.

    sorry don't think I'll make it this month... coming down with a cold. Check out our WordPress workshops and lessons at LearnWP.ca

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to immersing myself into wordpress.

    March 21, 2013

  • Al D.

    Just wanted to let you know that I teach an intro to WP class at George Brown and will soon be launching an extensive class called " The Ultimate Guide to WordPress for Beginners" at Udemy.com in April.
    The George Brown class can be found here:
    http://coned.georgebrown.ca/owa_prod/cewskcrss.P_CrseGet?subj_code=COMP&crse_numb=9567

    March 21, 2013

  • Andrea K.

    Sorry, I won't be attending now, but I understand that there will be slides available later? Looking forward to seeing those and have a great time all!

    March 20, 2013

  • Roman T.

    Just in case you need some extra help, just go to http://www.wp101.com/videos/how-to-install-wordpress/
    This is a wordpress help site, it costs $24 per year but this video is
    free. I'm thinking of subscribing.

    March 19, 2013

  • Roman T.

    Setting up wordpress is very easy, you'll be able to do it with a click of the button. As long as you have a good hosting provider.

    March 19, 2013

  • Roman T.

    looking forward to it.

    March 19, 2013

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