The WordPress Developers Group of Charlotte was created to help bring together local WordPress developers (and designers.) Meetups will be on a regular basis, include open topics for discussion, networking and allow us to learn from each other. While all developers (from beginners to WordPress Ninjas) are invited to join, there are a number of groups already established that cover the basics (like how to post, how to choose a theme, ect.) In general, the topics of discussion will be on a more intermediate to advanced level, helping each of us become better at what we do! So come join us! Become an active member of the group and let's learn and grow together.
Why Another WordPress Meetup?
I know there are other WordPress related Meetup groups already in existence. So why start another one? Well, in my experience, many of the other WordPress groups cater to more of the beginning users of WordPress. Most of the topics cover the basics of how to post, how to choose a theme, ect. As someone that has been using WordPress for a few years now to create a multitude of websites, I wanted to meet others that have a more mature skillset with WordPress.
While this group will welcome any WordPress user, including the beginners, the focus of this group will be more dedicated to more advanced uses and programming techniques that allows us to use WordPress to be much more than a blogging software.
The format of the meetings may vary from meeting to meeting, but in general the idea is to make it a collaborative meeting. Typical meetings will offer times for networking / meet-and-greet, sharing tips and tricks, getting advice of specific areas of need and a "roundtable" style discussion about specific topics. Occasionally we may have a "speaker" offer a "presentation", but the idea is that we all contribute to the conversation and exchange ideas and assistance.
Meeting Days and Times
When and where we meet will vary a bit. Other Meetup groups tend to have a very specific meeting day and time (3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm, for example.) However, that doesn't always work for all the members. Initially, this group may have a more regular day and time, but the goal will be to offer multiple options for meetings so that every member has the opportunity to be involved.
This is a group that will strive on member participation. Each member will be encouraged to get involved, be part of the discussions and interact with each other. If you choose to be a wall flower, that is fine, too. However, the more members that are actively involved, the better the meetings will be and the more we all can get from the meetings.
Currently, this group is not requiring any dues or meeting fees. As the group grows, we would love to see Sponsors get involved to help provide some financial assistance with the group, to allow for items such as refreshments and larger meeting locations.
If you are interested in Sponsoring this group in any way (with finances or services), please contact the Group Organizer.