Nerdapalooza

 

If the MeetUp is full please go on the wait-list as spots can open up.

      “Be kind to nerds as one day you will work for one”

This is an "open source group" and we encourage the exchange of IDEAS and networking. Newbies and experts alike welcome.

$3 purely voluntary donation at door to help with venue cost – about the price of a taco or two.

If you can not get to the physical MeetUp or if its full watch the stream live just click on the UStream sponsor icon on the left of the MeetUp page when the group is in progress (9.30 AM to Noon). Yes it’s that simple!

 

START 9.30 AM Housekeeping / Intro

9.45 AM DAVID LAIETTA - Do you want to find better ways to organize your website's content? Confused by Custom Post Types and Taxonomies, Tags and Categories? I'll show you several easy ways to harness these structural tools to enhance the presentation of any site, whether it be a portfolio, membership site, recipe blog, or any other site.

10.30 AM Networking Break

10.45 AM Flash Session - Always a surprise

11.00 AM JEAN PERPILLANT of Design Theory - Key items to look out for before purchasing your next premium theme and Increasing reader loyalty with social media in your Wordpress site.

11.45 AM Network Break / Evaluations

Noon  WordCamp Committee

FINISH 12.30 PM Finished / Clean and Tidy

 

Remember to keep the group organic - no shameless plugs unless you are a speaker, organizer or sponsor - i.e. you support the local WordPress community!

The MeetUp is a perfect place for networking your business in the breaks.

If you are recruiting WordPress developers please feel free to post as always.

Due to limited space, naughty no-shows get blocked from the group. If you are unable to attend, but have a reservation be sure to login and cancel your spot so someone else can attend.

Your cancelation must be received 12 hours before the start of the MeetUp. We will send out a 24 hour warning to remind you.

"Education levels the playing field" Lets learn as a community.

Peace.... Gary

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  • David L.

    Forgive me for adding to the number of emails that you are all likely getting from the group, but just a note that while fostering community and conversation is the goal of the group, we would like to keep this comment wall as related specifically to upcoming and past events.

    While the group's website would be great for holding longer form discussion or sharing our individually projects, the value for us with Meetup also lies in the fact that it is only one place that people need to go to get group information, without having to keep up with another channel of communication.

    That said, please limit discussion here as it actively relates to the events and group as a whole. Thanks!

    August 30, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Share and Comment Plugins

    Share Buttons by Lockerz: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ Shareaholic: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    Comment Luv: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ Social Media Tabs: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ The Slide by SimpleReach: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    August 27, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Smart YouTube Pro: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ TubePress YouTube Video Gallery: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ YouTube Sidebar Widget: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ Google +1 Button: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    August 27, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Here are the direct links to the plugins I discussed:

    WP Twitter Timeline: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ Tweet & Get It: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ Tweet Old Post: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    Twitter Chat: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ TweetMeme Button: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    Pinterest Pin It: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­

    Post to Facebook: http://codecanyon.net/item/face...­ Facebook Plugin (for a variety of custom options): https://developers.facebook.com/...­ Facebook Like Box: http://wordpress.org/extend/plu...­ / Facebook Tabs from WordPress Admin: http://codecanyon.net/item/face...­

    August 27, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Good evening everyone. Below is a link to my presentation. I will post the links in here as well since you may not be able to copy and paste them from the presentation in SlideShare. http://www.slideshare.net/jpdes...­

    August 27, 2012

  • David L.

    The slideshow from my presentation can be viewed at http://www.slideshare.net/David...­

    As usual, if anyone has any questions on this material or anything WordPress related, email me at [masked]

    1 · August 25, 2012

    • Carol G.

      Thank you David!

      August 25, 2012

    • Shari Lee B.

      Thanks, David. That is great! I loved your presentation.

      August 27, 2012

  • Shari Lee B.

    This was an awesome meetup. I learned so much, and I really enjoyed myself. It was great, as always. Looking forward to Wordcamp ...

    August 27, 2012

  • Thomas R. R.

    fine but get more space, a bigger location or charge so it leaves space for those who need to come. Success is great, but the need for seats means finding bigger local or charging to cut down the ones who do not need your group as much!

    August 27, 2012

  • Jean P.

    It was awesome!

    August 27, 2012

  • Susan Sun N.

    Ditto, presentations of plug-ins are really welcomed!

    August 26, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Thanks to everyone! I am going to include direct links to all the plugins I referenced in the presentation and post it here for everyone.

    1 · August 25, 2012

    • Thomas G.

      Great presentation, I found out about lots of various features and social plugins that I wasn't aware of. Will be making changes to my own sites this week, based on your presentation. Thanks.

      August 25, 2012

    • Susan Sun N.

      Hi, Jean, thank you for your patience in answering all of my questions in working with WP this past year.

      August 26, 2012

  • Susan Sun N.

    Thanks, Jean, for having the patience to answer questions I've accumulated for a year of working with WP. Thanks to Gary, your suggestions are being implemented as soon as I got home. Thanks to all the sponsors and organizers for making this Meetup/Round Table possible. I'd like to invite all of you to visit http://sunisthefuture.net­ to give me suggestions for improving this site and share the site with others so we can spread more sunshine throughout the planet Earth.

    August 26, 2012

  • Gabriel

    Enjoyed the discussions and networking opportunities.

    August 26, 2012

  • Lesley

    Great job today David and Jean. Thank you!

    August 25, 2012

  • Thomas G.

    Great as usual!

    August 25, 2012

  • Sofia "Sophie" L.

    Informative, fun, productive. Great group of people. Many thanks to the organizers, presenters and hosts.

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great session....thanks to the presenters. I would like to suggest that questions remain pertinent to the topic and to the group. One suggestion for future meetups: more involved conversations should be taken off-line during the networking breaks (re: Disney/Solar discussion), as they do not pertain to the topic or to the group.

    August 25, 2012

    • Gary L

      Noted. Will be cut next time.

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous

    August 25, 2012

  • Danise R.

    I tried out the online stream and it was great not to have to make the one hour drive to the location. Only suggestion for next time is that the speaker repeat the question before answering since it was not audible in most cases. Great information from Dave and John. Thanks very much! And thanks, Gary, for making the online viewing option available. Good stuff. :)

    August 25, 2012

    • Gary L

      Great Idea Danise will do

      1 · August 25, 2012

  • Katrina van O.

    Fantastic! Love the training and the networking!

    August 25, 2012

  • David N.

    Excellent As Always

    August 25, 2012

  • Carol G.

    Both David and Jean did a fabulous job. Thank you for your time creating these presentations.

    August 25, 2012

  • Gary L

    Wow - great mix of people. Something for newbies to advance. Thanks to David and Jean on awesome info.... will be trying our some ideas this weekend. Thanks to IDEAS Orlando for hosting.

    August 25, 2012

  • Efrain L.

    I'm excited to meet everyone this is my first time going to this meetup

    August 24, 2012

  • Carol G.

    I'm really looking forward to hearing David's presentation on Custom Post Types and Taxonomies, Tags and Categories.

    August 24, 2012

  • Diane N.

    I'll also have to see if I can watch online - just canceled my reservation to allow someone else to go!

    August 24, 2012

  • Danise R.

    Just changed my reservation for the session tomorrow. Since I live in Lakeland, I want to try watching at home. Meanwhile, I still have not created my first site yet and would like to hire someone to sit down with me for an hour and get me started as I don't have time to filter through all the youtube videos to learn. Anyone available that I could pay to come to my home please let me know. Thanks.

    August 24, 2012

    • Eric h.

      I would be happy to help but I can do it via screen share. Lakeland is far :P

      August 24, 2012

    • Eric h.

      Sorry...you can email me at ehoanshelt[at]thewpvalet­.com

      August 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I can't come tomorrow. Please give my spot to someone else. I'll be watching on-line and see you next time. Sunny

    August 24, 2012

  • Nancy

    Re: My earlier post ...I was busy giving directions on the road as I was posting. I see I made a few mistakes, including leaving out the other suggestion, which was Parks & Recreation ... they offer lots of different venues!

    The Florida Mall Theater / Community Events sounds great too! : )

    July 11, 2012

  • Ricardo P.

    Maybe their place is bigger. Check it out.

    July 10, 2012

  • Ricardo P.

    Its the NEW MICROSOFT MEETUP

    July 10, 2012

  • Ricardo P.

    GARY FOR YOU TAKE A LOOK: ITS FREE SPACE:

    Florida Mall Theater | Community Events

    If you have a group that meets once a week, once a month, or even once a year let the Microsoft Store at the Florida Mall be the location you host your event!

    Our Theater is open to all kinds of groups; ranging from book clubs, tech groups, small business groups, gaming teams and tournaments, PC gaming, and many more. We also provide private group training sessions, workshops, guest speakers to concerts..

    1 · July 10, 2012

  • Nancy

    I have 2 suggestions for places work ample space ... The Sleeping Moon ... A truly lovely place located in Winter Park on Aloma near Semoran Blvd. Its really a cozey cafe mewting type pkace. I'll call to get pricing n availability.

    July 10, 2012

  • Billy

    I'm all for finding a larger space. It's a shame that 20 or so people miss out every meeting. Ideally we would need a space to fit 100 people or so. Anyone have ideas on where?
    Another thing we could do is consider Skype for those that are unable to make it or are stuck on the waiting list.
    I am going to check on the recreation center where I live (near Lake Nona) and see what the capacity is for the room & follow up. It's $75.00 to rent. That's like a buck a person.

    July 10, 2012

  • Carol G.

    I like options 2 & 3. Thank you Judy these are great ideas. What about sponsors? Gary did you say that the org may help ?

    July 10, 2012

  • Judy

    -There were 3 options for serving more people.
    -Profit and covering cost are different animals? There are always those that will not donate even when it is $3.00.
    -So you would rather take you chances, right?

    July 10, 2012

  • Carol G.

    I disagree with a larger donation of (15.00 to 20.00). Small business owners wanting to learn would not be able to attend.

    July 10, 2012

  • Katy

    some people do not have "smart phones" & charging more for the Meetup makes this group more of a "for profit" thing....they are trying to keep the costs low & that's what I love about it. RSVPing the night before is not a huge thing to ask. People generally know the night before (although things do come up) if they are going to attend. A final RSVP at 9 am Fri night would be a good thing. :) I've been on the wait list...and it sucks. ;) Accountability is a good thing in this day & age. ;)

    July 10, 2012

  • Judy

    Get a bigger room, get a larger donation (15.00 to 20.00) to cover the cost, and grow. What you've got is what everyone wants. Keep the same place and group size but do the presentation 2 times on the same day. Record the entire session and post it on You Tube (unpublished) so only those that signed up on the wait list would get the link.

    Thanks for listening.
    Judy

    2 · July 10, 2012

  • Carol G.

    True Katy, there are all sorts of last minute reasons that are valid. Such as car won't start or broke down, missed the bus, called into work last minute, woke up sick, having a baby. I think letting someone know as opposed to a no show. Repeated no shows need to be addressed.

    July 10, 2012

  • Carol G.

    There's a Meetup App for smart phones.
    True if you live far no way can you be there in 30-min
    I didn't know about the auto move-up from the waiting list.

    July 10, 2012

  • Katy

    I think people should know the night before if they are going to attend or not. We should set a time to double check your RSVP the night before...like say 9 PM on Fri night? Send an email to the attendees around 8 PM to finalize their RSVP for the next day. Waiting 30 minutes before the meeting to change your RSVP does nobody any good. That is not enough time for a wait-lister to be notified. What do you guys think about this idea?

    July 10, 2012

  • JP

    +1 @ Chuck. 30 min before last meetup I was moved from the wait-list to registered, but it was not enough time to attend. I did not even see it in time to cancel. :-\

    July 10, 2012

  • Chuck

    One thing to remember is that when one person changes their RSVP to no, it moves someone else from the wait list to yes. So if its 30 minutes before the meetup and someone switches to no, the wait list person may not see it in time to attend. We have to make sure we don't penalize those people for not showing when they may not have been given proper notice.

    1 · July 10, 2012

  • Carol G.

    I think accountability is a good thing.
    I've seen the list open up last minute.
    Last minute things come up.

    Geeks should have a smart phone to let the group know.

    We should keep checking the waiting list.

    I don't think there's an excuse for a no show without deleting the RSVP on the Meet-Up.

    I agree with a register sheet to compare with the Meet-up RSVP.
    I don't mind helping if needed.

    But who will police this, telling people they can't come?

    July 10, 2012

  • David L.

    I know that there should be no excuse for it, but since we've mentioned this before, it might be a good idea to set up a "second-chance" thing for no-shows, just for one free chance, or have them go right to the waiting list if possible.

    July 10, 2012

  • David L.

    Last week's meetup also went the same day. Unfortunately, I did see a few more empty chairs there, compared to last time. If you do find that you cannot attend, please free your spot up for someone else ASAP.

    July 10, 2012

  • Jean P.

    Everything booked that quickly? I hope spots weren't filled by people who RSVP'd last time and didn't show.

    July 10, 2012

  • Nancy

    WOW! I just got the email from Gary TODAY. He sent it at 3:11 pm it's now 11 pm. I jumped to the website to sign up for the next class and I CAN"T BELIEVE ~ it's FULL!!!??? THAT FAST???!!! Aaaaaaaaawwww :( aaaww :( mmmm :(

    July 9, 2012

  • Gary L

    I see all the spots went same day. Please add to wait-list as extra places will open up.

    July 9, 2012

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