How WordPress Works: A beginners overview

The last two months have been developer focused, so this month's main session is for beginners.  However, we'll also have something for advanced users... read on... 

MAIN SESSION:

What's the difference between Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com? Why would I choose one over the other? I love the idea of Wordpress but where do I start? If you've found yourself puzzling over these questions then this meetup's for you. We'll discuss themes -- what they are and how to get them. We'll delve into the basics of plugins and widgets and unlock the secrets of the Wordpress Dashboard. With this step by step approach we'll get you going in the right direction. 

GENIUS BAR FOR GENIUSES

This month's Genius Bar is for advanced users. Let's get together and talk hooks, filters, debugging, jQuery and whatever else you want to discuss.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Nate Cooper has been a Wordpress advocate for many years and a teacher for longer. He prides himself on taking on challenging topics in a way that is approachable by beginners. While he honed this skill during his years running workshops at Apple Inc, he now runs his own consultancy firm and teaches Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals at New Work City where he is also the director of Education.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was too beginner for me personally but most importantly it got me to finally show up for one of these and I'll definitely be coming to more!

    November 11, 2011

  • Joselyn Greene

    I thought this was a good idea. Perhpaps an intermediate level can be next where users can dialog and ask more advanced questions.

    September 26, 2011

  • Sally

    While I'm not a newbie to WordPress (been using it for 2 years), I wanted to check out the group and I brought a friend who is interested in starting a blog using WordPress. The presentation was very good - covered a lot in such a short period of time. Towards the end, I went to the Genius Bar and managed to get a couple of questions answered. I think this group will be a great resource for me as I move forward with the platform.

    September 21, 2011

  • Dori Newman

    lots of questions throughout the presentation which is a good thing but the questions should be better organized. especially with workshops aimed at newbies, people from all levels are attending. maybe a slide deck or agenda could be handed out in the beginning so all attendees know the schedule.

    September 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great introduction to word press. I learned a lot and most of my questions were answered. Looking forward to future meetup with the group!

    September 21, 2011

  • SC Smith

    The session was very informative. I think we need more sessions like this. Thank you Steve.

    September 21, 2011

  • Peter HAmilton

    really liked introductory focus. difficult to manage questions from attendees based on different levels of 'beginner'.

    September 21, 2011

  • ruth gitto

    I'm getting there - slowly, but surely.

    September 21, 2011

  • Barbara

    There was a lot of useful information presented. However, I felt like the meetup would have flowed better if there had been an agenda. Since attendees didn't really know what to expect or what was coming next there were lots of questions asked throughout the presentation. This became pretty disruptive. Having an agenda is an easy solution to this problem.

    September 21, 2011

  • Mary Lou

    I had a small knowledge of WordPress before this meeting. I found it very distracting for Nate to allow questions to interrupt rather than pressing on with his complete presentation. I would have loved to have seen him basically go through setting up a WP site, talking about the elements along the way. Being a visual person I probably would have gotten much more out of it, although I did pick up a few worthwhile pieces of info. I would take another class.

    September 21, 2011

  • Michelle

    I thought Nate did a fantastic job explaining how WordPress Works even though people kept asking questions, some even off topic. Steve did a great job with the introductions as well. Thanks guys for your hard work.

    September 21, 2011

  • Tania

    Didin't really seem as if it was attended by begininers...more like people who've used it and wanted very specific questions answered in relation to their issues in using it. Some folks seemed like they were pretty advanced users and might have been better off in the genius section. The presenter was very nice and accommodating but at times seemed overwhelmed. Bit distracting to have the presentation stopped frequently for questions--might have been better for the whole presentation to be done with before the question phase.

    September 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    presentation was scattered and all over the place. never finished an explanaton in a clear and concise way. If you repeat an intro session, or even an intermediate session, you should either 1) focus on one segment (ie dashboard) or give a good overview, just showing where everything else. As it was the "toes were diped into the water" in some subjects and completely ignored in other sujects.

    September 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nate was a great presenter and did a good job trying to wrangle all the questions. Not sure if it would be better to complete the presentation before taking questions as it seemed so many of the attendees wanted to ask questions before he was able to cover the topic. It was difficult for him to cover all that he wanted to with so many interruptions.

    September 21, 2011

  • Robin Bossert

    As advertised. Good value for your time. A bit non-linear and slightly ADHD. But good info enthusiastically delivered.

    September 21, 2011

  • Randi

    Being a true beginner. I would have preferred if it was approached just as I begin it.
    Starting with the theme and operating the dashboard etc.
    I did walk away with a better understanding and more questions then when I came in.

    September 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great primer for new WordPress users.

    September 21, 2011

  • Steve Bruner

    It was great to see new faces at the Meetup.

    September 21, 2011

  • Laura-Jeanne Monahos

    I think I RSVP'd "Yes" twice already. ? I am planning to attend. I should've been off the waitlist and declared as a "Yes" twice already.

    September 19, 2011

  • Steve Bruner

    Meetup will email you when there is an opening... then you need to go to this page and RSVP. It's first come, first serve.

    September 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How/when do you find out that you are no longer on the waitlist - but can actually attend the event?

    1 · September 19, 2011

  • Steve Bruner

    Alan-- I believe we can only choose one or the other, Amazon OR Paypal. Currently we are only using PayPal.

    September 8, 2011

  • Mehboob Alam*

    Please add an option to pay via Amazon. Thanks.

    September 7, 2011

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