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BWPM Aug2013 - VIP Tools for Writers/Editors and WordPress Design Trends

This month's meetup is sponsored by WP Engine:

WP Engine is the one of the most mature premium managed hosting platform for websites and apps built with WordPress. WPEngine powers tens of thousands of websites, delivering the fastest, most reliable, and most secure web experience.  Businesses large and small have come to rely on WP Engine’s exceptional customer service team that specializes in solving problems ranging from troubleshooting plugins, making themes scalable, and mitigating site migration headaches.



6:30-7:10 Networking/Food

7:10-7:20 Opening Remarks

7:30- 8:30 Talk

8:00-8:30 Talk 2

Talk 1:

VIP Tools for Writers and Editors by Steph Yiu (@crushgear)

I built my first WordPress site in 2008. It was an online magazine with an editing workflow, multiple contributors, and featured stories on the homepage. I thought I had it all figured out — that is, until I started working at VIP. In the last year, I’ve had a glimpse into all the tools that editors use at large, national publications and the whole time I kept thinking, “Wait, why didn’t I know about that before?!” In this talk, I’ll share with you the plugins and tools that you can borrow to help editors and users on your site get the VIP treatment.

About the Speaker

Steph Yiu works at VIP, which provides hosting and support for clients like TIME, CNN, NBC, and TechCrunch. She has worked at the Chicago Tribune and America's Test Kitchen, and has interned at The Boston Globe and The Oregonian. She is also the founder of, an online magazine for Third Culture Kids. Website:

Talk 2:

WordPress Design Trends by Mel Choyce (@melchoyce)

What does the current WordPress design landscape look like? What are popular and upcoming trends to look out for? We’ll explore theme design and its current environment, how its projected to change in the next year, and even talk about the future of design within the WordPress admin UI.


Mel is a Design Engineer at Automattic, where she works on improving user experience for new users on She started using WordPress shortly after joining the web industry in 2008, and it’s been love ever since. She enjoys big typography, cold-brewed coffee, and reading on the T.

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  • Debra W.

    excellent. thank for your great presentation. they are very useful.

    August 27, 2013

  • Kiril Stefan A.

    hi there, I am looking to hire a developer to migrate my ecommerce company from a yahoo platform to a wordpress/woocommerce platform. Please contact me if interested. [masked] thanks!

    Great event last night, looking forward to mp6 and also glad that big images and big text are trending upward.

    August 27, 2013

    • Josh F.

      Hi @kiril. My firm,­, specializes in converting sites into WordPress. We've also done some ecommerce migrations (which are quite a bit more complicated). Please contact me on the site if you want to chat about this more.

      August 27, 2013

  • Ilan V.

    Great event, excellent presentations. Steph's presentation probably saved me many hours of trials and frustration. Thank you!

    August 26, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Any chance you can let two more people in?

    August 25, 2013

    • K. Adam W.

      Mary -We cut off RSVP's to provide Microsoft with a guest list, but as with all our events you are still welcome to show up and sign in at the front desk—You will not be denied entry to the meetup

      2 · August 25, 2013

    • Mary B.

      Awesome! Thanks...

      August 26, 2013

  • Anita H.

    Working on Website for two forthcoming books...Both talks sound great! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Andy N.

    Looking forward to learning more about Wordpress.

    August 21, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Two Thumbs up for Steph. I recently attended a presentation by her Providence. Engaging presenter. Great info. I've acted on a few tips and still researching others that I need to know more about. Don't miss this!

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Steph Y.

      Awww, thanks Karen! You totally just made my DAY. :D

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Looking forward to this.

    August 20, 2013

  • Annie

    Wooohoo! :D

    August 19, 2013

  • Helen A.

    Hey All!

    We are a MassChallenge Finalist and we're looking for someone to help transfer our site to a fun simple wordpress theme. Please contact me at helen at sittercycle dot com. Would like to meet and have this project done within the next week.

    Helen A

    August 19, 2013

  • Kimbers

    You had me at "NERD". I'm in.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Kimbers

    I need to know the venue for your next meeting before I can say whether I can make it...

    August 4, 2013

    • Ken

      Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

      August 4, 2013

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