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A Business Owner’s Guide to Maintaining WordPress with John Peterson

Thanks to Improving EnterprisesWP Engine and Develare you can spend the afternoon eating pizza and co-working with the most talented internet professionals in the Metroplex.  

80% of all independently owned small businesses fail. Conversely, roughly 80% of all franchises succeed. The difference is the process. Use the power of process to propel your WordPress website to new heights in performance.

John Peterson, President of Develare, has put the power of process at the core of his company. In this month’s meeting, John will present, “Choose Your Own Adventure: A Business Owner’s Guide to Maintaining WordPress”.

He’ll cover:

●  Identify coding and performance problems before they metastasize.

●  Upgrade your WordPress website on the sly using our time tested techniques.

●  Monitor for malware and website outages before they bite you.

The best part? The topic with the most interest gets the most time! You choose your own adventure by using the hashtag #DFWWP on Twitter or by commenting on meetup.

John Peterson founded Develare in 2001. By combining 10­ years of software development skills with a genuine desire to help others, John has created a company that makes the web work for small business. 

John Peterson’s first experience with the power of the web came in college while at Texas A&M University. John created the original grade distribution search engine to discover which professors gave the highest grades. At it’s peak the website was receiving over 20,000 hits per day. For his efforts, the Student Engineer’s Council presented him with the Service in Engineering Award.

After college, John developed software used in creating 3D transistors, custom GPS units, games for mobile devices, and enterprise web applications. Drawing on this experience and the revolution with cloud computing, Develare is able to bring enterprise software development processes to small businesses. 


• 1PM-2:10PM: Pizza Networking Lunch

• 2:10PM-2:30PM: Announcements

• 2:30PM-3:40PM: Presentation

• 4:00PM-5PM: Q&A and Meetup Networking

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  • Zhaodi(Jodi) L.

    Hello every wordpress guru. one thing i can not figure it out is that, how can i cutomize social share button on top of my header ( share my social media account but not share the content on post or page ) in my wordpress site? what plugin or apps can help me finish this task?

    July 28, 2014

    • Zhaodi(Jodi) L.

      Thank you so much Tony! I figure out the problem. it seems that i only the default footer widget place can put the social share button. But did it have some ways can put it into the customized header place?

      July 29, 2014

    • Tony C.

      There is always a way—just depends if you are doing it in settings or code. ;)

      July 29, 2014

  • Lori L.

    Thanks to Tony and John for a great session. I learned a lot and hopefully can get my site up and running soon. I look forward to the next one.

    2 · July 29, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    I hope to see John back, too!

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    This is a little add info about WP Engine. They have interactive tutorials within the user portal -

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • Beth K.

    Thanks for a great presentation John and thanks to Tony for being such a great host!

    2 · July 27, 2014

  • Peter G.

    Great meeting. Lots of information to consume! Nice job presenting by a very knowledgeable expert.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • David S.

    VERY good presentation. A very dry subject but, John did well using humor to make it palatable. I hope he will come back and speak again..!

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Jane W.

    Excellent speaker and great information. Venue was in a great location.

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Jane W.

    Excellent speaker and great information. Venue was in a great location.

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • John P.

    Thank you to everyone for all the fantastic questions. If you would like to refer to the Prezi, here is the link:

    4 · July 26, 2014

  • Charlotte Ann M.

    On my way!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • jim o.

    my number one problem is rising above the masses in my business, foundation repair. Did a search on foundation repair dallas using duckduck and finally gave up.

    July 21, 2014

    • RobMapes

      Jim, It looks like your site is showing up on the first page of Google for Dallas foundation repair. That's great. So what is the problem? You have a page rank of "3". 32 backlinks, coming from 4 different domains. It appears that all of the domains are on the same IP address, so they probably belong to a PBN that Alexendre Uster created.

      July 21, 2014

  • Suzi B.

    John is awesome! Can't wait for his presentation. Security, site speed/performance and keeping WordPress core, themes, and plugins updated and working together nicely are important topics IMO.

    July 21, 2014

  • Syed A.

    Thanks John for the presentation.
    Plugins are a huge part of Wordpress. How many are too many? Some are not SEO friendly? Where to get the best of for each problem? Some get outdated?
    Hoping to get some of these answered.

    July 21, 2014

  • jim o.

    Should have mentioned in prior posting,
    my site is

    July 21, 2014

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