Agenda for February Meeting
2:00pm Welcome and intro to group
2:05pm: Member showcase
2:10pm: Beginner presentation: Three Tips to Improve the Accessibility of Your Site
2:25pm: Advanced presentation: 2014: A New Year, A New Theme
3:10pm Q & A
3:20pm Networking and troubleshooting
Cheryl Blacher will be talking about her site at http://bethejarcaigisrael.wordpress.com/
Three Tips to Improve the Accessibility of Your Site
Our first presentation, by Deborah Edwards-Onoro, highlights three simple ways you can take now to improve accessibility on your WordPress website.
The steps used to make your WordPress site more accessible are similar to the methods you use to make your site easily found by search engines. Deborah will also provide resources for you to learn more about accessibility in WordPress and how you can get involved.
2014: A New Year, A New Theme
The second presentation, by TJ List focuses on the shiny new "magazine" theme Twenty Fourteen included in last December's 3.8 release.
From the WordPress blog, "With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is our most intrepid default theme yet."
Yes, it's intrepid. But does it work? What does it take to implement it on an existing site?
TJ decided to find out by updating his own site. In his presentation, he'll share what he learned along the way.
TJ List, the "Geek Who Speaks People" is a hacker-at-heart, but his widely varied interests and commitments keep him grounded in reality, mostly. He started poking at WordPress in 2009, and has been involved with the Detroit WordPress community since 2010.
After a few years and a few WordCamps, his confidence and competence have both grown. TJ's company, maxim650, provides a variety of website services with an emphasis on WordPress. Eventually he plans to release a plugin into the WordPress repository...
Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a front-end developer who focuses on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. She's been a leader of Metro Detroit WordPress for the past two years, and previously was officer of the Michigan Usability Professionals' Association for three years.
Working as a web developer in higher education gave Deborah insights into creating websites while making sure the sites were accessible to people of all capabilities.
Through her company, Lireo Designs, Deborah focuses on creating usable websites with WordPress and offers digital marketing and training.
Parking and Venue information
Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.
Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor.
Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited street parking on Woodward (no charge on Sunday).
The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF).
Please arrive no later than 2:15pm.
The building is secure and there will be no one at the door to let people in after 2:15pm.