Fast and furious - this month's meetup is going to share the wonders of WordPress Multisite to create your own WordPress.com (a network of websites) and then (as we have time, and in the order below) how to extend that Multisite installation to do magical things like:
-Quickly and easily replicate standard sites on your network, including the theme, plugins and settings, AND content.
- Use top level domains for all the sites on your network.
-Aggregate content from across your network to your primary site, turning your network into a news beast!
-Turn your Multisite network into a money-making machine by charging for access to your new websites. That's right - once you've turn one Multisite, you're one plugin away from being able to sell those new websites on your network through a paywall. Or, DON'T charge for access for those site, but DO require membership.
-Turn the whole network into your own social network using BuddyPress - imagine a network of websites where each user's posts can contribute to a common feed, and those users can also connect with one another through messaging, profiles, photos... Sounds like Linked In, Facebook, or well... any niche network out today, huh?
-- Turn that same WordPress Multisite installation (without Ecommerce) into an educational powerhouse by giving each of the sites on your network a learning management system (useful for Multisite installation in the K-12 or college context).
-Turn that same WordPress Multisite installation (with or without BuddyPress or the ) into Etsy. Give each of your users their own e-commerce store, and you've got a marketplace. I'll even show you how to take a cut of their sales.
Ok. Let's just be honest. We're not going to get through all this in one night. BUT, I will get through as much as I can while still making sense and then be sure to give you the links to where you can find more information about what we don't get to.
Many of these uses and applications are the very same uses that many startups and businesses need to stop using WordPress as a simple blogging platform and start using it as something more. Don't believe yet that WordPress is more than JUST a blogging platform? Check out this video from WordCamp Phoenix: http://wordpress.tv/2013/03/08/paul-clark-how-wordpress-saves-lives-freedom-hope-and-custom-post-types/ and the accompanying PDF http://brainstormmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/freedom-hope-custom-post-types-small.pdf . You won't regret it.
See you Thursday the 21st!
BTW - Tickets for WordCamp Columbus go on sale April 1 (www.2013.columbus.wordcamp.org and on twitter @wordcampcbus).
Would you be willing to help us get a full dinner donated for this month's meetup from a local restaurant? It would need to serve about 40 people. Get in touch if you think you're up to it!
Otherwise, we typically have snacks like chips, pop and cookies for all.
We invite anyone that would like to share a topic, or show a project they've worked on as a case study to talk to one of the organizers of the group about presenting.
Most of the topics we cover will include a wide spectrum from introductory "how-to use it" all the way to advanced "how-to code it". Even if you're just starting with WordPress and we're covering an advanced topic you can still get something out of it! We always have volunteers available to do one-on-one or small group ground-up walkthroughs of WordPress!
You never need to worry about if you're going to learn something or not. We guarantee no matter where you're starting you'll come away with something useful.
Hope to see you there!