• TBA: Regular WordPress Meeting

    Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

    We'll update the details of this event as soon as we have them.

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    Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

  • Accessibility Made Easy: How to Audit Your WordPress Website for Accessibility

    Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

    This is an encore meetup that was previously delivered on April 4, 2019 at Charles J. Fendig Public Library in Tampa by Steve Curtis and Joseph LoPreste. Brief Background: Over 253 million people worldwide have some visual impairment or disability that prevents them from fully accessing information. There have been 1000's of lawsuits in 2018 to web properties owners to request compensation to have equal access to information. The number of court cases continues to grow very fast in 2019. Web Accessibility is becoming a critical issue for both business owners and website designers. As website designers and developers, we can help a lot of people gain web accessibility to WordPress Websites and the objective of this meetup. Details of the Meetup: Steve Curtis and Joseph LoPreste will explain the important points of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines and websites changes required for compliance. Steve and Joseph will offer easy and actionable steps that you can take as soon as you get home to help your website become compliant. We also explain and give practical examples of each step so you will understand it clearly. Also, this session will provide how you can very quickly run an accessibility audit for your WordPress website using completely free tools. We will also show you some techniques to run a few manual accessibility tests on your website. It is essential as WordPress designers and developers you continue to design and create with the inclusion of accessibility in mind. The first step in accessibility is understanding a few core things: (Accessibility made easy for WP part 1) 1. What Section 508 and accessibility are. 2. Why accessibility (WCAG) and inclusion is so important. 3. What we can do about it as WP developers. The second step in accessibility is understanding where your websites accessibility compliance issues are. (Accessibility made easy for WP part 2) 1. Run simple automatic and manual accessibility audits 2. Identify accessibility shortcomings 3. Implement changes to rectify accessibility shortcomings Finally, we offer some links to free software that you can use to test your websites Section 508 compliance. This session will allocate time for Q & A. Some hands-on activities may be included based on the amount of time remaining. If you missed this Meetup in Apirl, this is your chance to attend it. This session has been revised to include additional information. This presentation will be delivered by Steve Curtis and Joseph LoPreste. So join us and learn how to help 100's of millions of people use the internet and help WordPress be inclusive to all people!" Don't miss this important session and a lively discussion to learn more about this critical topic of WP Accessibility. RSVP right now!

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  • Developing a Local WordPress Site without the Internet

    Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

    Our May 6 session will deal with developing a simple Local WordPress Site on your laptop without an Internet connection. Please bring your laptops. We will be using Desktop Server by ServerPress to go through a series of brief hands-on vignettes using WordPress on your laptop during the meetup. Please install the Desktop Server Limited (free version) on your laptop before our May 6 meetup. To get the free version click on https://serverpress.com/get-desktopserver/ . Your hands-on participation is volunteer and optional. Please note, you may use MAMP or XAMPP instead of Desktop Server to create a local server. The local server is much like the server that runs on your web hosting service. You can install pre-bundled programs that contain all the functions necessary to implement a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL/MariaDB PHP) local server stack. Desktop Server or MAMP (for Mac), or XAMPP (Mac or Windows) can install a local server on your laptop. I highly recommend for our meetup Desktop Server because it's the easiest to install, has support and can be be easily upgraded. By using Desktop Server as a local WordPress development environment, it will allow us to perform some hands-on workshop activities during our meetup without concerns for delays of Internet access and also you can take it with you on your laptop to study the subject matter further at your own pace. Our meetup agenda is as followings: 1. Brief review of the Installation of Desktop Server 2. Implementation of a local website 3. Restore and work with an practice Blueprint Website for this meetup 4. Walk-through a few illustrative hands-on scenarios using CSS for changing pages and posts 5. Q & A The illusive hands-on scenarios we will cover are: 1. Simple WP-Config Changes 2. Simple List Styling 3. Addition CSS Placement 4. Four DIV Responsive Boxes 5. Child Theme See you at the next meetup. Alphonso

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  • Brandon WordPress Kickoff

    Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

    This is the first Brandon WordPress Meetup. It will kickoff the series of monthly sessions that's scheduled to occur on the second Monday of every month. The first meetup is devoted to 2 topics: 1. Kickoff- Member Feedback 2. Presentation of the "Mapping of the Sales Process" Kickoff - Member Feedback: Our first priority is to gather our member’s feedback of need and contributions to improve the formation of our new meetup. This portion of the meetup will be an introduction of members, open discussion, a list of questions to be answered by the audience, to complete a simple questionnaire, get a list of topics for the subsequent meetups and get volunteers. We will attempt to gather as much requirements as possible from the audience. Although this challenge will be an ongoing effort for the first year of the meetup, the information obtained is vital for our planning. Mapping of the Sales Process: The second portion is a interactive presentation is about "Mapping of the Sales Process to Website Conversations" The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate the quality of website content and page storyboard flow through the website using site content, information organizational structure, links and the top menu. Our objective is to publish website content with a purpose that will cause the visitors to take action to achieve an intended goal. This presentation looks at the sales process from the point-of-view of both the business and the potential customer and applies different website page flow scenarios that are mapped to the sales stages. The presentation briefly discusses the verification of website page flow with Google Analytics and A/B Testing. We will also discuss using actual results of what's happening to determine changes of the mapped sales steps, structure, and/or reworking pages. Our discussion will touch on measuring now, exploration, experimentation and future content evolution. The objective of this presentation is to walk-away with a greater understanding of how to achieve intended action with a set of website pages.

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