• Part Two: Practical Frameworks to Boost Your Website (Beverly location)

    Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch Meeting Room

    We had a great Meetup on June 12 and we want to meet again in July to continue the discussion and wrap the talk. *Note, we usually meet in Beverly on the second Wednesday of the month. In July the room wasn't available so please note the July meeting will take place on a Monday night! When a potential customer lands on any website, it will take them few seconds to decide if they will stay or leave. The workshop focuses on applying behavioral science principles in understanding how the prospects make decisions on your website, designing the website with the target audience in mind, as a tool to capture and guide the users to take the desired action. The attendees will walk away with a behavioral framework on how their users make decisions on their website that can be applied immediately with great impact. 1. Target audience: business owners who want more conversions from their websites and designers who want to apply behavioral science in their work 2. Make lasting changes on your website to nudge users and bring more consistent revenue to your business 3. Increase website conversions guaranteed with few subtle, but impactful nudges, once you understand how prospects make decisions on your website. 4. Run a behavioral test on your website and understand how future prospects will react to it 5. Get ready-to-implement nudges to increase website conversions based on behavioral science 6. Do not spend money on designers or software developers until you take this workshop. It will save you money, guaranteed! Presenter: George Dan is the CEO and Founder of User Nudge, a company specialized in implementing behavioral models for online interfaces. Mr. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and currently teaches decision-making courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 network and introductions 6:15 - 7:00 presentation 7:00 - 7:30 Q&A 7:30 - wrap up About the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch: There is a parking lot to the east of the library and ample street parking. The branch is 3 blocks west of the Metra Rock Island 95th Street stop. Cookies will be served...we hope to see you there!

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  • Content Creation with Gutenberg

    Holiday Club

    Well, our June date got canceled due to ComEd, so let's see if we if we can do this again. Please note that this is the 2nd Wed, due to the holiday. WordPress 5 was released in December. With this release came the new block editor, Gutenberg. So while Gutenberg isn't completely new, it may still seem like a big adjustment to your content creation process. Are you using the Classic Editor and haven't made the shift yet to the block editor? Or are you using Gutenberg but still want to learn more? If so, join us at this session where we will look at the block editor and explore different types of blocks available in the block library. We will also demonstrate reusable blocks and how they can be used to create templates. This session will be introductory and suitable for anyone who maintains or operates a WordPress site. China Dostal, the owner of China Dostal Website Development will be our speaker. She is the Web Services Manager at Moraine Valley Community College and also teaches an introduction to WordPress course at Moraine each spring. China runs the Southside chapter of this meetup. As always, Holiday Club doors open at 6. The first hour is meet, greet, get/give help, the presentation starts at 7. Plugs and wifi are very limited at the Holiday Club. If you can bring a fully charged machine and a hot spot to share - that would be awesome. While you're here, order a burger or beer from our great host at the Holiday Club and network to your heart's content.

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  • A Behavioral Approach to Web Design (Beverly location)

    Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch Meeting Room

    If you missed this Meetup presentation back in March on the North Side, attend now on the South Side! When a potential customer lands on any website, it will take them few seconds to decide if they will stay or leave. The workshop focuses on applying behavioral science principles in understanding how the prospects make decisions on your website, designing the website with the target audience in mind, as a tool to capture and guide the users to take the desired action. The attendees will walk away with a behavioral framework on how their users make decisions on their website that can be applied immediately with great impact. 1. Target audience: business owners who want more conversions from their websites and designers who want to apply behavioral science in their work 2. Make lasting changes on your website to nudge users and bring more consistent revenue to your business 3. Increase website conversions guaranteed with few subtle, but impactful nudges, once you understand how prospects make decisions on your website. 4. Run a behavioral test on your website and understand how future prospects will react to it 5. Get ready-to-implement nudges to increase website conversions based on behavioral science 6. Do not spend money on designers or software developers until you take this workshop. It will save you money, guaranteed! Presenter: George Dan is the CEO and Founder of User Nudge, a company specialized in implementing behavioral models for online interfaces. Mr. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and currently teaches decision-making courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 network and introductions 6:15 - 7:00 presentation 7:00 - 7:30 Q&A 7:30 - wrap up About the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch: There is a parking lot to the east of the library and ample street parking. The branch is 3 blocks west of the Metra Rock Island 95th Street stop. Cookies will be served...we hope to see you there!

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  • Content Creation with Gutenberg

    Holiday Club

    WordPress 5 was released in December. With this release came the new block editor, Gutenberg. So while Gutenberg isn't completely new, it may still seem like a big adjustment to your content creation process. Are you using the Classic Editor and haven't made the shift yet to the block editor? Or are you using Gutenberg but still want to learn more? If so, join us at this session where we will look at the block editor and explore different types of blocks available in the block library. We will also demonstrate reusable blocks and how they can be used to create templates. This session will be introductory and suitable for anyone who maintains or operates a WordPress site. China Dostal, the owner of China Dostal Website Development will be our speaker. She is the Web Services Manager at Moraine Valley Community College and also teaches an introduction to WordPress course at Moraine each spring. China runs the Southside chapter of this meetup. As always, Holiday Club doors open at 6. The first hour is meet, greet, get/give help, the presentation starts at 7. Plugs and wifi are very limited at the Holiday Club. If you can bring a fully charged machine and a hot spot to share - that would be awesome. While you're here, order a burger or beer from our great host at the Holiday Club and network to your heart's content.

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  • Get Help and Show & Tell in Beverly

    Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch Meeting Room

    Have a specific question about your site that you can't resolve? Here is your opportunity to talk to other users and possible get your questions answered. Please try and keep the request to 30 minutes or less, we'd like to make sure everyone gets a chance. If you are a developer or designer for WordPress, please join us and help other folks out. It will be fun! If you have a cool project/site/plugin/resource you'd like to share, be ready to do that too! Please bring your laptops, devices, etc. and the room will be set up with tables so we can all do work together. Agenda: 6:00 - 7:30 network, ask questions, learn 7:30 - wrap up About the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch: There is a parking lot to the east of the library and ample street parking. The branch is 3 blocks west of the Metra Rock Island 95th Street stop. Cookies will be served...we hope to see you there!

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  • Get help and Let's Talk about site maintenance

    Holiday Club

    Have a specific question about how to get your menus to work, install a plugin, tweak a theme? Now is your opportunity to get your questions answered. Please try and keep the request to 45 minutes or less, we'd like to make sure everyone gets a chance. If you are a developer or designer for WordPress, please join us and help other folks out. (I know who you are, please come and help.) It will be a blast. Let's also have a conversation on site maintenance. How often do you need to do updates? Do you have a copy site for testing? What steps do you take to troubleshoot something that's gone wrong? Let's chat about this and learn what everyone is doing. Plugs and wifi are very limited at the Holiday Club. If you can bring a fully charged machine and a hot spot to share - that would be awesome. While you're here, order a burger or beer from our great host at the Holiday Club and network to your heart's content.

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  • How to Design a WordPress Website That Converts Leads (Beverly location)

    Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch Meeting Room

    When you're designing a website there are several component that you need to think about to be strategic about the purpose of your website. Whether you're designing for a business or a personal blog there are key 3 components that you should keep in mind. Having these 3 components on your website can make or break your lead conversion. We will dive into a website critique of someone's website to see some changes that could be made to get new leads ASAP and some simple ways to keep people engaged on your website. We are going to discuss: - 3 key components when diving into designing your website - How to keep people engaged on your website - We will critique a website to help you to analyze your own website to gain new leads. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 network and introductions 6:15 - 7:00 presentation 7:00 - 7:30 Q&A 7:30 - wrap up About the Speaker: Sequena Luckett is a Website Strategist & Designer. An expert in WordPress with 12 years of graphic and web design experience. She helps women-owned businesses that creates and sell a premium products and services build strategic websites that generate leads and convert them into clients. When she is not speaking to clients or designing for brands, she is sharing her time with her family and friends. Her motto is live in the present. The past happened, life is now and the future is arriving. You can follow her on social media with the handle @SequenaLuckett on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest. Website: www.SequenaLuckett.com Email: [masked] About the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch: There is a parking lot to the east of the library and ample street parking. The branch is 3 blocks west of the Metra Rock Island 95th Street stop. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/10/ Cookies, as always!

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  • Build your first WordPress Plugin

    Holiday Club

    Ever wanted to build your own WordPress plugin from scratch? Here's your chance. We'll look at what a WordPress plugin is, how a simple plugin is constructed, and then we'll jump right into building our own. Bring your laptop and code with us or follow along as we go and learn some of the tools WordPress already has in place to allow you to extend core functionality and get your plugin in the repository. Keanan Koppenhaver, a regular at this meetup and partner at Alpha Particle will be our speaker. As always, the doors at the Holiday Club open at 6. We use the 1st hour for networking, ordering and helping each other. The presentation will begin at 7 pm.

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  • Evaluating and Selecting Themes (Beverly location)

    Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch Meeting Room

    Themes control the look, feel and layout of your site. Picking a ready-made one can be a daunting task, so let’s take a look at themes and understand the decisions that need to be made. We’ll dive into: * Why it’s critical to understand your brand, audience and content before you even begin looking * What to expect a theme to do and what it won’t * What to look for when picking a theme and good places to find them * How to install and switch themes * Understanding the theme file structure * Understand how child themes work Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 network and introductions 6:15 - 7:00 presentation 7:00 - 7:30 Q&A 7:30 - wrap up About the Speaker: Becky Davis has been a theme developer for close to 10 years, is owner of Becky Davis Design, has spoken at WordCamps all over the country and runs the Northside chapter of this meetup. Links: https://beckydavisdesign.com/ About the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch: There is a parking lot to the east of the library and ample street parking. The branch is 3 blocks west of the Metra Rock Island 95th Street stop. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/10/ Cookies, as always!

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  • A Behavioral Approach to Web Design

    Holiday Club

    When a potential customer lands on any website, it will take them few seconds to decide if they will stay or leave. The workshop focuses on applying behavioral science principles in understanding how the prospects make decisions on your website, designing the website with the target audience in mind, as a tool to capture and guide the users to take the desired action. The attendees will walk away with a behavioral framework on how their users make decisions on their website that can be applied immediately with great impact. 1. Target audience: business owners who want more conversions from their websites and designers who want to apply behavioral science in their work 2. Make lasting changes on your website to nudge users and bring more consistent revenue to your business 3. Increase website conversions guaranteed with few subtle, but impactful nudges, once you understand how prospects make decisions on your website. 4. Run a behavioral test on your website and understand how future prospects will react to it 5. Get ready-to-implement nudges to increase website conversions based on behavioral science 6. Do not spend money on designers or software developers until you take this workshop. It will save you money, guaranteed! Presenter: George Dan is the CEO and Founder of User Nudge, a company specialized in implementing behavioral models for online interfaces. Mr. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and currently teaches decision-making courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. As always, the doors at the Holiday Club open at 6. We use the 1st hour for networking, ordering and helping each other. The presentation will begin at 7 pm.

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