• Control the Payment Process in WordPress Sites

    Desktop Coworking Community

    ECommerce credit card processing can take many forms. Knowing how to navigate this evolving industry requires an understanding of how all the pieces fit together. There are two main methods for e-commerce credit card processing to work. One is through an eCommerce website or an online marketplace. The other method in which businesses sell goods and services is through an online marketplace. Any business that accepts transactions online is considered an eCommerce site. At this Meetup, we'll teach you about electronic payments for you and your business. Specifically, you will learn how to get the best deal for your own business, the best way to utilize a processor as a resource to your client, information about integrations and how to take some of the developmental load off of the developers back when it comes to payments. ============== Bailey Cooper with GoMP Group is a dedicated networker focusing on businesses between Rome and Atlanta. His goal is to create strategic partnerships with companies to help them grow which allows him to develop his own business as well. An experienced merchant services consultant, Bailey has assisted a variety of businesses with payment processing services -- from flower shops and circuses to lawyers and boutiques. Bailey has been in the software integration and payment space for 3 years and attended The University of Georgia. You can find Bailey on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bailey-cooper-b4875813a/ www.gompgroup.com

    2
  • Security as Praxis: Applying Best Practices to WordPress and Actually Using Them

    What are the “best practices” for security on the web? Can WordPress use them, and how? Better yet, how do you use them, and use them consistently? We hope that you will take away useful insights into plugins and applications for security management. We also want to provide you with general advice for your everyday security. ================= AJ Caldwell is a technology enthusiast turned professional, with over a decade in experience in the application of Info. A 6 year network administrator at Harmony, AJ excels at small business back-office applications, and 3 years of experience with applying that knowledge to WordPress and website building.

    2
  • Build Amazing Sites w/Toolset to Thrill Your Clients + Make Your Life Easier

    Looking for a way to offer advanced functionality for your website clients without writing a ton of code? Would it be great to make building websites easier and more profitable? Learn how building custom post types with Toolset can help you create complex functionality while making your life easier at the same time. ============== Chris Shull is passionate about helping business leaders share their message in a way that lands them more customers and clients. She uses 25 years of sales and marketing experience to develop a marketing strategy, websites, and email campaigns that help her clients become the obvious choice in a crowded sea of competition. Chris is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance. She’s worked in sales for large corporations like Medtronic, GE Healthcare, and Boston Scientific as well as in non-profit development with a large multinational youth ministry. She started Heyday Web Media in 2013 offering web development and has expanded to include marketing strategy and automated email marketing. Chris is also a Certified StoryBrand Guide helping clients clarify their message so customers will listen. You can find more about her and what she does at https://heydaywebmedia.com.

    6
  • Kennesaw WordPress Happiness Bar

    Desktop Coworking Community

    Kennesaw WordPress wants to build and strengthen the WordPress community. We'll be hosting our very first Happiness Bar at our usual Meetup spot. Our Happiness bar is a place where you can a) ask questions and get answers about all things WordPress; b) volunteer to answer questions about a specific topic in WP that you have experience in; c) all of the above. Topics include, but are not limited to: • Getting Started with WordPress • Theme Help (HTML, CSS, PHP, JS, etc.) • Modifying WP (Custom Post Types) • Advanced Backend Help • Server Administration / DevOps • Content Strategy At the event, we'll be able to match up those looking for help with someone able to help, and vice versa.

    3
  • Kennesaw WordPress Pro Search

    Desktop Coworking Community

    Kennesaw WordPress wants to build and strengthen the WordPress community on the North side. We're trying something new! Got talent? Join us for our premiere Pro-Search. Our Pro-Search is a place where you can a) network with other WP professional freelancers; b) share your skills, availability, and areas of focus and expertise; c) all of the above. Who is this for? • Freelancers seeking WordPress projects • Creatives who contribute to content development • Web Design / Front End Developer • Designer & Developer • WooCommerce Expert • Remote WordPress Developer At the event, bring your contact information and be ready to share with others what it is you are looking for in WordPress projects. You will also be invited back the following Saturday to help out at our Happiness Bar.

    2
  • Building Your E-mail List with Christine Laikind

    Desktop Coworking Community

    Email List building is one of the most strategic and powerful activities you can engage in as a business owner. That’s because it’s the one way that you’re able to build a list of people who have willingly expressed an interest in the type of products or services you offer. And it’s YOUR list. One that you control. That’s a powerful weapon to have in your arsenal when it comes time to launching a product or service, running a promotion, or just reaching out to your list to build the relationships required to fuel your business long term. However, the success of your email marketing efforts largely depends on the size and quality of your e-mail list. For every $1 you invest in your email, you will get an average $38 back. ================= Christine Laikind is an 18-year veteran with experience in B2B and B2C marketing. Christine has been working specifically with professional speakers and coaches for the past few years. Previously she had worked with various small businesses and nonprofit organizations with their business and marketing needs. An advocate for Web Accessibility aka Inclusive Design, Christine will be speaking at WordCamp Atlanta 2019 in May. You can find more at https://www.scs-digitalmarketing.com

    3
  • Steps for Dealing with Difficult Clients (And Preventing Them Altogether!)

    Ah, clients—we need them, we crave them. WordPress consultants and freelancers mostly live in attraction mode, constantly building a vibrant roster of sweet-spot clients. But not every client is a good client, says Kathy Drewien. So while you’re courting new relationships, beware of the challenging types of clients almost never worth the trouble. ================= Kathy Drewien rescues abandoned, ugly, orphaned, broken, and non-productive websites for people and businesses who are ready for a change. You can find more are https://atlantawpcoach.com.

    1
  • The Art of Presenting Web Content with Tom Tortorici

    Desktop Coworking Community

    Happy Almost Valentines Day! With the glut of information and competitors online, how will you engage busy buyers who have such short attention spans? Two ways: by using design to draw folks into the key messages on your website; and by crafting those messages to make a genuine connection. We’ll look at a pile of before-and-after examples to explore some surprisingly simple ideas and insights that really can help your site stand out. The trick, as we’ll see, is to approach things from the buyer’s perspective instead of the seller’s perspective. Tom Tortorici is a strategic copywriter who started out as a designer, and has taught classes in both. He’s learned that nice-looking web design isn’t enough to make a business website successful. And he tends to think way too much about the sweet spot where good content and good design overlap. Find out more about Tom at www.TomTortorici.com (https://www.tomtortorici.com/)

    1
  • It’s Showtime! Reputation Management & Public Image is a Package Deal

    If you think people purchase the goods and services based upon rational thinking, think again. Have you ever wondered why ads feature beautiful models, adorable puppies, cute babies and hilarious gags? In today’s society a premium is put on the value of two-way discussion and third-party endorsements. But that’s not all. How employees act, the way that they dress, a logo, a tagline, it all matters, and it’s a package deal. Your image and reputation are strongly supported and enhanced (or not) by a professional, public-facing website; the online representation of yourself/your business. ================= Dawn is the Founder and Managing Partner of Stellaris Group, which began operations in 2008. Dawn holds the following certifications that set her apart from her peers: SPHR, SHRM-SCP. Dawn is a graduate of Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Organizational Development. She also studied Business Administration and Clinical Psychology at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas and Northlake College in Irving, Texas. Dawn has been in Human Resources for thirty-one years. She is a business person with a focus on HR, not an HR person trying to understand business. She brings numerous skills to her position such as not accepting “no” for an answer in a black and white world because there is always grey, and she also has a keen sense of the human element and says: “Business is easy, people are not.” Dawn holds the traits of being indomitable, unstoppable and caffeinated, and she is also known for her sarcastic humor. Dawn believes that we are given a unique opportunity in this life to be more, the responsibility to give back, and that we hold the privilege of serving others. She is an open book, everyone knows everything. She will someday take time to see the French Rivera but for now she is deeply immersed in the quality of public education for all as an elected member of the National PTA where she serves on the Nominating, Leadership and Recruitment Committee. You can find Dawn at www.stellaris.co or contact her directly at [masked].

    1
  • What You're Telling Potential Clients Without Saying A Word

    Desktop Coworking Community

    Do you use photos on your website and social media? Are those photos helping or hurting your business? Join us as professional photographer, Maryann Davidson reveals the subconscious messages we send potential clients with the photos we use. Your photos can turn people away or inspire them to connect to you. The right photographs can actually give you a competitive edge. Learn how, Dec 12 11:30am - 1pm ================= Her bucket list is currently 7 pages long, and growing. She has walked through an operating car wash. Her ringtone is the theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. She was born the oldest but raised the youngest. The first photograph she sold was to a newspaper, in 1992. Her first camera was the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, which she still has. She lives by 2 mottos: Passion Fuels Purpose and Carpe Diem You can find Maryann at www.MaryannDavidson.com or contact her directly at [masked].

    7