Past Meetup

Creating a New Site for Your Business? (WP USER GROUP)

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Which is better, a do it yourself product such as WIX, a CMS like WordPress, or a product like Joomla? Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each. In our first WordPress User Group session, led by Bonnie Sainsbury, a panel of specialist will discuss the differences between various CMS and web development tools for users. Learn what the differences are between them and why you may choose one over another for your personal or business website.


This is a session for users, either beginner or intermediate. You do not need to know any code or have web development skills to attend this session.


Margaret Reynolds

DIY - has built WIX.COM sites for her company

Margaret Reynolds is an independent insurance advisor for First Advantage Financial. She works with small business owners to help them make sure their business and life styles will continue on even if they are off work because of illness or injury. She also helps them create tax effective strategies to help them save money now & in the future.

Her background includes contract management in high tech, creation and design of custom databases and some desktop publishing. She chose to build her site on because it is simple, fast and you don’t need to know how to write HTML code. She will show you how you can do it yourself, and even if you choose not to why may be a smart choice for your business site.

Curtis Hemingway


Curtis Hemingway is a long time professional in the IT and Web world. Prior to the advent of the internet Curtis was busy developing on-line communities with dial up BBS technology. Today Small and Medium sized business website development dominates the product list at his company Web GooRu Since 2005 Web GooRu has developed now exclusively in the Joomla! Framework Content Management System.

Web GooRu's philosophy is simple, to deliver an effective dynamic website that serves the marketing, engineering and editing requirements necessary to carry on day to day. What that means is the framework must be conducive to SEO, support a robust developer network for plugins, and host an active community support forum. We want the client to have a website developed with solutions that are commercial off the shelf and well supported, this avoids being hamstrung with proprietary coding that leaves the client hopeless. We provide sustainability, with a path for growth.

Bonnie Sainsbury


Bonnie Sainsbury founded Social Media Smarter, a full service Social Media and Online Marketing service. She conducts workshops on all aspects of social media as well as developing and implementing online campaigns for small business. She's been using WordPress to create sites since 2009 without writing a line of code. She's also co-host (with Margaret Reynolds) of the Women Talking Tech webcast.

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