What we're about

The Toronto WordPress Group brings together WordPress enthusiasts of all types, whether you are a designer, programmer or end-user; beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Starting with informal "pub social" Meetups in January 2010, we've grown through pubs, cafes, libraries, and office spaces. At our peak we were running meetups with ~80 attendees per session. We're now running a handful of different meetup series in spaces around Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough.

The group is evolving, as is the meeting structure. With presentations on a wide range of WordPress related topics, and great discussion about all things WordPress, meetings are lively and interesting. Join us, and find out why WordPress is so popular!

Upcoming events (5+)

WordPress Toronto - North - Let's Fix Your WordPress Site

Lokaal Coworking

CA$5.00

To gain priority for your fix request in the meeting, please explain your issue prior to the meeting on our Meet-up comments section below. Participating before the meetup by submitting your question with your URL in the Comment section will allow us to offer immediate advice and get your question PRIORITIZED at the meetup. Please be clear, concise and include your website and all relevant links. Let us know what steps you've taken to try to fix your problem and where you're stuck. The rest of the group will have a chance to get their fixes addressed at the meeting in an order determined by our facilitators. If there's any fixes that we can't get to in time, we will tackle them with you 1 on 1, online or in the next meeting. Bookmark https://wptoronto.com/ where you'll find the recaps from all the Toronto WordPress Meet-ups. A few tips for meetup attendees. Say these to yourself before you attend: "I will always greet you so you know you’re in the right place." "I will not condescend to you when I’m explaining things." "I will make room for vulnerability; admitting you don’t know something is hard." "I will make sure you’re invited to the table." "I will shed light, not heat." from https://josepha.blog/2018/11/20/making-the-most-of-your-wordpress-meetup-experience/ Comments from our attendees: "Thanks, Alex and company for a great session. It was helpful to get some answers and see what other WPers are facing." Tim H. "Thanks for your help at the Meetup! This is the first one I’ve been to that is so genuinely focused on helping people solve the challenges they are having with their site. Everyone got a chance to share what they wanted fixed and Alex and other people helped solve the issues. It was good to see all the brainstorming and the solutions! I would highly recommend going to this Meetup." Heather M. "Great to see practically all members contributing to solve problems. Perhaps one day soon, this newbie will have something constructive to contribute as well." Heinrich D. Overview of WP Toronto WordPress Toronto - North Edition is just one group within the WPTO community. Check out the WPToronto Meetup group for details on all the local WP Meetups. (www.meetup.com/WPToronto) Join our volunteer mailing list: https://tinyletter.com/WPToronto Join our Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/wptoronto/ NOTE: All meetup participants, including organizers, are expected to follow our group guidelines and code of conduct. Learn more @ https://wptoronto.com/conduct/

Weglot Workshop - Try Weglot (not just WordPress!) June 2, 2019 1:00pm

Let's face it. For most of us, the translation process is overwhelming, expensive and difficult to maintain. Weglot (www.weglot.com) may be the answer. Weglot has developed a WordPress plugin that features a five minute install, activation and initial configuration. Then Weglot translates your copy automatically, on the fly, and creates a best-effort translation using commercial cloud-based translation services. If a user chooses French on the website, then the page is translated automatically. There's no translated copy to worry about. There's no practical limit to the number of languages. And it is pay-as-you-go based on the number of words your visitors have translated. Weglot automatically translates your website content in the cloud, and features an easy workflow to manage all translations in as many as 100+ languages. You must see this innovative solution and how it stacks up against the current competition. This is the last of 3 sponsored WordPress Toronto Meetups. In this workshop, volunteers will be on hand to allow you to quickly publish your website into 2 or more languages in just a few minutes. All websites are welcome, not just WordPress-powered ones. These content management systems are supported "out of the box": WordPress Shopify BigCommerce Wix Drupal Laravel Symfony Static HTML websites using JavaScript integration Weglot automates translation in the cloud and enables an easy workflow to manage all translations in 100+ languages. (https://weglot.com/documentation/available-languages/) Agenda: - Introduction to Weglot (https://www.weglot.com) - Workshop: Translate Your WordPress site in 5 minutes! A free trial to Weglot will be available for you to continue using after the workshop. Light snacks and drinks will be served. This event is limited to people who are serious about offering translations on their website(s). This is our first co-sponsored event in Toronto, and Weglot was a WordCamp Toronto 2019 sponsor. There is a maximum of 35 people who can attend this event. If you RSVP and decide not to attend please make sure your RSVP "no" and allow for others to join from the waitlist.

WordPress Toronto - North - Let's Fix Your WordPress Site

North York Civic Centre - Committee Room #1

To gain priority for your fix request in the meeting, please explain your issue prior to the meeting on our Meet-up comments section below. The closest TTC stop is North York Centre. There is ample parking just behind (west) of the North York Civic Centre on Beecroft Road. Participating before the meetup by submitting your question with your URL in the Comment section will allow us to offer immediate advice and get your question PRIORITIZED at the meetup. Please be clear, concise and include your website and all relevant links. Let us know what steps you've taken to try to fix your problem and where you're stuck. The rest of the group will have a chance to get their fixes addressed at the meeting in an order determined by our facilitators. If there's any fixes that we can't get to in time, we will tackle them with you 1 on 1, online or in the next meeting. Bookmark https://wptoronto.com/ where you'll find the recaps from all the Toronto WordPress Meet-ups. A few tips for meetup attendees. Say these to yourself before you attend: "I will always greet you so you know you’re in the right place." "I will not condescend to you when I’m explaining things." "I will make room for vulnerability; admitting you don’t know something is hard." "I will make sure you’re invited to the table." "I will shed light, not heat." from https://josepha.blog/2018/11/20/making-the-most-of-your-wordpress-meetup-experience/ Comments from our attendees: "Thanks, Alex and company for a great session. It was helpful to get some answers and see what other WPers are facing." Tim H. "Thanks for your help at the Meetup! This is the first one I’ve been to that is so genuinely focused on helping people solve the challenges they are having with their site. Everyone got a chance to share what they wanted fixed and Alex and other people helped solve the issues. It was good to see all the brainstorming and the solutions! I would highly recommend going to this Meetup." Heather M. "Great to see practically all members contributing to solve problems. Perhaps one day soon, this newbie will have something constructive to contribute as well." Heinrich D. Overview of WP Toronto WordPress Toronto - North Edition is just one group within the WPTO community. Check out the WPToronto Meetup group for details on all the local WP Meetups. (www.meetup.com/WPToronto) Join our volunteer mailing list: https://tinyletter.com/WPToronto Join our Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/wptoronto/ NOTE: All meetup participants, including organizers, are expected to follow our group guidelines and code of conduct. Learn more @ https://wptoronto.com/conduct/

The Mobile Development Mandate

Etobicoke Civic Centre

The chart above on the astonishing 40%/year growth of mobile traffic and usage worldwide is part of the analysis of a Mobile Development Trends review [https://www.theopensourcery.com/2019/mobile-vs-desktop-development/ ]. This review describes how WordPress PageBuilders are confronted with tough competition from over two dozen "No Coding Required" Mobile Appmaker Tools with their devoted-to-mobile features. Mobile Appmaker tools have home-turf advantages. First, they produce fast, native mobile phone code. Second, their drag and drop interfaces are designed to take advantage of iOS and Android widgets and services. Third, the Appmakers have a lead in the use push notifications and offline operations with data loading from a website to the mobile app. So Mobile Appmakers have a starting advantage in mobile development. But WordPress PageBuilders have also delivered mobile responsive web designs already. Thus they have added mobile [and tablet]specific viewport stylings making WordPress PageBuilders more competitive with Mobile Appmakers. In addition, new WordPress plugins allow delivering push notifications, native iOS and Android apps with offline operations, plus native mobile phone code. So the battle is on and is relevant to your small business WordPress apps. Imagine being able to deliver a Restaurant reservation app for a client. Or mobile notification special offer when a client is in the vicinity of a clients store. Or a Beauty Salon allowing customers to reschedule their appointments using a mobile phone. In short, we shall explore the many opportunities to make a WordPress desktop app work very well on customers mobile phones.

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