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July 2013 Meetup: Designing /wp-admin/ + IdeaPress + B2B Content Marketing

This month’s meetup pivots towards more developer-focused topics:

1. Contributing to Core: Designing Icons for WordPress Admin + The MP6 Plugin

The design you see every time you log into /wp-admin/ is standard across the many millions of sites that are powered by WordPress. When it comes time to change things up, what design considerations are made? Ben Dunkle, designer and contributor to WordPress core, will dive into what was involved with the 2.7 redesign in 2008 and recent WordPress.com dashboard redesign.

2. Turn Your WordPress Site into a Device-Native Mobile App with IdeaPress

IdeaPress is a local startup whose open source platform currently transforms any WordPress site into a Windows 8 mobile app in a couple of clicks. Learn more about their project, where it stands today, how it’s evolving, and what you can do to contribute to the project.

3. B2B Content Marketing

Join Brainrider and learn how to develop better B2B content that attracts and guides prospects through the sales process, while leveraging your credentials and subject matter expertise. We will look at some real company website and content examples, and learn how to become a content creation pro with practical tips. If you're selling value-added web development services to clients, chances are you're in B2B!

Want to present at a WordPress meetup? Get in touch!

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Our friends at Brainrider, Toronto's top-notch B2B marketing agency, have offered to host July's meetup at their downtown office. A big thanks to their team for providing space for our group to meet!

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Our Presenters

Ben Dunkle works with the WordPress development team as a core designer. His responsibilities include icon design and UI design of the WordPress admin. Most recently, this has been mainly the MP6 plugin for WordPress and subsequent WP.com dashboard makeover. He’s a co-admin of the Buffalo WordPress meetup group and organizer of WordCamp Buffalo.

Michael Siu the lead developer of IdeaPress at Idea Notion, a consulting firm in Toronto. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has been a developer (.NET, PHP, HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery), consultant, and product expert since 2008.

Brainrider helps clients use the value of their subject matter expertise to create better b2b marketing. Scott Armstrong, partner at Brainrider, will be presenting.

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Thanks to Our Sponsors!



WPUniversity makes learning WordPress an amazing experience. The WPUniversity plugin lives in your WordPress dashboard, walking you through tasks, complete with narration, contextual tooltips and guided cursor animations. An ever-growing library of walkthroughs keeps users up-to-date. Are you a WordPress developer or consultant? Spend less time training your clients. Running a WordPress site of your own? Get the help you need in real time, whenever you need it. This is WordPress learning. Evolved.


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WooThemes produces kick-butt WordPress themes and plugins like WooCommerce. As our first-ever group sponsor, their support gave us the means to secure venue space throughout the first half of 2013. We’re grateful for their support!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great information. I am building my own website, I am also not a developer, but there is always something new to learn. Thanks! Great presentations especially Brainrider.com!

    July 15, 2013

  • Andy M.

    Thanks for coming out, everyone! If you're interested in speaking at a future meetup, drop us a line: http://www.meetup.com/WPToronto/suggestion/

    July 15, 2013

  • Rose

    As usual was great presentation and I would like to say thank you to everyone,

    July 14, 2013

  • Elsie W.

    Really useful info

    July 14, 2013

  • Don T.

    Three great presentations. WP icons were explained, which was interesting. An iconic speaker who was font-tastic. WP to a mobile app...I'd like to test it when it migrates to Android. He was certainly in the hot seat today! The marketing presentation was the most alien to developers, difficult to convince the newby client but so necessary. Overall, it was a great and informative session.

    I was unable to personally thank Ben Dunkle, so thanks, and have a safe trip back to Buffalo.

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • Shanta R. N.

    Sorry I was late. Didn't realize the time change.

    July 13, 2013

  • Marine

    I guess Im still on waiting list by now means there isnot spot?..

    July 12, 2013

    • Andy M.

      Hey Marine, just blasted out an update to everyone to update their RSVPs. Unfortunately we have limited space (didn't expect such a turnout for dev-focused topics!) ... keep your eye on the page.

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • Marine

      Thanks Andy

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry! something urgent family thing came up.

    July 13, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    I wouldn't mind coming if there's space.

    July 12, 2013

  • Linda R.

    I am letting go of my spot as I think I pretty much know the content being covered and others are waiting.

    July 12, 2013

    • Andy M.

      Thanks Linda!

      July 12, 2013

    • Linda R.

      NP, it's great to see such enthusiasm! Andy & co. you are doing a fantastic job.

      July 12, 2013

  • Ben F.

    Sorry I can't make it tomorrow. Have a great time all!

    July 12, 2013

  • Hooman M.

    Next time. Got some moving to do

    July 11, 2013

  • Peter W.

    Can't make it, same day as Drupal Camp.

    July 7, 2013

  • Jeff

    Unfortunately I will be unable to attend as a result of a timing conflict.

    July 6, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Looking forward to it

    July 3, 2013

  • Mary-Kay P.

    Wish I cld come - I shall be in US on Jul 13!

    July 2, 2013

  • Hooman M.

    looking forward to it

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    June 28, 2013

  • Elsie W.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    Will be my first meet up with this group but far from my first exposure to WP! Looking forward to attending.

    June 28, 2013

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