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May Meetup (Love Shortcodes More, Creating Contributors, and Favorite Plugins)


6:30 Pizza
6:45-7:15 Session 1: Love Shortcode More
7:15-7:20 Break
7:20-7:50 Session 2: Creating Contributors
7:50-8:00 Break
8:00-8:30 Session 3: Favorite Plugins

Love shortcodes more

• A quick review of what shortcodes are, how to use them and what they can do for your blog.
• How to write your own shortcodes - worked examples.
• Wrapping up with a look at some theme specific shortcodes and shortcodes of popular plugins.

Max McConnell is a WordPress coach at Prompt Ed (@prompted_wp) running one-to-one training and in-person coaching courses. Max is an experienced programmer working with PHP in Wordpress and Magento and with JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3. Degree educated in mathematics and physics Max has worked in nanotechnology, business and marketing. 

Creating Contributors: once you build it, will they come?

WordPress is a great platform for small businesses and non-profit organizations that want to build communities.  But sometimes getting a site up and running is the easy part; recruiting content creators is a different kind of challenge.  Invitations, roles, choice of theme and post styles all make a difference. If site designers want to hand off site operation to competent contributors, they must think ahead, ask the right questions and be prepared to coach and train writers.  Four brief case studies (an alumni organization, an association chapter, a town committee and a small business) will be presented.

Jennie Morris, is a writer/editor and digital media generalist. She finds herself doing a lot communications strategy consulting these days, which is a long way from the laser lightshow business she started many years ago.  

A few of my favorite plugins

Everyone's got his or her favorite set. I'll show you some of mine, with some details on special settings and tips on how to improve your workflow. During "Pizza Time" at the meetup, we'll have a whiteboard up for you to list your favorites.

Brian K. Johnson, a.k.a. BKJ Productions LLC, has been around the Boston area since 1991, providing a wide range of interactive/digital presentation services from CD-ROM development to websites. Currently we manage about fifty WordPress installations, as well as a dozen or so in various other formats. We've built a few plugins for inhouse use (but sadly, have not yet managed to put anything back out into the Plugins area at WordPress. Soon, we hope.)

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  • Debra W.

    Thanks for your post, Tom

    June 1, 2014

  • Malachy M.

    Hi Brian, I have woocommerce experience. You can reach me at [masked].

    May 20, 2014

  • bphillips

    Was another great meetup. So I was the one looking for a Woo Commerce Consultant for a project...anyone out there.

    May 19, 2014

  • Jason W.

    Thanks everyone for the information provided and Great questions...

    May 19, 2014

  • Cliff

    Not site if I can make this meeting due to a conflicting meeting at same time, but given the topic of plugins any suggestions for plugins that would allow matching across database tables/entries? I know that's vague, but just trying to get a general understanding of the plugin marketplace and if any of the shelf options exist for more advanced backend to frontend integration. We can probably use the form plugin to create a custom bite but it'd be good to know if there are other options on the plugin front as well.

    May 19, 2014

  • Syed Ali Raza Z.

    Will b there

    May 19, 2014

  • Mel C.

    Hi everyone! We've updated the meetup description with the final agenda session list. See you all on Monday!

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is perfect- I'm currently dealing with this on my blog. Thank you!

    May 10, 2014

  • Jonathan M.

    Hi, all. Hope no one minds if I cross-promote the next event for the NH WordPress Meetup scheduled for next Monday, May 12th in Manchester:

    A great opportunity to learn more about optimizing sites for higher LOCAL search engine rankings. We'd love to have friends and neighbors from the greater Boston area come on up for some fun, knowledge-sharing and good food at The Farm! (Sorry, we don't have corporate sponsors, so it Buy Your Own.) Cheers, Jonathan

    1 · May 5, 2014

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