- Basic SEO and Social Media
Josh Shelton of Brazos Writers will give a presentation on basic Search Engine Optimization and Social Media in the library’s front meeting room. Websites and social media are essential for writers and small businesses. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps your website rank higher in search engine results. Social media platforms like Facebook are the most cost effective place to reach your target audience, whether you’re looking for new readers or potential customers. Whatever your level of technical expertise, this overview will focus on the fundamentals like quality web content, which are relatively easy to implement yourself. Josh Shelton has over three years of professional experience writing and editing web content for an SEO company. His work has included blogs, web content, and native advertising for everyone from lawyers to car dealerships and cosmetic surgeons. He also made a website for his sister, a local mural artist, at www.sarahblackmonart.com. For more information about Brazos Writers, see their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrazosWriters/ or their meetup page at www.meetup.com/Brazos-Writers-of-Bryan-College-Station.
- Intro to Git and Margaritas
Alex Zuniga, Solution Engineer at WP-Engine will provide an overview of using Git and WordPress. You'll learn what Git is, how it works and some best practices with WordPress. We may even set up a basic deployment. We'll start at The Hub at 5:30 then move over to Mad Taco at 6:30 for complementary drinks and snacks. The event will be sponsored by WP-Engine, so come thirsty for margaritas. WP-Engine will have engineers on hand who can answer questions about their managed hosting platform. This meetup we'll also be joining forces with the TAMU GoWeb WordPress SIG.
- Tech Talk: Continuous Deployment X WordPress
Learn how to make the switch from FTP clients to the creation of a continuous deployment pipeline, and see how it can help your WordPress theme and plugin development. Hear about a successful implementation of Github for repository hosting, Codeship for deployment, and WP Engine for web hosting. We will also cover build tools like NPM, Bower and Coffeescript. We'll learn how to automate releases on Github with Grunt and walk through using Sass to assist development on your staging servers while minimizing code for your production servers. Zach Watkins, WordPress developer for AgriLife at Texas A&M will present.
- Margarita Happy Hour!
For our December meetup, we'll be meeting on the porch at Mad Taco. The event will be sponsored by WP-Engine, so come thirsty for margaritas. Wp-Engine will have representatives on hand who can answer questions about their managed hosting platform. This meetup we'll also be joining forces with the TAMU GoWeb WordPress SIG.
- Running WordPress Multisite at Texas A&M
WordPress Multisite is a very useful tool when used correctly. Travis Ward from Texas A&M AgriLife will go over the Pro's and Con's of this tool and discuss some of the lessons learned running a WordPress Network in a University environment.
- Starting a WP Freelance Business
Our September meetup will cover getting started as a freelancer: finding work and managing clients; handling invoices and expenses; and themes, plugins, and development tools to get you up and running on client projects.
- Import Anything to WordPress
Getting started with WordPress is easy — unless you got started a long time ago in some other CMS, or Dreamweaver or even (shudder) FrontPage. But you and WordPress can still have a happy relationship despite your baggage! I’ll show you how to import almost anything into WordPress. I’ll share examples from real projects for each step of the import process: • Cleaning up your import for best results • Importing from any other CMS, database, or HTML files • Converting old content to more modular formats • Auditing and cleaning up content in WordPress • Processes for long-term content strategy and maintenance
- July WordPress Meetup
Our fearless teacher is making a presentation at WP Campus in Sarasota FL on July 15-16, so we will schedule our meetup on Thursday, July 21 (instead of our usual 2nd Thursday of month). She will share the WP Campus presentations she is making "Getting to WordPress" at our meeting. Her material will cover how to import almost anything into WordPress and share examples from real projects for every step of the import process. * Setting up your ideal content model in WordPress * Cleaning up your import for best results * Importing from any other CMS, database, or HTML files * Converting old content to custom post types, taxonomies, and modular fields. * Auditing and cleaning up content in WordPress * Processes for long-term content strategy and maintenance Remember to send any questions or processes you would like to see addressed in future sessions to Stephanie Leary on this group. And be sure to let your co-workers, peers and friends know about this new meetup group. If you have an idea of a group we should invite, give us a heads up! Our trip to Mad Taco for some dinner before the meeting was very tasty and I can highly recommend the margaritas ;-) I suspect we will go again if anyone wants to meetup before the Meetup!
- WordPress Training
Since our trainer is a bit under the weather today, we decided to reschedule our meeting to next Thursday, June 16. Same location, same time. In the meantime, look for a member survey to come soon. Looking for your feedback on training topics, etc. But you don't have to wait on a survey to share your ideas or suggestions at any point. And as always, feel free to invite those you know who are interested in WordPress.