- WordCamp Denver (Buy a ticket!)
This isn't really a meetup in the normal sense. It's like a 10x version of that, but has a (modest) price tag. In other words, it's an affordable three-track two-day conference that many Fort Collins WordPress folks help organize. You need to buy a ticket: https://2019.denver.wordcamp.org/tickets/ (There will not be a WordPress meetup in Fort Collins in July 🤓)
- Documenting A New Website Build
Checklists and Planning, how I document and plan a website build from beginning to end in order to ensure strategy, design, dev, copy, and the client are all on the same page and ensure a successful website build every time. Working with with a team or hiring a developer requires you to be on the same page when building a new website, these are the strategies I'm currently using to ensure everyone is on the same page and our clients get the best outcome possible. Key tools I'll be sharing: The Development Brief The Development Checklist
- Strategically Select the Best Plugin for Your Needs
Presenter: Megan Jonas of Code Geek ----- Have you ever looked at the WordPress plugin repository and wondered how to choose from the thousands of options? Have you wondered how to be sure that the premium plugin you’re about to purchase will really meet your needs? Enter the decision matrix. In this talk, I’ll cover how to ask the right questions to determine your feature list, how to set up your decision matrix to make sure you’re finding all of the features you need from your plugins, and how to weight the features lists to help you choose when nothing actually meets all your needs.
- Expanding Your Universe: A Professional’s Guide to Strategy Development for WP
The Digital Workshop Center
Expanding Your Universe: A Professional’s Guide to Strategy Development for Designers, WP Developers & Entrepreneurs What do NASA* space photos, avoiding asteroids, and a rocket design have to do with you? Our April meetup, of course. Plan to attend on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 6-8 pm at the Digital Workshop in Fort Collins. Strategic planning is rapidly becoming a core competency for all professionals, yet there are few opportunities to learn or practice a successful approach. Be more productive in 2019 with a session designed to provide an in-depth look at strategic planning to guide your efforts. Is this session right for you? Whether you are building your business as an entrepreneur, working as a contract designer/developer, or creating WP support tools as part of a team, this session is relevant for your work. You can apply the practices immediately afterwards. Session Basics: Using a space-inspired theme, Mary Kay Malovich will lead the session based on practices employed by top Learning & Development professionals. You’ll get a chance to “try out” a few techniques to see which ones might work best for you. Topics include • Successful strategic plan components • Getting a balanced perspective • Benchmarking & performance indicators • Building your plan step-by-step • Recommended reading to learn more Included: Participant activity booklet, take home job aid, time for questions. Early Register Bonus: Please register before noon on Thursday, April 25th so we can print your free guides and have them available for you at the session. All early registrations qualify for the Amazon gift card drawing. All you need to bring is a desire to achieve positive results and willingness to have some fun learning. We hope you’ll join us for your ongoing professional development! It’s a great way to chart your course for 2019. *Images courtesy of the hard-working employees and contractors at NASA
- TechCrunch: a Decoupled WordPress Case Study
Presenter: Mike Selander of Human Made --- Use of a decoupled CMS is an exciting new approach that many organizations are exploring as a way to remain nimble in rapidly evolving industries. A decoupled approach allows teams to maintain the familiar and robust WordPress admin interface while simultaneously embracing design-forward front end experiences that are engaging, aesthetic and highly flexible. With the incorporation of the WordPress REST API into core, these possibilities are now a reality. But how, exactly, can this be achieved on an enterprise scale? In late 2016, Human Made partnered with TechCrunch to realize these possibilities. The goal itself was ostensibly simple: create a fully decoupled WordPress admin that engaged a React front end to create an app-like experience. Nevertheless, the technical challenges presented as part of this goal were not insignificant, including API challenges, caching, theming in PHP & React, and more. This session will focus on the decision-making and logistical considerations our team took to meet the challenge of creating a holistic WordPress/React product.
- A Complete Publishing & Promotion Checklist
Presented by Maddy Osman Do you ever feel like you’re missing something important when you press “publish” on a new blog post? Most good content writers know that there’s so much more to it than just the copy, itself — especially if you work with multiple different clients (and different style guides). Create a process around your publishing efforts that includes considerations for formatting, editing, onpage SEO, and ideas for promoting your shiny new piece of content. Maddy works with WordPress brands like Automattic, Kinsta, and WPMU DEV. What you’ll learn in this session: * Easy onpage SEO best practices to keep in mind when formatting content on WordPress. * What you must do before hitting “publish” on a new blog post. * Various considerations for where to promote your content, including several ideas you may not have considered before. * How to incorporate a blog post publishing/promotional checklist into your editorial calendar. About Maddy Maddy Osman is an SEO Content Strategist who works with clients like AAA, Automattic, Kinsta, and Sprout Social. Her background in WordPress web design contributes to a well-rounded understanding of SEO and how to connect brands to relevant search prospects. Learn more about her process and experience on her website, www.The-Blogsmith.com, and read her latest articles on Twitter.
- All About Blocks: WordPress 5.0 and the New Editor
The new WordPress editor is here. The new block-based editor is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site. Come learn what is possible now and in the future with the new concept of block-based editing in WordPress. And, if you're not a fan yet, we'll show you how to get back the classic editing experience that we all know and love.
- December Holiday Party
Come and hang. Talk WordPress. Or holiday stress. About how Gutenberg has ruined your life, or how it's the greatest thing ever. What computer you hope you get as a gift. No stress, pay your own tab. Stay as long as you'd like. We look forward to seeing you :)