- Add Three Functions to your WordPress Website with Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to build forms, both simple and complex. Using Gravity Forms, this presentation will show you how to quickly and easily build three functions you can add to your or your clients' site: - pay me now - register for an event - join an email list (we'll use Mailchimp as an example) In this presentation, you'll learn how to set up Gravity Forms including creating forms, confirmations and notifications and using Gravity Forms add-ons to add the necessary functions.
- Ways To Increase The Speed Of Your WordPress Website
Ever visit a website and it takes too long to load? More than 60% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. While WordPress is a great platform, it can also be very slow. A slow website will not only cause you to lose visitors, but will also have a trickle down effect. You will lose sales, increase bounce rates, drop in rankings, lose referrals and more. A poor performing website results in a poor user experience, and as Google sees it; sites with poor user experiences deserve less promotion in search results. Alex Miranda will be sharing with the group different ways to speed up your WordPress website. We will review: - Plugins - Tools - Hosting - Optimizing Images for Speed - Best Practices Agenda: - 6:30-6:45 Networking - 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) - 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions - 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker: Alex Miranda has been optimizing websites since 1998. He is well known for his very informative "how to” WordPress SEO presentations. Aside from being an SEO marketing consultant, Alex is also a teacher, mentor and speaker. Has presented at numerous events, WordCamps, universities, conferences and corporate workshops. Wherever he speaks, you can expect a full house. Alex is also a 5pecialist Certified Adwords Expert & Google Partner.
- How to Use WordPress Custom Post Types
This month, James Sacci of ProWeb Innovations will be presenting on WordPress Custom Post Types. Have you or a client ever wanted to add a feature displayed in a way that existing WordPress plugins don't support? There are no limits to what you can create using Custom Post Types and an understanding of how the WordPress template hierarchy works. James will present best practices and how to add Custom Post Types as a plugin, in order to avoid breaking a site on theme switching. If you are ready to go beyond the basics or understand what is under the hood, this Meetup is a can't miss. Agenda: 6:30 - 6:45 PM Networking 6:45 - 7:00 PM Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00 - 7:45 PM Presentation & Questions 7:45 - 8:00 PM Final Group Networking We look forward to seeing everyone at the Digital Arts Experience and learning from one another.
- 10 Free Ways to Double the Traffic to Your Website
The New Year is the time we make resolutions to lose weight, swear off toxic relationships and put more energy into our WordPress website. In this month's meetup is part of a series where we will study simple ways we can grow your website to be the traffic magnet you envision it to be. WARNING: There is no silver bullet. Over the coming months we will walk the many pieces required to grow and nurture a successful website. The big non-secret is that building your website takes time. The good news is that with a plan, some organization and a routine you can steadily build traffic to your site. Let 2017 be the year we "work smarter, not harder" In this meetup we will explore 10 simple routines that require only a small time commitment that, when followed consistently, will guarantee a steady increase in traffic to your website. If one of your goals for 2017 is to be more successful, have more fun and enjoy the benefits of a more successful WordPress website then make sure to click "YES" to "Are You Going?" on this page. Tonight's Speaker: Tevye Brown is an ERP consultant and WordPress developer who works with Enterprise level and small businesses to improve their marketing and operations. Tevye has been working with WordPress for over 10 years in addition to working with marketing automation tools and techniques.
- WordPress -- Going Back to Basics
At our November Meetup, we will go through the process of installing and setting up a new WordPress site on a live, shared hosting server: • use the famous one-click WordPress installation process • review basic WordPress set up • finding your way around the dashboard • how to set up a child theme • basic overview of plug-ins in terms of function and content: o Forms o Gallery o Social Media Connections
- Designing a Website that Gets Results
This month we will be giving some love to web design and those desiring to increase website leads for yourself and/or your clients. Gina Nieves will be presenting on how to go beyond a pre-canned WordPress theme and design for maximum results. We will be covering: - Setting realistic expectations - Strategy & preparation before you design - Understanding how web buyers read & take action - Case studies & design examples - A solid process to ensure client buy-in & minimize coding changes post launch Even if you are not a marketer or designer, this presentation will help you when working with your web developer and/or clients. Programmers will appreciate working with approved designs that work and don't require them to tweak the design after they finish coding. Agenda: 6:30-6:45 Networking 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker: Gina Nieves is the Chief Marketing Officer at MarkNet Group, a Greenwich based Digital Marketing & Development studio. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and helping brands expand their presence both online and offline.
- Building Powerful Websites and Web Applications with Piklist
Used by thousands of websites, Piklist is a rapid development framework that will save you tons of time and allow you to add powerful features to WordPress. Piklist provides all the pieces you need to build a customized, tailored system for WordPress that’s infinitely expandable. Easily create custom fields for post types, terms and users… Settings Pages… forms… and more, with limited code. Get inspired with a WP Engine case study and how they use Piklist internally. Then learn how you can quickly modify “everything” in WordPress with Piklist. Whether you are new to writing code, or a serious developer, you will definitely learn something at this session. Agenda: 6:30-6:45 Networking 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker: Steve Bruner is the CEO of SlipFire [slipfire.com (http://slipfire.com/)], a New York City based WordPress development studio, and a partner in Piklist LLC. [piklist.com (http://piklist.com/)] where he is creating the most powerful framework available for WordPress.
- WordPress 102
Building on what we learned last month, we'll go through a simple WordPress install, talk more about settings, and discuss how to use widgets. Bring your WordPress questions. Again, if you're brand new to WordPress, this class is for you. If you've been using WP for a while, find out what features you may have been missing. Agenda: 6:30-6:45 Networking 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker Laura Hartwig is a WordPress Developer for the MarkNet Group and one of the co-organizers of this meetup group. She's spoken at several meetups and WordCamps. She has written articles for TutsPlus.com and you can find quite a few of her tutorials online at www.youtube.com/user/LauraHartwig.
- WordPress 101 - Introduction for beginners and a refresher everyone else
New to WordPress? Here's your chance to learn all the ins and outs. Been working with WordPress for a while? Here's a chance to refresh your memory about those little things that could be making your life easier and things you should be doing for your best workflow. Don't miss it! Agenda: 6:30-6:45 Networking 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker: Ryan Smith is the owner of Play Nice Together, a Westchester County-based digital design agency. He has been working with WordPress for 4 years and is a developer of custom themes and plugins.
- WordPress Website Security
Do you ever worry about the security of your WordPress sites? Concerned that there may be more you could do to protect yourself? We're going to be covering the fundamentals of website security with a focus on WordPress. And remember, security is most effective if you're vigilant, so be sure to take notes! Agenda: 6:30-6:45 Networking 6:45-7:00 Lighting Round (general questions about WP) 7:00-7:45 Presentation & Questions 7:45-8:00 Final Group Networking Our Speaker Jon Rodriguez is a technical project manager at WP Engine, a WordPress web host. He recently moved to Brooklyn from Austin and is excited to get involved with the WordPress community around NYC. You can also check him and his friend Brandon out on their podcast, WP Freely (wpfreely.com (http://wpfreely.com/)), which just recently kicked off.