• Beaverton WordPress Social Meetup - August 19, 2019

    Beaverton City Library

    The Beaverton WordPress Social Meetup will be at the Beaverton Library Meeting Room A, from 6:00-7:30PM on Monday, August 19th. The Beaverton Library closes at 8PM and we must be out by then. This meetup is a social event designed for WordPress users to help each other use WordPress better and improve their knowledge. The meeting is free and open to users of all levels. We are here to learn from each other, so bring your questions and answers to share. Please bring your laptop, mouse, power cords, extra batteries, water bottle, and any passwords and usernames you may require for access to your site, email, server, FTP, etc. The Beaverton Library offers free and open wifi, so be familiar with how to connect to wifi with your laptop. It is highly recommended that you backup your site before attending to ensure the safety and security of your site's content and design. Assistance in setting up take down will be needed. If you can help, please arrive a few minutes before the event or stay after to help clean. After the event we will be walking to AVA Roasteria across the street from the Library. Feel free to join us and continue the conversation.

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  • AMP — the Power of Speed

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    Want a faster website? How about a site so fast it can load virtually instantaneously? Of course, you do. And, if you don't need another reason, speed is a ranking factor in search results. Not to mention the various studies showing that better performance directly leads to better conversions because users are getting a better experience. On August 5th we are welcoming Weston Ruter and Alberto Medina who will talk about AMP, a web components library designed to make high web performance achievable by everyone, and demonstrate how to implement AMP on a WordPress site. Just as WordPress is an open source publishing platform that democratizes publishing, AMP is also an open source project which democratizes website performance. AMP implements a myriad performance best practices so that you don't have to. To get an overview of AMP, see , and for the official AMP WordPress plugin, see . Weston and Alberto are members of the Content Experience team at Google, where they work on projects and technologies aimed at ensuring content on the web is awesome, from both creation as well as consumption standpoints. Given that it powers a third of the web, WordPress is the focus of their team's efforts. In addition to AMP, they also work on bringing Progressive Web Apps (PWA) to WordPress. Weston has been a long-time WordPress core contributor, including co-leading the WordPress 4.9 release with work on the Customizer. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! How to find us: We'll be in the Training Room on the ground floor. From the lobby, go to the right of the elevators and through the glass doors. Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!"

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  • Six Ways to Make WordPress Secure from Getting Hacked

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    If you have a website, someone is always looking for a back door to get in. Dealing with a hacked WordPress website is a time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining experience. No one should have to go through this. During this meetup, you'll learn six ways to strengthen WordPress from an attack from happening in the first place. Here's what we'll cover: - Why it's important to regularly update your plugins - Stop being cheap when it comes to web hosting - Changing the default "admin" username - Using long and complex passwords - Keeping daily offsite backups - Adding an extra layer of protection from attacks This talk will be led by Chuck Spidell of ILLUSIO, a Nonprofit WordPress Strategist. He gives nonprofits peace of mind knowing their WordPress site won't get hacked. His team also helps nonprofits transform their outdated website so it looks amazing, is easy to use, saves time, and helps users find what they want. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! How to find us: We'll be in the Training Room on the ground floor. From the lobby, go to the right of the elevators and through the glass doors. Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • Streamlining the Custom WordPress Design Process

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    In this meetup, Doug Yuen will give an overview of the key tools and techniques he uses to quickly build custom designed WordPress websites. We'll demo the Dynamik theme (a Genesis child theme), plugins (such as Beaver Builder, Gravity Forms, and Yoast SEO), and some helpful software programs. This talk will also cover some best practices for saving time and reducing the chance of errors when building and maintaining WordPress websites. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • Beyond the Slideshow: Website Animation Tools for WordPress

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    In this meetup, Jenny Stoffel will be discussing website animation tools for WordPress. Many people would like animations on their websites, but are unsure how to get there without a great deal of time and expense. If you’re a developer, lack of design experience can be a barrier, and lack of coding knowledge can stymie a designer. A decade ago, one might have spent hour upon hour on Photoshop or GIMP building layers for html image mapping, all of which had to be redone when a change needed to be made. Today, we still marvel at the difference engaging, effective animations can make on a site, but there are tools to make getting marvelous animations possible for anyone. This talk will look at tools and pathways which might inspire you to include more accessible animations in your website build. This talk will cover: -- When to use animations, accessibility concerns -- Tools to help achieve sophisticated, interactive animation effects for those without coding knowledge -- Beyond the basics: hand-coding animations, file overview and where to find inspiration and resources for hand-coding animations This talk will interest developers who are looking for more ways to easily incorporate complex visual elements into their builds, graphic designers who are interested in ways their designs might be brought to life on a website, and users who want to achieve more sophisticated effects on their sites without in-depth coding knowledge. Slides will be made available online after the talk. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • Lightning Talks: Caldera Forms, Admin Columns, Admin Page Spider, SearchWP, ACF

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    For this month's meetup, we're doing some plugin lightning talks to show off a few different plugins that you might find useful. We will have 4 sessions of approximately 15 minutes each (order subject to change). Bobby Thompson - Caldera Forms Doug Rider - Admin Columns (with Admin Page Spider) Doug Rider - SearchWP Laura Smith-Walker - Advanced Custom Fields If you're interested in doing a lightning talk in the future (or a full length presentation), please come and talk to me (Doug Yuen) and Mary Ann Aschenbrenner during a meetup event. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • What's new with Gutenberg: Ways to make it work for you.

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    There's a fast-growing collection of exciting new Gutenberg block plugins in the WordPress Repository. We'll explore their capabilities and how you can use them to enhance the way you work and help design your websites. Additional questions: Can they replace some of the better-known page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, or Divi? Can I use my favorite page builder along with Gutenberg? There's been a lot of activity in the Gutenberg world - we'll also discuss what's being offered now and what the possibilities are for the future. Doug Rider builds WordPress websites and provides hosting, maintenance, and support. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • Anyone Can Be a Designer with Canva: A Beginner's Guide

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    Have basic design needs and no budget to outsource or buy expensive software? Canva might be the answer! Free templates for everything you can imagine and a simple drag-and-drop format make Canva a graphic-design tool worth looking at. Misty Pine will give us a tour of Canva 2.0 and show us a variety of easy web and print applications. When Misty is not obsessively creating content for side-projects she does freelance brand management, builds WordPress websites and provides maintenance and support. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • WordPress 5.0: Gutenberg Revealed!

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    Are you confused by Gutenberg, the new WordPress block editor? Are you afraid that it might break your website? Do you have questions about how to use Gutenberg? Come to the January 7th WordPress MeetUp and learn how to test your site for Gutenberg compatibility, what to do if you find a conflict, and how to use Gutenberg once it is installed. Mary Ann Aschenbrenner will walk us through several live installations of Gutenberg and host "play time" on a site still in development. Yes, we will test out a few of the most popular blocks! Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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  • Turn Your Website into a Time Machine

    U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms

    Do you struggle to do everything you need to do to run your business? Wondering how to take back your weekends and stop the hustle and grind? Lack of time and feeling overwhelmed are some of the most persistent challenges facing any business owner, especially solopreneurs. In this workshop, Kronda Adair will help you identify the repetitive tasks that are sucking up your time, and show how to change your mindset and utilize your website and other technology tools to automate repetitive tasks and improve efficiency so that you can focus more on what you do best. Kronda Adair is a WordPress developer turned digital marketer for service-based business owners. She uses WordPress to help business owners save time and money by turning their website into their best sales tool. She cares more about your success than whether you like her and often makes her clients uncomfortable. One of her life goals is to answer every question with a link to her blog. Schedule: 6:00 - 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work? 6:15 - 6:45: Speaker and topic. 6:45 - 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic. 7:00 - 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There's a wide range of experience levels, and we're all here to help each other. 8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end. 8:30: Socialize at Bailey's Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you're interested in joining! Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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