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  • tualatinweb 9:51 am on February 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    WordPress and Blogging Community Course in Forest Grove, Oregon 

    From: Lorelle VanFossen

    Attention all on the west side of Portland and around the Portland Metro area. Beginning February 18 through April 8, 2015, I’m honored to be teaching an 8-week community WordPress and blogging class in Forest Grove, Oregon, on Wednesdays from 6:30-9PM at the Forest Grove Senior Center. I rarely present community-based WordPress courses in the Portland area very often, so this is a great opportunity to learn WordPress and blogging basics at your pace with an experienced instructor.

    Home to the beautiful and historic Pacific University, I will be teaching a thorough overview of the WordPress publishing platform for individuals seeking to create websites for personal or professional use.

    The course covers the basics of WordPress usage, features, installation, content management, site configuration, and social media integration as well as an introduction to site customization, WordPress Themes, and Plugins. I customize community-based classes like this based on the needs of the students.

    Students working together on a WordPress project in class.The course is open to anyone. The course is ideal for writers and authors, genealogists, small business owners, personal bloggers, and those wishing to share their thoughts and skills with the world. Prior web publishing experience is not required. Familiarity with web browsers (Firefox and Chrome) and email is highly recommended. A laptop is required. Free WIFI will be available.

    The course is typically $550 for an 8 week program, but to benefit and support the Forest Grove Senior Center, it is available for a special price of $300.

    You may register at the Forest Grove Senior Center in person, or via PayPal on my Classes and Workshopspage.

    I’ve been teaching WordPress for eleven years, and web publishing since 1993. I also teach a full-credit WordPress course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, as part of their Web Development and Web Design degree programs.

    The course is limited due to space, creating an intimate learning experience. Register immediately to reserve your spot.

    NOTE: This is an in-person class, not Lorelle’s WordPress School year-long project.

  • tualatinweb 9:47 am on February 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    User: Most Common Mistakes of Website Owners (and how to avoid them) 

    Kronda Adair presented on this topic last night in Portland to a packed room, and we had plenty of questions, so another informative talk. The slides are available online here at Presentate.

    Notes were taken by Steve.

    • faddah 3:16 pm on February 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      hi daniel,

      thank you for posting the link to my evernote notes for the evening. i was just about to that here. here it is again, in a bitly short link for anyone interested —


      — faddah

  • tualatinweb 1:15 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink
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    User: WordPress for a Digital Marketing Agency 

    Our speaker this month operates Fuze7, a digital marketing agency and she will share how WordPress was used to build her new web site. Details about the Theme and Plugins will be covered, along with the general look and feel of the responsive web site.


    Dianne Economaki
    Fuze 7 Marketing combines 24 years of experience in business development, both traditional and digital marketing, and market research methodologies. As lead consultant, Diane Economaki has an undergraduate degree from Kutztown State University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania where she majored in Communications and Design. After spending two decades in the corporate world, Diane went on to receive her Master’s in Business Administration from Marylhurst University, in Marylhurst, Oregon where she majored in Marketing and minored in Finance.

  • tualatinweb 9:38 pm on November 24, 2014 Permalink  

    User: Design and Development of an E-commerce Website 

    In this WordPress MeetUp we will explore developing an e-commerce website using the popular and free Woo Commerce plugin. Shipping options, bulk discount and the various Woo Commerce Product settings will be covered along with incorporating the Shopping Cart pages into your website.

    As with her previous popular presentation, “Safeguarding Your WordPress Clients,” Mary Ann will make time for questions at each step in the process and include opportunities for group discussion. After the presentation, slides will be available on a link to Prezi, but you will gain much more by attending in person.

    Speaker Bio 
    Mary Ann Aschenbrenner is the President of Waterlink Web LLC, a Portland-based website design and development company focused on the needs of small and medium sized businesses. In addition to building successful websites, she tends honeybees, volunteers in her community and is always engaged keeping up to date in this every evolving field.

  • tualatinweb 10:42 am on November 6, 2014 Permalink  

    Matt Mullenweg: The State of the Word 2014 


    For all of us that didn’t travel to WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the presentation from Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress.

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  • tualatinweb 9:19 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink

    Developer: “Fluffy Bunny”, the story of refactoring Digital Trends 

    Slides from the October 27th, 2014 presentation.

    Join the developers of (Richard Benjamin and Brandon Clark) as we share the trials and tribulations of refactoring one of the web’s largest WordPress sites.

    Back in January we started a secret internal project humorously dubbed “Fluffy Bunny”. The goal was to overhaul and transform it into something modern that would free us from the chains of a legacy codebase. Six months later we unveiled the Digital Trends 2014 theme (AKA: The Unified Theme) which was a near complete end to end rewrite of not just the theme but also much of the core architecture of the site.

    This will be a high level talk about our development process and thoughts on writing maintainable and modular code within the context of a major site refactor. We will touch on theme and plugin development, project organization, and a good amount of what we jokingly refer to as “code punditry”. Afterwards we will be available for extended questions and answers.

  • tualatinweb 6:30 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Roland Smith,   

    User: Creating a WordPress site for a local Author 

    Roland Smith is a successful, local author and he writes adventure books that delight middle-school kids and adults. I needed to create a site for him that worked well on the desktop, tablet and mobile. It also had to connect with his social media on Facebook and Twitter, plus have lots of links to actually buy his books at the most popular online stores. Come and learn how I chose a WordPress theme, added plugins and setup everything for him.


    Daniel Payne started hand-coding web sites back in 1995, has worked at large corporations, then went freelance in 2004. His company is Tualatin Web.

    He has also worked at semiconductor companies doing chip design, and helped market software at EDA (Electronic Design Automation) companies. Read some of  Daniel’s high-tech blogging at SemiWiki.

    When he’s not using WordPress, you’ll find Daniel riding his road bike each day and talking to God.

  • tualatinweb 12:57 pm on September 29, 2014 Permalink

    User: A Business-focused WordPress. Launching on the Rainmaker Platform 

    Aaron Hockley presented tonight and you can view his slides here.

    WordPress is open, and a web-based business has thousands of options for tools to help get the job done.  When it comes to blog posts, podcasts, forums, membership sites, SEO, e-commerce, and the other building blocks of a web business, there are endless options.  One new option is Rainmaker, fromCopyblogger Media, that packages a high-quality set of these tools in a premium offering for businesses, without the ability to add new plugins.  Learn how was recently launched using that platform as well as the thought processes in choosing a somewhat-closed version of WordPress.

    Aaron Hockley is a photographer and writer with a background in technology.  He frequently writes about various topics around the intersection of the photography industry and tech industry.  Having founded WordCamp Portland, he’s also spoken at dozens of other blogging and online business events at the national, regional, and local level.


  • tualatinweb 10:39 am on September 4, 2014 Permalink  

    The Top Three Most Viewed WordCamp Videos This Week 

    Steve Zehngut: Build a WordPress Theme with Foundation and Underscores

    Kevin Stover: The Candid Developer. Developing and Maintaining A Successful Plugin… Is Scary

    Loris Grillet: Selling Your Projects and Building the Perfect Client Relationship

  • tualatinweb 6:30 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: content, Meredith Floyd   

    User: Content is King 

    WordPress sites are all about communicating messages. But sometimes, among design and technical considerations, our messages get a little lost. This Meetup is all about putting the focus back on content. What are the tricks of the trade for making sure your web content is effective and compelling? We’ll discuss what you need to think about when creating copy, simple ways to make sure your content gets read and why writing for the web is different than the writing you did in high school.

    Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas!

    Bio: Meredith Floyd is a teacher, writer, mother, knitter, ukulele-player, web designer and digital communications specialist with her own business, Six Swans Studios  She’s passionate about clear language, clean design and good beer.

    Meredith Floyd

    Slides are here.

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