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  • Daniel Payne 5:01 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: Avada, Lara Haehle   

    User: All About the Avada Theme 

    Avada is a company that offers WordPress themes, and they’ve had some 130,000 customers. Come and find out all about what the Avada Themes can do for you at our meetup.

    Speaker Bio

    Lara Haehle has a background in development, and has been an enthusiastic user of Avada themes in building WordPress sites. She is an independent consultant offering digital media and marketing strategies to clients.

  • Daniel Payne 8:30 am on June 23, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: Mary Ann Aschenbrenner   

    User: Submit Your Site to Search Engines 

    Mary Ann Aschenbrenner presented last night about how to add and use Google Analytics, Bing and JetPack Stats to your WordPress site. All of the slides are here on Prezi.

    User: Submit your site to search engines

  • Daniel Payne 6:10 pm on March 28, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: Jen Mylo, Jetpack   

    Notes: What is Jetpack All About? 

    Thank you Steve for sharing your notes on this Meetup from earlier in March presented by Jen Mylo:

    • Widgets are typically used to display the same content in the sidebar of every page, however there is a way to get per-page widgets instead, making your pages much more customized. There’s an amazing collection of features inside of the JetPackplugin like per-page widgets, and we’ll be hearing about some of these in our next User meeting.

      Jen Mylo is our presenter, and she tarted blogging in the last millennium, and has been with Automattic since 2008, where she served as a user experience lead and community organizer for the WordPress open source project prior to co-founding the Press Publish event series. She’s lived all over the country, and has traveled the world meeting WordPress users at WordCamps and other conferences. Other areas of interest and inquiry include cooking and baking, acupuncture and other healing modalities, books of all sorts, friendly cats, and native plants. Now making her home in Portland, OR, Jen can be found online at

    jen mylo
    jen basically answering questions about jetpack modules
    manage – for wp multi-site. looking to future when it will be a “one-buttton & done” feature, still not all there, but still better to manage wp multi-site.
    tiled galleries — old galleries looked very bad, only workaround was to have a single column of vertical pics. now, tiled galleries in wp jetpack, see selection of photos uploaded, select some, click in upper left column “create gallery,” answer questions, like type of displayyou want (“tiled mosaic,” etc.), and comes out looking great. sees if they are portrait or landscape and which you choose in order and tiles them accordingly. first chosen is always key/biggest. can be on posts or pages. also has a checkbox for random order every time someone refreshes site.
    pages are the same editor as posts for blog, pages just take that content out of blog chronological flow.
    slide show in tiled gallery same as gallery carousel, but embedded.
    jen recommends everyone getting gravity forms as being the best for forms in wp. will also run akismet on each form so you don’t get spam input on your forms.
    no captchas based on the fact that matt hates captchas (with the fire of 1000 white hot suns) (and matt reads EVERYTHING on the internet — per jen mylo).
    publicize, sends posts to social media, twitter, g+, facebook, instgram, tumblr, etc.
    follow – for easy e-mail or mobile wp app following of a blog
    stats – shows page views, etc.
    custom content types in jetpack – for portfolios only, pretty much same (and coing is similar) as custom post types, only more limited. wp tv is all custom post types for vidoe posts, as an example.
    photon – image cdn free to all jetpack users, takes load off your servers.
    custom css, jen doesn’t like, because it doesn’t show your default css. will work child themes and multi-site now.
    markdown — allows you to write posts in md. like anyone really wants to do that.
    spelling + grammar — jen likes it a lot, very smart in what it does.
    likes – like fb, for people too lazy to actualky comment.
    security features — single sign on, manage, monitor up time, performance, related posts with elasticsearch
  • Daniel Payne 9:51 am on February 17, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: class   

    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.

  • Daniel Payne 9:47 am on February 17, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    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

  • Daniel Payne 1:15 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    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.

  • Daniel Payne 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.

  • Daniel Payne 10:42 am on November 6, 2014 Permalink  

    Matt Mullenweg: The State of the Word 2014 

    Daniel Payne:

    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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  • Daniel Payne 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.

  • Daniel Payne 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.

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