Feb 29 Beaverton WordPress Social Meetup for Hands-on WordPress Help

The Beaverton WordPress Social Meetup will be at the Beaverton Community Center in the Vose Room (enter through front or main door) on Monday, February 29, from 7-9PM.

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 as the passwords and usernames you may require for access to your site, email, server, FTP, etc. The 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.

The Vose Room has a limited number of seats so we’ve capped attendance to only 25. Please change your RSVP if you decide not to attend to allow someone else a place.

Assistance will be needed to setup before the event. Please arrive 20 minutes early to help out.

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.

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 jenmylo.com.

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

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.

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.