November Meetup Review

Thanks to everyone who came out to our last meetup of the year! Here’s a recap of links, plugins and some notes that were mentioned by the panelists.

What do you use for image compression?

Which plugins would you like to see rolled into WP Core?

XML sitemaps
Google Analytics

What are your recommendations for keeping a WordPress installation Secure?

Do not have a username of admin.
Try not to have the first user in your database with an ID of 1.
Pick a good hosting provider – shouldn’t be paying less than $5 per month.
Forms (search form) is a vector for SQL injection attacks so try to limit usage
Don’t let people upload files to your site
Try to use SSL as often as possible
Strong passwords on WP users, FTP, cPanel
Back up on a regular basis
If you are hacked, make sure you change ALL of the passwords for users on your site and all passwords associated with your hosting. Use a strong password.

What’s the best eCommerce solution for WordPress?

Paypal buttons
Separate subdomain for your store that is hosted on an eCommerce platform like Shopify.

Best way to make responsive themes?

Use a default WP theme and child theme it

Best ways to concatenate JS and CSS?

http://sassmeister.com/ – to test out SASS
WP’s built in enqueue functions – anything above the fold is inlined so it loads with the HTML then lazy load the remainder

What are the options for video hosting with WordPress?

http://wistia.com/hello – analytics are great – can lock down the iframe so you can only watch it from a certain URL
Do not upload videos to your site. It slows everything down and eats your bandwidth. Leave it to the experts.

banner Don’t forget there will be no meeting in December, we’ll resume meetups in January. We’re still looking for speakers and volunteers, don’t be shy!

November Meetup

We’re bringing back the panel format for our November Meetup!

The next WordPress Edmonton meet-up will take place on Monday, October 26 at Startup Edmonton HQ (top floor of the Mercer Building, 10359 104 St). We’ll kick things off at 5:45 PM, just in time for most people to come straight from work.

Our panel will consist of WordPress professionals Geoff Kliza from Elements Digital, Nathan Gould from Paper Leaf and Stephen Pankratz-Brown from Agile Style.

Have questions about WordPress? Leave them on our Meetup Page or tweet us and we’ll make sure they get asked!

RSVP on our Meetup Page to reserve your spot!

WordPress Edmonton

Monday, Nov 16, 2015, 5:45 PM

Startup Edmonton HQ
301, 10359 – 104 Street Edmonton, AB

10 Community Members Attending

The next WordPress Edmonton meet-up will take place on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Startup Edmonton HQ (top floor of the Mercer Building, [masked] St). We’ll kick things off at 5:45 PM, just in time for most people to come straight from work.This month we’ll be doing a Q&A panel format, with Geoff Kliza from Elements Digital, Nathan Gould from P…

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Please note November will be our last meetup of the year, we’ll be back in January though!

October Meetup

The next WordPress Edmonton meet-up will take place on Monday, October 26 at Startup Edmonton HQ (top floor of the Mercer Building, 10359 104 St). We’ll kick things off at 5:45 PM, just in time for most people to come straight from work. We will have two speakers on two different topics — each speaker will give a presentation on their topic for about 10 minutes, followed by questions and discussion from the floor. At the end of both presentations, there should be time for socializing.

Topic #1

Speaker: Trevor Black
Topic: Introduction to Child Themes
Trevor will be demonstrating how to set up a child theme.

Topic #2

Speaker: Kat Halushka
Topic: Kickstart Your Email Marketing
Kat will be presenting on email marketing and WordPress.

To register for this event, please visit our Meetup.com page!

WordPress Edmonton

Monday, Oct 26, 2015, 5:45 PM

Startup Edmonton HQ
301, 10359 – 104 Street Edmonton, AB

9 Community Members Attending

The next WordPress Edmonton meet-up will take place on Monday, October 26th 2015 at Startup Edmonton HQ (top floor of the Mercer Building, [masked] St). We’ll kick things off at 5:45 PM, just in time for most people to come straight from work.We will have two speakers on two different topics — Each speaker will give a presentation on their topic …

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Mega Meetup Night – October 19th

wordpress edmonton startup week

Ever wanted to come to a #WPYEG meetup but weren’t sure what to expect? Join WordPress Edmonton at Startup Week. We’ll be at Startup Edmonton on October 19th for Mega Meetup Night at 6:30pm. Come chat with us at our table and learn more about the monthly meetup.

You’ll also be able to get information on other tech related meetups that happen on a regular basis. It’s a great event to learn more about some great groups in Edmonton and to meet like minded people!

Update:

Top-Draw-LogoWe’ll also have WordPress Edmonton stickers! Thanks to Top Draw for their sponsorship which enabled us to get stickers made for this and future events!

(As October 19th is the night when we would regularly have a WordPress Edmonton meetup, we are moving the October meetup night to October 26th. Details on that to come!)