February 26th — Benjamin Beck — WordPress SEO That Is Google Friendly

The Presentation

With Google updates happening regularly and hearing about popular websites like RapGenius.com being “banned” or “de-indexed”. People often ask “what should I do?”.

In this presentation Ben will be going over the basics of optimizing a WordPress site for search engines along with several Google-friendly tips to help you gain rankings & customers without spending a lot of time or money.

Benjamin Beck

Ben is an online marketer who helps small businesses and start-ups succeed online. He likes WordPress because it is a quality and flexible platform that allows people to start & grow their website easily. You can learn more about online marketing on his blog or feel free to ask him questions on Twitter.

This month’s meeting will be held at Mojo Themes

12159 S. Business Park Dr. Suite #160
Draper, UT 84020

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January 29th — Bryan Petty — Unit Testing Plugins

Notice: January’s meeting will be highly technical, so we will begin the meeting with a Q and A session for non technical members.

With such a wide matrix of WordPress versions, browsers, and plugin combinations out there, it can be a daunting task releasing your own plugin with highly forgiving compatibility requirements. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how you can write your plugins to support more users than you thought possible using automated unit tests while feeling confident that your new plugin changes didn’t break your other features or even WordPress itself.

This presentation will be highly technical, and require some previous experience writing WordPress plugins. We will make use of the new WordPress unit testing framework, and PHPUnit.

Bryan Petty

As part of the Open Source Outreach team at Bluehost, Bryan is a developer that works full-time on WordPress core, contributing patches, and providing support to the WordPress community. He is very passionate about open source software, has mentored students in the Google Summer of Code program 4 years in a row, and is also an official developer on the wxWidgets open source project.

This month’s meeting will be held at Mojo Themes

12159 S. Business Park Dr. Suite #160
Draper, UT 84020

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No Meetups Until the New Year

There won’t be any meetups during November or December because our normal meeting time is close to holidays in both months, but if anyone would like to propose a lunch or dinner with the group I would be happy to help organize.

Ski PHP

For the developers in the group or anyone interested in learning about PHP the Ski PHP conference will be January 17-18 in Salt Lake City. Ski PHP has a great lineup of speakers including Julien Pauli, Ed Finkler, John Coggeshall, Laura Thomson, Beth Tucker, Chris Hartjes, and Chris Boden check the schedule for more information. Ski PHP has offered a discount ticket price for our group, until the end of November, when you use the coupon WPSLC at checkout.

Shutting down the email newsletter

I will no longer be sending meetup announcements out to our email newsletter, so if that’s how you hear about the meetings please watch here or the meetup page for updates.

October 30th — Velda Christensen — WordPress for Devs: How to get WordPress to Work with Your Code

PHP developers sometimes prefer to write their own CMS because they feel limited by existing content management offerings. But why reinvent the wheel?  We’ll show how developers can add their custom code while letting WordPress take care of the rest.

What we will go over

  • Adding PHP to a theme
  • Adding PHP via plugin

What you will learn

  • Viable ways to add custom code to WordPress
  • Whether to code a plugin or a theme
  • Where to find more information

This month’s meeting will be held at Mojo Themes

12159 S. Business Park Dr. Suite #160
Draper, UT 84020

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