Kim Doyal: Marketing & Measuring with WordPress.

WP ChickKim Doyal (have you listened to her podcast?) joins us in January to talk about site conversions and marketing with your site, including the use of Google Tag Manager. (More details as we get closer to the date.)


Kim Doyal, “The WordPress Chick,” is a leading expert on using WordPress to market businesses online. She teaches, blogs and creates with WordPress. A published author, movie producer and artist, her motto is “WordPress Happiness Made Easy.” Kim develops custom solutions to meet the needs for a variety of entrepreneurs and business models.

Getting Readers Engaged: WordPress Comments & Commenting Systems

Whether you’re blogging yourself or creating a site for a client, you need to make some decisions about how to handle comments. Blocking comment spam is important, of course, but there are also tools you might want to consider to increase user engagement.

Our sponsor for this meeting, Wheepl, offers a platform for live, social conversation across webpages based on hashtags.

In addition to Wheepl, we’ll take a look at some other popular commenting solutions: Postmatic, Disqus (who sponsored a meetup many years ago), Livefyre, Jetpack Comments, etc. This is not a comprehensive tour of every comment system or plugin–that would take days. But it should give you an idea of the options that are out there for increasing engagement via comments.

In addition to our meeting sponsor, Wheepl, I would like to thank our regular sponsors; Pagely and A2 Hosting, as well as O’Reilly Media. Pagely hosts our website; A2 buys us pizza, and O’Reilly offers us hefty discounts.

Making WordPress Easier to Use

This is a variation on my WordCamp Sacramento talk, “Not Everyone Is a WordPress Expert.” 

In September 2014 I wrote an article called Have we been misleading people about WordPress? My main concern was the way that marketers imply, and consumers seem to believe, that Without knowing code is equivalent to Without knowing anything.

A lot of WordPress themes and plugins actually have a very steep learning curve and are overwhelming for new users. There is no such thing as an intuitive interface, only a familiar interface. We need to be honest about the learning curve, simplify the admin, and provide support and training.

We’ll review the things that clients (and other end-users) find most difficult about WordPress–which would be practically everything–and how we can have happier clients by setting expectations, offering training, and using plugins to help simulate a more familiar editing environment. 

(I’ll be going into more detail on the Editus plugin by Lasso since we have more time than I did at WCSAC.)

The December Meetup is sponsored by Beaver Builder, a tool that makes WordPress sites easier to create. Expect swag and giveaways along with the demo.

And as always, we’d like to thank our regular sponsors: Pagely, host of the website; A2 Hosting, which pays for our pizza; and O’Reilly Media, which offers us discounts on their tech books and videos.

What Fred Meyer Learned from Interviewing 15 WP Developers

Fred Meyer of WP Shout interviewed 15 top WordPress developers in the course of writing Up and Running with WordPress. He joins us via Skype video conference for the October meetup to share some of his discoveries.

Fred asked these developers what makes good WordPress code, how to write clear code, and the qualities that make a good developer. Join us learn from some of the best-known individuals in the WordPress community.

Sponsored by

WP Shout will be giving away a copy of Up and Running with WordPress (a $49 value) to one lucky winner, and a coupon for a free year of InMotion hosting to everyone who attends.

And as always, we’d like to thank our regular sponsors: Pagely, host of the website; A2 Hosting, which pays for our pizza; and O’Reilly Media, which offers us discounts on their tech books and videos.

Setting Up Security Plugins / The Hardest Thing About WordPress

Poll results were tied, so I decided to make “How to Set Up Wordfence and iThemes Security” the main topic and put the “What’s the Hardest Thing about WordPress?” discussion into our regular Q&A period. 


Security plugins have lots of options, and if you don’t set them up correctly, you might lock yourself out of your own site–or overlook something important.

Pieter Hartsook shows you how to configure two of the most popular security plugins for WordPress: Wordfence and iThemes Security


It’s my contention that we should stop pretending WordPress is easy. Sure, it’s a lot easier for developers, designers, and end users than some other popular content management systems or creating an old-fashioned HTML site. But WordPress has evolved into a pretty complex system. We’ll share the hardest things for us and our clients, and any insight we have into how to make them easier.