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Update June 2020 and Slidedeck

New lead organizer: Guy Cicinelli

Big Thank You to Guy Cicinelli for steping up and become lead organizer of the WordPress Meetup SWFL. Co-organizers are Anne Katzeff, Ani Carlson.

After six years of being a co-organizer, it’s time for new ideas, new voices and new energy. I also started on the WordPress documentation team and that work as mushroomed into a bigger task that I anticipated. I feel the local WordPress community is in excellent hands with Guy, Anne and Ani. I’ll be available until the end of June to handle the transition.

I am grateful for all the work we did together in the community, for the things I learned and the friendships I gained. I won’t be a stranger and show up at meetings, of course. See you then!

If you also want to be part of the organizing team,
please join us on WP SWFL Slack and start a conversation.

Save the Dates: Upcoming events

June 18, 2020 Google Search Console Slides

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First Virtual WordPress Meetup in SWFL

Due to #Stayathome practices during COVID-19, we only hold monthly meeting on Zoom. On April 16th we started our first meeting. Here are the notes

Announcement and Online Events.


WordPress 5.4 came out.

If you haven’t updated, you might want to study the Field Guide with all the goodies in there.

Also on Gutenberg Times you’ll find a summary of the new block editor features

Gutenberg plugin was released this week 7.9 

With additional Block Design Tools, like line heights, for Heading and paragraph, Gradients, for Cover Block, Columns and Media & Text blocks. 

More Block Patterns 

  • Hero Two Colums
  • Numbered Feature list and 
  • It’s Time 

Approx 138 Pull Requests are listed in the release notes. Dive in or subscribe to the Gutenberg Changelog podcast. The latest episode will be recorded the Friday after a new version is released and will come out Saturday afternoon or Sunday. 

WPTavern also has the highlights for you, too: Gutenberg 7.9 Adds Gradients to More Blocks, Extra Typography Controls, and New Patterns

Online Conferences


Two Weeks ago the WPBlock Talk conference took place. All talks are now available on WordPress TV. 

WordCamp Santa Clarita – April 18th, 2020

Virtual on Saturday with three tracks and a great mixture between business related content, WordPress content creators tips & tricks and developer/designers how to.

It starts at 11:45 EDT until about 8pm EDT. 

WPGameShow Saturday April 18 at  8pm ET with David Bisset 

WPFeedback Summit April 27 –May 1, 2020

JavaScript for WordPress July 8 – 10th, 2020

With Workshops, talks on Headless WordPress and Gutenberg Talks.

Guy Cicinelli: Building Landing Pages with the Block Editor

Plugins Mentioned:
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December 2019 Updates: Schedule, Slack and Session proposals

The top six most popular topics from our Topics Survey. 

  1. Search Engine Optimization for Content Creators 
  2. Performance Testing for Website Owners and Developers 
  3. How to create a Landing/Front Page w/ Block Editor 
  4. Using migration and Cloning tools for WordPress sites 
  5. Using Google Search Console to check on search keywords and content creation
  6. Create Blocks with Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) and other tools
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July 19 – Ensuring Search Engine Visibility – Onsite and Local SEO

Birgit Pauli-Haack of Pauli Systems will walk you through the basics of SEO and how to make sure you ongoing postings are helping your site’s search engine visibility. She shows you are few tools you can use to test your own site, what to look for on Google Search Console, and how to submit your sidemaps. You see how to start using Yoast SEO plugin to improve your writing focus before you publish your next blog post or landing page.

Charlie Rose of SEOMechanic, will then take it to the next level and talk about Local SEO and gives you tips and tricks of keyword search, ways = to find out what people are actually searching for. And how to gauge intent of your visitors. He’ll mention a few of mistakes to avoid.

Charlie Rose has 20 years of experience helping companies fast-track success in organic search results. You can read more about Charlie on the website

Birgit Pauli-Haack, founded of Pauli Systems a web development and strategy company in 2002 and with the team of developers, designers, copy writers and project managers, she helps business and organizations how to connect online with their customers and donors. Check out her full bio on the Pauli Systems’ website.

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Upcoming WordPress Events: Topics Survey Results 2018 + Online Developers Events

Between Mid April and Mid May, we conducted our topics survey among our members and here are the results.

The Top 6 WordPress Topics are now scheduled for the second half of 2018

  1. Ensuring Search Engine Visibility – Onsite SEO (July 21, 2018)
  2. Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls to Avoid When Moving Your Site to SSL (August 16, 2018)
  3. Reusable Blocks for Content Creators (Gutenberg) (September 20, 2018)
  4. 3rd Party Editors for WordPress (October 18, 2018)
  5. REST API, Best practices for Developers (November 15, 2018)
  6. The Business of Being a Web Developer (December 20, 2018)

Call for Volunteers

We won’t have a meeting in June, both our co-organizers will be traveling. One of the questions in the survey was “Would you be interested in organizing an event within WordPress Meetup SWFL?”. 50% of the participants answered Maybe(6) or Yes(3). When we get back, we will schedule a video conference call with all to discuss how we can get more people involved in organizing meetups. If you are interested, feel free to submit your name, via email to and you’ll be invited to the video call, too.

Online Events for WordPress Developers

Online JavaScript for WordPress Conference June 29th, 2018!

Learn Javascript Deeply – Matt Mullenweg, State of the Word 2015

A Day of FREE Online Talks from professionals in the arena of JavaScript for WordPress. The schedule hasn’t been posted yet. You can take a look behind the scenes with some of the already confirmed speakers on YouTube 

WordSesh July 25th, 2018

Join WordPress developers from around the world for a must-attend virtual conference on July 25th, 2018. Check out the Speakers, Session, and Speakers


Meet two local bloggers via Naples Daily News

Naples Daily News visited the members of the WordPress Meetup SWFL at the Grind Coffeehouse earlier this month.

Here is the video: (starts after 15 sec pre-roll ad)

The two blogs mentioned:

Anja Carlson: Real Recipes And More

Anja Carlson is co-organizer of the WordPress Meetup SWFL and hosts the KoffeeKlatch every other week at the Grind 

Rosaline Pastrana’s “Self-Censored”


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Gutenberg Beginners Tips by Zac Gordon

… and  #Gutenberg course offers by Zac Gordon for developers and by Joe Casabona for Site Users and Owners, special for WordPress Meetup SWFL members below🙂

#Gutenberg course offers by Zac Gordon for developers and by Joe Casabono for Site Users and Owners