Connect your website to social networks #wpswfl

My slide deck of last night’s presentation. How to connect your website to the social networks.

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Happy Holidays and a great start into the New Year 2015

Next Meetup will be January 22, 2015. Topics and location still to be determined. 

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The State of the Word – Matt Mullenweg and more

Video of Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word” at WordCamp San Francisco couple month ago. I always find listening to Mullenweg talk about WordPress fascinating. His poise and his passion has not diminished since he started out ‘Democratizing Publishing’ through Blogging and WordPress in 2003, when he forked an earlier blogging software and created an open-source community that span the whole world. Get yourself some coffee, sit back and listen in on “The State of the Word 2014”

The WordPress in Numbers

  • 23.6% of the web is powered by WordPress, from 17.4% in 2012.
  • 785 contributers to WordPress core
  • 6,458 new plugins have been approved, bringing the total of plugins in the repository to 34, 016.
  • 684 new themes were approved, an increase of 36% to a total of 2,781 Themes on Note: this doesn’t count the 3rd party and premium themes that are available for WordPress ecosystem.
  • A total of 1,000,000 commits in the SVN repository (WordPress’s version control system), 22% happened alone in 2014

WordPress Version used around the Internet

WordPress Versions Installed

If you haven’t installed 4.0 yet, don’t procrastinate any longer! 

See Slides of 2014 WordCamps in Florida:

  • Tampa (the slides are link from the sessions pages)
  • Orlando (no slide page yet)
  • Miami


After his presentation, Matt Mullenweg stayed around for a 45 min Q & A session.

Meeting Information Presentations

Improve your online store! #wpswfl at Hodges University

Chris Christoff, @chriscct7, WordPress eCommerce Expert will be in Southwest Florida and has agreed to be our speaker on November 26, 2014.

He has been a speaker at WordCamps through out the nation, and just recently at inaugural the WordCamp in Tampa last month.

Do you have a business that sells online, or do you have an idea you’d like to talk through? This is a great opportunity to quiz the expert on online shopping and online conversion, to make sure you are ready for year-end sales.
Chris Christoff works on on , @woocommerce and @eddwp. Part of Awesome Motive (makers of WPBeginner, OptinMonster, Envira Gallery, Soliloquy, List25, etc). Owner of Apyco (we’re hiring). Student at UF. I specialize in WordPress eCommerce. His code runs over a million online stores.

Big “Thank You” to Professor Tracey Lanham, Chair of the CIT Programs, Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University for collaborating to make this event happen on short notice!


#wpswfl October Meeting: Resources

Adam Gilardi and I went to WordCamp Tamp in October. Here are a few example slidedeck of sessions we found particularly compelling, interesting or just very, very helpful.

WordPress Meetup October Topic:

30 Things You Must Do Before Launch

Slidedeck by Drew Barton
WordCamp Tampa 2014 from Southern Web

David Bisset: Customizing BuddyPress And Impressing Your Friends

Customizing BuddyPress And Impressing Your Friends (WordCamp Tampa 2014) from dimensionmedia

For Themes Developers/Designer: 
Dave Clements: Putting things where they belong: child themes and functionality plugins (PDF)


Interesting in other topics? Check out WordCamp Tampa website:


WP plugin for Presentation Slides – SEOslides

SEOslides Logo http://seoslide.esJeffrey Abbott, presenter at the upcoming WordPress Meetup in Fort Myers, mentioned he will use the plugin “seoslides” to create slides for his discussion on  GravityForms. As I do quite a bit of slideshow producing, I am very interested in keeping the search engine discovery performance of my presentation slides on my own website and not give it all to

Recently I started publishing on Google Drive, and their SEO is virtually non-existent. Yeah I was surprised about that, too.  It’ll be worth investing into seoslides, having it all slideshows embedded on our company site.
I didn’t use the slideshow builder that comes with the plugin for this test post. The import feature of the plugin allows me to upload an already available presentation, held in January 2014. I needed to export the slides as PDF from Google Drive then upload via the plugin and then press the import button. It all worked rather smoothly. Take a look! Be aware, the plugin is still in beta, and as always, feedback is definitely welcome!

NonProfit Technology Trends 2014 from WordPress Meetup Southwest Florida

Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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WordCamp Tampa – October 4 + 5, 2014

The inaugural WordCamp Tampa will take place at the Kaiser University on  October 4th and 5th, 2014. The Call for Speakers went out in July and we hear the selection has been made for this event. Tickets went on sale couple of weeks ago,  and only a few are still available.

The price is $ 30 per person for the 2-Day WordPress conference with multiple tracks for all skill levels, lunch for Saturday and Sunday, t-shirt, lots of swag, and a fantastic networking after party.

The groups of speakers promises a great array of presentations. Saturday schedule holds the two tracks:

  • Design & Development
  • Publishing & Marketing

And on Sunday it’s about  “Business & other”

Of course, the party on Saturday night will be epic

Here is the list of speakers and I started a Twitter list with the speakers so you can follow them before and after WordCamp

Wordcamps are casual, locally-organized conferences about All-Things WordPress, the free and open-source publishing software powering millions of sites on the Internet. They are attended by people ranging from blogging newbies to professional WordPress devlopers, designers and consultants.

Hope to see you in Tampa. Leave a comment if you’ll attend, so we can connect during WordCamp, too.



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WordPress Meetup Southwest Florida part of official WordPress Community

On Wednesday, August 27th, I coordinated efforts with Chase Livingston via Skype to make WordPress Meetup Southwest Florida an official member of the WordPress community. “With great power comes great responsibility” in this case with a few good-faith rules for WordPress meetup, created by a group of volunteer meetup organizers:(quoted directly from the meetup up chapter program)

  1. WordPress Meetups are for the benefit of the WordPress community as a whole, not specific businesses or individuals. All actions taken as an event organizer are with the best interest of the community in mind.
  2. Membership in the local meetup group is open to all who wish to join, regardless of ability, skill, financial status or any other criteria.
  3. Meetups are volunteer-run with volunteer speakers. In cases where a modest attendance fee might be necessary, this fee should only cover the costs of the meetup and shouldn’t be used to pay speakers or organizers.
  4. Meetup groups allow events to be organized by any reliable/trusted member of the community.
  5. Meetups are welcoming places where everyone works to foster an accepting environment which is free of discrimination, incitement to violence, promotion of hate, and general jerk-like behavior.

So far the good faith rules…

Read up more about it here