Meeting Information

WordPress Meetup Tomorrow 7/26 @ 6pm – Frameworks and Gutenberg Blocks

Join us tomorrow to learn from two great speakers!

We have a WordPress Meetup – an online MegaMeetup – tomorrow evening with the South Florida group and others. We are also working on arranging speakers for the August and September WordPress Meetups as well. If you have a topic you would like to speak on, please let us know!

Vito Peleg: “The Perfect WordPress Project Framework”

Building a website for a client within WordPress is a completely different game compared to building one for yourself. In fact, most agencies and designers would agree, that building a basic business site (for the sake of the example), on our own, can take between 3-5 days. But as soon as a client or stakeholder joins the process, the project become a 4-6 weeks journey (that is, if all goes well).

On this session, Vito will share what he learned from exploring the workflow of thousands of WordPress agencies and Solopreneurs through as well as sharing his own experiences. The goal is to map out the biggest bottlenecks within website projects without compromising on the quality and increasing client satisfaction for increased referrals.

Anne Katzeff: Beginner’s Guide to Gutenberg Blocks

Anne introduces you to the basic Gutenberg blocks so you can edit existing pages and posts, and create new documents. She’ll start with a quick orientation to Gutenberg features, then dive into some of the common blocks. Anne will show her best ways to use blocks, along with her favorite blocks, layout methods, and tips. For those who are new to using the Block editor or experienced users wanting to check out different ideas and techniques, everyone will get great take-aways from the evening!

Laura Byrne commented on Twitter: “This is hands down the best Gutenberg 101 for content creators I’ve seen. Seriously, bookmark this now and use as a reference: logical progression, great screen caps, user-friendly language.”


Go ahead and RSVP today and we’ll add the Zoom link tomorrow afternoon.

If you would like to speak in August/September please let us know (email me or David @!

Guy Cicinelli
SWFL WordPress Meetup Organizer

Meeting Information Presentations

April WordPress Meetup Recap & Links

Full Site Editing and the Future of WordPress

As always, thanks to everyone that spent their Thursday evening with us last night at our April WordPress Meetup – another edition of the WordPress MegaMeetup. A special thank you to Anne McCarthy and Marcus Kazmierczak from Automattic for showing us the future of WordPress with Full Site Editing (FSE). Also, a big thank you to @GoDaddyPro for sponsoring our MegaMeetup once again! 

Our apologies for the issues which delayed (and perhaps deterred) many folks from joining us for our great event. Despite the server issues, we had over 120 people connected!

For the TL;DR folks:

You can watch the whole recording on YouTube: 

Or, even better – subscribe to WCMIA’s channel and click the bell icon to get notified when new videos are posted: 

Our WordPress Meetup Speakers –

First Speaker – Anne McCarthy

Find Anne on the web: 
Twitter: @annezazu

“Full site editing is a collection of projects… arguably too much for a single release”. – Josepha

The FSE effort is broken down into 7 milestones:

  1. Infrastructure & UI
  2. Browsing
  3. Styling
  4. Theme Blocks
  5. Query Block
  6. Navigation Block
  7. Gradual Adoption

WordPress 5.8 Plans include: improvements from Gutenberg 9.9+, introduction of new blocks (Query, Site Logo, Navigation, a theme.json mechanism, a Template Editor for Pages/Blank Template, Widgets Screen & Block widgets in Customizer, and some Design tools.

Important Dates:

  • April 27, 2021 – Next Go/No Go decision
  • June 8, 2021 – Beta period for WordPress 5.8
  • July 20, 2021 – WordPress 5.8 release
  • December 2021 – WordPress 5.9 release

Get involved!

Anne’s links:

Link to Anne’s FSE presentation:

Second Speaker – Marcus Kazmierczak

And then we had Marcus do a live demo of Full Site Editing! Marcus even built a theme live. We also got to see how super fast he types – an absolute Command Line wizard!  I wasn’t able to take useful notes as he was doing a live demo – watch the video!

Find Marcus on the web:
Twitter: @mkaz

Marcus’s links:

Special Announcement by Joe Simpson Jr

Find Joe on the web:
Twitter: @joesimpsonjr

We also had our good friend Joe Simpson Jr., Lead Organizer of WordCamp Santa Clarita (@wordcampscv), pop in to announce a few upcoming events he is working on:

Thanks again to David Bisset and Jean Felisme for hosting another fantastic WordPress MegaMeetup! Stay tuned for the May Meetup date and topic announcement.


Guy Cicinelli @guycicinelli 

WordPress SWFL Organizer @wpswfl