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Resources: How to find the right WordPress plugins?

Great discussions ensued about using plugins and how to choose them. We went over the plugins repository screens in details and also looked at 3rd party sites with plugin reviews and directories. You’ll find all the links discussed in the Google Slides embedded below.

WordPress Plugins from A to Z

If you like podcasts and learn more about WordPress Plugins I recommend you listen to episodes on the WordPress Plugins from A to Z podcast, hosted by John Overall and Marcus Couch
The WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and also on WordPress Radio. I have found it very helpful. Both hosts come prepared to their shows and it’s fast paced. The selection is always well rounded and I learned about new plugins and use cases for plugins, I haven’t considered yet.

Links to find more

John Elcik shared these links via our online survey:


If you too, like to share some resources regarding WordPress Plugins, use the comments sections below.

The search is over. We have a new venue sponsor: Candels On Call.

Candels LLC logoMark and Linda Candels generously let us use their state of the art training room at their offices for the rest of the year. Please thank them and give them a shout-out on the social webs:


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Upcoming Meetups and Topics Survey Results 2015

Last week our Topic survey came to an end. Here are the results.

Upcoming Meetups

We are always looking for presenters, so don’t be shy connect with organizer Birgit Pauli-Haack at if you’d like to contribute to any of the above listed topics or to different topics.

Just a reminder for all folks involved as volunteers, presenters or attendees, we are an official WordPress Meetup and adhere to the Five Good Faith Rules

Suggestions for Topics (Questions 11)

    • Speak on the recent meeting in Miami if anyone attended.
    • The fuzzy world of menus, categories. Best way to set up website architecture.
    • Revenue producing ideas (as consultant or other)
    • WordPress Multisite
    • How to select the right company (or person) to do all of this for you – questions to ask and expectations to set.
    • How to get fresh material for the website from members and not just the admin.
    • These all seem to be popular topics that I would like to learn more about
    • Speed Optimization

Free Text Comments provided by participants of the survey

  • Self-hosted:
    • Cover as a step by step approach and provide “tips and cautions” for each step
    • Self-hosted: Curiosity killed the cat. Satisfaction brought it back.
    • self-hosted: I already have a self hosted wordpress website but I would like to learn more about wordpress and how to get more exposure for my site
  • Photos:
    • Managing event photo albums (large groups of photos), including controlling download capability, watermarks, etc.
    • Photo sizing and changing page layout.
    • and Videos
    • I have several plugins now but would like to learn about more
  • Plugins:
  • Themes
    • I’m seeking the best multi use themes, covering writers, photography and travel.
    • not sure what you mean by “core concepts” – design, use, something else?
    • bootstrap? multi-site?
    • How to change some elements of a theme to customize it
  • SocialMedia
    • What social media should we join as corporations (nonprofit).
  • BuddyPress:
    • I’m unsure what the BuddyPress program is. I’m interested in know more if it is beneficial for my needs.
    • Create an ancestory site… something everyone could relate to as the example?
    • I do not know what this is.
    • Not sure what this is.
  • Jetpack:
    • I would like to learn more about the program.
    • Jetpack: my host tells me jetpack is buggy, vulnerable, and causes high overhead/use of server resources. are they right?
  • Google Analytics:
    • I have signed up however, I have not initiated the program to completion.
    • Very very!
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Resources: Portfolio & other Custom Content Types

Below you’ll find the slideshow of my presentation on Jetpack’s Portfolio and other Custom Content Types.

Since then the Jetpack Portfolio module was expanded to include also “Testimonials” as post types, however integration into the site is not as seamless as it is for the Portfolio Content Type. To successfully integrate into the site, the Theme would need to support it on its templates. More details for Theme developers and designers can be found  on Jetpack’s site.

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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!

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Setting up a WordPress site Slide Show

This is tonight’s slideshow about setting up your hosting account and the links to plugins. Feel free to comment here or on the Google Drive.
Meeting sponsored by Relevanza and Digital Backflip