So Cal WordPress Users’ Group Meetup Recap

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending SoCal WordPress User’s Group Meetup at Kleverdog Coworking in Chinatown. They are the biggest group in Southern California, and there were 80 people in attendance with a huge waiting list!

The meetup is run by Natalie Maclees and Noel Saw, and they have created 2 additional new meetup groups which will be starting soon: WordPress 101 for Beginners and Advanced WordPress LA, and recently redid their site: http://socalwp.org/. (mt) Media Temple will be hosting their meetup here on June 18, so mark your calendars and make sure to RSVP after May 28th, as it always fills up quickly!

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The topic for the night was Social Media in WordPress and was presented by expert Marieke Hensel, who I have followed on twitter for several years. Her company website is Branding Personality, which showcases a lot of great articles on social media. She talked about the importance of companies being social, shared some great social WordPress plugins, talked about the importance of Google Authorship, and leveraging Tribber and other social media networks to get your content shared with as many people as possible. She stressed also that content must be of a very high quality, and to make sure that your site looks good on mobile as traffic numbers from mobile are sky rocketing. She advised against auto posting and that each share should be targeted for that specific network. She will be posting her slide deck up on Slideshare soon.

wcsd-logoThis weekend, I am getting ready for Wordcamp San Diego where I will be speaking on CSS3 For Beginners at 1:20 on Saturday, which will be recorded for viewing later. There will be many super awesome speakers talking about many interesting WordPress topics, and I am very excited to be a part of it and I am very proud that (mt) Media Temple has stepped up as a major sponsor, showing their commitment to the WordPress community.

wcrenoOn a related note, I have been accepted to speak at the Reno-Tahoe WordCamp which will be happening April 27 & 28th, and my topic will be Child Themes and Twenty Thirteen. I’m looking forward to it!

Suzette Franck is a WordPress Evangelist at (mt) Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company providing premium web hosting and cloud services to web designers, web developers, digital innovators and entrepreneurs since 1998. An established member of the WordPress community and one of today’s most prolific female WordPress speakers, Suzette joined Media Temple in 2012 and has, since then, been building on the company’s early involvement with the WordPress and Open Source communities. She advocates and educates for WordPress by actively participating in WordCamp conferences country-wide and WordPress meetups in Southern California.

As passionate about front-end coding as she is about increasing awareness of the wonders of WordPress, she also co-hosts Media Temple’s weekly educational podcast, WP Unicorn Project (wpunicornproject.com), with WordPress Unicorn Rockstar Natalie MacLees, which addresses all things WordPress and web development with a variety of WordPress professionals including designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. Suzette blogs about WordPress at suzettefranck.com, and she is a repeated guest on the popular WPWatercooler video podcast (over 5 million views). When she is not “WordPressing”, Suzette, who resides in North Hollywood, CA, paints and collects art.

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