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 has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a WordPress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress.

Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

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