Welcome to WPToronto.com, home of Toronto’s WordPress Group! We’re a bit late in posting this greeting — two months, really — but better late than never.
We’ve got an exciting year ahead of us. WordPress continues to grow in popularity, and as more people turn to WordPress, the more we thrive as a local community.
A Message from Brent Kobayashi, Lead Organizer:
Having been a part of the WordPress community for several years I’ve found it has one incredibly remarkable strength which is often the community’s greatest challenge – diversity.
People come to WordPress, and to participate in the community that is WordPress, from so many directions. From professional coder, to blogger, to business owner, to graphic designer, and more. And what I’ve found is that all people at all levels want to participate and support eachother.
I look forward to helping along this participation & support on this website and in person at all the events we will have this year.
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WordCamp Ottawa 2014 is happening May 3-4 at Carleton University.
This is Ottawa’s second WordCamp. If you’re a member of the Toronto WordPress Group and plan on attending, we’ve posted an event that you can RSVP for.
Note that RSVP’ing for the meetup will not register you for WordCamp Ottawa. You’ll need to do that on their site.
WordCamp Ottawa 2013 was a hit, and we’re sure that 2014 will be even better. Best wishes to the organizers on these last few months of preparation.
This month’s WordPress meetup will be taking place at PodCamp Toronto 2014.
This is an excellent opportunity for networking, socializing, and finding some inspiration.
We’ll update this post, and our event page, as more details become available.
Code For Kids is hosting an HTML/CSS workshop for 9-13 year olds on February 22nd:
In this 2.5 hour course your child will be able to write basic HTML structures, and personalize the look. We will provide all materials, as well as snacks and drinks.
The workshops will be taking place at Shopify’s offices in downtown Toronto.
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February 1, 2014: We’ve held our first “organizing committee” meetup of the year.
The purpose of this meeting was to bring out volunteers who are interested in contributing to the direction of our meetup group.
We did some brainstorming, identified goals for the group, and assigned tasks/next steps.
Special thanks to Tom Auger & Zeitguys for being an awesome host, providing both the venue and lunch!
Notes from the Meeting
These points came up in discussion; I pulled them straight from the whiteboard.
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Today marks the 10-year anniversary of WordPress, the world’s most popular online publishing platform. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a decade since that first release!
WordPress communities around the world are celebrating the event, including our very own Toronto WordPress Group on Meetup.com.
Some cool stuff to check out:
Our April meetup was dedicated to the world of books, with a specific focus on those who are interested in publishing their own books and selling them online. Special guests Hugh McGuire of PressBooks and Katherine Hague of Toronto e-commerce startup ShopLocket walked us through their products.
This is my second meetup with the WordPress group. I enjoyed this far more than the WordPress Basics. I think the format is similar but far more organized and info-driven. Thank you.
Special thanks to WooThemes for supporting our meetups, and The Ballroom Bowl for hosting our event on Saturday. It was an amazing venue with amazing service, right in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district. Hopefully we’ll be able to host meetups at The Ballroom again in the future!
We started a new initiative at our March ’13 meetup: Three boxes are placed at the front desk. One for people needing WordPress help; one for WordPress professionals; and one for overall group suggestions and feedback.
Here’s what we got for suggestions. The disorganization of the breakout groups was a real pain point for attendees.
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When it comes to website content management systems, WordPress is the most popular choice, and its popularity is on the rise. That growth in popularity can also be found in our local meetup groups. Attendance is increasing, particularly among those who are moving from static HTML websites or other CMS platforms.
These individuals often need some help – whether it be user training, design, development, or something more specific. Unfortunately we can’t answer all those questions in our meetups, or provide the necessary level of help (as much as we’d like to).
We also get a lot of emails from people needing WordPress support, but the best we can do is pass their details on to the entire group. It’s far from an elegant, timely, self-serve solution.
That’s where WPToronto.com comes in. We want a hub for the WordPress community in Toronto, a place where those with skills in WordPress can hook up with the folks who need help.
There are three big components to this site:
- Business Listings: Right now, it’s simply a special post category tied to a form. Edits to individual business listings must be done manually.
- Message Boards: We’ve set up forums for folks to discuss local meetups, WordCamp Toronto, and post job opportunities.
- Showcasing Events & Projects: On the blogging side, we want to showcase neat WordPress projects from the Toronto area, including events that may be of interest to WordPressers. This could include conferences, meetups, and so on.
We’ll be gradually adding more functionality and design improvements over time.