Latest Updates

Group Update: June 11, 2014

Sorry for the silence, everyone – it’s been a busy month! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Contrib2Core Kicked Off

Contrib2Core 1.0

Our first-ever Contrib2Core meetup!

Our first-ever Contrib2Core meetup took place at the Ryerson DMZ last night. (Kudos to Sidekick for providing the space.)

Led by Tom Auger and Paul Bearne, this was a hands-on workshop that dove into the WordPress SVN and Trac.

From Tom’s forum post:

Contrib2Core V1.0 took place on Tuesday June 10, 2014. It was held in the Ryerson Digital Media Zone, generously sponsored by the Sidekick / WPUniversity team. About 15 WordPress developers showed up, learned about Trac, Vagrant, the developer repository and ways they could contribute to core development. Beers were enjoyed afterward at a venue nearby.

Contrib2Core Version 2.0 will be held on the second Tuesday of July. We are looking to adjust the format in an effort to make the session more productive. We are looking for your input. Please see the Contrib2Core V2.0 post in this form to continue that discussion.

You can join the discussion for July’s Contrib2Core 2.0 on the forums, and RSVP for the event on

WordCamp Toronto 2014 is Back On Track

Planning resumed last week for this year’s annual #WCTO event:

Starting today our organizing team will be holding bi-weekly meetings to work through tasks and get things done.

Short-term goals include publishing the call for speakers and sponsorship details.

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Group Updates: May 14, 2014

Hi all!

It’s been a while since our last group update. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

WordPress Help Wanted

Senior WordPress Developer: Catalyst Workshop is a small web development shop in downtown Toronto. They need some senior WordPress development talent to join their team. Applicants should be have a deep understanding of custom theme development and be comfortable working within the linux shell. We estimate 5 to 10 hours work required to start. Please send hourly rate, availability, cv and portfolio

SMS push notification system for WordPress: “I need something that will push out some kind of instant notification to a group of about 50 subscribers when a new comment is posted by admin to a WordPress category post. E-mail is fine, but the native WP comment notification is way too slow. This needs to be in the subscribers’ hands within 1-2 minutes. Subscribers are everywhere in the world, so SMS is difficult.” Contact Bill Dampier for more details.

Workshop Mentors Needed: Ladies Learning Code are seeking mentors for their upcoming workshops, Intro to HTML5 & Responsive Design (May 24th) and Intro to Photoshop/Photo Editing (May 25th). This is a great opportunity to volunteer your skills, meet new people, and bring some new folks into the world of web technology. Check out this blog post for more info on mentoring at LLC.

Group News

Contrib 2 Core discussions continue: We’re getting closer and closer to holding our first-ever Contrib 2 Core meetup. This’ll be a code-heavy event — the first of many, hopefully! — focused on tackling trac tickets and contributing to core WordPress development. You can follow the conversation in our forums.

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Group Updates: April 23, 2014

WordPress 3.9 Release Party

Next Wednesday’s WordPress meetup is a casual social at C’est What?. We’re holding it in honour of the latest WordPress release. Come on out and meet other WordPressers!

Full details are on the Meetup page. A big thanks to Lloyd Gray for organizing the event.

Ladies Learning Code needs WordPress mentors

This weekend’s WordPress for Beginners workshop still needs a few mentors to lend a hand. Lunch is provided and you’ll have an opportunity to introduce yourself to the crowd.

It’s a great way to bring new folks into the WordPress fold and get some experience with training/instructing.

To volunteer, just register for a Mentor ticket on the Eventbrite page.

WordCamp Ottawa 2014 is next week

Ottawa’s second-ever WordCamp takes place on May 3-4. Tickets are still available and volunteer spots are open. They’ve got a great lineup of sessions and a solid after-party venue.

You can see who in our group is going on the Meetup event page.

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Happy Easter + Group Updates

Happy Easter, everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.

WordPress 3.9 is out. Have you updated?

WordPress 3.9 “Smith” introduces a bunch of improvements to the Visual Editor, Widget customization, and the Browse Themes experience.

Related links:

WordCamp Toronto 2014: November 15-16th

The official site is now up for WCTO14. We’ll be back at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus in Toronto’s west end.

Our Call for Volunteers has gone up early, so if you’re interested in helping out, hit up the Get Involved page.

Have you heard about CASL?

Canada’s new anti-spam legislation goes into enforcement on July 1st, and it’s a big deal (penalties go as high as $10M). Unlike the American CAN-SPAM act, CASL is a much more rigorous law with explicit opt-in and contact information requirements.

Recommended reading:

Global News is looking for a web developer.

“The ideal candidate is a problem solver who will stick with a project from start to finish, working with team members to flesh out requirements and then translate them into interactive experiences and functional WordPress templates for Responsive Design enterprise level websites.”

You can view the full job details on LinkedIn.

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Zend/PHP Developer Wanted

The following job posting came our way last week.

If you’re interested, use the form at the bottom of the post.


We’re looking for an experienced PHP developer to help us build and improve an existing web platform that helps hotels solve their largest and most expensive problem: negative online reviews. It’s currently in use by a handful of hotels in Toronto, and is already loved by its users, who have described as “addictive” and “invaluable”. Based on the results from this limited test, we’ve secured financing to scale and improve the product.

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Organizing Meetup #2

Organizing WPToronto

Our second organizing meetup of the year took place yesterday at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone. The goal for this meetup was to map out our next three months of activities.

The Year So Far

  • January: Introduction to accessibility.
  • February: First organizing meetup + PodCamp Toronto 2014
  • March: Scaling WordPress, Postcard plugin + Content framework

Next 3 Months

  • Mid-April: WordPress 3.9 launch party/social. Led by Miroslav & Lloyd.
  • April/May: Professional WP dev environment. Led by Paul & Dejan.
  • Mid-May: WP Speed Dating. Details TBA. Led by Ava, Patrice, and Andy.
  • Mid-May: Organizing meetup #3. Led by Brent.
  • May/June: Contrib 2 Core, likely accessibility-focused. Led by Dejan & Peter.
  • June: Turning WP hobby into a business. Led by Brent & Jordan.

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Group Update: Shaping Future Meetups & WordPress Developers Wanted

Heeere’s April! We’ve got a few updates this week:

Group Announcements

WordPress Help Wanted

  • Branding agency All Roads Inc. is looking for talented WordPress developers in Kingston and Toronto. Positions are posted on their career portal.
  • Digital marketing agency Powered By Search is seeking a senior WordPress developer. There’s a lot of freedom in this role, including flexible hours, but you need to be self-reliant.

WordPress News

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Meetup Presentations: Postcard App & All Things Content

Kyle Newsome presenting Postcard

For this week’s WordPress meetup we focused on content.

Kyle Newsome showed off his Postcard plugin & mobile app, while co-organizer Andy McIlwain presented a simple framework to helps guide content development for your site.

Thanks to for providing space at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone.

Don’t forget: WPUniversity is giving away 2 tickets to WordCamp Ottawa. For a chance to win, send your WordPress question (including plugin or theme review requests) to Winners will be contacted in a week. All questions will be answered on the new site, coming this May.

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Group Update: March 26, 2014

Good afternoon, WordPressers!

We’ve got a bunch of updates for you this week:

Group Survey

We’ve put together our first-ever survey for the group.

This survey will help shape future WordPress meetups. You’ll also have an opportunity to indicate if you’re interested in volunteering or helping plan/organize events.

The survey only takes a couple of minutes. Go on… take it!

Thanks to Peter Toi for putting this together.

We’ve made more accessible.

Accessibility has been a central theme for our group this year. We kicked off 2014 with a presentation from Bill Gregory, and we’re trying our best to implement #a11y on our own site.

Joe Dolson’s WP Accessibility plugin is the first big piece. We’ve also been lucky to get some hands-on work from Jordan Quintal and his The Genius WordPress team.

There’s more to be done. If you’d like to help, drop a post in our Site Feedback forum.

Scaling WordPress on a Budget: Meetup Recap

Our first meetup of the month, and our first developer-centric meetup of the year, was all about scaling WordPress on a relatively small budget.

Speaker Alan Lok (YellowAPI and WirelessLinx) gave a more in-depth version of his presentation from January’s DevTO event.

Here are the slides for his WPToronto presentation.

A big thanks to Dejan Markovic and Lloyd Gray for organizing the meetup.

Upcoming Events

WordPress News Headlines

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Weekly Update: March 12, 2014

Good evening, WordPressers!

The weather’s been less-than-stellar today, and apparently we’re in for more of the same until the weekend. On the bright side, it’s a perfect excuse to stay inside and hack away on your WordPress sites. ;)

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Upcoming Events

All Things Content Featured

Next Meetup: All Things Content on Saturday, March 29th

Local WordPress developer Kyle Newsome will be sharing Postcard, his recently-launched WordPress plugin + iOS app. We’ll follow up with a discussion about plugins that can help with planning, publishing, and promoting your site’s content. If you have tools or plugins to share, or questions to ask about working with content in WordPress, this is the meetup to attend!

RSVP on the event page.

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