New meetup series: WordPress for Non-Profits

We started a new meetup series last week focusing on not-for-profit (non-profit) organizations. We held the first meetup in the east end at Kobayashi + Zeitguys on the Danforth, our old haunt for the WPToronto East meetups.

A reminder: what our meetups are for

Local WordPress meetup groups like WPToronto are for the community to come together, sharing our knowledge and experiences with the WordPress platform.

WordPress is all about community. It’s open source software, which means it’s built through the collective contributions of people from around the world.

The beautiful thing about a WordPress meetup is that anyone in the community can step up and lead their own event.

If you’re not familiar with WPToronto and Toronto’s WordPress community, look into the various meetups happening around town.

Who is this new NFP meetup series for?

This new monthly meetup series focuses on WordPress sites that support the social good. We had a great kick-off event with Amanda Gorman from GiveWP sharing best practices for donation pages.

We also talked about what we want this meetup series to be. What topics should we cover?

What topics do we want to see in the future?

Suggestions included:

  • WordPress security
  • WordPress hosting – different types, pros and cons
  • Membership sites, programs and campaigns
  • DIY website management & maintenance
  • Content strategy
  • Collaborating and working with other organizations
  • Automation, productivity tools
  • WordPress plugins for non-profits
  • Website planning
  • Web analytics & reporting

Best practices for donation landing pages

Preparing for Success

  • Understand your donors as deeply as you can
  • Perform keyword research
  • Do a competitor analysis
  • Understand donor demographics & qualities (via surveys, interviews)
  • Set goals
  • Be clear and specific
  • Set dates to review success and make improvements
  • Measure your data
  • Set clear metrics you can track & improve

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WordCamp Toronto 2018 is FREE

In case you missed the announcement: WordCamp Toronto 2018 is now FREE!

It’s a first for WordCamp Toronto, and we hope that it’ll make the event even more accessible to everyone.

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Group Update: WordCamp Toronto 2018, open organizing, and a call for volunteers.

Hello WordPressers!

We’ve got a handful of exciting announcements this week. But first: congratulations to our friends in Niagara for hosting their inaugural WordCamp this past weekend. It’s great to see more local WordCamps popping up on the official schedule.

Now, speaking of WordCamps…

WordCamp Toronto 2018

We’re excited to announce that WordCamp Toronto 2018 (#WCYYZ) is a go. Join us for a day of WordPress on Saturday, December 1st at the North York Civic Centre, pictured above.

Local community is our priority, so we’ll be looking for speakers from around the GTA and neighbouring regions. Expect more details to come on that, and our call for sponsors and volunteers, in the coming weeks.

Check out the #WCYYZ 2018 website

A more transparent organizing team

In addition to running a leaner WordCamp with a tighter focus on community, we’re also taking steps to be more transparent & inclusive in how we organize events. To that end we’ve spun up a new P2 site at

We’re using this site to discuss plans for WordCamp Toronto 2018, but it’s also the go-to site for WPToronto planning in general. If you’d like to get involved with our group planning, this is the place to do it.

Join the planning discussions on our new P2

A call for more volunteers

Previous updates have mentioned that we’re looking for volunteers to help with the meetups. We’ve just published a volunteer application form to collect more details about potential volunteers and what they’re interested in.

Our group organizers currently include Kristine Black, Alex Sirota, Robin MacRae, Kiera Howe, Dan Stramer, Jacques Surveyer, Jeremy Choi, and myself. While we’re a bigger team than in the past (yay!), we’re still lacking a diversity of views & experiences that reflects Toronto.

Help us make WPToronto even better. If you’re interested in joining us, fill out the volunteer application form. If you’d rather give us feedback about what we can do to improve, please send us a message.

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Group Update: WordPress 4.9.8 released

Hello WordPressers!

It’s a civic holiday, our summer is in full swing, and the heat is very much on. So there’s not a whole lot happening in terms of local events. That said, there’s a lot to share from around the web this week.

First up, in WordPress: 4.9.8 just dropped, bringing us a new Gutenberg prompt in the dashboard. If you’re not ready for Gutenberg yet, use the Classic Editor plugin to keep the existing editor, or use Gutenberg Ramp to enable Gutenberg for specific post types. If you haven’t tried Gutenberg yet, the official info page on now includes a front-end demo.

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Group Update: New volunteer opportunities + getting ready for Gutenberg

Hello WordPressers! Our revived weekly update continues with a slight tweak to the format. We’re now incorporating web & tech events alongside upcoming meetups & WordCamps. Also this week: Our presentation meetups revive in September, but we need speakers; WordPress 4.9.8 is on the horizon, inching us closer to 5.0 and the new editor; more … Read more

Group Update: July 21, 2018

Hello WordPressers! We’re reviving our old newsletter as a weekly digest in blog post format. If you’d like to receive these updates via email, subscribe to our site using the form in the sidebar (or footer, if you’re on a mobile device). Jump to a section: Upcoming Meetups & Events Help Wanted WordPress News … Read more

WordPress Weekend: GDPR on your website

Full disclosure: None of the following is legal advice. This is meant to prompt conversation within our community about the implications of GDPR. What is GDPR? GDPR (“General Data Protection Regulation”) kicked in on May 25th in the European Union. It’s a law intended to protect EU citizens by regulating the processing, transfer, and storage … Read more