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  • Welcome to WordPress Hamilton!

    Welcome to WordPress Hamilton!

    We hope you’ll enjoy your time here and we encourage everyone to participate. We’re just working on getting all the pieces together, but hope that in the meantime you’ll join us. Here’s how: Join our Meetup Group: WordPress Canada Slack Team If you’re looking to connect with us outside of our meetups and connect with […]

  • May 2021 Meetup: SEO Checklist for Any WordPress Site

    On Thursday, May 13, Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries shared an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) checklist that can apply to every WordPress website, from personal blogs to larger businesses. Natasha is an SEO Strategist at Flywheel Digital in Vancouver (although she lives in Hamilton). She first started with WordPress a decade ago, and has been an “active” (her […]

  • April 2021 Meetup: Site Clinic

    A last-minute addition to the schedule, on Thursday, April 8, 10 members attended a site clinic through Zoom. Two members volunteered their sites for review. Draft versus Published Pages First up was Grace, with It’s All In My Head. Grace’s site is a WordPress.com site and is still a work in progress. The first task […]

  • March 2021 Meetup – How to Own Your Expertise And Start Speaking at WP Events

    The March Meetup featured attendees from throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. Jill Binder joined from Toronto, while the interactive workshop was led by AmyJune Hineline in San Francisco and Tara King in Albuquerque. Keep reading to learn some of the key points covered in this meetup or check out the recording if you […]

  • February 2021 Meetup – Need for Speed

    Alas, Keanu was not at our February meetup. But Richard (Rick) Rudy was, and he led us through WordPress performance improvements including caching, image and asset optimization, and CDNs. Starting in May, Google will be using Core Web Vitals as a (small) ranking factor. Many of our meetup participants have been wondering how to improve […]

  • January 2021 Meetup – 3 Pages in 30 Minutes: Using the WordPress Block Editor

    Our first meetup of 2021 had the highest attendance of any Hamilton WordPress meetup to date. Our speaker was Shanta Nathwani who shared how to create your home, about and contact pages in 30 minutes using Gutenberg blocks. Special thanks to Kiera Howe from Samurai WP who hosts this site and who also provided us […]

  • Want To Speak at Our Meetup?

    We’re looking at doing this for a while virtually, and we’d love to get you on our roster! You don’t even have to be from Hamilton, Ontario, but we’d love to hear from you! We might even team up with other meetup groups to get a bigger attendance. If you’re interested, please submit your details […]

  • August 2020 Meetup – SEO for Blogging 1010

    Looking back to our August 2020 Meetup, Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries (@natasha_bd) joined us as our guest speaker to talk about ‘SEO 101 for Blogging’. Covering everything from why websites should have a blog to WordPress plugins that can give them an SEO boost, she shared plenty of information and anecdotes for people who are both new […]

  • September 2020 Meetup – Battle of the Builders

    For the September 2020 Meetup, we hosted a ‘Battle of the Builders.’ We pitted Beaver Builder vs DIVI vs Elementor to see who would reign supreme. Matt Graham (@themattyg) represented Beaver Builder while Michelle Frechette (@michelleames) defended DIVI. Rick Rudy (@thezenmonkey) rounded out the pack representing Elementor, while Shanta Nathwani (@ShantaDotCa) kept the peace and […]

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