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  • Kathleen McDade 8:50 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    No December Meeting (but we’re still here!) 

    Hi all! We’ve still been meeting, even though I haven’t been posting here ( really is great for, well, organizing meetups!). However, we have decided NOT to hold a December meeting, as our normal meeting night would have been December 26.

    Enjoy the holiday season, and the newly released WordPress 3.3! We’ll see you on January 23, 2012.

  • Kathleen McDade 9:30 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    September 26 — NEW LOCATION 

    The agenda is TBA, but please note our NEW LOCATION at the U.S. Bancorp Tower, 111 SW 5th Avenue (Big Pink). The conference rooms are on the ground floor, northeast side of the building, right before the elevator bank for floors 1-17. We’ll still start at 6:00 and end at 7:30.

    • Brandon O'Brien 3:03 pm on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      planning to attend Sept 26th meeting

    • John Buesseler 1:48 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kathleen – I plan to be there and I wanted to let everyone know that PCC is offering another beginning WordPress class:

      Simple DIY Websites w/ WordPress
      Learn WordPress to quickly and easily build a professional website for yourself, no prior experience necessary! Start with WP’s famous 5 minute installation, then learn to set up, customize and administer a blog or website for your small business or for your personal use. Helpful experience: Comfortable with computer office applications and the internet.

      CRN: 47502
      Location: Central Portland – CLIMB / CLIMB room 206
      Time: 06:30 PM-08:30 PM MW
      Dates: 03-Oct-2011 thru 12-Oct-2011
      Instructor: John Ellis
      Cost: $155.00

    • Robin Fisher 1:58 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am new to WordPress – how do I join your group?

    • Marsha Lindsey 3:49 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am hoping to talk to people about Buddypress. I am planning a site and would welcome some input on the best way to structure what I have in mind.

    • James Nobles 2:54 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed this meeting, a lot of good info in developer portion I attended. As a possible topic(s) for the next meeting or couple of meetings is Custom Post Types, Custom Write Panels and certain plugins that help with these tasks such As WP Easy Post Type and Magicfields.

      Thanks again the great meeting…..

    • James Nobles 2:48 pm on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I remember someone at the Sept. meeting asking about this type of issue, Custom layouts for the editor, and thought this article on Smashing might be of use. So here you go…whoever you were!

    • Quinn 2:35 pm on October 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Was wondering if any plans to hold a class on installing WP on Ubun
      tu Server?

    • rogerd 9:10 am on November 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, nice site. Do you do anything else for WordPress sites?|Hey, nice site. Do you do other WordPress sites?

    • John Greer 10:59 pm on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely adore your blog! Check out my blog at Tester

    • four 12:32 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      A lot of people are now getting into online businesses and online marketing either to supplement their “real world” income

  • Kathleen McDade 8:47 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    August 22 Re-Cap 

    Thank you to all who attended the August meeting!

    For more information about WordCamp Portland (and tickets), visit They’re especially looking for volunteers and sponsors right now. You can also follow WordCamp Portland on Twitter.

    Thank you to Benjamin Kerensa for talking with us about O’Reilly Media’s user group program and Ubuntu Oregon (we also have video of this portion of the meeting). I’ve submitted a group application for the user group program, and will hopefully have more to share by the next meeting.

    We’re currently looking for speakers and meeting topics for upcoming meetings. If you have ideas or leads, you can either leave them in the comments here or on the discussion board.

    Thank you, and Happy WordPressing!


    • Tress 8:57 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I still feel like I’m new at WordPress and would like to have a discussion about best WordPress practices, both designers and developers. Those insights that keep you from wanting to drive over your keyboard and then back-up to smash it again.

      • Michael Fields 11:53 am on August 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure that the urge to destroy peripherals ever completely disappears :)

    • Lorelle 10:11 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Kathleen, you are a rock star for all the hard work you’ve done in helping to get this group rockin’ and rollin’. Thank you so much for everything you do for us.

      Another link to add to resources is the much requested article on WordPress Tips: Exploring the WordPress Text Widget. It was requested at the previous meeting as well as this one and I just made time to finish it. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and kick in the butt to get it done.

    • Adrienne 6:52 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I’m a local website designer/developer who has been working primarily with WordPress over the last few years. I am interested in teaching some courses about best WordPress practices, customizing a WP site, use of plugins, etc… for the non-techie WP user. I stumbled across this site while doing some research and thought someone on here might have some feedback for me.

      Thanks :-)

  • Kathleen McDade 9:14 pm on August 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Join us August 22 at 6:00 p m… 

    Join us August 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Nedspace Downtown!

    Benjamin Kerensa from Ubuntu Oregon will tell us about book review opportunities through O’Reilly Media as well as Ubuntu Oregon partnership opportunities.

    We’ll hear from members of the WordCamp Portland team about sponsorship and volunteering (tickets are available NOW, by the way!).

    We’ll also have unstructured time for networking and information-gathering. We do have a request for information about WordPress security (i.e., keeping your sites from getting hacked), so if anyone has good information about that, we’d love to hear from you!

    RSVP on Meetup or Upcoming.

  • Kathleen McDade 9:57 pm on July 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Resources for Getting Started With WordPress 

    Here are some resources for WordPress beginners — we’re using this as a starting point for the July 25, 2011 meeting discussion.

    The WordPress Codex: This is the user’s guide to WordPress. On the Getting Started with WordPress page, there’s a section of links specifically for beginners. I recommend First Steps with WordPress as a good introduction. WordPress Lessons is also a good place for basic information. If you like videos, this is the place for you. You can view tutorials on a wide variety of subjects as well as sessions from WordCamps around the world! If you’re looking for the basics, try the How-To section.

    Aaron Hockley on how to launch a blog: Aaron did this presentation both for us and at WordCamp Seattle. You can view both his slide deck and his original post on this topic.

    Jump in at If you just want to play around with WordPress, this is a great way to get started. You don’t need to buy a domain; just create an account on and go! You do have some limitations on — for instance, you are limited to the themes in their directory, and you can’t really play around with the CSS or use plugins. But you can learn how the admin panel works and get some practice creating posts and pages!

    • Lorelle 9:48 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The July 25th meeting was incredible. I’m so sorry you had a conflict. It was a packed house and we divided up into three groups, beginners, intermediate (themes), and advanced (writing Plugins and developing code and core). A brilliant chance for people to get their specific questions answered, work with each other to solve problems, and learn from each other. Fantastic!!! Let’s do this again very soon.

  • Kathleen McDade 10:20 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    For the July 25th meeting we’ll have announcements… 

    For the July 25th meeting, we’ll have announcements (including more details about WordCamp Portland), and then split into two groups — one to discuss WordPress basics, and how to find basic information and tutorials, and another for developers who want to get code-y (and talk about a possible hackathon or separate meeting).

    As always, we’ll be at Nedspace Downtown at 6:00 p.m. If you arrive before 6:00, enter the front door and ring the bell at the inner door. If you arrive after 6:00, you’ll need to call the number posted on the door.

    RSVP on Meetup or Upcoming.

  • Kathleen McDade 9:11 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    June 27: Image Copyright for Bloggers with Aaron Hockley 

    Are you wondering about how copyright affects your blog? How can you find images to use on your site while respecting the photographer’s copyright? Curious about how much trouble you could find yourself in if you use an image without permission?

    Photographer and blogger Aaron Hockley will discuss Copyright for Bloggers at this month’s meeting. With many years of experience as both a photographer and a blogger, you’ll learn:

    • A quick overview of US copyright law
    • How copyright affects the use of images and other media on a blog
    • What could happen if one uses an image without proper licensing
    • Options for finding free and low-cost images for use on a blog
    • What can one do if they find someone else is using their content
      without permission?

    The presentation will likely run about 30 minutes with time for questions and answers as well.

    Aaron Hockley is a Vancouver, Washington photographer and blogger who spends a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersection of those two activities. He has presented at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, several WordCamps, and other user groups and panels throughout the Northwest.

    RSVP on Meetup or Upcoming.

    Note: Aaron’s not a lawyer, and this session is not intended as legal advice.

    • John Buesseler 3:46 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi – I will not be able to be there for the meeting this evening. But PCC CLIMB is offering a few Summer Classes that I thought people may be interested in. Let me know if you have any questions about these or any other classes that CLIMB offers.

      Have a great meeting!

      John Buesseler

      Simple DIY Websites with WordPress
      Learn WordPress to quickly and easily build a professional website for yourself, no prior experience necessary! Start with WP’s famous 5 minute installation, then learn to set up, customize and administer a blog or website for your small business or for your personal use. Helpful experience: Comfortable with computer office applications and the internet.

      CRN: 34271
      Willow Creek Center / WCC / 214
      06:30 PM-08:30 PM TuTh
      12-Jul-2011 thru 21-Jul-2011
      Instructor: Michael C Botsko

      Programming WordPress
      Learn how to customize a WordPress website to look and function exactly as you want it to. This class covers using template tags, post loops, and other methods to create custom themes and templates. Experience with WordPress and familiarity with HTML/CSS and PhP/ MySQL is helpful.

      CRN: 34305
      Willow Creek Center / WCC / 214
      06:30 PM-08:30 PM TuTh
      26-Jul-2011 thru 18-Aug-2011
      Instructor: Michael C Botsko

      SEO & Marketing your Website
      Designed for the non-technical person, learn about internet marketing using Google. Topics include Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and internet visibility, natural and paid search, Google tools, and how to get listed in the Google Local/Maps results. Should be comfortable with computers and the internet.

      CRN: 34323
      SE Center / TABOR / 118
      08:00 AM-12:00 PM Sa
      09-Jul-2011 thru 16-Jul-2011
      Instructor: John Ellis

    • MalcoLm 2:05 am on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you missed the session, Aaron graciously allowed me to record the meeting, provided that I made it available to the group.

      I have posted the opening 10 minute Portland WorCamp update at
      (just right click and save on the opening link on the page

      and then the rest of the hour and a half segment on copyright, images and blogging can be found at

      Hope the recordings prove useful to anyone who missed the meeting.


      • Lorelle 9:49 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much for making these available. I missed it and was so delighted to know I didn’t miss anything – LOL! No, that with these I wouldn’t miss a second. Thanks!

    • MalcoLm 2:11 am on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently the comment box didn’t like me putting both urls in one comment, so I’ll post them separately.

      Link one – Aaron Hockley gave a concise update on the state of the Portland WordCamp coming in September.
      You can download the recording here.

    • MalcoLm 2:14 am on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The main part of the meeting ran about an hour and a half. It was fascinating and my thanks go out to Aaron for letting me make this recording available to the group.

      The recording is broken into 2 mp3s, both about 45 minutes long. They can both be downloaded at

  • Kathleen McDade 7:26 pm on May 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Monday, May 23: PluginPalooza with Michael Fields 

    Local developer and artist Michael Fields will be giving a short talk on WordPress plugins he finds useful, and then we’ll be opening up the discussion to find out which plugins are your favorites! So be prepared to show and tell (NOTE: any plugins discussed at the meeting should be licensed under a GPL-compatible license).

    Join us at Nedspace Downtown, 920 SW 3rd Avenue at 6:00 p.m.

    RSVP on Upcoming or Meetup.

    DOOR INFORMATION: If you arrive before 6:00, the outer door will be unlocked — just come in and ring the bell by the inner door for NedSpace. If you arrive after 6:00, the outer door will be locked and someone will have to let you in (we’ll post a cell phone number). So if you’re able to arrive before 6:00, that would be great!

    • Nancy Wirsig McClure 3:01 pm on May 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, darn! Have we usually met on Mondays in the past? (I thought it was Thursday). This conflicts with the monthly meeting of the Adobe User Group for Photoshop and Illustrator that I manage.

    • Kathleen McDade 3:15 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We just recently changed it. Unfortunately, there are lots of conflicts out there! :-/

  • Kathleen McDade 10:13 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Meeting Date Change! Now on April 25. 

    Due to semi-popular demand, we’ve decided to try a new meeting day this month. Instead of meeting on the third Thursday, we’ll be meeting on Monday, April 25 at Nedspace Downtown, 920 SW 3rd Avenue.

    Join us on April 25 for a chance to win a free pass to the

    Kathleen McDade, and gray ayer are discussing. Toggle Comments

    • gray ayer 8:47 am on May 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So does that mean that the May meeting will be held on on May 23rd?

      • Kathleen McDade 7:27 pm on May 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. Yes, it does.

        I just posted it on the front page. But I’m having permalink issues, apparently.

  • Kathleen McDade 9:43 pm on March 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Meeting Thursday, March 17 

    Hey! We’re having a St. Patrick’s Day meeting. We’ll be talking about WordCamp Seattle, the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland, and using WordPress to do good (like, using it to quickly set up a website for a good cause). I’ll bring the Girl Scout cookies. Bring your thoughts, questions and tips as well!

    We’ll be at NedSpace Downtown, 920 SW 3rd Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP at either Meetup or Upcoming.

    • Jocelyn 1:22 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi WordPress user group! I am looking for someone who would like to help us with a web facelift for our micro-enterprise website. We are a non-profit helping Latino community in the NE Cully Neighbohood. Please send me an email if you are interested.


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