Free Event: Expand 2021 by GoDaddy Pro

Andy from the GoDaddy Pro team + the WP Durham meetup group over in Ontario shared this opportunity with us:

Join thousands of your fellow web professionals at Expand 2021.

It’s a free, two-day virtual event featuring guest speakers from WooCommerce and Google. You’ll learn how to create lasting client relationships, build your perfect project stack, improve SEO with Core Web Vitals and more.

Find all the details + RSVP at


Favorite Plugins Shared at June 2017 Meeting

The June 2017 meeting was all about members sharing their favorite WordPress plugins. ManageWP, Duo for WordPress, iThemes Security, Zip Recipes, and Showcase IDX were discussed.

The June 2017 meeting was all about members sharing their favorite WordPress plugins.

Deborah (@redcrew) shared ManageWP (ManageWP Worker plugin directory listing), a plugin that automatically creates monthly backups of your WordPress installation. For $2 per month, you can get daily and on-demand backups. VaultPress is an alternative plugin with similar features.

Andy (@andymelichar) shared Duo for WordPress (Duo for WordPress plugin directory listing), which adds two-factor authentication to your site’s login. After you enter your valid username and password, you’ll need to prove your identity via SMS or push notification to your mobile device.

Andy also shared iThemes Security (iThemes Security plugin directory listing). This plugin guides you through securing your WordPress site, thwarts malicious attacks against your site, and notifies you of files that have changed on your site. An alternative plugin is WordFence.

Randy (@randywalker) told users about Zip Recipes (Zip Recipes plugin directory listing). If you frequently share recipes on your website, Zip Recipes makes it easy to format those recipes. Just type in your ingredients, directions, and other information, and this plugin will embed a gorgeous, printable recipe card in your post.

Jason (@jbigelow1) gave a demonstration of Showcase IDX (Showcase IX plugin directory listing), a powerful Real Estate listing tool. If you sell homes, this plugin is an inexpensive ($60 per month) way to present listings and saved searches on your website. Visitors can share these listings via social media. The agent can export contact information of potential leads. iHomefinder Optima is an alternative tool.

March Meetup: Case Study

Next Ferndale WordPress Meetup will take place on Monday, March 29th at 6 pm.


Tim Aten of Futuramic Media and Trevor Fitzgerald will present on using WordPress in a professional environment with multiple users and unique customization for the non-profit organization Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Children's Leukemia Foundation Michigan

If time permits, Tim will also go over and show about using the WordPress e-commerce plugin WP-Shopping cart for his website


Tim is a project manager at Futuramic Media. He produces film & air fresheners, and is a co-founder of Ferndale WordPress Meetup group.
Twitter: @hogpath

TrevorTrevor Fitzgerald
Trevor is an independent web developer based in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Twitter: @fitztrev


Meetup will be at Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak. For more details, please visit March Ferndale Meetup page.

See you on Monday!

WordCamp Detroit in October 2010

I’m really happy to announce that we have the dates for WordCamp Detroit 2010!
We’ll be holding the first WordCamp in Michigan on Saturday, October 9th & Sunday, October 10th.

Tickets will go on sale at midnight on Monday, March 1st. We have an early-bird pricing of $35, so get yours before May 31st.

Get your ticket to WordCamp Detroit 2010

We are finalizing the venue and other details. We will be able to give you more info soon, so sign up for the email list and follow @wordcampdetroit and #WCDetroit on Twitter.

WordCamp Detroit 2010 – Sign up for Updates

WordCamp Detroit 2010 site is up! Currently it’s a 1-page site that Anthony put together. You can sign up to get future updates or find links to WordCamp Detroit Facebook & Twitter pages.

WordCamp is:

“a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to and users alike.” (WordCamp Central).

Started as a BarCamp-style 1-day conference in 2006, it spread out fast — just like WordPress did — to become very active community events held in 50+ cities (each year) all around the world.

We are working on setting the date (sometime in the second half of this year) and venue for WordCamp Detroit right now. Until the event site is fully set up, I’ll post related news on this blog.

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