The WordPress Melbourne meet up returns for another month. Our WordPress meetup covers everything from choosing Themes & Plugins and setting up your site, through to theme and plugin development and everything related to Core.

We currently run one meetup per month. We try to alternate between end-user/beginner talks one month and development/technical talks the following month. As it all depends on availability of presenters though, please make sure you keep an eye out on the topics for the particular month once we update the meetup page with all the details.

We’re always looking for new speakers, so contact the organisers in the meetup.com sidebar if you have an idea for a talk. We usually start the night with a light meal before the talks.

You can find links to past presentation slides (when available), over on our WP Melbourne website – http://wpmelb.org

RSVP’s for this meetup will open 7 days before the meetup starts

Location:

The WP Melbourne meetup is held at:

Launchpad 3 (Tram Stop Stage)
132 Cremorne St
Richmond

Launchpad 3 is a short 7 minute walk from Richmond Station. You can view the route on Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/81ZRMi36jPD2

Our meetups wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors

WP Engine – https://wpengine.com
Conetix – https://www.conetix.com.au
Plesk – https://www.plesk.com

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Agenda:

6:30 Arrive, mingle, chit chat, pizza scoffing

7:00 News, views and quick updates

7:10 Talk followed by general discussion

8:15 Pack up and head for the pub

8:30 Drink stuff

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WordPress.org Vs WordPress.com: What’s the difference

Confused about what people are talking about when they talk about “WordPress”? Anthony is going to explain the differences between the WordPress.org software that you can host yourself, and the WordPress.com hosted solution.

Anthony Hortin, from Maddison Designs (https://maddisondesigns.com), is a Designer & Developer who builds WordPress websites for a living. He’s one of the co-organisers for the monthly WordPress Melbourne meetups. As well as a contributor to the official WordPress theme and Plugin Directories, he’s also the author of the extremely popular Easy WP Guide (http://easywpguide.com) WordPress manual.

Deep Dive into Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the most popular choice for doing some of the heavy lifting when optimising your site for search engines and social platforms. With currently over 5 million active installs, most WordPress sites are using this plugin, but like all good tools, you still need to use it correctly and put in the work yourself to see results.

In this talk Chris Burgess will cover what’s new in the latest release of Yoast SEO, version 7, which is a major update to previous versions. He’ll also cover some of the fundamental areas you need to focus on to ensure your content can be found in the search engines.

Overview:
– SEO basics
– Yoast Walk-through
– What’s new in Yoast 7
– Technical SEO tips
– Monitoring your progress
– Where to learn more

Even if you’re using a different SEO plugin, or just want to learn more about SEO in general, we’ll be covering many fundamental SEO topics that apply to all platforms.

Chris is the co-founder of the digital agency Clickify (https://clickify.com/) and has been using WordPress back since the very early days. He currently helps co-organise the Melbourne WordPress Meetup, and the Melbourne SEO Meetup, you can learn more about him at his personal website (http://chrisburgess.com.au/).