Written: May 21, 2019

Portland WordPress Meetup: Streamlining the Custom WordPress Design Process

WordPress users in the Portland area are fortunate to have a vibrant and relevant Meetup group, because you can learn so much from the experts and then go apply it to your own web site. Coming up on June 3rd from 6PM – 8PM is a presentation called: Streamlining the Custom WordPress Design Process.

Visit that link to register for the free event, and be prepared to come away better equipped to make design updates to your WordPress site. Here’s the agenda for the night:


In this meetup, Doug Yuen will give an overview of the key tools and techniques he uses to quickly build custom designed WordPress websites.

We’ll demo the Dynamik theme (a Genesis child theme), plugins (such as Beaver Builder, Gravity Forms, and Yoast SEO), and some helpful software programs.

This talk will also cover some best practices for saving time and reducing the chance of errors when building and maintaining WordPress websites.


6:00 – 6:15: Introductions. What you do, are you looking to hire, are you looking for work?
6:15 – 6:45: Speaker and topic.
6:45 – 7:00: Questions and answers on the topic.
7:00 – 8:00: Get help with WordPress. Bring your laptop for this part. There’s a wide range of experience levels, and we’re all here to help each other.
8:00: Soft close. You may hang out a bit longer to talk or finish up a project, but the official Meetup will end.
8:30: Socialize at Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway). Let us know if you’re interested in joining!

Thanks to Digital Trends for providing the venue!

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Sometimes Less is More

While networking at the Portland WordPress Meetup group I met a person that needed to migrate their old web site to a new Content Management System, so that they could update their own content without being a webmaster. I accepted the project and used WordPress as the CMS, then selected a theme called “Plain WP” because it most closely matched the simple look that they asked for.

To make the WordPress site look exactly like the old one, I made something called a Child Theme and modified a CSS file for:

This web site has a very simple look to it, which forces me to focus on the content, not the colors or layout.

Visit the live site here: www.kateertmann.com

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Creative Writing for Bloggers

I drove from Tualatin to Portland tonight to attend a monthly meeting called a MeetUp. What is a MeetUp?

Well, this company at www.meetup.com knew that people should get off their computers and actually meet with other people, face to face with similar interests, so they created www.meetup.com

I joined MeetUp.com and in my profile noted that I liked web development. Within a day or two MeetUp.com told me about a local group in Portland that had monthly meetings about WordPress, a popular blogging and Content Management System. I attended my first meeting and was hooked.

Tonight, we had a guest speaker named Melissa Lion, a novelist and blogger who reviewed the elements of an interesting blog (full presentation):

Melissa started blogging when she was pregnant and bed-ridden in San Francisco, and now works at a marketing agency in Portland writing ghost blogs for muliple clients in industries as diverse as high-tech and game development.

Her elements on what makes for an interesting blog really struck a chord with me, in spite of my background as an Electrical Engineer with no time for soft stuff like liberal arts and writing theory. Over the years in the high-tech world I’ve witnessed how the most successful people I knew where superb communicators either in verbal presentation, writing or both. Now I can agree that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Hopefully some of the advice in this blog will spur you on to share your life and work experiences in your own blog to provide leadership and compelling content to readers with similar interests.

Ourr WordPress meetup is at www.meetup.com/pdx-wp and you are invited to attend or at least see what our monthly topics are all about. On August 18 many of our members are hosting the Portland WordCamp.


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