We had a combo of both new people and regular attendees.
Cathy, Christine, Cathy, Ron, Ben Andy, Terry, Brian, Randy, Matt, Brent
and your happy note taker – Anne-Marie
St. John Fisher, Rochester in October
Niagara on the Lake Wordcamp in a couple of weeks – Ontario, Canada
wp-Buffalo.com. is the website for our group.
Everyone encouraged to join Slack, via the website
Everyone encourage to submit topics ahead of time at web site
If you manually install WP, keep separate passwords for database, host control panel etc.
Plugin suggestion – Loginizer.
Should you change wp-admin login? Andy says most plugins give you that option. After you install WP change the password and user name asap.
Also try One Year or Last Pass for Password logs
Note – be careful on plugins you install
Keep your system updated as a precaution
Look for back up databases
WP Backup is a good on, Updraft and Backup Buddy
Site Ground is a host that offers back up for a fee.
Also recommended is 1 on 1 as they do good security.
Run your site on a secure SSL.
Look at web browser to see that it has a “lock” icon or do it yourself or get it from your host. Check out Let’s Encrypt.
For a high end site an encryption could be $250.
Plugins – they will be updated soon on
WP-user online – shows who is on your site
Suggested – Pretty Links -is free WP has a plug in for people who want to clean up their affiliate lines, track clicks from emails, their lines on Twitter to come from their own domain or generally increase the reach of their website y speaking these lies on forums or comment on other blogs.
WP can lock a page – look at visabily settings to lock a page
Is the new editor that may resemble Square Space. 5.0 is when Gutenberg will be in WP the next major release. If you want the old editor you will have to install it.
It’s more friendly to non-tech users.
SEO by Yoast
Use the free features first. Watch the videos.
Use the Site Map feature
Go to Search Console. To learn search “Google WP”-go to YouTube to learn how to do it.
White Hat SEO is a good resource for understanding keyword research. If you are looking for SEO do your keyword research.
Use keywords on images
Discussion on SEO – Black Hat and White Hat
Get links back from Social Media as that is important.
Every post should have a call to action – even if you have a blog, suggest to readers other posts they may want to read.
Yoast – Cornerstone Content – check it out.
Discussion – Who is on Facebook, Reddit, Instagram etc. Ad models etc.
Bottom line – content is King and maybe websites are coming back as quality content finding as opposed to content that is advertised on Social Media.
Suggested to use commercial mail such as MailChimp.
Plug in has a cookie notice.
Google Forms – discussion.
Security is only as good as the person who is using it.
We got philosophical regarding where the web was and where it’s going.
OK – it’s not WP, but it’s related and everyone seemed to enjoy.
PS – Our meeting was at Upton Hall at Buffalo State. Should be here in room 211 next month too.
Check out the web site and Meet UP email for the latest on the location.
We are super “culture creators.” Make your website your own cultural center!
PS – WordCamp Buffalo may be at Buffalo State University this Spring. TBD.
Arnie wanted to discuss the “Site Links” section of sub-links on Google’s Search Results Pages, and how you’d go about adding them. Andy mentioned that Google automatically will turn them on or off, and will notify you if that happens via the Google Search Console (formerly named Google Webmaster Tools). It is likely an algorithm that decides when a site gets Site links for a specific search term. Google will guess what links should go in the Site Links section, but you can remove some links if they’re not prominent pages (or turn it off completely – which we can’t think of a reason to do).
Build Processes for Front-End
We discussed tooling, workflows and our automation processes briefly. Arnie mentioned a newer option called Webpack which calls itself a ‘module bundler’. We also talked about Gulp and Grunt, which are in the same ballpark. Arnie also brought up the question of how other members who are developers show in-progress versions of their websites. Andy and Ron both use development URLs. Ron also discussed Cloud9 which he uses as a Cloud IDE so he can work on his projects with any computer that is connected to the internet.
Live WordPress Build
Andy continued coding the new Rooducts website with input from the group. We added a gallery to the homepage for featured customer vehicles and made some CSS changes and responsive adjustments for different screen sizes. Andy will add the sites theme files to Github soon.