November Meetup – Web Accessibility

Kevin VandeKrol
WEB ACCESSIBILITY – More than just alt text

Accessibility is something you’ve probably heard about for a long time but always ignored because it didn’t seem to impact your day-to-day life as a developer. That’s all about to change—and if you work with a public entity, it already has.

Learn about current best practices for accessibility and what’s on the horizon. We’ll be covering topics much broader than WordPress itself, so invite your designers and project managers too!



RECAP: Transients & SEO | WPDSM January Meetup

Thanks to everyone who braved the snow to make it out to the Transients & SEO WPDSM January Meetup tonight! We had a great turnout and (hopefully) learned a few useful things.

Ethan Clevenger gave us a great presentation on transients, what they are and how to use them. And Tony Tandeski presented on a beginner’s guide to SEO and useful SEO plugins.

Thank you to the presenters and, of course, everyone who attended. If anyone wants to talk about anything specific or would like to present themselves, feel free to let us know.

And a big thank you to our sponsors for tonight, Webspec Design and Gravitate! We couldn’t do it without you.

Transients & SEO | WPDSM January Meetup

It’s a new year and time to learn something new! For the WPDSM January meetup we’ll be learning all about what transients are and how to use them, plus the basics of incorporating SEO into your site and plugins that make it much easier. This meeting will be at Gravitate in the main room and there will be food and some WP swag! Hope to see you there!

WordPress DSM Re-Launch

Hey WordPress-ers! We know you’ve been patiently waiting for the WordPress Des Moines group to start up again and we have good news – we will be relaunching the group later this month!

Join us for our WordPress DSM Re-Launch social gathering September 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Gravitate (Lounge Area) in downtown Des Moines. We’ll have food, beverages and plenty of information.

This will be pretty informal and you’re free to stop in whenever you can. We’re planning to have a group discussion starting around 6:00pm about the vision for the group, our goals, what we want to focus on and what format it will take, as well as any input or questions from you.

We really just want everyone to get to know each other and help make this group a success!

We hope you can make it and be sure to keep a lookout for upcoming events. Based on your input on the survey, we’re planning events the last Monday of each month at Gravitate for now.

Thanks for being so patient and we’re really looking forward to kicking things off again!

Get More Information or RSVP on Facebook or Meetup

Upcoming Events and Places to Connect

We are working on finalizing dates for our first three events…

Planned Events

  • WordPress Happy Hour
  • WP Lunch & Learn
  • An Evening with WP

Our goal is to have a lunch & learn and evening session once a month, possibly targeting content to different groups – but still flushing that out.


We have a Facebook group and Twitter account setup so you can catch updates in realtime – as well as the blog here (you can subscribe to RSS for now but email notifications coming soon).

Don’t forget to fill out our launch form to let us know you’re interested and what you want to learn about and who you want to connect with.


If you have suggestions, questions, or comments jump into the Facebook group or tweet at @abrudtkuhl or @tonytandeski

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More coming soon!

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