Meetup: Website Fundamentals: Domains, Hosting & Email

Apple Macbook and iPhone sitting on a desk next to a potted cactus

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the basics of your presence on the web.


What is a domain name? Put simply, it’s the text your users put into the web browser’s address bar to go to your website. It’s the street address to your website (and a bunch of other services).

A more detailed explanation: The Internet is a giant network of computers connected to each other through a global network of cables. Each computer on this network can communicate with other computers. To identify them, each computer is assigned an IP address; a series of numbers (and sometimes letters) that identify a particular computer on the internet. Two examples of IP addresses: and 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

An IP address like this is quite difficult to remember. Imagine if you had to use those to visit websites you frequent all the time… domain names were invented to solve this problem. Now if you want to visit a website, then you don’t need to enter a long string of numbers. Instead, you can visit it by typing an easy to remember domain name in your browser’s address bar.

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Virtual site clinic recap: April 2020

We had another great site clinic session last night with 17 attendees joining our Zoom call at peak. A special thanks to everyone who submitted their site for review!

Our next site clinic will be on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm ET.

Here are some of the big takeaways from our session this evening:

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Meetup: How to build a blog or business site with WordPress

UPDATE: Here are Nadine’s slides from our February meetup.


Join us on Tuesday, February 25th at the Whitby Public Library to learn how you can build a blog or business site with WordPress.

WP Durham member Nadine Zein will walk us through:

  • Choosing a domain name and hosting plan
  • Installing WordPress
  • Securing WordPress with SSL
  • Customizing your website


More details:

Do you have an idea you want to take online? No clue where to start? Join us on Tuesday, February 25 at the Whitby Public Library and we will guide you step by step with the setup and creation of your own WordPress website.

We will cover domain names and hosting plans, explore various methods for working with WordPress, discuss securing your site with SSL and, most importantly, help you customize your site to make it your own.

This session is open for anyone to join whether you are new to WordPress or not. Bring with you any questions you might have and feel free to share your experience with others.

About the presenter:

Nadine Zein has over 10 years of design and development experience. She’s a Boston University web development graduate with a graphic design Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University of Beirut.

As the founder and creative director of Boavi, a boutique creative design and digital technology agency, she has supported companies of all sizes with their web application needs spanning a wide range of fields from architecture and education to natural resources and medical research.

We’ll send out a livestream link to everyone who RSVPs, so that you can still join us even if you can’t make it to the session in person.


Meetup: Intro to WordPress themes

Join us next Thursday, January 30th at the Whitby Public Library for an intro to WordPress themes. Themes play a huge role in WordPress because they control the entire look and feel of your website. Your site’s layout, styling, and customization options all depend on the theme you use.

Are you new to WordPress? This session will be a great crash course on everything you need to know to find, install, and customize the perfect theme for your site.

Longtime WordPress user? Come ready to answer questions, share advice, and tell us what your favourite go-to WordPress themes are.

Can’t make it in person? Not a problem. We’ll stream the session via Zoom so you can join remotely from wherever you are. You’ll be able to join from your phone, PC or Mac. The invite will be sent out the day of the meetup.

We’ll publish the recording and notes after the meetup.

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Holiday Social 2019

Join us for a casual evening at The Tap & Tankard pub in downtown Whitby next Thursday, December 12th at 6:00pm.

Appetizers will be provided, courtesy of GoDaddy, and we’ll have some special announcements for the upcoming year.

There are no formal presentations for this meetup. It’s a chance to kick back, relax and grab a bite with fellow WordPressers.

Want to join us? RSVP on the group.

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Meetup: Intro to WordPress plugins

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Whitby Public Library for our Intro to WordPress plugins meetup. We had 17 attendees join us in person, and we streamed the session to the WP Durham group on Facebook.

As mentioned during the meetup, we’ve installed the bbPress plugin and opened registrations on this website. That way we’re not relying on Facebook (or any other 3rd party platforms) to host our discussions.

Create your user account to join our group.

After you’ve created an account and logged in, head over to the forums to ask questions and chat with other group members. Keep in mind that all discussions are public for now, so that other folks can find and benefit from the stuff we share.

Now… on to the recap!

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Meetup recap: Intro to WordPress

Watch the replay on our Facebook page

Our Intro to WordPress meetup was a grand tour of the WordPress administrator back-end. We used our group site ( as the example.

This was our second meetup of the rebooted series; it’s also the first meetup we’ve recorded and streamed through our new Facebook group.

Thanks to the Whitby Public Library for providing a great venue with fast wifi and an AirCast-enabled smart TV. We’ll try our best to make the library our go-to space for future meetups.

And special thanks to GoDaddy Pro for covering our venue costs again this month. They just published a new resource collection to help folks start and grow a web design business.

Here’s a quick recap of what we covered during the meetup.

For a deep dive into learning WordPress, see the WordPress Lessons from

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Free resources for learning WordPress

Many of our WP Durham group members join because they want to learn more about WordPress. They might be absolute beginners, longtime users, aspiring developers, ambitious entrepreneurs, or a little bit of each.

We can’t cover everything in our meetups, but we can point you in the right direction for learning more on your own.

Here are a handful of free resources to get you started with learning WordPress:

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