#FF WPUniversity

Last Saturday I attended the WordPress Toronto monthly meetup at the Ryerson DMZ hosted by WPUniversity, who launched that day. I’ve been looking forward to a product like this for a long time now and I can’t wait to start using it, contributing to it and getting my clients on it.

WPUniversity Logo

WPUniversity Logo

WPUniversity is a unique plugin that you install to help you with various tasks in WordPress. It doesn’t just show you, it guides you through your own installation of WordPress to help you, as if you had an expert sitting next to you saying, “Now click here, and type this…”

What does this do for someone like me? Won’t I lose work over this? No. As a matter of fact, I will be able to get to more clients because I won’t have to answer every question that clients might have that are basic and similar in nature. Similarly, my clients will be able to look up the help for themselves and practice it as much as they like. Then, if they still have problems, they can call upon me. I can also adjust my training when I know what pieces I might be missing from my own offering.

They’re just getting started and we got the preview last week. If you want this great product, you’ll have to wait until about September, but it will be worth it.

You honestly have to see it for yourself:

In the meantime, make sure you Follow Friday this amazing team, WPUniversity (@WPUni) out of the Ryerson DMZ and catch them most likely at WordCamp Hamilton, coming on June 23, 2013. More on that next week. Until then, enjoy and welcome back to Follow Friday!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Using Forms Creatively | The Daily Post

Weekly Writing Challenge: Using Forms Creatively | The Daily Post.

This is a perfect challenge right now. I’ve recently started my new website and would like to know what you want to hear from me. Rather than migrating posts over from my blog site, I would appreciate your opinion on what I should post in the future here. Please take a look at my wordpress.com site if it helps, and complete this short form below.

I’ve also been thinking of putting together a regular newsletter to include interesting events that are coming up, people looking for work, those looking for clients, communities to join and just basically connecting people.

Many thanks!

Resuming Follow Friday

I did Follow Friday’s over at my original blog site and I’m sorry that I ever gave them up. I got the idea from my friend Alex Blom and now I know the challenges he had by trying to dedicate a post every Friday to a worthwhile person or company. I’m going to get back to writing them next week, but in the meantime, you can find my previous posts here. Enjoy!

Alex, me and Jany Jang at the last HoHoTo.

Alex, me and Jany Jang at the last HoHoTo.

The Women’s Press – Quoted

Thought it might be nice to show what I looked like in print. 😉 Tried embedding, but it doesn’t seem to want to work. Thanks Women’s Press!

A Woman Leader Is...

A Woman Leader Is…

You can find the original article here: http://womenspressiwc.ca/archives/1184


I Want To Go To FITC Toronto 2013

I have had the pleasure of attending FITC Toronto for the last two years running. Now that I am an Instructor in Web Design at Sheridan College and the Founder of Women In Technology Hamilton, it is even more important that I attend yet again this year to assert the need for women to be in the technology space. Lead by example as the saying goes!

Last year, FITC gave me the ability to launch my Women In Technology Hamilton initiative. I didn’t have business cards and had just barely gotten the website up and running since moving there about a month earlier. I had so much support it was incredible and FITC put the icing on the cake by giving us a discount code. Since then, I’ve had my first networking event and planning our second one very soon!

Every time I go, the number of women presenting goes up and up and I hope that it will improve even more so this year. In an effort to do so, I not only posted it to two of my classes, but got up in front of a room of almost 100 students and told them about it. I believe in this initiative and hope that it will continue. It NEEDS to continue if we are to improve the ratio of men to women in the STEM areas. The bridge between design and technology is a great way to make this happen. And I thank FITC for having their women’s initiative because they are helping to make this happen.

Last year, FITC gave me the push to start Women In Technology Hamilton. This year, they’ve given me the push to start my own website which I should have done long ago. With this post, I’m officially launching shanta.ca. Thanks FITC for once again inspiring me, even before I’ve attended the event.

If you go, I highly recommend that you see (in no particular order). I couldn’t list just three or five:

Previous blog posts on and inspired by FITC that I’ve written, both on my blog as well as Women In Technology Hamilton:


Favourite Session – James White (2011)

FITC 2012


My Event With Canadian Customs

FITC Women’s Initiative

Here are some of the photos that I’ve shot at previous FITC Conferences:



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