Meetup Organizer Newsletter: March 2021

Hello friends,

Wow, can’t believe it’s March already! We have some exciting updates and resources for your MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. groups this month. Read on to find out more!

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 5.7 and your meetup group
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

WordPress 5.7 and your meetup group

The latest major WordPress release  – version 5.7, “Esperanza,” came out on 9 March 2021. The release comes with some neat blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor improvements such as inserter drag and drop for blocks & block patterns and improved reusable blocks. Additionally, it features a simpler default color palette, single-click HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. to HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies., a new Robots APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways., lazy loading for iFrames, and password reset links from WP-Admin. You can find more information in the field guide and the release post.

Promote WordPress 5.7 in your Meetup group
You can now promote WordPress 5.7 by organizing an online meetup discussion or sending an email message to your group. Want to learn more? Check out this P2 post from the Community team with WordPress 5.7 resources for Meetup organizers. The Marketing Team is also working on WordPress 5.7 marketing resources that will shortly be published in their GitHub repository.

Upcoming meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. highlighting WordPress 5.7
Want inspiration for your Meetup event on WordPress 5.7? The following meetup groups have already announced sessions to promote WordPress 5.7. Check out these upcoming events!

Online event updates

Don’t forget to catch up with online meetups across the world! If you’re organizing an online WordPress event, use the hashtag #OnlineWPMeetup for social media promotions. The WordPress Marketing team can help promote your online meetup – if you wish to avail their assistance, reach out to them in the #marketing SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel for more information. 

Upcoming WordPress events 
Check out these upcoming WordCamps that are coming up later this year. 

Past WordPress events 
Check out these WordCamps that concluded in February! Their videos will be available on shortly.

Decision-making checklist for in-person meetups
The Community Team has published handbook pages and a decision-making checklist for organizers to restart in-person meetups in areas where it is safe to do so (e.g., countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan, where there are lower COVID-19 risks). However, WordPress meetups and WordCamps in most parts of the world will remain online due to  COVID-19.

Sign up for the upcoming Diverse Speaker Workshop on March 18!
How are you doing with getting speakers for your events these days? What about diverse speakers? The Diversity Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is organizing a workshop for encouraging underrepresented community members to speak at WordPress events. The event –  “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity” is being held on March 18, 2021 @ 5:30  PM7 PM UTC (convert to your local time). Sign up now!

Tuesday Trainings

Through Tuesday Trainings (#TuesdayTrainings), the Community team publishes a different topic on the WordPress Community Blog to help organizers and interested community members learn various skills. Don’t forget to check out our latest Tuesday Training posts: 

Upcoming Tuesday Training: How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?
Next Tuesday (March 16, 2021) at 09:00 UTC, we are organizing the first live and interactive Tuesday training on the topic: “How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?” The session will be held live on YouTube, in the WordCamp Central channel – where you can ask questions on live chat. Don’t miss this event! Sign up for notifications directly on YouTube or add the event to your calendar.

News from the WordPress world

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @andreamiddleton @annezazu @daisyolsen @jillbinder