Creating a New Meetup Group

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  1. Using the WordPress account on, log into the Pro Dashboard. Don’t have the login info? Ask a super-deputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. or the person who trained you on this.
  2. Move to the Groups section using the left sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. or this link.
  3. Under the “Add new group” dropdown at the top right, select “Start new group”.
  4. Chances are the group you’re starting isn’t in San Francisco. Look up the group’s location by city name or zip code.
  5. Topic selection is important for a 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. group. Choose 15 WordPress related topics, but don’t forget to include Blogging, Web Development, and Web Design!
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  6. At this point you’ll be given a statement about face-to-face community to agree to. Explain this to the organizer you’re talking with and get verbal agreement from them!MUG Step 5
  7. Next up you’ll enter the group’s name, the group description, and what members will be called.
  8. At the end of these questions, click the button that reads “Save and Continue”.
  9. You’ll be taken to a welcome screen which you can click through, and you will then be presented with an Introduction screen. Add the introduction “We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us!”  then click the button that reads “Next”.
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  10.  You will then be presented with a screen for uploading a profile photo. Just make sure it’s the WordPress logo and click “Next”.
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  11. Add the Welcome message, “Thanks for joining the group! We can’t wait to see you at an upcoming WordPress Meetup. And if you have an idea or want to volunteer to organize a WordPress Meetup event (a hackathon, a class, a workalong, a social coffee hour, whatever), go ahead and use the tool on the Meetup site to suggest it. The more, the merrier!” and click “Next”.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a new Meetup group! Now all that’s left is a few custom settings to change. Don’t worry. We have directions for that, too.

After doing all of this, don’t forget to update the details of the new group in the Meetup dashboard.

Adding new chapters/groups to the list

After creating a new group or after transferring an existing group into the chapter program, those new groups are not listed automatically into this list:

In order to add a new Meetup group, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the admin dashboard here:
  1. Click on the top right red button “Link a Chapter” (see screenshot above)
  2. Scroll down and look for those Meetup groups with a “Connect” button on the list. Click on connect and voliá! you’ve added that group to the Pro list.
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  1. If you have to add more groups, go back to 1) and start the process again for each Meetup group you need to add to the Pro list (yeah, we have to do this for every single group, funny, eh? 😛 )

That’s all! 🙂

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