Creating a New Meetup Group

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most WordPress events are online. Please refer to our online events handbook.

For communities where COVID-19 has been more effectively contained or have easy access to COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing, returning to hosting an in-person 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. event is possible, with caution, using the resources provided. If you plan to move forward with an in-person meetup, you must use the provided checklist .

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Setting Up Your First Meetup Group

  1. Using the WordPress account on, locate and press the Start button at the top of the page. Don’t have the login info? Ask a super-deputy or the person who trained you on this.
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  2. Chances are the group you’re starting isn’t in San Francisco. Look up the group’s location by city name or zip code.MUG Step 2 MUG Step 3
  3. Topic selection is important for a Meetup group. Choose 15 WordPress related topics, but don’t forget to include Blogging, Web Development, and Web Design!
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  4. 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
  5. Next up you’ll enter the group’s name, the group description, and what members will be called.
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  6. At the end of these questions, click the button that reads “Save and Continue”.MUG Step 7
  7. 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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  8.  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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  9. 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”.
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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 add the details of the new group to the “Meetup Directory” and the “Meetup Status Doc” google drive documents, and… you’re done! 🙂

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