Happy Spring, Divi Community!
I can’t believe we’re in quarter two of 2021. Usually, I want this time of year to slow down so the gorgeous Spring weather can be relished. But, I’m ready to see and hug humans again! I’m ready to set up tables and put out swag for meetups. I want to go to a concert! So, in light of the pandemic we’re still in, let the time-flies-fast feels continue. Let the path toward herd immunity take its course as fast as possible and let’s get our meetups back to IRL events!
Check out our current stats and latest community updates from the Divi Community around the world.
The Divi Nation Meetup Network by the Numbers
- Total Members: 9,412
- Total Groups: 54
- Total Events Hosted: 920
- Total RSVPs: 8,249
- New Members (Last 90 Days): 867
- New Groups (Last 60 Days): 1
- New Group Pipeline: 1
If you have a passion to build your local Divi community, locate a group near you here or use the button below to apply to become a local organizer.
Let’s Welcome Our New Meetup Meetup Group and Host
Please give a warm welcome to our new host! We just onboarded a new Divi meetup, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to the her.
Divi San Antonio, Texas, USA
Meet the host, Kori Ashton:
I’m excited to be a female, WordPress entrepreneur. I launched my first agency in 2012 and sold it in 2017. I’m currently building out a full new hybrid agency focused on Divi sites. I teach all things WordPress on my YouTube channel weekly.
Divi equals empowerment. As a non-developer, I highly rely on the “machine” that Divi is. It’s exciting to introduce others to this powerful resource and watch them get excited too. Divi can do anything! The more I learn it, the more I believe in it.
Divi San Antonio already hosted their first virtual meetup! Kori brings incredible energy to the group and we’re ecstatic to onboard this group!
Updates from Existing Groups
Gosh, we felt a rumble in our community this past month. The pandemic effect finally caught up to our Divi community as we lost several groups. I mean, all is well and will be well. Building a strong community takes dedicated and authentic work. This requires making hard decisions. The silver linings? Our network is stronger than ever. Our active groups are innovating and growing their communities. Our internal network of organizers are communicative and energetic and it shows.
See how our April meetups are doing below!
Divi Cape Town in South Africa
From the Host, Dirk Tolken:
We held a DIVI Happiness Bar over [the] lunch hour and covered the latest performance updates that Nick mentioned on Facebook. Everyone’s excited and we decided to have a full-on performance optimisation (taking Core Web Vitals into account) session next month to prepare for the changes Google is making. Some users showcased some of their work too and it was a great interactive session.
Boom, Divi Cape Town!
Divi Chicago, Illinois, United States
From the Hosts, Joan Margau & Scott Winterroth:
Divi’s Animation Features came to life when Rosalinda Huck, one of the co-organizers of Divi-Sacramento showed us how animation works. Animation is a great feature, but only when it’s leveraged correctly for just the right effect.
Divi Chicago fire! It’s a thing!
Divi Washington DC, USA
From the Host, John Browning:
Elon led us in a great discussion on how to speed up our Divi websites using different caching and image optimization plugins and hosting services. Always good questions and some excellent tips from all participants.
Killin’ it, Divi DC!
Divi Kolkata, India
From the Host, Rajesh Ravidas:
This month we did [an] open Divi discussion where we shared our Divi-related problems and resolved them remotely.
Love the consistancy, Divi Kolkata! Woot!
Divi Lagos, Nigeria
From the Hosts, Ayodeji & Olusegun:
Hello Divi nation. This month’s meetup was quite interesting; we had Raya Stoilova from Siteground.
Right from the day we learnt Raya will be available to present, I was quite excited. The meeting started on time and our presenter arrived early enough.
After a brief self-introduction of all attendees, the guest speaker took us through the great features that Siteground has to offer and what to look out for in a hosting provider.
Among several salient points discussed, speed and security were very vital, adoption of new platforms – cloud-like google and Amazon by hosting companies [were] also mentioned.
We only hope Divi and Siteground can do something to bring this hosting company to Nigeria.
Gettin’ it done, Divi Lagos! Love it!
Divi Los Angeles, California, USA
From the Host, Julius Lopez:
[Ten] amazing Divi fans showed up to learn about Local Development. We spoke about three solutions that let you work with WordPress and Divi from your desktop/laptop computer. Products we covered were: Bitnami’s WordPress stack, Local by Flywheel, and Desktop Server by ServerPress, LLC. Many had questions around site migration and decided we will cover this in our next Meetup.
Interested in site migration? Check out their next meetup!
Divi New York City, USA
From the Hosts, Patty, Jeanine, & Mickey:
“Make Beautiful Responsive Tables and Enhance Your Divi Designs” was presented by David Blyth from Divi-Modules for our April Meetup. He shared information and demonstrated a few of his main plug-in products such as Table Maker and Typewriter. The plugins add fun and practical solutions to the Divi designer’s toolbox. We’d love to have you join our international group of virtual attendees for our next Meetup. Join in at Divi NYC.
Well, you heard them. Join their next event.
Divi Sacramento, California, USA
From the Hosts, Rosalinda Huck & Elizabeth Hahn:
In April, we splashed into our topic meeting with lots of color! We discussed a bit of color theory basics in design, how to choose a color palette for projects, and Rosalinda demonstrated how to use the Divi Global Color system. Join us in May, where we’re excited to have a guest speaker for both our topic meeting and monthly Q&A meeting.
Love it, Divi Sac-Town! Catch their next meetup for suresies!
Divi Seattle, Washington, USA
From the Hosts, Bradon Garley & Shane Griffiths:
This month we gave an in-depth demonstration on how to configure Analytics, Conversion Tracking, Dava Visualization, and Reporting with Divi. We started by going over basic Google Analytics integration and Google Search Console verification. Then we stepped it up with Google Tag Manager, configuring custom events, and creating goals in Google Analytics. Last we connected everything to Google Data Studio and built a custom dashboard complete with automated email reporting. All said and done, we demonstrated a modern workflow for tracking conversions, analytics, and putting the data into a useful format for gaining deeper insights [into] website trends.
Yass, Divi Seattle!
Divi Tampa, Florida, USA
From the Host, Steve Willingham:
The virtual Divi-Tampa Ingenious April 2021 meetup was held on Thursday, Apr 29 at 1PM EST. We had 8 very engaged members out of 19 sign-ups attending, all with different levels of expertise. [Five] attendees were from the Tampa Bay area, 2 from California, and 1 from Connecticut so it was a nicely diverse group. We had an engaging web development Q & A, and great ideas about implementing databases and deeper functionality within Divi sites. We also discussed implementing responsive image sizing based on user devices, compliance with ADA regulations, and the breadth of various Divi and WordPress plugins. We’re looking forward to our next virtual meetup in May, and tentatively, very tentatively anticipating that we may be able to re-start in-person meetups again in July or August.
Wonderful news, Divi Tampa! Can’t wait!
Want to Host Your Own Local Divi Network Meetup?
Great! We’re always on the lookout for people around the world who are passionate about Divi and building community and want to spread that enthusiasm to their local community. We take care of the monthly Meetup fees, and we provide all our hosts with tons of resources to help plan and promote their events, including help with finding a venue and coming up with topic ideas.
Starting a new Divi Meetup group is simple. Just apply by filling out this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the form is complete, we will work together to get your group launched and linked to our Meetup Network. Easy as that!
Not sure if there’s already a Divi Meetup Group in your area? Just head to our Meetup Network page to see a map of our current locations.
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