Join LAdobe on Thursday night, August 27th at 7pm at the Art Institute of California-Hollywood on 3440 Wilshire Blvd. Parking is available for free after 5PM at the garage behind the Art Institute building on Wilshire and Maricopa. You can receive a validation ticket to go along with your parking ticket inside the Art Institute. Keep both tickets as you will need them to receive free parking from their new automated parking system. There will be a guard at the back of the building housing the Art Institute (in front of the parking facility). Just let him know you are here for the LAdobe meeting and you should be allowed in with no problems or hassles.

Remember, all LAdobe events and meetings are always free to attend.

For this meeting, we’re going to showcase how we took our old LAdobe one-page website into a full featured website with Forums, Event Calendars, AJAX Powered Photo Galleries, Twitter Feed’s and a whole lot more.

Our User Group Manager, dataTV’s Adam Bell, and our first Website Nightmares winner, Sunil Rampersad will show off the design mockups, how the header was animated in Flash and how the site design was then converted into code using Dreamweaver. From there we’ll show off a variety of open source software solutions including WordPress which has gone from being just simple blogging software into a dynamic powerhouse enabling anyone to create full websites with it. We’ll show how doing an install with our new host at HostMySite made the process rather painless and then show you the plugins and widgets we picked to make our site into more than just a simple one-page site listing meetings. From there, we’ll show off PHPList which like WordPress, is also free and allows anyone to create email blasts and send it off to thousands of people in seconds. We’ll show how we took Sunil’s design into PHPList, how we had to modify the layout and the dilemmas in sending out our first email blast last month.

In addition, we’ll have lots of Dreamweaver and Web Design book giveaways, even more free beverages from Function and a lot of surprises. Don’t forget to come out to the Art Institute for this great meeting on August 27th.