WordPress is used by a lot of people to build communities around their websites. These communities use WordPress to publish news, run online forums and organize meetup groups. Meetup.com is a place where like minded people can find and start their own meetup groups. In this article we will show you how to connect WordPress with a Meetup.com group.
Earlier we wrote about Google+ Hangout Events and adding Google Calendar in WordPress. Both are great ways to organize events and allow people to RSVP. However, Meetup.com Groups are online communities built specifically to organize meetups and bring like minded people closer. It has built in social media features which allow you and other group members to spread the word around their social circles easily. If you are running an online community on WordPress, as well as running a Meetup.com group then this is the way to do it. By connecting your site to your group, you will be able to automatically display upcoming events, and allow users to RSVP from your site.
To connect your WordPress site with Meetup.com Group, first you need to install and activate Meetup Widgets plugin. After activating the plugin, you need to enter your Meetup API, Oauth consumer, and Oauth secret keys under Settings » General.
You can obtain these keys by visiting Meetup API website. First click on the API Key link in the menu and it will show your API key, which you can copy and paste on plugin settings page. You still need OAuth consumer key and secret, to obtain them you need to click on OAuth Consumers link on Meetup.com API page.
You will be asked to provide some basic information for your app. First you need to enter a name for your app, this could be your website’s title or the title of your Meetup Group. Enter your website’s URL in all other fields and save changes.
Meetup.com will now create an OAuth Consumers account for your website and will show your consumer key and secret. continue reading<<<