December 2, 2016 — Newbies can get overwhelmed by being aware of how much we don’t know. It’s easy to use learning or researching as a way to avoid doing. Who do you trust for answers? A quick intro to the basics of information literacy can help you choose a few good sources from those millions of results. It isn’t just research though, is it? Once you have your site, post, or idea who do you run it past? The WordPress community of course! We will look at some of the ways to get your idea out and connect with others. (Blogging fundamentals, community pool, social media…)
November 21, 2016 — I was a newbie to WordPress three years ago and I had little or no technical experience at the time. In a nutshell, I made a lot of mistakes using WordPress my first year, but my knowledge has grown exponentially since then I work in WordPress everything. For people just starting out and trying to use WordPress for a small business, startup or blog, I think there is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how to use WordPress, how to get over the fear of using WordPress and what the expectations should be.
November 13, 2016 — Whether your site is five pages or 500, it needs a strong foundation that plans for growth. We’ll cover site maps, content strategy, user interaction and experience so you have a plan for your site now, and down the road. We’ll also touch on best practices for doing it all over again for mobile.
November 13, 2016 — Maybe you have heard of user experience (UX) but don’t know much about it? Or you want to better the experience your visitors have at site, but don’t know where to begin?
UX professionals from the Ladies that UX Durham group will do a 15-minute overview of UX then hold a panel to field your questions and ensure you walk out with practical ideas of how to use UX practices to improve your WordPress site.
November 10, 2016 — How many of us work for people, or answer to people that ultimately have no real understanding of what we do? Janel’s guess is a lot of us. Learning to talking around tech terms to make yourself understood, or at least get the resources your project needs, can be an art.
November 3, 2016 — The basics on hardening your WordPress application and best security practices. The importance of Strong passwords, Two-Factor, secure file permissions, using SFTP encryption and changing Salts. The importance of maintaining backups and updates.
October 31, 2016 — This presentation would cover some basics of Search Engine Optimization for WordPress. I would begin with an intro to SEO and primarily focus on some On-Site and technical factors to improve a site’s visibility to Google and other search engines. The presentation would include: Mobile-friendly themes, Google Analytics, URL structure, Sitemaps, SEO Plugins, Schema, and Page Speed.