October 3, 2015 — Keynote from WordCamp Rhode Island 2015
Jesse Friedman has been building websites for 17 years, and exclusively with WordPress since 2006. Since then he has written several books, taught 100’s of students as a professor, and organized dozens of local meetups along with a few WordCamps. He has spoken at tech conferences worldwide and has utilized his expertise as a consultant for small agencies and billion dollar international companies. Today he’s a proud team member of Jetpack at Automattic.
December 7, 2016 — You’re the boss of your company (even if it’s a company of one or two) and you need to blog. Your WordPress blog is all set up and ready, but…
Where do you start? How do you get ideas? And who has the time for all this?
Yes, you can produce content that will inspire and engage your audience, building your customer relationships and establishing yourself (and your company) as an expert in your field.
You’ll get the tech stuff everywhere else–in this talk, we break down the basics of blogging to make it efficient, effective, and fun. You will leave this talk with 10 solid ideas and the tips you need to blog like a boss!
December 7, 2016 — There’s so much mystery around web proposals. They’re hard to categorize, right? Are they a just a formality? Or should you put in the 40 hours it’s going to take to write a custom proposal? How can you write better ones? These are all good questions, and I’m hoping to provide some answers!
Web proposal writing is probably one of the most daunting, yet creative, activities one can do in the tech space. In the technology industry, especially in WordPress, so many agencies and freelancers compete for business. Your proposal is either the gateway to a successful project, or the precursor to a resounding “thanks, but no thanks.” Writing good web proposals is a must. Writing good custom web proposals can reinforce a client’s decision, make you stand out from the competition, and even get a prospective company to pay more money.
Proposal writing is a journey of discovery, understanding, mapping the right solution, and giving your potential client something to get jazzed about. I’d like to walk you through the blueprint for writing custom web proposals that’s been effective for me, and show how you can apply these principles to your own process. In addition, I’ll also talk about the proposal flow, text-heavy vs. image-based, the use of nomenclature, and linking benefits to their technical counterparts. If you write proposals in any capacity (as a freelancer or an agency team member), this talk will be beneficial for you!
October 25, 2016 — The most beatuiful templates you’ve ever seen! How a template language can speed up your development and make you a better engineer.
October 25, 2016 — Over the 7 years building WordPress website and training users I have found that even users that had a WordPress site before got some value from some of these tips & tricks. Some of the 20 tips are common, but worth a reminder, others I hope you will find helpful and new.
October 8, 2016 — Learn the tricks designers use to make websites attractive and effective. We’ll teach you the Most Important Question designers ask their clients, and how you can use it to your advantage when doing it yourself. Then, learn practical ways to apply it to create attractive sites (using good design principles and simple rules for success) and effective sites (through basic exercises that help you develop and showcase your primary call to action).
October 8, 2016 — Christopher Lucock talks to us about Design Workflow: What To Do and When To Do It.
October 7, 2016 — An SEO plugin is a great help in tweaking your content to make search engines happy.
But if you pay attention to a couple of basic practices that we’ll go over in this session, you can use Yoast or All-in-one-SEO to check your work rather than struggle to back fit changes to get to that green dot!