When you hear the word “WordPress”, what‘s the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you think of a blog or an amateur website? Well think again.
WordPress is probably the easiest (and cheapest) website platform for a blog, but it’s also great for a professional business website.
WordPress is a quick and easy way to create a complete website – blog and all. You don’t have to be a web developer to build a site, just some basic knowledge about content, design and layout. WordPress comes with a huge variety of themes (some free, some premium) and comes with automatic technical support.
But WordPress goes a step further for business owners, bloggers and web developers – WordPress hosts WordCamps. WordCamp is “a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other” (centralwordcamp.org).
So essentially, if you want to know how to start using WordPress or how to get the most out of your WordPress site, then WordCamp is for you. If you live in Chandler, then perhaps you got the chance to participate in this past year’s WordCamp. WordCamp PHX 2013 took place in downtown Chandler and covered three full days of speakers, developers and designers.
Here is just a sampling of what was discussed:
- Installing WordPress
- Domains and hosting
- Themes, plugins, posts, tags and categories
- Security and hackers
- SEO basics
… and this was just on Friday! Saturday’s schedule got into the nuts and bolts of blogs, website design and content. Sunday was more laid back and even had WordCamp for kids.
When classes were full and the audience wanted to learn more by speaking one on one with the presenter, it was not uncommon for WordCamp attendees to form subgroups to ask the presenters more in-depth questions in separate classrooms. Some classes were even held at Gangplank, where WordPress support is given on a regular basis.
Now you have no reason to start that blog you’ve been hungry to create. Once you start a WordPress account, to you can add as many blogs and websites as you like. You can even “map” your client’s website to their own domain if it is not hosted with WordPress. Yes, it’s that easy for yourself and your clients.
Oh, by the way, WordCamp is not held in every city or state or even country. So when WordCamp 2014 is scheduled to take place in Chandler next year, be sure to get your tickets early as they usually sell out fast.