- My first WordCamp – Atlanta, March 2013
Post by Rhonda Pugh — ClickHOST Web & Support specialist.
My first WordCamp, I didn’t know what to expect. I found it to be an open forum of sharing and networking. Regardless of your expertise, you can increase your knowledge of WordPress from navigating the Dashboard to sophisticated design. Being fairly new to WordPress myself, it was a great learning opportunity. Let me share a couple of points that I learned:
Tip #1: Choose your WordPress Theme wisely
It is important to find a Theme that has the “bones” of what you need for your site or blog. Plot an outline, look at your content, media, etc. You can always customize pages, add color and plugins, but you don’t want to get many hours into it and find your Theme is missing a crucial component that you need. The Speaker, Judy Knight jokingly said choosing a Theme is like dating, you don’t want to get 3 months down the road and realize it’s not working for you, and you have to start all over! Plan ahead and give some thought to choosing your Theme.
Tip #2: Use SEO Keywords
Jenny Munn delivered a great presentation on SEO and its importance for driving traffic to your site. I learned that keywords should be in the language of your customer. Think about what they will Google to find you. Create titles, tags and descriptions with your keywords. And, don’t forget to utilize your social networking site plugins.
Tip #3: Play with your website while you learn
It is a great idea to put your learning into practice right away, ask questions, and get hands-on help while at the camp. WordCampers are some of the nicest folks around and very willing to share knowledge and help you be a better WordPress user. Btw, ClickHOST has some great WordPress how-to guides.
These are just a few points that I retained. However, there was one other important thing I learned at WordCamp…“Friends don’t let Friend Host on godaddy!” Oh, wait! I already knew that! 🙂
Photos and fun at WordCamp Atlanta
Here are some fun pictures and blog posts regarding WordCamp Atlanta 2013:
- Speaker/Sponsors party at 8bit’s shiny new offices.
- Flickr photos stream.
- Woothemes blog post and video.
Tell us about your WordCamp experience in the comments.