DIY Websites with WordPress (a CMS No Longer Just for Bloggers)

Teaching WordPress Website Development

This month in Grand Rapids, MI I have been a Guest Professor during Calvin College’s Interim Semester in the Business/Marketing Class: Social Media for Business? Thank you to Professor Tom Betts for asking me to join in teaching a big part of this very informative and timely class!

WordPress for Your Next (or) First Website

Experienced WordPress Website Design ProfessionalI spoke in my first presentation of the different content management systems that are available and also that many websites do not even use a content management system (not using a CMS is becoming less every month). I recently saw a report on Usage Of Content Management Systems For Websites and found it revealing much more than I understood.

It is obvious from this monthly statistical survey that WordPress is the #1 Content Management System by a very wide margin and that the exposure you have had to WordPress thus far, begs your continued personal learning about WordPress and using it along with the various Social Media sites and tools that our class has exposed us too and deepened our knowledge and appreciation.

In later class sessions I taught and coached the students on how to build a website using WordPress, Thesis Themes, WordPress “plugins” like Gravity Forms, Subscribe2, and WordPress Widgets for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and other social media sites.

Nemo ChuI wasn’t in Class to hear first hand Nemo Chu‘s live remote presentation, but as with Nemo’s experience, one’s life’s career experiences will be the most of what you make them to be when you are good stewards of opportunity and the talents you have, putting your trust in our Lord and Savior, knowing that He has a plan for you and is always preparing you for your future in ways that you do not yet realize.

Grand Rapids WordPress Users Group

WordPress Grand Rapids

Last evening I attended my first meeting of WPGR, a“meet up” a Grand Rapids WordPress user group. This is a user-group of people that are using WordPress for themselves, as freelancing consultants, developers and designers – some full time freelancing, others as employees, others part-time designers and others simply their small business or church, non-profit group or as a hobby. They are meeting monthly on every 3rd Thursday; there is no cost to join or be a member.

WordCamp Grand Rapids

WordCamp - Get the WordPress support you need in Grand RapidsWhile there are no “hard” dates set and speakers are being confirmed, WPGR is planning WordCamp Grand Rapids. WordCamp is a very low cost, often less than $50), 2-3 day conference style event for WordPress Users. The Word Camps have professional users of WordPress as speakers and sets of workshops and presentations that will be geared at all levels, including the novice user (by summer, you may no longer be in the novice category! J). Find out more here about WordCamp as they occur all year long – all around the country and the world – and you may not be staying in Grand Rapids this summer.

WordCamps are not meant to be big, fancy, expensive conferences. WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low, usually below $50 for a 2-day event. It’s not uncommon to meet WordCamp speakers who are featured at expensive web industry conferences like South by Southwest. WordCamp is one of the best bargains around. Many national and international recognized authorities have already said they are willing to come to a WordCamp in Grand Rapids.

So if you want to become a WordPress user or are in need of a new website and would like to have a preliminary discussion, contact me.

I trust this is all helpful information for those interested.