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DIY or Die... Pro tips for building your own WordPress sites!

Are you struggling to build your own WordPress sites without the technical skills or knowledge to do it well?  Does your website look more like a home-made hot tub than a professional website?  Join us on July 7th as the infamous Pat Ramsey shares his best tips for building your own websites using WordPress. #diyordie

We're super excited to have Pat speak at this month's Ausome!  Pat is an accomplished WordPress developer nationally known for his involvement in the WordPress community including organizing the Austin WordPress meetup (one of the largest WordPress meetups in the world).

The "DIY or Die" tips Pat will be sharing will focus on the proper way to approach problems as a DIY webmaster, what to do when you run into trouble, when to call it quits, what areas to avoid, using plugins, using themes, and a general overall road map for DIY WordPress development.

Don't trash your sites any more!  Join us on July 2nd as Pat Ramsey tells you exactly what you need to do to improve the websites you create yourself.

Have a web developer already?  You should still come!  The skills Pat is teaching are great for making quick updates to your site on jobs too small or too pressing to wait for your developer.

About Pat:

Pat Ramsey is a leader in the WordPress community through his role as the organizer of the Austin WordPress meetup and his role as a senior web developer at nationally known WordPress development agency Marketing Clique.

Pat can also be found helping run the tech networking community, Refresh Austin.  He's been an independent WordPress consultant and developer, a trainer and advisor for Knowbility's Accessible Internet Rallies and AccessU, and a founder of Austin’s WordCamp after-after party, CigarCamp. Pat is a former Navy Reserve sailor, a native Texan, and enjoys cooking large quantities of crawfish.

Food and beer are sponsored by Affiliate Summit.  Thanks guys!

Don't forget that parking is only $5.  Make sure to get a $5 parking pass from the Capital Factory staff the nigh of the event.

RSVP now.  Spots fill up fast!

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  • Mark Robert J.

    Thanks for sharing your list, Shane. Very helpful since I wasn't able to make it last night.

    July 3, 2014

  • shane a.

    Here is what I got from tonight, please feel free to use these notes to reference what was covered at this resourceful Meetup:

    1 · July 2, 2014

    • shane a.

      Web services to use to backup your content!

      https://vaultpress.com...­

      https://github.com/­

      https://bitbucket.org/­

      https://about.gitlab.c...­


      Wordpress plugins to grab:

      Force strong passwords
      Limit login attempts
      Better wp security – IP security Themes
      Youst – Google Analytics
      Wordpress SEO (6
      Jetpack (Get their subscription form) (7
      Page Links to
      Regenerate—Thumbnails (1
      Gravity Forms (2
      Advanced Custom Fields (3
      WP Migrate DB Pro (4
      Pagelinks (5
      Options-Optimizer (Run before you launch!)
      Gravity Forms (Paid)
      S2 Members (Paid)(Access control)
      Members Plugin (FREE!)(Simple membership sites)
      Digital Access Pass (Simple membership sites)
      Member Mouse (Simple membership sites)
      Buddy Press? (Not for paid content sites)

      1 · July 2, 2014

    • shane a.

      Next Gen Research and know where each plugin and it's updates are coming from, and use the Wordpress community Simplicity – Keep it simple
      (Avada – too many options!)
      But avoid one-page theme!

      Have someone come in once every
      1-3 months to check over your Wordpress.

      Check for instances of jquery

      MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE.

      How do find good plugins?
      Www.Wordpress.org
      Search for crashed site reports!

      New Relic? New release of Wordpress? Use the staging platform to test while not effecting your production site! (Managed Host)

      Setup a seperate Web Server if on a non-managed site

      http://goo.gl/dWVJ3L­

      July 2, 2014

  • shane a.

    Just in time as I just switched to a new hosting site and have been working on technical issues all this week with my WordPress sites looking forward to easily coming to this Meetup event

    June 26, 2014

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