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WordChicks

Hey Girls! Hope all is well with you this month!

Here's a heads up on what's happening in the July meetup.

We have special guest Fox Woods coming along to run a UX workshop.  You know what UX is, right?  It's short for User Experience and it's the business of creating a website that leaves your users loving having been there!

Fox is keen to hear from you all actually, to help her prepare about what you want to know about UX... what do you already know?  What struggles are you having planning and structuring the UX of your website design?  Ask away in the comments so she can prepare a fabulous session!!

I won't be there this month, heading over to spend some time with my sister in NZ (different kind of WordChicks) but the lovely Mel Samson will be hosting so you're in fabulous hands!

Anyway, we'll be meeting at the same time, in the same place, on the same Thursday of the month hope you all have a ball!

Here's the plan...

6:00 Arrive, chit chat, get comfy (know anyone who'd like to sponsor some food or drinks? Maybe you'd like to? Let me know and we'll see what we can do!!)

6:30 News, and Upcoming Events

6:40 Fox Woods User Interface Workshop

7:30 Wrap up and Tidy Up

7:45 Drinks and nibbles at the Hare and Grace.

See you there!

Dee

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 WordChicks is a chapter of the Melbourne WordPress User Group that is specifically created for, run by, and tutored by women.  

We do this not for any reasons of exclusivity but to provide an inviting place where women can gain confidence in their web production, development, blogging and site management skills, and in sharing those skills with the wider group.

We do not currently restrict entry to the meetup by gender, but we simply ask that all those who attend, male and female alike respect our mandate that this group exists to inspire women to more confidence in contributing both to this group, and the wider WordPress project as a whole.  

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  • Melinda S.

    Hi WordChicks,

    Here's my article on the most fabulous tips from Fox's fabulous presentation on User Experience last week.

    There is also a link near the top where you can download a PDF of the handout that Fox distributed.

    Cheers Mel

    http://clickwinningcontent.com.au/website-visitors-user-experience/

    July 10, 2014

  • Siobhan

    Thanks Fox it was very informative.

    July 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great session last night. I had trouble getting in too but someone with a keycard let me in. Question for Fox: you said we should question whether we need a content page of it's less than 200 words. What length, if there is, would be considered too much that we should split into two or more pages? More specifically, I'm working on a blog. I've been seeing a lot of websites where they split articles into multiple pages. I find that personally annoying.what do you think? Thanks!

    July 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it might be less intimidating for users to see a reasonably-long page, rather than a terribly-long page. Instead of thinking, "Oh wow, this is going to take an hour to read!", they might think, "I'll just start reading this and see if it interests me," and then before they know it, they've spent an hour anyway. However, this really depends on the site and the audience, because if it's someone browsing longreads.com or themonthly.com.au, they're expecting long reads.

      If you have the ability to do it, it could be worth offering a pagination version, but also having a "View on one page" link, and then track how many people are reading it in those two different ways. I think it's good to offer the two options, in any case. Some bloggers like to split up articles because a) they want to publish as they go, and they don't have the time to write a million words in one sitting or b) they want to keep readers engaged and waiting eagerly for a second part. I think that's fine too.

      July 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Fox. Now to some testing... :)

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • Melinda S.

    Thanks again to Fox for a fantastic presentation last night. Responding to the questions about a recording, we didn't record it but I'm hoping to put the best tips on my blog soon.

    2 · July 4, 2014

  • Liz F.

    Very well presented by a knowledgeable UX freelancer. Learned heaps. Thanks Fox Woods and Word Chicks!

    2 · July 4, 2014

  • Jane D.

    Hi there. Tried to come in. Late I admit. Door locked. Sorry. Don't forget Silicon Beach Melbourne Meetup drinks on now at Royal Melbourne Hotel. 629 Bourke St. Anyhow, if not this month we are always welcome. Jane

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • maria z.

    Apologies. This is the second time I've missed my first meetup. I have the lurgy. All the best.

    July 3, 2014

  • Floyd

    I'm out too, traffic has beatin me tonight as moved 10m in 20mins. Is it recorded by chance? enjoy

    July 3, 2014

  • Marika

    I'm not feeling well either...sad to miss my first Meet up! Next time for sure!

    July 3, 2014

  • Steph

    Sorry guys, something has just come up and I can't make it. Hopefully see you all at the next one.

    July 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear Dee and Fox,
    I really wanted to come tonight, but have decided to stay home as I'm not well... :(
    Will this session be recorded?? would love to hear about UX as it's something I need to know about!
    thanks, Keryn

    1 · July 3, 2014

    • Kellie B.

      Sadly, I'm the same and gutted :(. Also keen to hear about UX – will there be a recording or another session again soon?

      1 · July 3, 2014

  • Jane D.

    Hey everyone, Silicon Beach Melbourne (SBM) Meetup also has their event at the exact same time each month as WordChicks. That means it's a clash for me (I'm coming to WordChicks, but as always will try to do both).

    I am just letting everyone in WordChicks know that you are more than welcome to head on down to SBM Meetup after WordChicks wraps up (I've checked with the organisers and they're very happy for us to come along). Not surprisingly, there are a lot of guys at the SBM (FYI!).

    Something to consider. See you tonight. Will be slightly late due to this SBM.

    July 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a question for Fox. As a customer service crusader on a mission to raise the standard of service in Australia, I know that as a consumer, deep down we all want to be treated with dignity and respect and feel a sense of connection with the business. We can get that through building rapport on a phone call or in face to face transactions but not with websites. I find that most websites really let us down when it comes to connecting. Sure we can include widgets to entice feedback, ratings or testamonials and we can link to a facebook business page for connection or have live chat with a support person, but I don't feel that is enough and very few websites have all these ingredients anyway. There's little heart . What do you think can be done to bring about a greater sense of connection to one's audience via their website or blog?

    3 · July 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Interesting question! I suspect you have strong feelings and ideas regarding how this can be done, and I'd be interested in hearing them. I'll share my answer tonight. Thanks Stephen.

      1 · July 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I certainly have strong feelings around this and I have some ideas but want to expand on them. I'm looking forward to your answers tonight :-)

      July 3, 2014

  • Dee T.

    Hey Fox, here's a UX question for you.

    Is scrolling bad? I have a client who really wants all their content on the front page... and I'm struggling to get him to consider sites that allow for more content, accessible by scrolling and he's very reluctant.

    Feels like he's got this mindset that scrolling is a bad thing... how do I change his mind??

    June 19, 2014

    • Marika

      Sorry, I'm not Fox...but I just couyldn't help but jump in here...I had to have the same discussion with a client recently...

      2 · June 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heh, the "above the fold" issue has been around for a decade, and is still going strong. Thanks for the Q, Dee.

      June 19, 2014

  • Melinda S.

    Look forward to seeing everyone there

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Dee T.

      Thanks for stepping in Mel!

      June 19, 2014

  • Judy B.

    Special thanks to Fox and Dee! If it wasn't for Wordpress meetups and Wordchicks, I would not have been able to set up my own websites!

    2 · June 6, 2014

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