Great meeting with 2 new attendees! NOTE: Please always bring your business cards to network.
Attending: Evan, Peggy, Roger, Andrew, John, Jeanne and 2 new Claude Seymore and Ron Morefield.
Claude Seymore has a Travel Blog & has done 30 years of field work as a photographer. Specializes in day trips. Wants to learn more about Wordpress to enhance his business and also learn to do videos as he continues to travel to bring more in-depth features of the destinations he visits. 703-941-8442, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Morefield is a Web Designer. He was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of advice to those of us who are new to WP & FB. He's been in high-tech for years and also produces high-end videos. Knows of Apps for phones to help realtors with listings. Moved here from Georgia. Ron @ discoverwebworks.com, 404-909-5431, www.DiscoverWebWorks.com "Affordable web presence you control."
Plug-in: WP Social Lock-to get activity on FB, TW. Ads a MORE to article to redirect you to more content. Possible $7 fee to purchase.
The new Wordpress 3.2 is out. Be sure to update (after backing up). Has several new features, however may not work smoothly with what you have already programmed. Also, you should always update to insure you retain security.
Network Publisher Plug-in: there are approx. 30 Social Networks & this will coordinate networking. To set up go to WP Dashboard, Plug-ins, add new (search), Network Publisher, install, activate. You will need to go to each WP site to set this up. API-Application Programming Interface-on set up page "get your new api key here".
Tweet Deck-enhanced interaction w/FB.
Note: when setting up your WP site-Have your site ready & complete when you publish. This may be difficult to know if you have all data in place-we as a group can critique to give you hints and tips for enhancement-Submit your site! You can also have your blog pull from other sites to enhance your site.
When adding plug-ins to your site, it may not be compatible. Check what version of WP it will work with. Also check to see reviews of users-how many are using-if only a few are using and it has been available for a long time, be cautious. "Use what everyone else uses". Did you know that Facebook has plug-ins too?
If you have multiple sites connected for one company, it is a good idea to have them look similar.
Need help to get something done? Try Fiver.com. People all over the world will do tasks for you for $5. Some even have websites for you to view, some have references too. Another site for help is 99Designs and Elance. Branding is a good way to retain continuity. This includes colors, fonts, page headers & footers.
QUOTE - "In five years, where you are, does not depend on the direction of the wind, but the set of your sail"
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