The process of building a website

This month we'll be talking about our process for building a websites and the steps we take to ensure that they're successful.  This will be a rather high-level look at how we approach things, though it may get a bit technical at times depends on where the questions lead.

Be thinking about your own process for site development, as we want everyone to share and learn from each other.

As always, this is a discussion, so please come prepared to share your questions and ideas regarding this topic, as well as any other WordPress questions you might have. The Meetup is free, because our space is free, however we ask you to please RSVP so we can save a space for you.

Be sure to bring your laptop if possible, and you're welcome to bring your lunch if you'd like.

See you then!

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  • Kathy D.

    Here is the link to the WordPress Owner's Emergency Checklist I mentioned. Take a few minutes to add all your website related account information, then save the document in a safe place.

    http://atlantawpcoach.com/wp-content/uploads/WordPress-Emergency-Checklist.pdf

    2 · July 11, 2014

    • Diana N.

      Nicely done... thanks for sharing!

      1 · July 12, 2014

    • Jen L.

      Thank you for sharing Kathy!

      1 · July 16, 2014

  • Stephanie B

    This meetup was great! I brought my teen aged son (aka webmaster) and he really got a lot out of the meeting as well. He's looking forward to next one as am I.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Susanna B.

    If you're interested, here's the blog post on GreenMellen's process for websites: http://www.greenmellenmedia.com/process-building-effective-website/

    Here are the tools we touched on yesterday:
    - http://prevue.it/ - Display your designs to your clients
    - http://slickplan.com/ - create sitemaps and export them in a click of a button to your Wordpress site.
    - http://www.splashdata.com/splashid/ - password vault
    - https://lastpass.com/ - password vault
    - https://www.box.com/ - online collaboration and file storage
    - http://try.smartvault.com - business file sharing

    3 · July 11, 2014

    • Diana N.

      Thanks for "taking notes" for us, Susanna!

      1 · July 12, 2014

  • Mickey M.

    Here is the basic version of our "launch checklist" as discussed today. This certainly varies from site to site, but we start with this list:
    - Activate Google Analytics
    - Verify all in-page links are pointed to live site instead of test site.
    - Verify all widget links are pointed to the live site.
    - Verify all hard-coded CSS links are pointed to the live site.
    - Verify all nav menu links are pointed to the live site.
    - Verify any custom functions.php functions are pointed to the live site.
    - Disable any unused plugins
    - Load favicon
    - Set WP to allow search engine indexing
    - Make sure forms are set to send to proper recipients
    - Add redirects for all old URLs to the new ones
    - Enable Jetpack sharing icons
    - Set up authorship; disable from pages via Yoast SEO
    - Add site to Google Webmaster Tools

    2 · July 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for this, Mickey.

      July 11, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Don't think this was for the casual newbie I found the talk very access alb and helpful. Seemed from cursory observation most who attended were in the business. My acronym issue was addressed immediately which was a big help. Now how do I get started making a Wordpress site? You help me I cook for you
    Mark Heller
    Certified Executive Chef

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Mickey M.

      Mark -- This one was a bit more aimed at other "WordPress people". The next one should be more straightforward, as we talk about customizing themes. Be sure to check out Kathy's Meetup as well, as she's going through the basic steps of getting started: http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · July 10, 2014

    • Kathy D.

      I love to eat and help people learn to use WordPress. Mark loves to cook and is eager to build a WordPress site. Sounds like a good match.

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • Howard

    Well done, thanks!

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • emily e.

    So sorry I am going to miss today. I was really looking forward to it.

    July 10, 2014

    • Mickey M.

      Sorry you couldn't make it. Hope to see you next month!

      July 10, 2014

  • Maurice T.

    Great meetup lots of good information. Thanks Mickey and Ali

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Tim C

    Really well-done presentation, thanks Mickey and Ali. I like that you're open to questions. Very helpful.

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • Jodi

    fabulous

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    Tickets for WordCamp Birmingham are available. August 16th $20

    July 10, 2014

  • Paul

    Is this too in depth for beginners ? Thanks, Paul

    2 · July 9, 2014

    • Kathy D.

      This Meetup is specifically designed for novices, newbies, beginners, and those just thinking about using WordPress. We all have something to learn and something to teach.

      1 · July 9, 2014

  • Lee B.

    I'm the consummate beginner.

    2 · July 9, 2014

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