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Sensible Site Navigation —Building an Information Structure

How to plan and build your WordPress site keeping the end in mind by using the WordPress functions to structure site navigation to match your site plan. This presentation will focus on the difference between a page and a post, how to use Categories and Tags to build your navigation structure. We will also review how to use the WordPress linking strategy to give the search engine spiders clear and distinct paths to follow that will improve your site’s search engine rankings. The session closes with how to use a site maintenance schedule to keep your online business on track and making money.

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  • Victoria S.

    Where are the recordings of these sessions posted?

    August 22, 2013

    • Sandi B.

      They are submitted to WordPress TV and we will announce when they are posted at wpaustin.com. BTW the notes for the meeting are posted at wpaustin.com

      August 22, 2013

  • Sue L

    (Continued) If you continue to handle off-topic questions as you did, I hope most people will eventually learn to save those questions until the end. Perhaps you could also ask people to raise a hand for a question? At one point, I just gave up trying to ask a question because I could not compete with a couple of others who were assertively throwing questions at you, sometimes even talking over each other. I commend your efforts to maintain control.

    This was, by far, one of the best MeetUps I have attended -- WordPress or otherwise.

    August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's disorienting at first but you'll find that's normal for most tech Meetups and raising your hand is actually frowned on. Takes getting used to but it's part of the "open source" culture that WordPress comes from. This Meetup was more like a "class" which is unusual. I took some classes at ACC recently and found students don't raise their hand there either. What's also shocking is students answering other students' questions in class w/ answers from their smartphones ;-)

      August 21, 2013

    • Sandi B.

      Hi, Sorry if we missed someone's hand and didn't answer. Sometimes it's like watching popcorn with five or 10 hands up all at once. We try to answer everyone and stay ofter class to catchup with additional questions. And actually I personally prefer a hands up and response rather than the shout-out method. If everyone just shouted out it would be chaotic — which possibly explains the public schooling system ;-)

      August 22, 2013

  • Sue L

    Thank you, Sandra & Nick for an *excellent* presentation. I have previously heard you explain pages & posts, categories & tags. but this time your carefully planned demonstrations & explanations provided the epiphany I've been needing to move forward with my website. The order in which you both presented your topics was perfect & contributed to my understanding. Sandra, I appreciated your extra effort to keep everyone on track, even though some attendees didn't seem to get it.

    August 21, 2013

  • K W.

    I really loved how you led with business reasons for the site first, then followed with audience intention and design & mechanics! Also love the practical tools and tips. Great job. I think our crew makes it challenging to keep on track, but you managed that really well. Only one suggestion: perhaps remind folks alternative resources/places to learn topics that aren't necessarily on the agenda, i.e. more advanced groups, resources etc. when "off topic" questions arise.

    Thanks for a very worthwhile event! I got a lot out of it. Looking forward to next month & hoping we will look at the "Thesis" theme.

    August 20, 2013

    • Bill H.

      @K Wade - yes, you have identified a challenge from last evening that could be helped by attendees keeping in mind the topic of the evening and holding questions for a time rather than blurt them out immediately - answers generally are quickly forthcoming. Kudos to the speakers for seeking to stay on topic rather than get derailed.

      August 20, 2013

  • Sandi B.

    The Meeting Notes for Sensible Site Navigation — Building an Information Structure are now posted at: http://wpaustin.com/2013/08/sensible-site-navigation-building-an-information-structure/

    August 20, 2013

    • Bill H.

      Thank you! This will make for a great resource both now and especially as the Meetups progress.

      August 20, 2013

  • Bill H.

    Enjoyed the meeting and especially liked the venue - no traffic hassles, easy & free parking, plenty of space in the meeting room. Let's do more sessions here, it's great.

    August 19, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    Very informative! Thank you!

    August 19, 2013

  • Steve C.

    Well presented, with an easy to understand format.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was in the pool working on my tan playing with the Meetup app at 6:30pm when I realized this Meetup was across the street in 30mins. A WordPress Meetup I can walk to, this venue works for me ;-) The WIFI was blazing fast and perfect acoustics, easy to hear everyone.

    August 19, 2013

  • Oscar

    Ah :( late waiting list notice. Can't make it.

    August 19, 2013

  • Oscar

    Ah :( late waiting list notice. Can't make it.

    August 19, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Sorry I'll miss tonight's meeting. :-( Last month's meeting was great with a lot of good WordPress tech info. :-)

    August 19, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry, I can't make it tonight. Hope someone else is able to go in my place.

    August 19, 2013

  • Betty J.

    overlaping meetups

    August 18, 2013

  • Sherry L.

    Who is the presenter for this?

    August 18, 2013

  • Oscar

    Would love to attend.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very popular topic

    August 13, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Will we have WIFI access to actually do this while were being taught? Are there enough electrical outlets to plug in laptops?

    Many of my business seminars provide these amenities/tools. !

    July 15, 2013

    • cresident

      Yes, there is wifi, and usually enough electrical outlets are supplied at all venues that W/P Meetup ATX have their meetings.

      July 15, 2013

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