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User: Planning a Successful WordPress Site

It always saddens me when people come to me near the end of a project, deadline looming, with a site that has clearly gone off the rails and ask if it can be fixed. The answer is usually 'not without starting over'.

In this session, I'll provide a blueprint for investing your time and money wisely to end up with a site you love that is also useful, effective and easy to manage. I'll talk about finding a good developer, asking the right questions, and what you as the site owner should be prepared to contribute.

Speaker Bio

Kronda Adair is an independent WordPress developer who loves helping people make their sites better. She's spoken at Open Source Bridge, Wordcamp Portland, and recently gave an Ignite talk titled, Stop Making Senseless websites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr0beNnn91U

In her spare time, she crusades against tiny web fonts and restaurant sites that suck.

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  • Dean S.

    I use both 1and1.com and Bluehost.com. Similar services. Bluehost has a bit more direct mySQL external access capability - which is not required for WP, but is for some of my other projects.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Jenni B.

    I feel like I took poor notes when I went. Which hosting sites wee recommended?

    April 20, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      I use www.1and1.com because they have domain names, web hosting and SSL certificates all in one easy to use control panel. WordPress is a one-click install, support is quick, and they host some 1,000,000 web sites.

      April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was such a great Meetup full of incredibly knowledgeable folks that I'm hoping y'all might have a tip for me: any recommendations on a good ad-management plugin? I need to sell ads on a site, as well as have Adsense and affiliate ads. Thanks!

    January 28, 2014

    • Andy

      I like the "WhyDoWork" plugin. You might also try WP-Insert.

      February 2, 2014

  • fred

    I met nice people and had some questions answered. I'm happy I attended. Is there a sub group of non commercial personal users such as myself that networks or wants to? I would be interested in meeting such people. Any other low budget folks out there interested?

    Getting critiqued by Lorelle's students should be a hoot and I'm anxious to see all the red lines.

    January 22, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      Fred, try placing that subscribe to blog widget in the right sidebar, instead of the footer sidebar, then it will become much narrower.

      January 22, 2014

    • fred

      Of course. (head smack) It's so obvious I couldn't see it. Thanks Daniel. That's typical of the little things that hang me up. I've programmed machine tools for years using MasterCam but until late November, I had never heard of WordPress. I'm much obliged for the tip.

      January 22, 2014

  • Jenny S.

    Thanks for the info and cohesive, coherent presentation! I think hosting companies and theme choices actually become personal choices for developers in terms of what people like to work with; I've had great experiences with some of the ones people dissed at this event and negative ones with the others which were promoted. I don't think there are many tight or wrong choices there. It depends on context. Aside from that posturing-at-large in a group sense, I thought the presenter did a fabulous, informative presentation. Thank you!

    January 20, 2014

    • Kronda

      I agree. I'm actually pretty flexible about hosting, except for GoDaddy. But since they advertise the most (obnoxiously), they seem to literally be the place where people end up who have no tech background but need a website. I've never had near the negative experiences or issues with any other host and I've worked at least a dozen. Glad you liked most of the talk. Thanks for coming.

      January 22, 2014

    • Jenny S.

      Well, actually I agree with you about GoDaddy, but that's the only one I take significant issue with. Thanks again for the talk!

      January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kronda gave a pretty cohesive presentation. It was a bit more basic than I expected, but as a theme developer, it was nice to be validated by hearing echoes of my own workflow in her advice. I knew I wasn't the target audience going in, though; I primarily attended to get involved with Portland WordPress Meetup and start getting in touch with like-minded individuals in the Portland area.

    Overall, a good experience. Looking forward to the next meetup!

    January 22, 2014

    • Kronda

      Thanks Nick. Half these meetups are developer focused so you might like those even better.

      1 · January 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely! I'm looking forward to the next Developer meetup. Though it's also nice to hang out with the users, too. Met some wonderful people.

      January 22, 2014

  • Kronda

    I somehow came home from the meeting with two thunderbolt monitor adapters. So if you're missing one, let me know.

    January 22, 2014

  • chrisanthy k.

    Kronda, I hope you will do a "replay" of your presentation some day. It was one that I didn't want to miss; but, unfortunately, the flu took me down big time this year!

    January 21, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      Chrisanthy, the slides are here: http://karveldigital....­

      January 21, 2014

    • Kronda

      Chrisanthy, sorry you missed it! I did put notes in my slides that cover most of the major ideas, including helpful links so hopefully that's helpful to you. Hope you feel better soon.

      January 22, 2014

  • Daniel P.

    To the folks who extolled the virtues of wpengine for hosting, I just posted a comment at www.goodmenproject.com and got this error: code 503 - A temporary error has occurred. If the problem persists, please visit help.wpengine.com or check our status blog for updates.

    January 21, 2014

  • Jan G

    Good, saved me lots of time and money going down wrong path.

    January 20, 2014

  • Kronda

    Thank you all for coming! I had a great time and your questions were awesome. Hope you got some useful information.

    January 20, 2014

  • Misty

    Loved it. Good job.

    January 20, 2014

  • John B.

    1. I've been using gliffy.com for mapping out sites. I like it. Other tools you like or would recommend? [Not particularly WP-specific, though additionally diagraming out which pages use which templates might be useful.]
    2. What's the best strategy for planning out and implementing a URL structure in WP?

    December 30, 2013

    • Kronda

      Thanks for your questions!

      January 13, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      John, I like to turn Permalinks on and use /%category%/%postname%/

      January 20, 2014

  • Ariel K.

    I'd love to go to this, but I have a schedule conflict. Will there be a video or notes posted somewhere?

    January 15, 2014

  • John B.

    The time went quickly. Great overview for planning a site, WP or otherwise.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Daniel P.

    Kronda presented a relevant topic, and we had dozens of questions answered.

    January 20, 2014

  • Daniel P.

    Notice the last-minute building change. We're now at the US Bankcorp Tower, in the Training Room.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kronda! Is this a hands-on class that we should bring our own laptops to?

    January 7, 2014

    • Kronda

      Hi Barbara, no it's not hands-on in the sense that we'll be doing any interactive activites. You should bring some way to take notes, if that's something you want to do, but your laptop is optional.

      January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Daniel and Kronda! I was asking because I see that 83 people are attending, and I'm wondering how all will fit into the Pine room, if it's the room I think I remember going to once. Seems like there was only room for 30-35 people with laptops, max.

      1 · January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    WP noob. Updating skills in last several months... Developed own business site in HTML2 days.

    January 6, 2014

  • Kronda

    Hello everyone! If you have particular questions, feel free to post them here, and I'll try to address them during my talk. Look forward to see you.

    2 · December 30, 2013

  • Charles A.

    Looking forward

    December 20, 2013

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