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User: Organizing Your WordPress Site

WordPress Pages, posts, categories, and tags often feel like lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Where do you put what in a WordPress site? This is the challenge faced by web designers and developers since the beginning of the web. When is content appropriate for a post or Page? How do you handle the user experience to minimize clicks, meet web standards, and structure a site for the most efficient use of navigation and information? 

Lorelle VanFossen will take you on a journey through the creation of a WordPress site from concept to build, answering the key questions about where to put what where. All your questions about WordPress Pages, posts, categories, tags, and content organization will be answered in this highly interactive evening workshop. Whether you are new to WordPress or an experienced user, this workshop will test your understanding of basic content structure and organization in WordPress.

Lorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Called a blog evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes about everything WordPress, blogging, and social media, covering more than you may want to know about how all this blogging business and social stuff works.

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  • Mary Ann A.

    I have an unusual problem appearing occasionally on a new website. The images that are part of the content (not the images in galleries) will at random show up as thumbnail-size, not the medium-size that I set for them in the 'display settings.' I have never seen this, but my client has on more than one computer in more than one location. They will go back to medium when she reloads the page.

    They are fairly large images that are sized down by the display settings and linked to an attachment page. I am using the Tempera theme and the website is at www.InsideStyleRemodeling.com. So questions:
    Should I load the images up in the exact size I want them to appear, select a custom size from the display settings or is there another solution? Has anyone else dealt with this or a similar problem?

    June 19, 2014

    • Jeff N.

      and a good google/wordpress.org search for "intermittent thumbnail issue" or the like, as well as contacting the theme provider or checking their support forum.

      June 24, 2014

    • Mary Ann A.

      Hi Jeff: Thank you for the response. When I was in Seattle for WordCamp this weekend I heard about the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin. This was a good reminder that it may be an option.

      June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found it both extremely informative and extremely frustrating. I appreciate getting the participants involved, but agree that it got stuck sometimes too long in "forcing" answers out of folks who just weren't sure what was being asked and didn't have the answer! Also, for a person like me, who isn't "building a website from scratch" but inheriting an established website, it got a little fuzzy on how things would translate. Overall, glad I went and I learned new things. Would LOVE to see a meet up that focuses on dealing with working in established sites in the future, as often that is where my roadblocks come from.

    June 26, 2014

  • Karen M.

    Good - the presenter was very knowledgeable -

    June 24, 2014

  • Jan G

    Content was excellent and very helpful, guiding us down good WP design paths and away from common pitfalls. I would just move a little faster when folks aren't offering good responses, to keep things rolling a little better. But totally worth the price of admission, thanks.

    June 23, 2014

  • Jeff N.

    I'm new to the group tonight but looking forward to it. I've been building with WP and other web dev for years, particularly interested in elearning plugin integrations. Any LearnDash, WP Courseware, Moodle, etc. integrators in the group?

    June 23, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      Jeff, good question however I haven't played with any of those before.

      June 23, 2014

  • Jenni B.

    I can't make it. Will there be a video or PowerPoint posted after? Also, it sounds to me like this subject could be done again in the future.

    June 23, 2014

  • Patty A.

    I am tied up in McMinnville so won't be able to make it into pdx. My question right now is about starting a WP site for someone that presently has an html site. Do I need to install use the mySQL on my Mac to be able to view the site as I develop it, or can I "install" it on the server without it being what shows up until it is ready to launch? (With html sites I just put a temp folder on the server...). How does a client view a WP site as it progresses through the development stage if it isn't live? Have a great night! ~patty

    June 23, 2014

    • Patty A.

      So you just put the files in a "new" folder on the server... same thing I do with html. Just didn't know it would work the same way.

      June 23, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      Yes, you can install WordPress in a folder called /new, and then the client can see the development progress.

      June 23, 2014

  • Daniel P.

    Lorelle presented another informative and entertaining talk tonight on all things "Information Architecture" in WordPress. We even got to use Star Trek as our example web site for discussion.

    June 23, 2014

  • Michael R.

    I get to work extra tonight so will miss the fun.

    June 23, 2014

  • Ellen

    Are these meet ups also for beginner businesses or for established businesses with established websites? I'm beginning to put together my website.

    June 23, 2014

    • Daniel P.

      Ellen, the User MeetUp is for all levels of WordPress users. Hope to see you tonight.

      June 23, 2014

  • LoriKCR

    I have new constraints on my time that are going to make it impossible for me to be here. Lorelle, I know you will do a fantastic job! I just wish I could be there to see it. To the rest of you, have fun!

    June 22, 2014

  • Meredith F.

    Turns out I'll be out of town for professional development. I'm eager to hear about the meetup.

    I'm flying in and out of Seattle just so I can attend Seattle WordCamp the following weekend. I've never been, have no idea what to expect but I'm totally looking forward to it!

    June 19, 2014

  • Christine

    Will not make this after all...thought it was for the 21st...maybe next one

    June 19, 2014

  • Mary Ann A.

    I am driving up to Seattle WordCamp on Saturday, June 28th. (Signed up to volunteer and attending seminars.) Are there other WordPress fans who would like to ride along?
    We will leave very early, about 5am.
    Let's talk about it after the presentation on Monday.

    June 19, 2014

  • Bharath V.

    Eagerly waiting for the meet up!

    June 18, 2014

  • Jamie S.

    Very sad I can't make it to this after all - flying in from out of state that night. Booooo

    June 18, 2014

  • Greg F.

    I love our WP community.

    June 17, 2014

  • Jan G

    Looking very forward to this one, it is perfect for me at this time as a newbie blogger. Thanks for the heads up Lorelle!

    May 25, 2014

  • LoriKCR

    Dagnabbit all, I am not going to be able to make it for this meetup after all. New job and all. Do keep me posted as to future meetups!

    May 21, 2014

  • Patty A.

    One thing that might be helpful is to know how to impress upon the client the importance of us designers/developers giving us all of the info you mention in your clarification. It's like pulling teeth to get it.

    May 18, 2014

    • Jamie S.

      I agree, this is a very important topic! Sometimes it's hard for clients to think about content on an interactive level so it's up to us to know the right questions to ask! Maybe in this session (or a future session) we can explore some of those "leading" questions that can help us understand their content and site structure needs better. :)

      May 19, 2014

    • Lorelle V.

      I will have a hand out that will help both you and the client, but it is WordPress-centric not client interview. There are tons of these on the web. These are as much reflective of your needs as a designer/developer than just a client form, so most start with a framework and develop it over time. Let me look up one of my favorites.

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • Tom D.

    Do I need a laptop to participate in this workshop?

    April 27, 2014

    • Lorelle V.

      No. Just be sure to bring your imagination. ;)

      May 21, 2014

  • Blythe

    A presentation by brilliant Lorelle? Wild horses couldn't keep me away...

    May 20, 2014

  • Lorelle V.

    I've received some questions about this presentation/workshop and thought I would clarify the description. I teach students and clients about WordPress from the inside out. If you don't explore the content that will go into the site, all the topics, images, video, artwork, and required content like bios, policies, etc., how can you design the site around it all? The goal of the workshop is to help you design and develop a WordPress site for a client from the ground up. The better you understand how a client will use the site, the stronger and better you can design for that client, and the more they will enjoy continuing to use your design.

    3 · May 12, 2014

  • Jamie S.

    This topic is a passion of mine, really looking forward to it!

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • LoriKCR

    I responded that I am going to be there, but I am really not sure at this moment. All depends on the work schedule, and I might just stipulate that I have to have this evening off because of this. It's that important.

    April 25, 2014

    • Jenni B.

      I agree. I wish Meetup had a "maybe" option

      April 26, 2014

    • Lorelle V.

      Thought it did. It used to. Hope you both can make it and there is still time to get your "affairs in order," as one says. :D Thanks!

      April 27, 2014

  • Mary Ann A.

    I am looking forward to this.

    1 · April 26, 2014

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