WordCamp Las Vegas 2013: WordPress for Beginners – A session based on audience need

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WordPress for Beginners: Overview

wordcamp las vegasMy session at WordCamp in Las Vegas: WordPress for Beginners.This 35-minute session is geared toward beginners who are in the early stages of setting up their WordPress-powered site. The session talks about how I have used WordPress to start my own news startup EasternIowaNews.com and used WordPress at United Way of East Central Iowa, a site that has won a national Content Management Association Spotlight Award in the WordPress category in 2012/13. The session will walk attendees through:

Defining goals and objectives for your sites
Finding and setting up your URL
Installing WordPress
Finding and using an initial design
Getting started
Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of how to get started with using WordPress.

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These are the slides from our WordCamp Las Vegas presentation.

Audience feedback

Christoph Trappe at WordCamp VegasThis session was first created after a marketing professional in Iowa’s Creative Corridor suggested a WordPress session geared toward the very early-stage WordPress user. I also had heard similar requests from attendees at other WordCamps. People were asking for something very entry-level. So here was my attempt at it.

In Vegas, I presented at 9:15 a.m., right after Chris Lema. The audience was engaged and asked great questions. Some I couldn’t answer, but others in the audience could. What a great community!

Even hours after the end of my session, I continued to have attendees stop by to let me know how beneficial they found the session.

Some of the comments:
“It was so easy to understand.”
“Great takeaways.”
“Thanks for breaking it down.”
“This was needed.”
“We talked about your session over lunch and now know how to get started. Thank you.”

It felt great to receive so much positive feedback. Glad I could help.

Our speaker profile on the WordCamp Las Vegas site can be found here.

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Attendee feedback from the Grand Rapids session

What was the best part of the session?
“Explaining the different ways to use your homepage. Also enjoyed the breakdown of how to update your page. Good job!”

“Learning about content strategy.”

“Outlining. Change often: Based on what’s hot, but not too timely. Visuals are important!”

“The inclusion of real world application to information. (Examples).”

“Hearing a detailed account of how United Way in Iowa uses its WordPress site was very interesting and helpful.”

“Great examples of keeping homepage interesting.”

“Great real-life examples. Not hypotheticals. Useful and relevant.”

“Explanation of why changing the homepage is good.”

Other comments:
“Attended by mistake. Best mistake I made all day.”

“Very clear presentation. Really enjoyed it!”

“Great real-life examples. Not hypotheticals. Useful and relevant.”