Live Blog: WordCamp Chicago 2013 Day 1

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Michele Butcher June 29, 20135:43 pm

That is it for the sessions for today. I will be back tomorrow morning ready for day 2. Now for the fun. After party with build your own burger buffet at Club Louie. Have a great night.

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Last but not least have fun!

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Admit that your plugin might not be the right tool for every case.

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Document code

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Choose your data storage location wisely

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TablePress new and improved from Table Reloaded

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Tablepress.org @TablePress

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Try to solve a lot of things. Not everything. That is what updates are for.

Michele Butcher June 29, 20135:16 pm

Decisions. Not options.

Michele Butcher June 29, 20134:58 pm

Great Q&A with Matt. Now it is time for “Tales of a Plugin Developer”

Michele Butcher June 29, 20134:52 pm

Best advise is to write everyday.

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Try to depersonalize before attending to a comment that might sound rude. Could be a language barrier.

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Backup, backup, backup

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Dvzine.org

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“Reading auto updates is like Christmas morning.”

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Big companies even use WordPress for their back end

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WordPress can be used any way you want from blog to application

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Free as in beer for WordPress

Michele Butcher June 29, 20134:03 pm

WP 3.6 is imminent

Michele Butcher June 29, 20133:40 pm

Word Press Town Hall with Matt Mullenweg up now.

Michele Butcher June 29, 20133:29 pm

Cupcake time!

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Comments and reviews help you and your customers

Michele Butcher June 29, 20133:14 pm

Always use plugins when possible

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Use plugins instead of putting everything into themes

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If you want to develop themes find you niche

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:56 pm

Make a child theme instead of manipulating the theme so updates can go properly

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When creating for the masses generalize your theme

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:47 pm

Icebreaker question for panel. What is your favorite Pixar movie

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:36 pm

Next up: Commercial Themes & Plugins Q&A with Jake Caputo, Adam Pickering, and Brian Richards

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:31 pm

Check out Stephanie’s new book WordPress for Web Developers

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:29 pm

Broken Link Checker to keep on check for older links but some hosts will not allow it.

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:28 pm

WP Help is great for future users and editors for your site

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:26 pm

Content Audit plugin is great for maintaining your site

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:25 pm

CollabPress plugin for project management

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:23 pm

Revisionary plugin for revisions of published pages

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:22 pm

Multiple Featured Images plugin to give you a second feature image

Michele Butcher June 29, 20132:21 pm

Picturefill.WP plugin for changing picture sizes for different types of media

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Set up workflow

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Post 2 Post plugin for linking tags to each other

Michele Butcher June 29, 20131:55 pm

Steps For Content Strategy
1. Evaluate
2. Analyze
3. Structure
4. Fix
5. Maintain

Michele Butcher June 29, 20131:47 pm

Read Kristina Halverson’s book

Michele Butcher June 29, 20131:40 pm

Session 4 Content Strategy for WordPress by Stephanie Leary.
@sleary
Slideshare.net/stephanieleary

Michele Butcher June 29, 201312:09 pm

More at joshbroton.com or @joshbroton on Twitter

Michele Butcher June 29, 201312:05 pm

Responsive Development + Server Side Components.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201312:02 pm

Every mobile OS supports flex box

Michele Butcher June 29, 201312:00 pm

You should be using Modernizr

Michele Butcher June 29, 201311:52 am

Pixels are out. Percents are in.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201311:46 am

61% leave a site if it not mobile ready and 79% wil look at your competitors after leaving

Michele Butcher June 29, 201311:45 am

1.03 billion smartphone users right now

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31% of US adults whose primary browsing device is mobile

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55% of US adults that access the web via mobile devices

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Contrary to popular belief a marquee with a kitty is never ok.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201311:28 am

Session #3. “Rocking The Responsive Web with Josh Bronton.

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Zapier to combine and connect everything together

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All you really need is 10 minutes a week for email campaigning.

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Make your emails clean, short, and to the point.

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Email marketing best nurtures your customers.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:56 am

Warm colors for themes attract more than cool colors.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:55 am

Make your landing page a teaser to keep your clientele interested.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:54 am

One click on Gravity forms can save you a lifetime

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:51 am

Always respond to comments and questions on social media.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:50 am

Jetpack and HootSuite can link your WordPress to your social media accounts.

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:43 am

Blogging should take you one hour a week.

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Your blog content can fuel your ebooks, presentations, and emails.

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Blogging should be at minimal one 300-500 post every week.

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Effective marketing can cost about 90 minutes a week and $150 month

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:35 am

The web was supposed to level the playing field for marketing for small businesses

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:28 am

Erik wolf @erikwolf on Twitter

Michele Butcher June 29, 201310:18 am

Now for “Grow Your Business Now: Maximize Marketing Efficiencies with WordPress” with Erik Wolf

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Say what you mean, quickly

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Some people will not like your personality. It is alright. Let them go.

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Don’t get hasty. Take your time to do it right.

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Test all of your assumptions

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Tell what you do in two sentences

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83% of users accepted a site based purely on content

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94% of users dismissed a site based purely on design

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Play defense against negative emotion

Michele Butcher June 29, 20139:50 am

Empathize with the person you want looking at your site.

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Users will read about 20% of the text on a web page

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Clearly communicate your value in the first 10 seconds

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The probability of leaving is very high of leaving a website in the first few seconds

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A structure of conversation

Greeting
Common ground
Circumstance
Eventually, ending

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“If we’re doing our job well, the computer recedes into the background, and personalities rise to the surface.”

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@cliffseal #noonecaeres Cliff Seal presenter

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First session: No One Cares About Your Content (Yet)

Michele Butcher June 29, 20139:13 am

Follow on twitter at #wcchi

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Opening remarks starting now!

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Registration, breakfast, and meet the sponsors happening now. Everyone is ready to start.

About Michele Butcher

Mother, teacher, blogger, photographer, and collector of shot glasses. When not in front of the computer, Michele works as a pre-K teacher and spends time with her family and friends.

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  • http://chriswiegman.com Chris Wiegman

    Thanks Michele. Hope you have a great time this weekend!