Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a web designer focused on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. Founder of Lireo Designs, I create usable, attractive, and mobile-friendly websites for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. I offer WordPress training, website maintenance services, site audits, and consulting.
Organizer for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, West Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, and Refresh Detroit. Former Detroit User Experience co-leader, Michigan Usability Professionals Association officer, Internet User Experience conference organizer, and HighEdWeb Michigan organizer.
Another resource for learning WordPress are Lynda.com WordPress courses, including courses from Morten Rand-Hendriksen on WordPress Essential Training and Building Child Themes
Deborah mentioned her post, On Getting Started with WordPress, which offers tips and resources about WordPress, including the difference between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress, a free online WordPress guide for maintaining content, and more
If you want to set up a test site, Local by Flywheel makes setting up a local WordPress development site easy. And it’s free.
Slack – This is a chat program for office and day to day work. Communication is generally asynchronous.
Screenhero (owned by Slack): Collaborative screen sharing tool. An invitation is needed to obtain it. It is highly functional and recommended, with high screen resolution.
Google Hangouts / Skype / Zoom – Video chats. It’s very important to understand text vs. video vs. audio. Text is easy to misinterpret. It lacks tone and nuance that could be essential to making a point.
IRL – In Real Life! Two or three company meetups are planned each year. Distributed companies travel a lot to encourage bonding and team building
P2 Theme: that is much like a Twitter feed. It is generally left open all day and serves as Automattic’s watercooler conversation point. Hashtags can be used to start a conversation thread and it is searchable!
Note that emails are minimized. – P2’s are the focus. All of the conversations are dropped into a searchable database and becomes a warehouse of accumulated knowledge.
Everyone who starts at Automattic does frontline support. It is part of the corporate culture and a lot is learned from this exercise.
Discussion of custom post types & forms to publish a post.
Gravity forms is a powerful forms plugin. Can be used to “submit & publish” a post to a website. Note: would require a username/password field. Best for sites where your users get a basic membership/role.
https://wp-types.com/ Tool Set as a way to create, re-edit, delete blog posts that a user publishes. More edit features after publish than Gravity forms?
Consider a plugin audit on your site. Review your plugins to determine:
Are you still using the plugin? If no, uninstall it. Any plugin you’re not using on your site can be a liability.
Does the plugin offer functionality that’s available in WordPress core? Consider uninstalling the plugin and using built-in functionality.
Is the plugin updated to the latest version?
Has the plugin been updated in the past two years? Plugins that haven’t been updated in two years can be a security risk. Consider another plugin that is being maintained. Or consider whether you want to adopt the plugin and take on the development
Thanks to Laura Eagin for contributing to the notes.