James went over the basics of WordPress. From how to log in to WordPress and get to the WP Dashboard. The difference (or lack thereof) between a page and a post. What is a widget and how is it different from a plugin. The basics of what every client should know when they own a WordPress website. This sparked several technical discussion among the group.
Aaron fielded several technical questions from a potential convert from Wix (web page building software with major limitations). She was worried how she was going to get her content from her current Wix or even Squarespace built website into WordPress when she is ready to make the upgrade. With tools like WP all import/Export to help with creating the website and pages from the database vs. having to manually create every individual page of the website. My advice was to focus on the content and work with a qualified website developer when she is ready to make the transition.
James & Aaron were also asked about website speed and how to make your website time fast. We talked about having a quality website hosting company with the latest PHP version installed, page caching plugins, optimizing images to be smaller in file size before you upload them, us of a CDN (Content Delivery Network) and even making sure that the server the data is being held in is located as close to your main audience. It’s one reason why this website is being hosted on a server in Iowa.
Dinner at Quinton’s Bar & Grill after WordPress meetup
Dinner after with fellow geeks is always a blast for me. We often sit in front of our computers long hours, so it’s nice to talk and hang out with friends each month.