Over 14 years of experience in website design and development – 11 of which I have specialized in WordPress. I create user friendly websites that are aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and optimized for search engine indexing.
Angela will be presenting “Plugins 101 – 7 Awesome Plugins Everyone Should Be Using” at 1:30pm in Room D.
Why do you use WordPress?
The better question is why wouldn’t I? I have yet to find a project that WordPress couldn’t handle. Plus, beyond the ease of use WordPress provides, the community is amazing.
When and how did you start using WordPress?
I started using WordPress way back in 2002 with a little blogging script called b2/cafelog. Prior to that I had been using a script called Greymatter. I was very into the personal blogging and domain scene, and being able to use a script to update your “blog” was the big new thing.
What would you tell someone to convince them to attend a WordCamp?
Everyone can and will learn something. From someone that has never used WP, to those with advanced knowledge. It’s more then worth the time and money to attend.
Tell us about something awesome you’ve experienced at a WordCamp in the past.
The amazing community at each WordCamp. Every single time I attend a WordCamp I am just blown away by everyone coming together to share there knowledge and expertise.
Give an example of a cool WordPress project you have worked on recently.
I recently was part of a team that rebranded and relaunched the website for the city I live in. It was amazing to redo the site in WP multisite, not just as a job, but as a resident.
What is your favorite part of WordCamps?
The people, hands down. I always come away with new friends.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to start or grow a WordPress based business?
Pick a niche. I think we all fall into the category of wearing many hats, but you really have to pick a niche. That’s not to say you turn away things outside of that niche, but find a specific spot to excel in.
Tell us something awesome about yourself that is not WordPress related.
I am a huuuuuge gaming nerd. When I’m not working on WordPress related stuff, I am gaming online. I play WoW on PC and Diablo 3 on Xbox One mainly, but I almost always give a new MMO a run.
Name someone in the WordPress community who inspires you.
Joost de Valk
What has been your biggest WordPress related accomplishment to date?
Creating a career out of what started as a hobby.
How have WordCamps impacted you and your business in the past?
I’ve become more involved in my local WP community, and the greater web local community as a whole.
Fill in the blank for other attendees: “If you __________ then you should come talk to me at WordCamp”.
Have SEO questions
What is your favorite WordPress related resource?
Where can we find you online?
Twitter. I am a huge fan of twitter, and it can at times be the best way to reach me.