Sep 24, 2013
Navigating the WordPress dashboard maze.
I’ve been asked by a good friend, Social Media Queen Nicky Kriel, to deliver a workshop on using the WordPress dashboard at her Social Media Summit event on 1 November 2013. She’s the author of a new book How To Twitter For Business Success and talks about social media on her blog here.
The WordPress dashboard is a bit of a challenge for non-technical people and many clients say that it’s the one thing that confuses and scares them at first. As with any new territory once you’ve been shown around and focus on the relevant and most important parts you usually start to wonder what all the fuss was about.
So my workshop will be for people who are complete beginners to WordPress, those who have begun using it but feel like they are stumbling around in the dark and those who want to check to see if they have made the right moves to get their blog noticed. This will be a practical session showing you where to find things and how to operate the WordPress dashboard.
Here’s a list of what I will cover:
1. Ten main factors to get right when first starting.
2. How to choose the best theme for your blog.
3. Plugins – the 10 most important plugins on your site for:
- Spam prevention.
- Social sharing e.g. Twitter, Facebook and Google +.
- Broken links.
- Analysing your results.
- Optimisation of:
4. Simple WordPress dashboard operations.
- Embed a video.
- Find and add a picture.
- Add a widget.
- Categories and tags.
5. Ten Top Tips.
That’s going to be a challenge as there’s a lot to cover but since I use the WordPress dashboard every day I’m certain that you’ll come away with a more complete understanding of how the dashboard works. It’s just a case of re-orientation so you can work out what goes where and what happens when you click various buttons.
However, what happens if you can’t make it to my workshop? Well, I help many of my clients get to grip with WordPress in my coaching for WordPress sessions and have helped all sorts of people develop a successful blog for their business. So if you fancy a no obligation chat with me about how you can start a blog I’d love to hear from you. Just contact me here.
What’s your biggest challenge with WordPress or the WordPress dashboard? Leave me a question in the comments below and I’ll see if I can help you solve it.
Information about the Social Media Summit.
This event is specially tailored for small businesses to understand the benefits and value of using social media. There will be top speakers talking about all aspects of social media plus 3 out of 5 workshops you can attend to learn how to implement these ideas.
The venue is at Horsley Towers in East Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6DU. There is plenty of parking at the venue if you are planning on driving or if you are catching the train the nearest train station is Horsley.
If you are on Twitter follow the Social Media Summit feed here. The hashtag for the event is #sm4sb. Expect lots of tweets on the day so if you can’t be there in person I’m sure you will get some great tips online.
You can register for the Social Media Summit here.
If you are interesting in coming I have a few tickets at the Early Bird rate of £99 rather than £195. If you get in contact with me I can provide a discount code. You’ll need to tell me why you want to go though