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January 11, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

10+ Awesome Things I Learned at the Wordcamp Atlanta 2010

What I Learned (and You Missed) at Wordcamp Atlanta 2010

I had a great time at Wordcamp Atlanta 2010 this weekend. Here are some of the lessons I picked up:

1) The importance of using Parent/child themes for productivity and time saving.
2) Check out Thematic, Themeshaper, Theme Hybrid, Sandbox (Plntxt.org), and Darren Hoyt for WordPress theme design advice, coding tips, and and creative inspiration.
3) Other WordPress design blogs worth check out include Nathan Rice, WP Candy, and Aspiring Indie.
4) Jumpchart.com is helpful for sitemaps for WP web design (website planning and wire framing).
5) For more WordPress theme design and development education check out: WP Codex, WordPress.Tv, Wordchalk, and Freshworkshops.
6) For freelance designers think: price/pricing model (hourly vs. project) and have fun.
7) WordPress freelancing business models (there are about four to five including theme development–including:
• make a lot, sell a lot (Adii at Woo Themes)
• make one, sell a lot (Chris Pearson)
• support (Brian Garner who developed Revolution theme)
• core set based on parent-child themes (O-box)
• ?????
8] Freshbooks, which provides online invoicing and time tracking, is a common small business accounting software used by many WordPress designers and freelancers. (ok I knew this one…but its well worth re-emphasizing)
9) Several great SEO For WordPress tips from CNN. Thanks to Topher Kohan for a great presentation.
10) If its good enough for the New York Times and their website, its good enough for me. NYT not only uses wordpress for their blogs but they are an investor in WP.
11) People who blog on WordPress are generally helpful and awesome in person.
12) Also, the people who work for Matt Mullenwag, Automatic, and the WP community really rock. WordPress seems to have a very cool work culture. This directly effects the product and the community. For instance Jane Wells who does user experience for WordPress/Automatic gave a great presentation on what to expect in 2010 for WordPress.

For more about Atlanta Wordcamp, which was graciously hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), check out their website. Mark your calendar for next year’s conference (which I believe is the weekend of Feb 10-12th 2011)

Thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. Also thanks for all the great conversations and insights from the people I caught up with again and met for the first time. Thanks to Brandon Sheets and the rest of the organizers for putting on a great event (around 400 in attendance)

I’ve left out a couple details…hopefully I will come back and add some.

Feel free to add more WordPress design and development tips in the comments….

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  1. Feilx / Jan 11 2010 6:37 pm

    Agreed! Awesome time with awesome bloggers, developers, designers, and SCAD’s wonderful and amicable staff.

    The after party wasn’t bad either :)

  2. found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    point 11 is interesting.

    and point 5 actually will be useful in my learning …

  3. rafha / Jan 13 2010 9:54 am

    good article boss

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