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Does anyone know of any Wordpress Training happening in New England soon, or have reccommendations for any training they have done?

 

thank you!

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What is it you're looking for training in with respect to it? 

I am brand new to wordpress... I have been practicing and teaching myself on a domain i own (shurkus.com) but the goal is to know it pretty well, I will be in charge of blogging on campus, helping dept's set up their blogs, trouble shoot etc.

 

sooooo, basically everything :) can someone just teleport the info into my brain!?

My boss had told me to look and see if there was any training in our area I could goto

Well, if you're a good self-learner, the Wordpress Codex documentation is pretty solid by itself. There's also Wordpress.tv. If you want to try training, maybe something like http://wpapprentice.com/training-and-consulting-services/ would be right (I've not used those folks, so I cannot vouch for the quality). You can also watch for WordCamp events in your area too: http://central.wordcamp.org/

wow only $25 you attend wordcamps!? .... are they legit? do you know anyone who has attended any?

One of my coworkers and I attended WordCamp Philly this year and it was definitely legit and helpful. I found that knowledge of WordPress MU/Multisite varied (there were folks who definitely didn't understand that, say, editing a theme to tweak a particular blog isn't viable when you have multiple blogs using that theme), which is to be expected since not everyone uses it, but it was definitely a useful and very affordable professional development opportunity. And we were able to help someone else a lot with advice on upgrading a large 2.7 MU install to 3.x/Multisite since we'd just been through that.

Speaking of which, my #1 tip for campus WP installs is to evaluate plugins and themes very carefully-- consider whether the functionality is needed by a significant number of users, whether the plugin/theme seems high quality (decent documentation, developers seem to update as needed, etc.), and whether a plugin/theme is really needed to achieve the desired functionality. I mention this because the more plugins and themes you have, the harder it is to do an upgrade, as not all of these pieces will necessarily work well (or at all) in newer versions. Ours was a far from ideal scenario because we inherited an install that was originally a dev/sandbox install that had been hastily transitioned to a production service (Not Recommended), and we had to whittle it down from 70 plugins and 100 themes to a manageable number to upgrade to 3.x. Hopefully most others do not find themselves in this position, but we've heard of other higher ed users winding up with an unmanageable number of these things. Setting a policy for review of plugins/theme requests now may be helpful.

Joining the wp edu mailing list might be useful. http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-edu

http://wpmututorials.com/ has some good stuff on multisite too.

theres always youtube dont forget

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wordpress&oq=wordpr...

wordpress is easy and intuitive enough more than even the 2007 windows office ribbon lol

youll be able to find most anything you need ...

than its just trial & error n the plug-ins thats right for you

hth

thank you, i have been doing a lot of youtube and google searches! i appreciate your help

yeah for me ... like FBML (now dead)  Wordpress comes down to plug-ins and CSS :D

DONT FORGET TO BACK UP tables and data Id say once a week ... 

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/backup-methods.html

you never know when a roboware comment script will flood your comments...

Thats why I go in and scrape the members/comment code out of my template pages.. but thats another matter if you arent pushing funnels to provoke feedback. If you are there are plug-ins for comment spam too. :D

anyhow GL w/ things :D

thank you again!

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