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How I Explained WordPress to my Mother

by Creative Designer at E.Webscapes on Nov 14, 2011

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Since 2003, WordPress has become more and more popular as a blogging AND content management system. In 2006, when I landed the deal for my WordPress For Dummies book, I was so excited and called my ...

Since 2003, WordPress has become more and more popular as a blogging AND content management system. In 2006, when I landed the deal for my WordPress For Dummies book, I was so excited and called my Mom to tell her the awesome news! ”Hey MOM! Guess what? I just landed a gig as the author of WordPress For Dummies!”

I was met with ….. silence.

Then…. “Lisa, what is WordPress?”

WordPress may power 14% of the web, but I find people everywhere I go who have never heard of it. When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them about the book and I get all sorts of different questions:

“WordPress? Is that like Microsoft Word?”
“Is that like Facebook or MySpace?”
“Is it hard?”

Funny, outside my circle of friends, colleagues, clients and WordCampers, it is not unusual for me to hear something like “WordPress? Never heard of it.”

This session answers the question: “What is WordPress” on a very basic level.

Target audience: New users, Beginner users, Developers or designers who need to explain WordPress to their mother.

**Updated 3/2012 - presentation given to the OKC WordPress Meetup. updated slides.

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  • LSWilson Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Creative Designer at E.Webscapes As promised - here is the video of the talk to go with the (short) slides:

    http://wordpress.tv/2011/11/23/lisa-sabin-wilson-how-i-explained-wordpress-to-my-mother/
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  • LSWilson Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Creative Designer at E.Webscapes Note: this session used most of its time for extensive Q&A with new users at WordCamp Philly - so slides are short, intentionally. I think the video of the talk will be published at some point - will provide a reference when available. 2 years ago
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