Living Online: The WordPress Resume

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A presentation to University of Arkansas students about how the campus WP multisite install can help them get their work online.

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Living Online: The WordPress Resume

  1. 1. Living Online:The WordPress Resume Christopher SpencerWeb Communications Specialist University of Arkansas Twitter: cspencer75E-mail: christopher@ozarksunbound.com or cjspence@uark.edu
  2. 2. What are our goals?• Why WordPress Rocks• What the U of A can do for you?• Building a Blog/Portfolio/Resume/Repository to get you noticed
  3. 3. Who the $#%$ are you? Christopher Spencer: Born in El Dorado, lives in Fayetteville• Web Guy: Hired in October as a web communications specialist at the University of Arkansas.• Journalist: Worked for the El Dorado News Times, Arkansas Democrat- Gazette and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas• Publisher: Publisher of Ozarks Unbound (June 2009), The Food File.com (April 2010) and Ballotbucks.org (April 2010)• Creative: President of Creative Economy Action Group Inc., a Fayetteville nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the city’s creative economy.• WordPress Fanboy: Founder of WordCamp Fayetteville now in it’s third year in Fayetteville.• Former SPJ communications director from 2009 - 2011
  4. 4. What is WordPress?• WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.• WordPress is used by over 14% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites.• Five-minute installation
  5. 5. What are people using? Breakdown of websites with a clearly identifiable CMS, according to W3Tech’s survey of the top 1 million domains. Year: 2011
  6. 6. What blogs are used? Year: 2009
  7. 7. Who is using WordPress?• WordPress is used nationally by CNN, the U.S. Government, The New York Times, People Magazine,• Locally: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, Ozarks Unbound, the Washington County Observer, the Fayetteville Flyer, Single Parent Scholarship Fund and numerous other businesses to manage their websites.
  8. 8. Examples of WordPress
  9. 9. U of A and WP• Wordpress installation at http://wordpress.uark.edu• Any student, staff or faculty canregister a site there by signing in withuniversity credentials.
  10. 10. What you will see?
  11. 11. What you will see?
  12. 12. What you could see?
  13. 13. or …
  14. 14. or even …
  15. 15. How to create an online resume:• Research existing resumes you like• Distill the elements you want to provide: Simple, comprehensive, flashy.• Find plugins and themes that get you there• Make printables an option, but not the focus
  16. 16. University WordPress Space• Go to the Tutorials page – Find online resources• Currently more than 70 themes to choose from – apply to get a new theme applied• At least 86 plugins to choose from that expand functionality
  17. 17. Groovy Plugin: WP Resume
  18. 18. Some starting plugins• Jetpack to start – provides Sharing, Spell check, E-mail subscriptions, Stats, Shortlinks, Shortcodes, Sidebars (RSS, Twitter, Blog subscribe)• Akismet, WP Tables Reloaded, All in One SEO Pack, Contact Form 7, NextGen Gallery, Wp Touch
  19. 19. Some starting plugins• Jetpack to start – provides Sharing, Spell check, E-mail subscriptions, Stats, Shortlinks, Shortcodes, Sidebars (RSS, Twitter, Blog subscribe)• Akismet, Wp Tables Reloaded, All in One SEO Pack, Contact Form 7, NextGen Gallery, Wp Touch
  20. 20. After Effects• Space is always a concern. First bump is free.• Try Amazon’s S3 – Simple Storage Service (12 cents/gigabyte)• Portable data that travels with you as your career develops• Reserve a url now – have your WP site changed to it
  21. 21. Use meChristopher Spencer in Davis Hall Phone: 575-4671 email: cjspence@uark.ed Twitter: cspencer75
  22. 22. Addendum: WordCamp Fayetteville July 27 – 29, 2012
  23. 23. WordCamp Fayetteville• The purpose of WordCamp Fayetteville is to teach people – including small businesses, nonprofits, educators and journalists – about the free open source WordPress software and other Internet-based innovation.• Year One = 100 people at the Town Center• Year Two = 200 people at the Reynolds Center
  24. 24. What is WordCamp?• Friday: WordPress 101 at The Iceberg and a meet/tweet up afterward.• Saturday: Full conference at the Reynolds Center. Four tracks of speakers. Almost 30 sessions.• Saturday night: After Party at The Iceberg• Sunday: WordPress Wizards at Belford Group offices
  25. 25. Why WordCamp? $30 buys everything T-shirt, conference access, After Party , WordPress Wizards wp-fu, Saturday snack and lunch, swag bag
  26. 26. The Deal• Use “wcfay12-student” when registering at http://wordcampfayetteville.com to get a $10 discount. First 10 folks.• Tickets go on sale on or around April 15. Tweet me and I’ll notify you.

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