Building Community with WordPress - Sofia Woods - WordCamp Sydney 2012
#wcsyd SOFIA WOODSmethods and techniques for creating digital t: @ShortieDesignsprojects for non-proﬁts & community f: facebook.com/shorTiedesignsorganisations w: www.shortiedesigns.com
LETS LOOK AT 1.Beneﬁts of using WordPress for non- the beneﬁts of using WordPress for Non-proﬁts/community organisation digital projects1. how to work collaboratively with key stakeholders proﬁts/community organisations2. how to be ﬂexible while keeping to task 2.How to work collaboratively with key stakeholders 3.How to be ﬂexible while keeping to task 4.Other tips
WHO AM I?✤ Freelance web designer/front end developer - shorTie designs✤ Blogger✤ Social media nut✤ Copywriter
WHY USE WORDPRESSFOR COMMUNITY & NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS?
IT’SPOWERFUL!Let’s look at it’s strong points.....1. You can update content2. Packed full of functionality3. Great for designers
IT’SFLEXIBLE!WordPress can bend to meet yourneeds.....1. Extend with plugins2. Themes, frameworks and custom themes3. Site can grow as organisation grows
IT’S EASY TOUSE!You know it is!1. Great for all skill levels2. Put the power back in their hands3. Easy to work collaboratively
OH DID I MENTION - FREE? OPEN SOURCE WE LOVE YOU!
SO YOU WANTTO WORKWITHCOMMUNITY?GREAT!Some things to consider:1. Not corporate2. Governed differently3. Different business goals4. Reciprocal learning
SOME HELPFUL TIPSHOW TO COLLABORATE AND BE FLEXIBLE WHILE KEEPING ON TRACK
THE IMPORTANCE OFCOLLABORATION✤ Make connections with key stakeholders✤ Helps with generating ideas for the project✤ Brings more depth and momentum to the project✤ Strengthens the beneﬁts of the project
TOOLS FORCOLLABORATION✤ A clear terms & condition agreement - Andy Clarke - Contract Killer✤ Delegation & clarity of roles & responsibilities✤ Someone to be the content editor✤ Online tools - Dropbox, Mail’ette, BaseCamp & Dot Project
THE IMPORTANCE OFFLEXIBILITY✤ Doesn’t mean abandoning timeframes & deadlines✤ Enables you to be sensitive to stafﬁng issues✤ Respond to the needs of key stakeholders
HOW TO BE FLEXIBLE✤ Consider your feedback process✤ Be aware of key stakeholders when building timeframes✤ Where possible be ﬂexible with deadlines
OTHER TIPS✤ Develop your listening skills!!! ✤ shows compassion for often difﬁcult work✤ Attend relevant events ✤ fundraising, launches or power sessions✤ Use quality themes ✤ Woothemes, ThemeForest, Genesis, custom made from frameworks
WRAP UP✤ Be aware of unique structure of these groups✤ Review your process when working with this group of clients✤ Collaboration can strengthen a project outcomes✤ Flexibility helps your process too
LINKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSPlug Ins & Extensions- events manager, Wp events, BuddyPress, SimplePress, Gravity FormsEdit Flow, Cart 66, WooCommerceOther Resources- Andy Clarke - Contract Killer, Dropbox, Mail’ette, BaseCamp & Dot ProjectThemes- Woothemes, Themforest, Genesis, - Custom Made Frameworks : Bones (responsive) Twenty Ten (ships with WordPress install) Thesis HybridImages: Melly Niotakis - Nio Media
SOFIA WOODS @shortiedesignswww.shortiedesigns.com THANK YOU
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