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Building Community with WordPress - Sofia Woods - WordCamp Sydney 2012

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Sofia Woods' talk on Community Building using WordPress from WordCamp Sydney 2012

Sofia Woods' talk on Community Building using WordPress from WordCamp Sydney 2012

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  • 1. #wcsyd SOFIA WOODSmethods and techniques for creating digital t: @ShortieDesignsprojects for non-profits & community f: facebook.com/shorTiedesignsorganisations w: www.shortiedesigns.com
  • 2. 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
  • 3. WHO AM I?✤ Freelance web designer/front end developer - shorTie designs✤ Blogger✤ Social media nut✤ Copywriter
  • 4. WHY USE WORDPRESSFOR COMMUNITY & NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS?
  • 5. IT’SPOWERFUL!Let’s look at it’s strong points.....1. You can update content2. Packed full of functionality3. Great for designers
  • 6. IT’SFLEXIBLE!WordPress can bend to meet yourneeds.....1. Extend with plugins2. Themes, frameworks and custom themes3. Site can grow as organisation grows
  • 7. 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
  • 8. OH DID I MENTION - FREE? OPEN SOURCE WE LOVE YOU!
  • 9. SO YOU WANTTO WORKWITHCOMMUNITY?GREAT!Some things to consider:1. Not corporate2. Governed differently3. Different business goals4. Reciprocal learning
  • 10. SOME HELPFUL TIPSHOW TO COLLABORATE AND BE FLEXIBLE WHILE KEEPING ON TRACK
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. THE IMPORTANCE OFFLEXIBILITY✤ Doesn’t mean abandoning timeframes & deadlines✤ Enables you to be sensitive to staffing issues✤ Respond to the needs of key stakeholders
  • 14. HOW TO BE FLEXIBLE✤ Consider your feedback process✤ Be aware of key stakeholders when building timeframes✤ Where possible be flexible with deadlines
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. SOFIA WOODS @shortiedesignswww.shortiedesigns.com THANK YOU