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Finding Your Forever Homepage

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How to relax, listen, and wag your tail towards a happy relationship with your developer. Presented at WordCamp Albuquerque 2018 #WordCampABQ2018

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Finding Your Forever Homepage

  1. 1. D'nelle Dowis No Kill Websites A Berry Interesting Production Finding Your Forever Home Page How to relax, listen, and wag your tail towards a happy relationship with your developer
  2. 2. Sit. Shake. 2006: Opened Berry Interesting Productions in Nashville, TN 2013: Adopted Cece as a puppy 2015: Adopted Annie from an abusive/neglectful situation 2017: Opened a second office in Denver,CO; started No Kill Websites D’nelle Cece Annie #foreverhomepage
  3. 3. She’s a good dog! Linda, the soapmaker Sells her soap at farmers’ markets, in local shops, and online Makes her product at home in her garage in Smyrna, TN Paid $300 for her first WordPress website, and another $500 to add a store. #foreverhomepage
  4. 4. It’s that darn cat again What it’s like to be furry royalty The developer experience: ● Quiet ● Independent ● Isolating/Lonely ● Frustrating ● Risky ● Cerebral ● Begrudgingly affectionate #foreverhomepage
  5. 5. Fighting like cats & dogs Developer Needs specificity Loves problem- solving Has a lot of technical expertise Speaks another language Site Owner Has big ideas Doesn’t want problems Is thinking about the real world Has a unique experience of tech #foreverhomepage
  6. 6. Training Vocabulary Using the Dashboard Basic site maintenance Sometimes, you gotta walk yourself Self-Knowledge What do you want? What is your budget? How much time do you have? #foreverhomepage
  7. 7. A Thorough Vetting ● References ● Hourly Rate ● Test Projects ● Support ● Security Assessing the health of a developer or agency #foreverhomepage
  8. 8. It’s me or the cat Warning signs - when to run away • “It can’t be done with WordPress” • Plugin Overload • No training provided • No deadlines • You’re likely to see them at a family reunion #foreverhomepage
  9. 9. Living happily ever after ● Provide a litter box & scratching post ● Strive for structure & predictability ● Establish personal space & boundaries ● Prioritize respect & active listening #foreverhomepage
  10. 10. @nokillwebsites (facebook, instagram, twitter) • 615-825-5608 rescue@nokillwebsites.com Every website deserves a “forever home”. Any questions? D'nelle Dowis No Kill Websites A Berry Interesting Production
  11. 11. @nokillwebsites (facebook, instagram, twitter) • 615-825-5608 rescue@nokillwebsites.com Helpful Resources D'nelle Dowis No Kill Websites A Berry Interesting Production WP Beginniner’s WordPress Glossary: www.wpbeginner.com/glossary Website project organizer from No Kill: https://goo.gl/forms/EkrkCaMCdk6P1BMb2 Follow the hashtag: #foreverhomepage

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