While working towards a career transition into technology (where his real passion lies), Rich stumbled upon WordPress, and let’s just say it was love at first site! Since then, he has submerged himself in all things WordPress; developing WordPress sites and attending WordCamps and meetups while discovering his own WordPress voice. When he’s not knee-deep in achieving Career 2.0, Rich works full time in Supply Chain and teaches Web Development at a local Community College, evenings and online.
Why Do You Use WordPress?
I use WordPress because it provides such a quick path to creating an entirely new presence on the web. It is easy for new users and experienced developers to craft that presence into whatever they want.
When and How Did You Start Using WordPress?
I started using WordPress when I was in school pursuing a development degree. One of the classes was based in PHP and used WordPress to highlight it’s best uses.
What Tips or Resources would you recommend to a new WordPress User?
New WordPress users should stop for a moment and consider what they are trying to express. They need to think about how to build their online presence as they build their site. This includes the title of their site, any logo’s (even bloggers need a logo!), and the theme they use.
What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?
Interact with the community as much as possible! We are a wonderful group of people who help each other in so many ways. Get on Twitter and start following some of the big names….and some of the small ones. There are not many online communities where you can ask a rockstar a question and get an answer. You can with WordPress!
How do you stay informed about WordPress (news, tips, etc)?
Twitter and podcasts are critical! There is so much information out there, along with timely events that you need to stay current on. Listen, interact, and learn.
What do you like most about WordCamps?
WordCamps are a great opportunity to interact with members of our community in real life. Developers, users, designers, speakers…..everyone is at a WordCamp. Sit down and have lunch with someone you don’t know, you never know where it can lead.