Speaker Interview – Sherryl Wilson

SherrylWilsonI have a background in Accounting/Tax Analysis and Real Estate. Currently, I manage several sites, work as a social media manager, brand ambassador, travel writer, speaker, and of most importantly, a mom to seven.

Why Do You Use WordPress?
I use WordPress because I don’t know enough about coding other than to get myself in trouble.

WordPress offers such a simple way for anyone to have an online presence without having to know, learn or hire a developer.

When and How Did You Start Using WordPress?
I was forced, lol I say forced to WordPress back in 2010 when I could no longer use Frontpage to edit sites. Why was I upset? I can’t believe I had not been using it all along!

What Tips or Resources would you recommend to a new WordPress User?
I tell people that are thinking of setting up a site to think long term. A small investment now can save a fortune in time and money down the road.

Also, make sure to only use WP endorsed products. Once you are up and running, if you want to play around with after market plugins, that is up to you. Just starting out, use the verified products. Trust me, spending days trying to figure out why you can’t justify an article when it was a bad plugin all along is not worth it.

What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?
Same advice, think long term. Yes, you can be up and running within a few minutes, but taking a little time and planning for growth from the start will save time, efforts and money down the road.

How do you stay informed about WordPress (news, tips, etc)?
I read anything that comes out about WordPress.

What’s a cool WordPress based site you’ve seen recently?
I can’t say there is one that is my favorite. I visit about 15 sites daily to catch up on things and to interact. That is the best thing about WordPress, you can make your site your own…even if using the same theme as someone else. There are so many options that the sky is the limit.

What do you like most about WordCamps?
I love hearing all the “insider” information and being able to put faces with names/handles. Of course I feel like the Momma of the group but that’s ok.

Where can we find you online?
Web: SherrylWilson.com
Twitter: @SimplySherryl
Facebook: Simply Sherryl
LinkedIn: Sherryl Wilson
Google+: +SimplySherryl

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