April 7, 2014

Learn WordPress Live at WP Bootcamp, Nov 10, Mills College, Oakland

Learn WordPress  hands on live training and teachingLearn WordPress Live. Do you need to learn WordPress or enhance and refresh your current skills?


Many people start to use their WordPress website, and then forget some of what they may have already learned or never figured out things like uploading images correctly, how to name your images for search engine optimization, or things like the best plugins and tools to optimize and get the most out of your WordPress website. With our WordPress bootcamps, we offer you live  and hands on help with WordPress.

During WordPress bootcamp you will be working on live test sites with hands on help in a small classroom environment.
Classes are limited to 8. Class sizes range from 4-10.
We still have room for Mills College, Nov 10th, 2012 WordPress Bootcamp training class.

In our half day bootcamp you will learn the topics below. 

1.  Logging In

Several ways to login, and how to get to the dashboard.

Video 1

2. The Dashboard Part One

Media, Links, Pages, Posts, Comments.

3. Themes and Menus 

Custom Themes, Upgrade, Use free themes, search themes by color or layout.

Video 3

4. Custom Menu Section, Parent and Child Pages Explained

How to set up a custom menu, and what are parent and child pages?

Custom Menu Set up, Parent Child pages WordPress


5. General Settings Dashboard | User Section

Video 5 WordPress Bootcamp

6. General Settings Dashboard | Writing | Reading | Discussion


7. How to create and publish a Post or a Page

How to create a post and page in WordPress and set it up

8. Adding tags or keywords and categories

How to work with tags, keywords and catagories wordpress

9. Working with Images Part One

working with images wordpress


10. Working with Images Part Two |Slideshows and Gallery

Gallery, Images, Slideshows WordPress


Did your web design company or person leave you hanging?

I often get new business from very frustrated website owners who have basically been abandoned by the person or company they hired to help then with their website. Sometimes their websites are half finished on a test site and the person seems to have mysteriously disappeared or stopped answering their phone.


Other larger companies who offer website design, farm out the work, and slap the site up, but give no help or direction to the poor website owner.
Often the reason for this is they are not actually doing the work themselves.
I recently had a client who came to me with that  very situation. Their website was up, but it had no keywords, tags, or any kind of the most basic SEO done. The client was more than willing to do it themselves, but the company insisted she needed to pay their “SEO dept”, once again most likely contracted out, or farmed out for the help. I have always cautioned clients about paying for SEO services. It is an area full of people who failed at other get rich quick schemes.  Remember a few years ago when you would get all those invites in the mail for “free dinners” at a hotel, and it was about getting rich quick in some kind of real estate venure? Well those are often the types I run into that decided to become “SEO Experts”.

The problem with many of these type of website related services and web designers and website companies themselves, is there is nothing required to stick up a website and call yourself an expert.
This is why I tell you, check references, check the work they have done before and beware!

People that are good at what I do,( build Websites and use and teach WordPress),  and other things like SEO, are very transparent. They use their real names, they have real clients whose websites you can look at and check their traffic and website rankings and the best ones have a great blog that offer tons of free help and information so you can help yourself.
Here are a few quick tools that can help you check on other sites and see how they are doing, or check your own website out.

Google Page Rank Tool:

Check Page Rank of your Web site pages instantly:

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Ever wonder how many of your website pages are actually indexed on Google and in the search engines?

To check this out all your have to do it enter:
So for instance for me to check out this site I would go to google search and enter
This shows me all the pages on google that I have indexed, which is around 230 pages.
Another fun tool you can only use on Firefox is the SEObook tool for the toolbar.
This is real SEO website, with training and a proven track record.
With one click you can see what I have below in the image for any website.
This will help you know your competition and also check out fraudulant companies and so called SEO and Web Designers/WordPress designers.

Seo tool for toolbar seobook

If you have been left hanging, or just need some help with your WordPress Website, or to convert and HTML website to WordPress, or WordPress training, please feel free to contact me for a free consult to discuss your needs.
You can see my testimonials here, with real people, first and last names and websites that are still up and running!
If you need a website, please fill out my pre-planning sheet here. 

I will never leave you hanging out there alone in cyberspace.
When you need help, I am a phone call or email away!


WordPress and Self Publishing Bootcamp Schedule


To see more details on either session you can visit:


Self Publishing BootCamp


  WordPress Bootcamp

Sept 8th, San Domenico School, San Anselmo, Ca

Oct 13th, 2014-Stanford University, Ca

Nov 10th, 2012- Mills College, Oakland

Self Publishing Bootcamp/Both Classes

Sept 8th, San Domenico School, San Anselmo, Ca

Oct 13th, 2014-Stanford University, Ca

Nov 10th, 2012- Mills College, Oakland

Letting WordPress Provide the Solution to Your Blog and Website Needs

Discoverability. It’s the most important word for an aspiring author to know and to master. The Internet is where everyone and everything gets found today. If someone searching for you, your book or subjects related to your book can’t find you on the Internet, you will remain obscure. Unknown. That’s not what any aspiring author wants. That’s not what a publisher wants in a writer.

The fact that you can’t be found on line when someone searches for you, that you and your book aren’t discoverable, can feel pretty overwhelming, especially if you want to sell books to readers or to publishers. Yet, so many writers fail to develop an online presence. They don’t want to create a blog or a website, both of which provide them with a way to be easily found on the Internet. Why don’t they do so? Because it feels hard. It’s out of the realm of writing. It’s techy and unfamiliar. The task feels overwhelming.

Creating an online presence with a blog doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Today, my webmaster and blogmaster, Linda Lee, offers a few basic tips on how to begin a blog, or a blog website, in a way that will reduce your sense of overwhelm and give you an online presence in no time flat. Intro written by Nina Amir, Author of “How to Blog a Book” available now .

Letting WordPress Provide the Solution to Your Blog and Website Needs
By Linda Lee

WordPress is the most used blogging and website platform online. First released on May 27, 2003, WordPress was has been downloaded over 65 million times as of December 2011.

I started using WordPress in 2007. Fairly soon after I started using WordPress I began to realize it had the ability to be molded into a fully functioning website vs. just a blog. Many people still think of WordPress as a blogging software but it is so much more than that. It is called a “Content Management System,” which really means you have one stop where you can manage your content and your website by yourself with relative ease.

Why use WordPress instead of an HTML based website? The days of paying a webmaster to do minor updates or changes to your content are over. So one good reason is money. Also no more waiting for you webmaster to get around to making those changes you want. With WordPress you can login and make your own changes with quickly and easily.  Here are just a few things you can do as simply as working on your own computer at home.

  • Add images
  • Add MP3 files
  • Add videos
  • Add products
  • Add forms

For most authors, small business, individuals, and non-profits, a WordPress website will be all they ever need.  I have even done group training with offices and non-profits so the employees or volunteers can share the job of running the website.

How do you get started? It is best to get your own hosting and domain name and most hosting companies now offer a one-click type of install for WordPress. Once you have that handled, you will login to your new website and start setting things up. Or if you would like to try it out first and figure things out, you can sign up for a free WordPress website at http://wordpress.com.

At first, it feels a bit daunting, because it is all new for most people. Once you start working on the site and posting and adding pages, it quickly feels more comfortable. There is lots of free support online, and I have several websites that offer paid and free training and many short videos on topics such as :

WordPress bootcamp |Learn wordpress fast

There is quite a bit of help available online and from WordPress itself. Many people however find that they benefit greatly from some personal one on one type of help. That is what we do at our WordPress Bootcamps. The class is limited to 8 people, so we can help each person individually as well as provide the fun of the group support we have while working together. In the bootcamp you will bring your laptop and, if you already have a WordPress Website, we will work on that.  If you are starting from scratch, we will set you up with a WordPress website and you will leave the training with a website, a gravatar and the basic to learning to start blogging and running your website. It is very fulfilling for me to see people launch!

If you are interested in signing up for the upcoming WordPress Bootcamp, please click here:  Summer Sessions are June 30, 2012, Mills College, and July 14, 2012 Stanford University.In the afternoon session, we have Self Publishing Bootcamp with Carla King and Laurie McLean and you can get more information on their session here.

Our next Bootcamp will be held soon. Join the mailing list to stay updated and get our “WordPress Tip of the Week”.

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WordCamp San Francisco 2011 Volunteering

Matt Mullenweg-Linda Lee-Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin, Linda Lee and Matt Mullenweg, Founder and bossman of WordPress

I do professional Volunteer Coordinating for organizations as a  PT job so I am always involved with volunteer opportunities. Here is a good one for all Bay Area WordPress users.

This will be my 4th year volunteering for #WCSF WordPress WordCamp San Francisco, and they just put their form up for those who are interested.  I can’t image doing this a week and half before a 3 day event, yipes, I do not envy that person. 8-O .

I emailed a pitch for the job of Volunteer Coordinator for #WCSF to Matt Mullenweg, but he did not get back to me! Gee maybe he is busy or something, lol. Anyway I wanted to get this up for those of you who would like to attend and help behind the scenes, which to me is always more fun then just being an attendee.

Click here for the 2011 Volunteer Form for WordCamp SF.

If you volunteer this year and found out about it from my blog post, please leave me a comment below or stop by and say Hello at the event. I will be working there Saturday and Sunday. Not sure where yet, but I will update when I get my assignment.

You can see the schedule here for speakers and sessions.  I also listed them below.
I am very excited this year because Brian Gardner of StudioPress Themes for WordPress and Copyblogger will be there and he said for me to look for him so we can chat a bit. I have been using his themes since he made and gave them away for free. I almost use StudioPress Themes for WordPress themes exclusively now.  Brian also has a great blog he writes and is someone to follow on twitter for sure.

If you buy a StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package, one of the perks is getting access to their support forum, where I met Rebecca Diamond, one of their moderators who has helped me so much over the years in that forum, and who is attending WordCamp SF this year as well. I want to a photo with both of them!

Buddy Press Developer Andy Peating with Linda Lee, Dustin Luther

Buddy Press Developer Andy Peating with Linda Lee, Dustin Luther


This is part of the fun when you do things you love and get involved, you get to meet people you admire and expand your universe.
Hope to see you there!

Here is the list of speakers for this year by day.


Mark Jaquith – Scaling, Servers, and Deploys — Oh My!
Sara Rosso – Introduction to the WordPress Ecosystem (likely a cleverer title to come)
Barry Abrahamson – Scaling and Servers Q&A
Austin Smith – From Drupal to WordPress
Shannon Smith – Multilingual Design
John Kleinschmidt – WordPress for the Greater Good (CURE)
Greg Veen – Web Fonts for Developers
John James Jacoby – BuddyPress (Title TBD)
Pete Davies – Vikings, Viagra and Versace: a brief history of spam


Nikolay Bachiyski – Unit Testing Will Change Your Life
Michael Adams – Secure IFrame Communication in a Pre-postMessage() World
Chelsea Otakan – Version Control for Designers
Andrew Nacin – Debugging in WordPress
Mark Jaquith, Jon Cave, Brad Williams – Security Showdown
Andy Skelton – Deep Voodoo: How the innermost innards of WordPress work
Daryl Koopersmith – Decisions, Not Options
Sara Cannon – Responsive Web Design
Aaron Jorbin – JavaScript Unit Testing (catchier title to come!)
Estelle Weyl – CSS Topic TBD
Otto Wood, Andrew Nacin – The Otto & Nacin Show


Dianne Jacobs – Killer Food Blogs
Matt Mullenweg – State of the Word/Town Hall
Hanni Ross – Top 5 Ways to Break Your Blog (and how to fix it)
Teru Kuwayama – Basetrack.org: Taking WordPress to War
Sheri Bigelow – Top 10 Features You Aren’t Using (But Should Be!)
Ryan Markel – Which WordPress Is Right for You?
Willo O’Brien – Title TBD