On March 19, 2017 I got to speak at WordCamp Atlanta for the first time ever. It can be a bit daunting to speak in front of a group assembled in a ballroom, and preparing a slideshow that you hope will add value and give good information to the assembled attendees. My topic, Lessons Learned along the Journey from Print Design to WordPress, was a collection of top tips I’ve collected along the way as I developed my career by adding WordPress website design to my toolkit for clients. The WordPress community in Atlanta, like many others worldwide, is incredibly generous and friendly. I’ve learned a lot and hopefully will share more of my own knowledge in the future, as well.

Here are a few of the key tips I shared:

1. Web hosting is a big deal – don’t cheap out

2. In the vast world of WordPress Themes, choose wisely.

3. There’s a Plugin for That! From the Basic to the Sublime.

4. Image selection separates the Pros from the Wannabes.

5. Typography is key

6. Color and image specs – “alphabet soup”

7. Be mindful of User Experience – web versus print

8. Go to local Meetups and get involved.

9. Use paid professional services when you can.

10. Get out of your comfort zone

(Will add video link here once it’s available; or embed actual video here)

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