Four Suggestions to Become A WordPress Boss

1. Meetups Rock!

I can not understate the value of meeting others wanting to know more about WordPress in person at a Meetup. Meetups are usually free or low cost, and offers a chance to learn about WordPress, network with others and the opportunity to contribute back to the community just by your being there! Go as often as you can!


2. WordCamps!

WordCamps are the best. They are a global phenomenon: It is concentrated learning in a weekend in the form of consecutive hour long sessions with super talented folks, and you always get a t-shirt. I have been to WordCamps in Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix and Los Angeles. I have presented at two WordCamps on BuddyPress, Domains and Hosting, and Plugin Basics. Well, today, my session on Plugin Basics that I gave at WordCamp Phoenix was put on for all of the world to see:

I recommend that if you can not get to WordCamps, or even if you can, definitely check out the sessions on Especially the videos from the most recent WordCamp Phoenix.

3. Read About WordPress

Whether it be articles online, in books such as Professional WordPress: Design and Development, or listening to podcasts such as WPWatercooler, consume all you can when you can. Google is totally your friend when it comes to searching for info.

4. Get Involved

WordPress was created with the contributions of many generous developers, designers, and writers. What can you do to help? You don’t have to code, design or write; you can test, send money, teach others, or whatever floats your boat. I am doing documentation for the Theme Developer Handbook, love that stuff. Do you have a specialty that would help others? Reply here with your comments!

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Suzette Franck

Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a Wordpress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress. Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

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