Sessions at WordCamp Detroit 2011 about WordPress on Saturday 12th November

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  • Setting Up Your WordPress Locally, Remotely, or Loca-motely!

    by Sam Cohen

    You can build your web presence on wordpress.com, but a stand-alone version of WordPress has more functionality to offer aspiring and experienced bloggers, web developers, and designers.
    Do you want to:

    • Design custom WordPress templates?
    • Build your WordPress site with no Internet connection?
    • Enable your clients to see your WordPress work in real-time?
    • You can do all these things and more, and I will show you how!

    At 9:45am to 10:20am, Saturday 12th November

  • How to Make A Living with WordPress

    by Christopher Ross

    A look at how to make a living working with a free product like WordPress. The presentation looks at how bloggers, designers and developers can build authority, revenue and opportunities by supporting open source development.

    At 10:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 12th November

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  • She Said, He Said

    by Shelby Sapusek and Jim Raffel

    Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek debate WordPress related topics including blogging, networks and new technology and how they pertain to personal and business use. Their disagreements are sometimes minor and sometimes major but the debate is always lively and entertaining.

    In a live forum, Jim and Shelby will encourage audience participation to help fuel the conversation.

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Saturday 12th November

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  • Treating Readers Like Customers

    by Douglas Hanna

    There are many examples of companies that use customer service to set themselves apart from the competition. In this interactive session, we’ll cover a number of ways that bloggers can help get make their readers feel like valued customers when they visit the blog and to ensure that they’re coming back and staying engaged with the blog community.

    Douglas will discuss what plugins you can use to make readers feel welcome, how you can encourage readers to feel loyal to your blog, and get your best visitors coming back more often and engaging more.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Saturday 12th November

  • WordPress Tools and Tips for Any Niche

    by Nile Flores

    WordPress as a content management system just makes sense for any purpose. That is why 15% of the Internet today is powered by WordPress. So, why should you use it for your business, blog, or in fact, any type of site? I will be sharing both tools and tips for any niche to help you on your way.

    Let me help you think outside the box, whether you are brand new to WordPress, or used WordPress enough, but not sure how to get your site over the next plateau.

    At 2:15pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 12th November

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  • Building a Community Around Your Content

    by Matt Lincoln Russell

    Enabling comments doesn’t make a community. Chris Brogan said the difference between an audience and community is which way the chairs are facing. We’ll talk about how to turn those chairs on your WordPress site, why you would want to do that (or not!), and the perils and rewards you’ll find along the way.

    Matt will discuss basic strategies for community building, and then end with how to quickly integrate an open-source Vanilla forum to jump-start your efforts.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 12th November

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  • Can You Commercialize Your WordPress Plugin?

    by Garth C. Koyle

    Many successful businesses began in the WordPress plugin repository. If you’re like most developers, you’ve wondered if your development could make enough money to support yourself and possibly a small business.

    Garth Koyle from Event Espresso will teach you how to evaluate whether there is a market for your code and if it’s worth the effort. Learn how to answer these important questions: Who is my target customer and what do they really need?, How big is my target market?, How do I determine what price I should charge?, How profitable will I be or how much money can I make?

    At 4:30pm to 5:15pm, Saturday 12th November

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