Last night, a friend asked if I could recommend an intro WordPress class near her in Raleigh, NC. I love how WordPress makes it easy to share ideas — I’ve used the platform since 2008 — but I couldn’t think of a specific local “A-to-Z” workshop that covers how to use WordPress blogs in marketing. Instead, I pointed her to these three resources…
1.) WordPress Help: Hands-On Intensive
For the best hands-on WordPress resource in Raleigh, go to Phil Buckley’s occasional “WordPress Hack-a-thon” events (every six months or so), which brings together newbies and experts to share tips. The second one was in February. For details on the next one (TBA), follow Phil on Twitter at @1918.
2.) WordPress Conference in Raleigh: Tons of Resources
The annual WordCamp Raleigh conference is May 21-22, 2011, at the Raleigh Sheraton. I can’t make it this year, but it got great reviews from attendees last year. It’s a full weekend of workshops, for just $45 — and you can connect with local experts and fellow learners. Sign up at WordCampRaleigh.com and follow @wordcampraleigh and #wcraleigh on Twitter.
3.) Getting Ongoing WordPress Help in Raleigh
You should also join the Raleigh WordPress Meetup group. Several of their members have volunteered at the WP Hack-a-thon, and I see some of their leaders also organize WordCamp Raleigh. And they occasionally do beginners workshops, like the training on May 3rd in Durham, NC. Follow @craigtuller, @michaeltorbert, and @wpsmort, among others.
Finding More WordPress Marketing Resources
Between those three resources, you can get all sorts of info on using WordPress effectively for yourself and your clients. What’s your advice for learning WordPress from a marketing perspective?