Monday Morning Speaker: Gary Vaughan
WordPress Websites for Professionals
Senior IT Advisor
Buchanan & Edwards
WordPress is a popular, powerful and user-friendly open source software that accounts for some 25% of all sites on the Web. Professionals can use WP either as a personal blogging and social media platform, or as a content management system within an organization.
In this presentation, Gary will explain WordPress's (WP) breadth as both a blog and content management system, explore various WP hosting options, and show how WP compares or connects with other site builder or social media tools. He will then discuss the details of planning website content and design, drawing on such WP components as Themes, Plugins and Widgets, and tapping a wealth of support resources on the Web and at WP events around the DC area. The talk will also include a WP demo, models of WP sites, and WP resource handouts. Lastly, he will touch on tech and non-tech career opportunities in WordPress. After the class, Gary offers to help (for a limited time) any interested attendees get started with their own free Wordpress.Com site.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Gary Vaughan is a Senior IT and Knowledge Management Advisor (Buchanan & Edwards) with the Office of eDiplomacy at the State Department.
Over the last 12 years he has provided user support on various internal knowledge management tools such as a Department-wide wiki, SharePoint, and Search@State, and with a focus on internal WordPress-based "Communities@State" blogs since 2014. He has also volunteered as a Project Manager with the Taproot Foundation (to create a non-profit WP site in northern Virginia) and for Taproot’s and the Project Management Institute’s annual Day of Service to help DC area non-profits. In a prior career, Gary was a Project Officer (Foreign Service) with the U.S. Agency for International Development, with various tours in Washington D.C., Egypt and Latin America from 1979 to 2006. He has an MBA from the George Washington University, an MS in Computer Science Administration from UMUC, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
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Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free. Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby eatery.Attire is business casual and we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this valuable networking meeting.
Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00:
1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.