Joe Rozsa has 30 years of design experience; 7 designing and using WordPress sites. He’s spoken at multiple WordCamps including Toronto (3 times), Buffalo, Columbus (2 times) and most recently was lead organizer for WordCamp North Canton.
He’ll be presenting You Want to Stick that Where?
Why do you use WordPress?
I use WordPress not only the Trailer Trash Design website, but also for almost all of my clients. I can design and develop sites for them and make them their own admins. It’s a beautiful thing.
When and how did you start using WordPress?
In 2006 I was creative director for an in-house agency. We were designing our website. We went the Flash route for the site itself, but wanted a blog aspect to it as well. We tried this thing called WordPress for that. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
What tips or resources would you recommend to a new WordPress user?
Don’t get frustrated early on. That seems to be when most WordPress users I know want throw in the towel.
What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?
Learn. Learn. Learn. Visit all the WordPress tutorial sites like WordPress.tv. But I think the best piece of advice I could give is go to as many WordCamps as possible. You can walk into any given WordCamp thinking you know a lot about WordPress, but quickly discover that you kind of don’t.
How do you stay informed about WordPress (news, tips, etc.)?
I belong to a WordPress MeetUp group. I also follow a user group on LinkedIn, and just general searching on the web for all things WordPress.
What do you like most about WordCamps?
What I like most about WordCamps are meeting new people. I’ve grown an incredible number of new friendships as a result of WordCamps. And I never leave a WordCamp without some kind of new nugget of knowledge.