Kurt Hansen Speaker Interview

Kurt Hansen WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013Kurt Hansen advises small to medium size businesses on their web presence. He delivers high quality websites using the wildly popular WordPress platform. His expertise includes finding solutions to real business needs using off-the-shelf components.

Education has been an important part of his life. Kurt has a business degree from Michigan State University and a masters degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University.

When he’s not helping businesses with their online presence, Kurt enjoys outdoor activities like trout fishing and bike riding. He also enjoys reading and writing. In fact, he wrote The WP Stew Guide to HTML + CSS + WordPress.

He’ll be presenting Are You Nuts? You Want People to Pay You to Create WordPress Websites?


Why do you use WordPress?

I like learning new software and technology. I really like WordPress because it let’s everyone do their own thing.

When and how did you start using WordPress?

I started using WordPress in 2007 after paying $3,500 dollars to have a website created in 2006. It was great being able to do it myself!

What tips or resources would you recommend to a new WordPress user?

Dive in. Give it a go. Ask questions because you’ll get answers.

What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?

Go for it! But be prepared for slow times. Change course when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to collaborate.

How do you stay informed about WordPress (news, tips, etc.)?

Being a member of and participating in LinkedIn groups, reading blog feeds – WPTavern & CoDrops and contributing on WordPress.org.

What’s a cool WordPress-based site you’ve seen recently?

Sassy, foul-mouthed and smart: themiddlefingerproject.org.

What do you like most about WordCamps?

The people who attend are very interested in WordPress, sharing and learning. It’s a fun environment.

Where can we find you online?

Business: highfxmedia.com
Facebook: facebook.com/HighFXMedia
Twitter: @thatguykurt

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