Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the co-owner of WebDevStudios, a design and development company specializing in customized WordPress themes and plugins, and the author of WordPress For Dummies. As the “For Dummies” brand franchise author on all things WordPress she’s also written several other WordPress-related books. She’s worked with WordPress since 2003, and is also a regular public speaker on topics such as WordPress, blogging, design, and social media.
She’ll be presenting Scoping Projects – A Therapy Session For Those Who Do Client Work.
Why do you use WordPress?
Dynamic publishing. Believe it or not, in 2003 with Movable Type – any time I made the slightest change to a template or stylesheet, I had to rebuild ALL THE ARCHIVES in my site in order for the change to take effect, globally. After a few years of blogging, you can imagine that got pretty tiresome.
When and how did you start using WordPress?
It was 2003 and I made the move off Movable Type to WordPress, and haven’t looked back since.
What tips or resources would you recommend to a new WordPress user?
Be patient. Use the inline help tips in the WordPress Dashboard to guide you and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
What advice would you give someone who’s building a business around WordPress design or development?
Support your customers.
How do you stay informed about WordPress (news, tips, etc.)?
Gossip, how else?
Outside of that, on Twitter I follow many people who are involved in the WordPress community, read up on the WordPress-News-Site-Of-The-Day and tune into DradCast on Wednesday nights.
What’s a cool WordPress-based site you’ve seen recently?
Matt Mullenweg recently shared a site with me called Quartz – it’s pretty nifty.
What do you like most about WordCamps?
Meeting new people and spending time with friends that I have developed over the years.