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  • Jeff Lee 5:00 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: P2 theme, WordPress   

    Changed personal blog back to P2 Theme again #WordPress 

    I keep coming back to this theme. I love how lightweight and easy to use it is. Will customize it again at some point. But no time right now.

    If you want to check out P2 or get it yourself visit http://p2theme.com/

     
  • Jeff Lee 1:50 am on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , WordPress   

    Pretty full house at the January #wpnash meetup #WordPress 

    Pretty full house at the January #wpnash meetup #WordPress
    Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

     
  • Jeff Lee 6:14 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Events, Matt Mullenweg, , , WordPress   

    Announcing WordCamp Nashville 

    http://2012.nashville.wordcamp.org/

     

    I’d like to let everyone know that WordCamp Nashville is coming April 21, 2012 to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (9AM-4PM), and you can now get your tickets, apply to be a speaker, or become a sponsor. I’m very excited about this as I love WordPress, am involved with this WordCamp and Nashville meetup group as an organizer/volunteer. Most of the websites I build (including this one) are WordPress based, and I have been involved in this great community for over 5 years now. And did you know:  that as of August 2011 14.7% of the top million websites in the world are run on WordPress, and the latest data shows that 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress? So come on out for a day of WordPress knowledge in Nashville!

    Official WordCamp Nashville Press Release:

     

    WordCamp, a one-day event on April 21, will introduce new users to WordPress as well as offer tips for more experienced hands. Tickets are available only from our ticketing page. Tickets are $20 and attendance is limited to 250.

    Speakers will address issues for beginners, such as setting up their first site, and advanced users, such as using WordPress for e-commerce.

    Local WordPress users and businesses who are partnering with the WordPress Foundation are putting together WordCamp Nashville, one of a series of WordCamps held by fans of the software throughout the world. The local event will be held Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville’s MetroCenter area.

    WordPress is among the most popular and powerful publishing platforms available for bloggers as well as companies wanting to make maximum advantage of their online presence. It’s free, and users don’t need to write code to use it.

    Recently, with the release of version 3.0, WordPress has moved to help manage and power sites that belong to big, household names, including major brands, country music stars and professional athletes. WordPress powers more than 70 million websites, half of which are hosted on wordpress.com.

    For more information on WordCamp Nashville sponsorship or corporate involvement, call John Housholder at 615-618-7287, email him at john@ahsodesigns.com. For camp and speaker updates, check back here and follow @wordcampnash on Twitter.

    For more info and to signup to attend, speak, or become a sponsor please visit:

     

    http://2012.nashville.wordcamp.org/

     

    Also:

    Follow @WordCampNash & @WPNashville on Twitter

    WordPress Nashville Meetup Group (meets once a month)

    WordPress Nashville Facebook Page

    Lastly, for a high level overview on how great WordPress is, here is Matt Mullenweg (WordPress Founder) giving his “State of the Word 2011” Keynote at WordCamp San Francisco last August.
     
    • sharon kipp 10:48 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So hate that I’ll miss this , but will be trekking around Peru. Will there the another WPN in the near future???

  • Jeff Lee 1:18 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Whole Foods, WordPress   

    Panorama of WordPress Nashville Meetup 

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  • Jeff Lee 7:43 am on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , WordPress   

    Good Turnout At The November Nashville WordPress Meetup At @ESPACES_Nash 

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    PHD Organic Chemist @jamesashchem talking about his WordPress journey.

     
  • Jeff Lee 11:10 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BuddyPress, Control, , , , Mobile, RSS Graffiti, , , WordPress   

    Control Your Social Media Destiny With WordPress (UPDATED) 

    I just wanted to quickly bring this back to the top of my blog in light of people’s freakout reaction to the new Facebook layout which just launched (which happens with every update). I just want to reiterate  that while you may want to abandon Facebook, you probably won’t. However it’s still a great idea to control your own content if Facebook falls out of fashion someday (which also probably won’t happen since they’re now closing in on 1 BILLION users).

    • Jeff

So this week Facebook launched a couple new features: Subscribe and Smart Lists. I’ve activated both on my profile and they’re pretty cool. Subscribe allows people you aren’t friends with to subscribe to your public updates. This is similar to following people on Twitter and is good for people with a ton of friends or people who have started a fan page to consolidate the fan page into one account. Smart Lists basically groups your friends into predetermined lists automatically based on relationship, workplace, location, etc. and allows you to choose to share to certain lists, or publicly to anyone. I normally just make everything public. It makes organizing friends a little bit easier and both of these features allow you to control who gets to see what you’re posting. Some of this seems like a direct copy of what Google+ is doing with their Circles feature.

Facebook is the biggest player in this game with close to 800 million users at the time of this writing. Things change and Facebook needs to make those users happy, so they must keep advancing the product. Sometimes that means taking competitors ideas and trying them out. Facebook has been known to “borrow” alot of things, and they’ve also been know to try things out and ditch them if they don’t work. The wars between the different social networks make good tech headlines and movies, but are not really ours to fight unless you work at one of these companies.

One of the issues that is of your concern is privacy and Facebook has had alot of criticism and controversy surrounding what they are doing with your data and personal information. I am not going to quit facebook or any of these social sites because so many people I know use them, and they are great communication tools. But if anyone is going to benefit from what I am posting on the Internet, it ought to be ME. I am agnostic when it comes to social networks and long ago decided to use them all to my personal and professional benefit. I will keep the bulk of MY online content here at MY personal website, and broadcast it out to the social networks in hopes of bringing people back HERE. This way I control my content and have a permanent record of it for myself or others to browse in the future. My Facebook and Twitter feeds go by so fast that I don’t even remember what was posted yesterday, let alone a year or two ago. Web companies rise and fall. Who knows, Facebook might go the way of MySpace or Friendster in 5 years? I want to control my destiny with my own site. I’m going to tell you why I think WordPress is your best option to do this.

WordPress started out as a free open source blogging platform that began about 8 years ago. Fast forward to August 2011 and now 14.7% of all the websites on the internet use WordPress as a content management system. Being an open source project as opposed to a for profit company means that the WordPress code belongs to everyone can use it or modify it as they need, as well as contribute to the project. Thousands of people contribute to the success of WordPress because they love it, use it, or make money from it in some way. This means that it’s survival in one form or another is pretty secure, so you can build a WordPress site with confidence. Another thing is that WordPress can import content from almost any other prominent content management system, and you can export as well if you want to leave.

This site here is a WordPress blog with a lightweight theme called P2 from Automattic.  I haven’t prettied up the design yet, and I don’t really plan to do all that much to it. P2 turns a regular blog into the equivalent of your own personal Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus profile. When logged in, the P2 theme will allow you to post right to the site without even going into the dashboard, just like you can with Twitter, Facebook, Or Google Plus…except it’s all yours. There are also great Mobile Apps for posting to your WordPress site for iOS, Android, Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phone, and NokiaWordPress is also working on responsive design making things even better for posting and viewing on any device without using a dedicated app.

P2 front end posting

With P2 you can post a status message, a blog post, quote, or link, without getting into the dashboard.

You can create your own WordPress blog easily on most any web host for next to nothing, but P2 is also an available theme to use on your free WordPress.com blog if you choose to build your site there. Keep in mind that if you host your own site, you have more control with widgets, plugins and other aspects of your site that WordPress.com may not allow. But if you’ve never had your own site, WordPress.com is a great place to start. And if you want to move up to your own self hosted blog, you can export your WordPress.com blog and import right into your own self hosted WordPress site literally in minutes.

So let’s say you follow my advice and get a WordPress blog running with P2, and start posting away. Now how do you get those posts into your Facebook & Twitter accounts? There are many ways to do this with different WordPress plugins, external services, etc. But I think that currently the easiest way to do this is with the RSS Graffiti App on Facebook. This app lets you take the RSS feed of your blog, input it into RSS Graffiti and then every time you post to your blog, it automagically syndicates it to your Facebook Wall & Twitter Account. It also works with Facebook pages. There is nothing yet that I know of that does this for Google Plus, but I’m sure something will come along soon now that the API is open. Perhaps RSS Graffiti will build that into their service.

Also if you have a bigger personal site or community site and want to start your own Social Network, WordPress can cover you there too as the WordPress community has also created an open source plugin called BuddyPress that allows you to create your own social network right inside of WordPress. But I’ll save that subject for another blog post… 🙂

 

 
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