Several people have commented on the redesign of the Nilsosmar.com website, and of the Wonder Productions and Classesandworkshops.com sites. I’ve been told that the sites look more modern, more professional and are easier to navigate and use. Since the changeover, all three sites have experienced an increase in web traffic and an improved bounce rate.
The person who was instrumental in getting the new sites up and running was my friend Jon Peck. I’ve known Jon for seven years. I first met him in his capacity as a filmmaker when I was in production on a feature length independent movie. I later learned that he also has a degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, and has worked for the last couple of decades as a software consultant, teacher, and advisor for clients ranging from major hospitals and colleges to small businesses and artists. When I asked for his assistance in upgrading my websites, the tool he chose was popular (and free) software suite called WordPress. (Many people associate WordPress with blogging, but it can also be used for creating state of the art commerce and business sites.)
I can vouch for Jon not only as a web designer, but as a teacher, because he not only helped set up and program my web pages, he taught me much of what he was doing as he went along, so that I’d be able to update and modify the sites when I needed to. So I’m happy to help spread the word about a class he’ll be teaching soon called “WordPress for Beginners: Make a website using WordPress,” and even happier that Jon’s WordPress class will be offered through a school I’m currently the Director of, Classesandworkshops.com. (We’re trying to add classes thoughtfully and carefully, and Jon’s WordPress class will be an asset to the school.) If you’re looking for an affordable introductory WordPress classes in Seattle which is taught by an instructor who knows his stuff and is a good communicator, I would recommend Jon’s Seattle WordPress class without reservation. The information below is excerpted the Classesandworkshops.com page:
You may have heard of WordPress being used for blogs, but it can do much, much more. In this class, you’ll learn:
- how to design your own complete website with easy-to-use tools (no HTML coding skills required)
- what templates and images are available to you, and how to use them
- how to pick a domain name (www._____.com) and help search engines find it
- the basics of e-commerce: making it possible for customers to shop & pay online
- what WordPress plugins and widgets are, and how to use them
- for people with HTML or coding experience: ways to add custom code to your site
- tons of other stuff about WordPress, the web, and online business
By the end of the class, you can have your own brand-new, modern website up and running, and will be able to manage the site yourself without bringing in an expensive consultant.
I can vouch from my own experience that all of the above is true. If you’d like more information about Jon’s Seattle WordPress class and how to sign up for it, go to: WordPress Classes in Seattle: Jon Peck, instructor. For more information about Jon’s consulting business, to go his website, http://seemeroar.com Thanks for reading. – Nils