#iVAmeet 17th September 2012

The wonderful Babs Saul aka The Blogmistress talks to us about using WordPress for Virtual Assistants
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Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
We're really lucky to have the lovely @BabsSaul as our guest this evening, she'll be talking Wordpress for VAs #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
@BabsSaul loves using WordPress and helping others to do so for their blog or websites too. #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
Hello - lovely to "meet" you and looking forward answering your questions about WordPress #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
Thanks for joining us this evening @BabsSaul, let me kick off with the first question Q1 What's the catch with using WordPress? #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A1: WP is brilliant but you do need to expect to spend time maintaining it. Take a look at http://t.co/soCB7u8r for more info. #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
@babssaul Q2 maintaining it? That sounds like hard work and very technical, do I need to be a geek? #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A2: WP is only as geeky as you make it, really. You can keep it straightforward and still have a professional site/blog... #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
Q3 you mention site and blog in the same sentence, can you explain the difference between the two for our participants please #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A2: ...there are steps to follow & to keep on top of things, then all is fine. I'm writing some posts & guides for non-geeks #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A3: Ooops - quite right. Your website is likely to be more static with pages, your blog is updated more often... #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A3: You can use WordPress for either websites or for a blog, or combine both (the best ;-) ) #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
Q4 If someone's nervous about blogging could they start 'static' and add a blog in later? #iVAmeet
Rachel Brett @ArborVS
Q4 I am definitely one of those who is nervous about blogging #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A4: Absolutely - that is the joy of WordPress - you can add, edit and remove as much or as little as you want. #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A4: so you could have a few pages, like a simple brochure website, and then bring in the blog when/if it suits you #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
Q5 Why should I host WordPress myself instead of using the free option? #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A4: Perhaps if you're nervous, try guest posting on a friend's blog, and dip your toe in the water. #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
I should point out to everyone I am a WordPress convert through and through! It's a fantastic tool #iVAmeet
Rachel Brett @ArborVS
Didn't know there was a free option - that goes to show what a novice I am #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A5: I will always suggest hosting WP yourself - you have full control and you can be commercial... #iVAmeet
Barbara Saul @babssaul
A5: But if you want a non-commercial, simple blog, try out http://t.co/8mTqBaNX to see what you think #iVAmeet
Rachel Brett @ArborVS
The trouble with guest blogging, no one likes my English... they always change it :) #iVAmeet
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard
If anyone wants to try out guest blogging we're always looking for posts over on @intelligentVA #iVAmeet
Stella Gooch @StellaGoochVA
I am a regular WP blogger. I use 1and1 to host and it is quite straightforward. I like the control it gives me. #iVAmeet
Naomi Campbell @VAVelocity
Q6 How do I add a blog to an existing website? #ivameet
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