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#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

18/09/2012 01:57:30 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

@BabsSaul loves using WordPress and helping others to do so for their blog or websites too. #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 01:57:57 WIB
Barbara Saul @babssaul

Hello - lovely to "meet" you and looking forward answering your questions about WordPress #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 01:59:04 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:00:59 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:03:00 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

@babssaul Q2 maintaining it? That sounds like hard work and very technical, do I need to be a geek? #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:04:07 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:06:10 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:07:21 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:07:36 WIB
Barbara Saul @babssaul

A3: Ooops - quite right. Your website is likely to be more static with pages, your blog is updated more often... #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:08:43 WIB
Barbara Saul @babssaul

A3: You can use WordPress for either websites or for a blog, or combine both (the best ;-) ) #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:09:17 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

Q4 If someone's nervous about blogging could they start 'static' and add a blog in later? #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:09:45 WIB
Rachel Brett @ArborVS

Q4 I am definitely one of those who is nervous about blogging #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:11:44 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:11:48 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:12:30 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

Q5 Why should I host WordPress myself instead of using the free option? #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:12:46 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:13:23 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

I should point out to everyone I am a WordPress convert through and through! It's a fantastic tool #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:13:39 WIB
Rachel Brett @ArborVS

Didn't know there was a free option - that goes to show what a novice I am #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:13:41 WIB
Barbara Saul @babssaul

A5: I will always suggest hosting WP yourself - you have full control and you can be commercial... #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:14:23 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:15:02 WIB
Rachel Brett @ArborVS

The trouble with guest blogging, no one likes my English... they always change it :) #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:15:02 WIB
Helen Stothard @HelenStothard

If anyone wants to try out guest blogging we're always looking for posts over on @intelligentVA #iVAmeet

18/09/2012 02:15:20 WIB
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

18/09/2012 02:15:23 WIB
Naomi Campbell @VAVelocity

Q6 How do I add a blog to an existing website? #ivameet

18/09/2012 02:15:50 WIB
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