It’s Thursday night and a diverse group of participants have gathered at Brandcraft Media on Gage Boulevard. in Richland to hear Sara and Brendan Quinn of Squid & Crow, a local web development firm, talk about creating template-based websites using WordPress.
WordPress Tri-Cities, a monthly meet-up group organized the event. The group regularly offers local presentations and workshops related to the WordPress content management system and web development.
WordPress Tri-Cities is a professional track group dedicated to advancing the technical skills needed to build and manage WordPress websites. The group members include business owners, web designers, scientists, programmers, writers, and WordPress users, and those hoping to pick up a few web development skills. Not all of them are there for the same reason, or share the same skill level, but all leave the group having learned something new.
Abigail Jones, a freelance writer from Hermiston, Ore., attended the presentation. It was her first time there, she said she’ll definitely attend future WordPress Tri-Cities meetings. As a writer, she says she needs to learn WordPress to market herself better.
“Specifically, I wanted to launch a website for my writing and photography and wanted to get together with like-minded people who know the technical aspect of building a website,” she said. “Wordpress is a little bit more challenging of a platform to build a website, but it has way better functionality. So for someone who is a newbie, it’s encouraging to be in a group that has people of all different skills levels, and get the resources you need.”
For digital content creators, it’s an opportunity to learn best practices to maximize the exposure of their content.
“I have approached WordPress as a user and I have been grabbing all the things I can get,” said Ivan Fernando Gonzalez, a bilingual scientist and science communicator who owns fives websites related to science. “Going to these meetings has given me the point of view of those who actually build websites. I have learned best policies when dealing with several websites and how to best manage my website as an end user.”
WordPress Tri-Cities is just one of many local opportunities available to those who want to better understand technical topics or learn marketable IT skills.
Fuse, the coworking space on George Washington Way in Richland, offers monthly Tuestorials — or tutorials —on the second Tuesday of each month. Although topics are not always technical in nature, Fuse members often give presentations on building and hosting websites, database management and programming.