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Why and How To Build Your Website with WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools available, yet many people don’t know that it is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that can be used for more than just blogging. With a WordPress website you can build a blog, an ecommerce store, a brand identity, or all this and more. It will rank higher on Google than a non-WordPress website, and you won’t be held hostage by your webmaster.

A Historically Under-utilized Business vendor specializing in WordPress websites Net Ingenuity produces effective, find-able WordPress websites and uses the web and social media in ways that compel others to work with our clients. Content is clarified, organized and presented eloquently, with the right words, appropriate style and proper grammar. Images and design enhance and inform. Net Ingenuity designs custom themes for WordPress websites and provides WordPress coaching. In just a couple of hours with our one-on-one coaching, you can learn to manage and update your WordPress website.  Net Ingenuity also  can provide SEO services, ongoing maintenance with regular backups and strong security.

2012 Accessible Internet Rally – Net Ingenuity’s Team EZXS_ibility Wins Regional Award

Accessible Websites

OpenAIR award for EZXS_ibility work on HaShem's House.

Net Ingenuity competed in the 2012 AIR Rally (www.knowbility.org/v/open-air). Our team, “EZXS-ibility,” WON Third Place–in the ADVANCED category, which means we’ll be moving on to compete in the International AIR competition. Awards will be announced at SXSW Interactive Festival, on March 11. The Accessibility Internet Rally is a web design competition that increases awareness of the tools and techniques that make the Internet accessible to everyone – including people with disabilities.

Our site for the competition, hashemhouse.knowbility.org, is built in WordPress. Since the site for the competition was frozen from development after the competition closed, it is hidden from users with “maintenance mode.” A mirror site was built to provide a live Web presence for the synagogue. See HashemsHouse.org.  To test the accessibility of the site, two teammates and I (each in in our own home offices around Austin) tested our site with a woman who has been blind since birth. Without buying premium software, we got her to remotely share her screen with us (one on one via Skype and then one to many with FreeScreenSharing.com) and we watched as she listened to a voice reader explore our site at speeds faster than we could comprehend. She translated what she heard and we noted when she could find all the content and when she had difficulty navigating controls for video, audio and forms. None of us had ever done anything like that and we surprised ourselves with how well it went and how much we learned.

Karen Kreps and Carey Falk show their AIR competition regional award for Third Place in the Advanced Category.

There’s exciting news in the field of making websites fully accessible to people with disabilities. At the October Austin WP Meetup, we heard,

WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

Learn more on Knowbility, http://stage.knowbility.org/moodle/.

Watch the Latest Trends in WordPress

See the growing number of websites that are using WordPress around the world and how it compares to other Content Management Systems.
Google Trends – Web Search interest – Worldwide, 2004 – present

Teamviewer for Desktop Sharing

To share desktops, I recommend using the free for private use, cross platform app from teamviewer.com.

TeamViewer – the All-In-One Software for Remote Support and Online Meetings

Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds. I’ll send you an email invitation. When you click on the link provided, Teamviewer will download and install on your computer the software needed to share desktops, control the mouse and keyboard remotely and have an online meeting.

SEO for WordPress

Tonight I attended  a fine presentation on Search Engine Optimization,  Eric Highland’s November 27, 2012 presentation on DIY SEO for the WordPress Austin Meetup group.

Faithful blogger/website owner, don’t stick your masterpiece in the basement. Join us for a course that unpacks and demystifies the SEO jargon that has always given you a headache, and equips you to get your blog “seen” by search engines and the millions around the world who use them daily to find blogs just like yours.

What I liked most was when he said the most important thing you can do is to write well and that he welcomed collaboration with anyone who does so. As the publisher of the Austinot.com, he encoourages guest blogging. This presents a great opportunity for my local clients to establish their expertise and to gain local publicity and valuable in-coming links to their sites. For those of my clients who welcome this opportunity but who don’t feel comfortable writing, Net Ingenuity will ghost blog on their behalf.