‘S’ is for ‘Support for the Self-Hosted (and other WordPress Users).’
I am stoked to attend a WordPress Meetup in my area (Cowichan Valley) later this morning. The agenda for our session is to focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in a concrete, hands-on manner.
Today will be my second time joining this Meetup group. When I attended last month, I was impressed by the highly individualized attention of the help desk format. I was also relieved to find that this group is intended for, and attended by, WordPress users of all kinds (and of all abilities).
Last month, my key question was how to address the 504 errors that I was receiving on my WordPress site. My question was thoroughly and patiently addressed by one of the attendees (in my case it was a clash between two separate plugins that did not wish to play together nicely). I removed one of the plug-ins and haven’t had the error message since.
WordPress Meetups and Workshops take place worldwide and are always low-cost to attend (ours are currently free). To find a WordPress session near you, look under “WordPress Events and News” on your dashboard. You can also check out WordCamp Central or Word Camp Meetups. If you are a WP user, I highly recommend it.
My WordPress related questions for today include:
1. How to put sidebar links in alphabetical order (I used to be able to do this, but with the new version of WP I can’t seem to figure it out).
2. How to check for, and repair, broken links.
3. How best to improve page load speed.
4. Monster Insight. Is this something that I should be using?
If you are a WP user and have solutions for any of the questions above, I would love to know your thoughts. Otherwise, stay tuned. I promise to share what I discover later today.
Special thanks to Michael Nelson and Sheryl Gilding, the organizers of the Cowichan WP Meetup. Thank you also to Chris Hoffman, today’s Guest Presenter. Finally, thank you to WordPress for consistently offering such accessible and useful support. I am extremely grateful to have such reliable assistance nearby.