One of the many groups I'm involved with is called Shift Vegas. The goal is to shift the outsider's perception of what Las Vegas is all about. Believe it or not, casinos and strip clubs isn't all we have going. There are many sub-groups to Shift Vegas and my main area of interest is education. The edu group made a pledge to run 60 SkillShare classes by the end of the year. Though it took me a while to get rolling, I've finally stepped up and this weekend will be running the first of 3 WordPress related SkillShare classes. This one specifically will cover which plugins to use for your WordPress site and how to configure them.
For the past few weeks I've been compiling a list of plugins I like that cover a wide variety of functionality like spam cleanup, seo, contact forms and a ton more. 25 plugins in all. For the most part, these are all plugins I've used (a couple were suggestions from friends) on a regular basis. Even so, I decide to set up test installation of WordPress and walk through the process of installing each plugin from scratch, configuring it and using it. It wasn't too long before I realized something; even though I've been using most of these plugins for a long time, many of them had far more functionality than I knew!
I use WordPress every day, but for this class I took a step back and tried to look at it using the eyes of a new user. In doing so, I found a wealth of new information. I spent several extra hours digging through each plugin and really getting to know the settings pages and the functionality within. The end result being a better class for the students and a ton of extra knowledge for myself.
I'm excited for the class tomorrow. I'm sure the students will ask questions that I haven't anticipated. Just one more chance to dig deeper and keep learning. I can't wait!
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