WordPress Website Project: Maui SMUG

Early last year I was developing course material for a WordPress workshop that I was planning to pitch to the ViTech program at UH Maui. On mentioning this to Kim Haueisen of MEDB’s High Tech Maui program, she suggested that I give a WordPress workshop at High Tech Maui since she was starting up a series of social media workshops with Peter Liu. Peter kicked off the High Tech Maui social media workshop series in January 2010 with his workshop, “How to Use Social Media to Improve Your Business,” and followed up with several more social media for business workshops, covering such social media staples as blogging, Facebook, and Twitter. I got into the mix in May and June with introductory WordPress workshops. It was obvious from teaching and attending these workshops that there was a demand to learn about using social media. Most workshops sold out and we often had to scramble to put together follow-up workshops to satisfy the demand. Witnessing this demand sparked the idea about creating a social media user group where people could gather and trade success stories, tips and techniques about using social media. Kim, Peter, my wife and I met at Whole Foods in Kahului on a beautiful sunny June day last year to kick around ideas about a social media users group. Where would we hold it? What would the format be? There were a lot of great ideas and excitement about the project, but as often happens, other demands and priorities pushed the project to the back burner. Every month one of us would raise the question about kicking off...

Learn WordPress, Twitter and Facebook on Maui

Following next Thursday’s inaugural Maui Social Media Users Group meeting, High Tech Maui will be kicking off its social media workshop series with six separate social media workshops that will go into more depth on various social media such as Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. The series will kick off on Thursday, January 20 when technologist and SMUG panelist Peter Liu will give you the lowdown on using social media for your business. February will be a busy month for workshops as Peter follows up with Facebook for Your Business on February 9. I’ll follow on February 16 with an introduction to the WordPress publishing platform, focusing on WordPress.com websites. And, on February 23, Peter will teach you how to use Twitter for your business. In March, Peter will lead a workshop on how to blog for your business and I will will lead a second, intermediate-level, WordPress workshop focusing on WordPress.org installations. For more information and registration for these events, go to the High Tech Maui workshops...