Welcome to the Auckland WordPress User Group

logoThis blogsite supports and documents the key topics covered in our popular Auckland WordPress User Group meetups. Here you’ll find tips to help you build a better WordPress website or business.

Want to know what WordPress is and how it started? Here’s an interview with the founder Matt Mullenweg back in 2010. We spoke with Matt on his recent tour and can confirm he’s one of the nicest and most giving entrepreneurs in the technology sector…

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SEO Tips for Bloggers

Recently Jim Stewart, an SEO colleague from Melbourne set up a special 30-day intro course for bloggers to improve search traffic to their site. www.bloggersseo.com


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More WordPress Theme Tips

At a recent WordCamp event in the US (the biggest ever), a developer from Automattic, the owners of WordPress, outlined the issues people have when selecting a theme. We’ve touched on these issues ourselves, but this video went into some detail. He provides thoughtful advice for both users and developers.

If you’re struggling with that new theme you purchased, contact us using the form below. We’ve set up hundreds of WordPress sites and themes. What can often take you days of effort and research, we can usually do in a couple hours – Letting you can focus upon content and the message.

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Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2015

Annual talk from the WordPress Founder


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7 Steps to more website traffic

Source: 7 Steps to more website traffic

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The Honest Truth About Hosting

Updated for October 2015

Auckland WordPress User Group

Updated Sept 2015 – Hosting is a complex, contentious topic. Even the self-proclaimed ‘professionals’ disagree. Web designers, IT people and even developers are often surprisingly ignorant upon what makes a good or bad host. They tend to just follow the crowd, relying upon others. This is a frank, honest account from a tertiary-qualified engineer who has been working on line and used over 100 host providers since 1998.

hosting-datacenterI’ve provided a summary below of the main types used today.

Shared Hosting

fronttrainThis is where computing resources are shared amongst multiple domains and users. This can range from 100 to 1,000, with 500 commonplace. Think of shared hosting as riding on an old, overcrowded Indian commuter train, except you’ve no idea how may others have boarded the same train. Generally the cheaper the monthly [host] cost, the more commuters you’re sharing the ride with, the more delays, the slower it runs…

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Making a Good Website Better

This months WordPress meetup on the 17th will carry on our discussion about themes. This time we’ll look at an example from theme designer Ellen Bauer, who attended our last meetup. Ellen and partner Manuel Esposito offer clean, well-styled designs, ideal for a personal blog, portfolio or shop. They were recently interviewed on wptheming.com

We’ll also look at some industry-specific themes by web savvy marketing,  then examine a new provider we follow, Thrive themes. Thrive offers some unique, highly functional themes and plugins for more serious business use. This week they produced a video on how to make a good website better. Some really good tips here…

Don’t forget to checkout our earlier theme intro article

Elma theme demo     Savvy theme demo     Thrive theme demo

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How to Make a Great Website – by Google

There’s millions of ‘experts’ in web design, marketing and SEO promoting their view of how to set up a website, make money and/or promote on the web.

But recently we stumbled across an excellent introduction and check-list for newcomers by Google themselves, as part of their SEO training and help forum. Note they don’t start with the website design or appearance, but with the business goals…Check it out.


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