WordCamp Chicago 2013 Speaker Interview: Josh Broton

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Josh BrotonJosh Broton is a UX manager, front-end dev, design lead, WordPress themer, and a bunch other web stuff. He says: “I speak at conferences when they’ll let me in. You can find a full list of goings-on on my blog at joshbroton.com or about.me/joshbroton.”

Josh will be speaking on “Rocking the Responsive Web” on Saturday.

Interview with Josh:

Why do you use WordPress?
It is by-far the most flexible and complete blogging platform and CMS I’ve ever found. It doesn’t hurt that the community is amazing, too!

What do you like best about WordCamps?
The time to connect to other WordPress users, and the ability to hear their success stories and pain-points, so that I can continue to work on solutions to Internet problems.

What is your favorite tip or resource for a new WordPress user?
Google everything. The answers to almost every issue (certainly every issue a new WordPress user will come across) already exists. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

What is a common problem you see in WordPress sites, and how would you avoid it?
Bloat. Please consider every decision you make and the impact it will make on site performance. There are too many slow WordPress sites.

Do you have any advice for a person who’s building a business around WordPress design/development?
You’re worth more than you think you are. Charge what you’re worth. If you sell yourself short, you sell the community short.