WordCamp Chicago 2013 Speaker Interview: Gene Hammett

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Gene HammettGene Hammett is fiercely committed to working with web designers and developers to expand the size, scope and billings of their projects (in weeks, not months). As the managing director of Core Elevation, Inc., Gene helps them transform from broke, busted and disgusted to thriving, growing, and loving every project they touch.

He will be presenting a session titled “Designers and Developers: Creating New Revenue Streams using WordPress” on Sunday,

Interview with Gene:

Why do you use WordPress?
Easy of use, lots of plugins available that can make the website very powerful…and the cool people use WordPress.

What do you like best about WordCamps?
Meeting new people and seeing friends from previous WordCamps.

What is your favorite tip or resource for a new WordPress user?
If you are new to WordPress, learn the INs and OUTs of researching plugins before you just install them.

What is a common problem you see in WordPress sites, and how would you avoid it?
Sliders are OUT! I don’t use sliders.

How do you stay up to date with new information about WordPress?
WordCamp and interacting with friends and clients.

Share an example of a really great (creative, cool, unusual) use of WordPress you’ve seen recently.
RestaurantEngine.com by Brian Casel. This website has extended wordpress to build an industry specific solution that is powerful and quick for the customer to develop their own wordpress site.

Do you have any advice for a person who’s building a business around WordPress design/development?
Well this is the basis of my work as I am a Business Coach to Web Designers and Developers. I help them build their businesses with focus and purpose. One tip…find a real target market to serve (hint: small business is not a target market). Find me to get more about it.