Speaker Spotlight: Chris Koerner

Chris KoernerChris is a WordPress community contributor from St Louis who has a way of discussing complex WordPress solutions in a simple way. He’ll be talking about the importance of updating your site, so we asked him a little about how got where he is.

Q: How did you get started in your current field?
A: I started working with WordPress back in the early 1.x days. I had a terrible flash+HTML site I built and was looking for something that made it easier to update. WordPress fit the bill and it’s been a pretty good relationship ever since.

Q: Describe your ‘ah ha’ moment about WordPress?
A: Custom Post Types and Custom Fields. A lightbulb went off when I realized the customization and organization of information would be limitless.

Q: If you could go back to when you were getting started and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Relax. The WordPress community is filled with super knowledgeable and experienced people who could put something amazing together in a weekend. That sounds intimidating at first. Over time I realized those same people are some of the most caring and giving folks I’ve ever met. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and put your stuff out there.

Q: Describe your talk in three sentences or less.
A: Updates good. Not updating, bad. I’ll help you.

Q: Who should attend your talk (beginner developer, intermediate content provider, advanced designer, etc)?
A: Anyone using WordPress that has a notification in the Dashboard letting them know of an update.

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