Speaker Spotlight: Kim Beasley

Kim BeasleyOur own Kim Beasley will be joining the Kansas City WordCamp speaker list for the first time. She’ll be brining some knowledge for beginning to intermediate site creators, so we wanted to know a little more about her!

Q: How did you get started in your current field?
A: I’ve been developing websites since 1996 when I started developing intranet sites. Around 2003, I started developing and customizing WordPress websites for corporate and entrepreneurial clients. Around 2010, I started consulting with a company as a technical consultant who coached new entrepreneurs to create a WordPress website and monetize it in a 5-day workshop. In 2011, I started speaking about WordPress via webinars, stage and interviews.

Q: Describe your ‘ah ha’ moment about WordPress?
A: My ah ha moment came when one of my peers introduced WordPress to me in 2003. I had been developing websites from scratch using Dreamweaver. Once I was introduced to it, I saw the power behind WordPress and realized that developing website was much easier and smoother using WordPress.

Q: If you could go back to when you were getting started and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: For newbies, I would say that learning the basics of HTML/CSS was something that helped me be able to customize on the fly.

Q: Describe your talk in three sentences or less.
A: Developing WordPress websites using Google App Engine is a great way to create in the cloud and have better control of your cloud environment. You will learn the basics of setting up the website and how to prepare for it. Also will share specific plugins that would be great to include with your installation.

Q: Who should attend your talk (beginner developer, intermediate content provider, advanced designer, etc)?
A: This workshop is good for different levels of developers: beginners, intermediate, content providers and many more.

This post is part of a multi-day series featuring speakers from WordCamp Kansas City 2015. Subscribe to have them delivered to your mailbox, or feel free to check back every day!