Speaker Spotlight: Al Davis

Al Davis has spent more than 15 years working with small business owners, helping get their businesses online. In his former life as a Hosting Product Manager, Al has seen the good, the bad, and the (very) ugly when it comes from taking a website idea to website reality. Currently, Al is a Program Manager for the world’s largest hosting wholesaler and is in charge of WordPress strategy and product direction for several of the world’s largest telcos and ISPs. Al also teaches Intro to WordPress at George Brown College in Toronto and expands to offering an Intermediate WP class in the summer, in addition to offering both classes online. He has formerly been an organizer of Toronto’s WordPress MeetUp groups as well as the two WordCamps that are hosted in Toronto. When not working with WordPress or writing for his site at WPTeach.com, Al can be found on his Harley or taking in a football game somewhere.

Al is presenting: After the Install

Why WordPress? Why do you like using WordPress? In all my years building websites and reviewing and implementing tools to help others, nothing has come close the the combination of simplicity and flexibility that WordPress offers.
Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa? Rick has blackmail material on me…..seriously, I have had the chance to meet a few people in the Ottawa WordPress community through my involvement with both WordCamp Montreal and WordCamp Toronto and it was  a no brainer for me to sign up and present at the first ever WordCamp Ottawa. i’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones!
What is your talk going to be about? 10 things you should do after you install WordPress and before you start producing content. Very much a quick checklist of things you need to know and do.
What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why? Thats easy Backup Buddy…cause it’s saved my bacon more than once…
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