Speaker Spotlight: Richard Martin

Richard Martin is an online entrepreneur. He created and manages a site that provides health services to clients and continuing education training for health professionals. Before going online he did product marketing in Silicon Valley with several companies including Apple, Cisco and Broadcom. Richard now lives in Ottawa.

Richard is presenting: WordPress Themes and Frameworks Explained and is hosting the panel Building Your Business, Cause, or Brand using WordPress

Why WordPress? Why do you like using WordPress? I use WordPress for my own projects. I tried several different software and blogging platforms before I settled on WordPress. I am happy to say that all my projects going forward will be WordPress-based.Over the last two years, I have noticed a significant improvement in the quality and functionality of the themes and plugins available for WordPress. It appears to me that third party development will continue to contribute to the success of the platform.
Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa? I am one of the organizers of WordCamp Ottawa so a speaking engagement is a natural step for me. I decided to get involved in organizing the event after attending and presenting at the Toronto WordCamp. I felt it was time we build a community here.
What is your talk going to be about? I have two sessions during the day. In the morning, I will be speaking about themes and frameworks-specifically, how to select a theme. In the afternoon, I am hosting a panel discussion on how you can use WordPress to build your business, your cause, or your brand.
What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why? One of my sites uses video extensively. I like the Video SEO for WordPress by Yoast. It creates a video sitemap and a thumbnail of the video that gets presented in the search results. The thumbnail leads to higher clicks for us.
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