Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Webinars: WordPress for Genealogists with Taneya Koonce

It is my honor to announce that Taneya Koonce, Tennessee US GenWeb State Coordinator, will offer a four-part series of webinars beginning in June titled WordPress for Genealogy. If you look at her TNGenWeb site, you'll see she is indeed qualified to give us some great advice -- whether you are just getting started or are an old pro at blogging. Each session will be 90 minutes in length, and feature the typical DearMYRTLE "workshop webinar" format with open Q & A and a whole lotta learning going on!

WordPress for Genealogy Part 1: Learn the Lingo
with Taneya Koonce

Monday , June 18th 2012
An overview to describe what WordPress is, how it is different from the "old" model of publishing for the web, getting familiar with how content management systems work, the kind of terminology that's used, and introducing people to the major resources. Live demo includes using the WordPress hosting at REGISTER: 

WordPress for Genealogy - Part 2: Dissecting the Dashboard
with Taneya Koonce

Monday June 25th 2012
Live demo will take people through the parts of the WordPress Dashboard, which is the administration interface of WordPress. Understanding what all the parts are and what they do - have you actually create some content! This webinar session will also focus on the self-hosted version of WordPress.  REGISTER:

WordPress for Genealogy - Part 3: Features, Features, and More Features
with Taneya Koonce

Monday July 9th 2012
Live demo will cover plugins & themes - how to find them, how to choose them; dos and don'ts, which ones may be most helpful for genealogy. REGISTER:

WordPress for Genealogy - Part 4: Polish to Perfection
with Taneya Koonce

Monday July 16th 2012
Live demo will be more advanced - how to tweak themes, maintenance issues, go over some aspects which I think help make a site more robust and sophisticated; resources for learning even more; site analytics. REGISTER:

ALL DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinars in this series are held at 9pm Eastern US time, daylight when applicable.
9pm Eastern US
8pm Central US
7pm Mountain US
6pm Pacific US

If you need a time zone converter, there is a great one located here:

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

iPad users may download the GoToMeeting App in the App Store.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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  1. Perfect timing! We just started using Word Press for our work website. Definitely need to learn this now. Thanks for doing this Dear Myrt & Taneya!!

  2. Glad you'll join us Denise! Maybe you can send me any specific questions you may already have so we can be sure to cover them.

  3. Slides I used are posted online now at