One of the advantages of attending WordCamp RI is to brainstorm with people you’ve just met. The sessions are great, but so is the chance to share ideas and ask questions about what you do with your website or blog. (By the way, WordCamp RI will be on September 25 and 26 at New England Tech in East Greenwich.)
You’ll have the chance to meet a variety of WordPress users. Attendees will include those who write code and those who write blog posts. WordCamp RI draws those who have serious websites, light hearted websites, tech sites, lifestyle websites; those who use their blog to reach who ever wants to read the posts and those who use WordPress as their eCommerce platform.
Here are some websites you might want to look over to get ideas about what you can do with your site. They are all featured in the WordPress Showcase. These sites will have some features that will work for you and some you may not like. They are all likely to get you thinking.
The first pilot in the world to break the sound barrier was Chuck Yeager. His WordPress website is full of pictures and fascinating information about his professional accomplishments. The site uses text fly-ins (how appropriate is that?) that go along with the pictures on the pages. chuckyeager.com
The Library of Congress blog is the entryway into all kinds of information: digital collections, library catalogs, and even “ask a librarian.” The blog tackles a variety of topics which visitors can search through either by category or date the blog post was written. The blog home page is text-heavy, but the posts themselves make good use of images. http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/
Smashing Apps is a beta site with something for everyone. Developers may hone in on posts such as “11 Sublime Text Plugins For Developers” and non-techies may enjoy posts like “8 Useful Tools For Professional Writers.” This has a busy home page crammed with all sorts of information. http://www.smashingapps.com/
It’s easy to know the subject of I Love Typography’s website. The site has a clean design with many images of varying fonts. http://ilovetypography.com/
You can admire the work of artist Mark Rothko: look at his paintings, buy his art, watch professional videos about his work, read some of his quotes. (http://www.markrothko.org/)
The title of this website sounds potentially boring “Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of England and Wales,” but the pictures on the home page are gorgeous. Check out https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/
Pakistani activist, and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala uses WordPress for her website. It is loaded with information and offers good social media connections. http://www.malala.org/
Check out the New York Times (http://www.nytco.com/), the WNBA (http://www.wnba.com/), foodies may like Lucky Peach (http://luckypeach.com/), Grain Edit pays homage design work form the 1950s- 1970s as well as current designers who appreciate the work of that time (http://grainedit.com/), PlayStation fans this is for you (http://blog.us.playstation.com/), and you’ll find a straight-forward business site for Public Storage Canada at (http://publicstoragecanada.com/).
This is a sampling of the range of types of websites. Now, come to WordCamp RI, be inspired, and inspire others with your site!
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