In their mission to “connect new Islanders with business opportunities”, the PEI Connectors Program identified that many immigrant entrepreneurs need to build a web presence. These PEI businesses want to market themselves online via a website, social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc) and sell online use e-Commerce. Of course the majority have very little budget to spend, and want to take a “do-it-yourself” approach to keep costs as low as possible. To top it all off most immigrants have English as a second language, and so a solution that allows working in their native language would be ideal.
PEI Connectors – Building a Web Presence with WordPress
With these requirements in mind SunriseWeb worked with PEI Connectors to create a three hour introductory workshop to address these needs – Building a Web Presence with WordPress. The workshop is meant to be Part 1 in a series, where future workshops may address specific areas such as selling online (e-Commerce), blogging, and using social media. The workshop focuses on WordPress.com and how you can use this service to build a “free” website. It also explains the different paid options available on WordPress.com, and how these compare to a custom-developed self-hosted option like SunriseWeb offers. SunriseWeb is also helps business owners build their sites on WordPress.com using one of the paid plans there (we recommend the WordPress.com Premium bundle), and this can keep costs significantly lower than a custom-developed self-hosted site – typically 30% to 50% lower. An example of a simple website on WordPress.com where SunriseWeb consulted is Carma’s Glass.
Chinese PEI Connectors WordPress Workshop March 20, 2014
On March 20, 2014 SunriseWeb was very pleased to present the PEI Connectors workshop to participants from the PEI Chinese community. Although the workshop does contain some information specific to the Chinese version of WordPress.com it may be used as a general introduction to WordPress.com for any language. The workshop uses the clean Motif business theme.
Thanks to all participants in the workshop and to Claire Li, Amy Zhang and Tingting Hu for organizing, translating and facilitating the workshop – we even had coffee, juice and muffins! Here are are few pictures from the event.