Office Hours Hangout: Learning about WordPress with CloudU

If you’ve ever wanted to host your own WordPress blog or learn more about the world’s most popular CMS, you’re in good company. By most counts, WordPress sites make up almost a quarter of all websites. Amongst CMS based sites, WordPress accounts for about 60 percent of the sites. Last week Rackspace was happy to announce a brand new CloudU WordPress learning series. This free course combines written and video instruction with a 30-day free trial of Rackspace Cloud Sites to give a hands on practical look at hosting your own WordPress sites.

We hosted a live Hangout to discuss the new course and WordPress at large with Rackspace WordPress experts Anthony Burchell, Drew Cox, Garrett Heath, and Steven Villarreal. You can catch the whole hangout below. I’ve also included a few highlights from our talk.

WordPress is the “Face” of the Cloud

CloudU learning strategist Steven Villarreal shared that one CloudU team’s goals was to get more people involved in the cloud through practical education. They chose to use WordPress because it’s a very common CMS and can be deployed with a single click from both our Cloud Files, and Cloud Servers products. See Steven’s full remarks on choosing a more hands-on learning series.

Contributing to WordPress

We had a lively conversation about contributing to WordPress. You don’t need to be able to write a line of code to contribute – you just need to want to help. We covered several methods of contributing – from writing core code, to contributing plugins, to just spreading the word about WordPress. There are plenty of ways that any WordPress enthusiast can contribute to the larger WordPress community.

WordPress Flexibility

Drew shared his thoughts on the flexibility of WordPress, including the possibility of hosting on a number of different platforms – and easily moving between them. Our panel believed that flexibility has helped to move WordPress to the top spot amongst CMSes.

There are a lot more points to go over in the entire video below. Please watch, and leave feedback or questions – we’re happy to hear them.

Join us this week when we recap WordCamp San Antonio and get the inside story from attendees and speakers!

Alan is a former Racker, who also helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for cloud collaboration suite Central Desktop, working directly with companies and organizations like, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, he can be found performing improv comedy with ComedySportz San Antonio, or volunteering with the Alamo Beard Club.


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