Announcing WordPress Day Sessions: Round 1

January 29, 2016

We’re excited to begin announcing the schedule for the 2016 NTC WordPress Day. This is the first of three posts, featuring the great speakers and sessions we’ll have at this year’s WordPress Day. We’ll be rolling out two more posts featuring all the sessions, so stay tuned for many other fantastic sessions over the coming weeks!

And if you haven’t registered yet, head over to our #16ntcwp conference site to learn more.

16ntcwp longformLongform Content: A Cautionary Tale

Kristina Bjoran & Courtney Clark
Forum One

Longform content is all the rage, and for good reason; when done well, it’s powerful, compelling, and audiences want to engage with it and share it around. But what about when it’s done not-so-well? Even with a CMS as perfectly suited for storytelling as WordPress, longform content is not the sure-thing we all want it to be.

We’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly with longform content, and we’ve learned a lot about how to avoid the common pitfalls. Through real-life stories, we’ll explore the misconceptions, missteps, and roadblocks that can beat down the best of longform intentions. Join us for this session to arm yourself with the ability to spot these issues early and avoid the common—and often expensive—longform mistakes.

16ntcwp socialFrom Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site

Sarah Blackstock

Social media is a must for every organization in 2016. We’ll check out the sharing features built right into WordPress, as well as top plugins, apps, and tips, to update your social media strategy and extend your reach even further this year.

16ntcwp wp101WordPress 101 

Adam Silver

Are you new to WordPress? Adam will explain WordPress from a 30K foot top level view, where it came from, why it’s awesome, as well as the difference between .com and .org versions. He’ll deeper to describe Themes & Plugins, showing how they work running WordPress locally (Desktop Server), creating a post, page, etc.

16ntcwp boardConvincing Your Board That WordPress is the Right Choice

Kyle Maurer
Real Big Marketing

One of the most challenging and important decisions every organization must make is what to use to power the website. The sheer number of available options today is overwhelming and the amount of knowledge required to make an informed decision is daunting. Plus, the situation is further complicated by the large amount of misinformation which all too often influences the influencers within our teams. This session will serve to equip anyone tasked with identifying the appropriate website solution and, more spspecifically those looking to justify WordPress as their preferred platform. We’ll explore the numerous differentiating factors which are important to non-profit organizations and cover in detail what exactly sets WordPress apart from all other options as the only logical choice.

16ntcwp donationsEasy Ways to Collect Donations

Yelena Lowenfeld

Overview of recent trends and main-stream practices to collect donations. Why some orgs do great (like, and others not so well. What goes wrong and why? Use of digital currencies [read Bitcoins] to influence mobile donations.

16ntcwp securityWordPress Security Does Not Have To Be Frightening

Michele Butcher
13 Core

With WordPress now powering a quarter of all websites, it is one of the most common types of sites for hackers to try gain access. There are simple steps you can take to keep your site clean and safe.



Don’t have your ticket yet? Registration for NTC is still open — just be sure to opt in to the 16NTC WordPress Day Pre-Conference Event.

By Ira Horowitz

With 15 years’ experience, Ira is an expert in nonprofit online communications and online fundraising. His work has resulted in increased funds and resounding supporter engagement for hundreds of organizations.Ira oversees our project management team and works with clients to provide our clients with the best possible final product. He also manages all of our strategic engagements and helps guide nonprofits to determine their long-term strategy goals for online communications.