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There is no doubt about it – WordPress has one of the most active and supportive community. The open-source software is helping thousands of professionals and the number is growing every day. Our today’s guest for the interview is recognized in the WordPress community for her contributions.
Without further ado; let’s talk to our hour very special guest Ms. Michelle Frechette. ?
Cloudways: Welcome and thank you for taking the time out for this interview. Before, I get all excited about your work; let’s hear your story. Please tell our readers how did you step into the world of the web?
Michelle: My best friend and I had started a non-profit and needed a website. Her husband built a WordPress website for us, then gave us logins to add all the content. We were both really afraid to break anything on it, but I logged in and took a look around, then started adding pages and posts.
Before long I felt a little like an expert. So I asked him to show me how to build the site. He did, and now I have a career working in WordPress. I couldn’t be happier!
Cloudways: That’s superb! As per your personal website; you did an MBA in marketing, eCommerce, and information systems; how did that bring you to web design and at what point were you introduced to WordPress?
Michelle: In one of my classes, we had to build a website using only HTML. It was the year 2000, and my first introduction to the code of any kind. I was really over my head as I’d been a religion and philosophy undergrad. Our team passed, and I was extremely proud of our accomplishments.
From there I started designing templated emails for the admissions office to send out, and even a few pages on the school’s website. But then I didn’t do anything more for several years until I was introduced to WordPress.
Cloudways: Please tell our readers about the book you authored ‘A Good Firm Handshake’. What inspired you to write a book and who can get benefit from reading this?
Michelle: I had been blogging about business for the local newspaper, and it had always been a dream of mine to write a book. My best friend (she’s a common thread in my success stories) suggested I turn the posts into chapters, so the book began. I took a year expanding those 350-500 word posts into chapters with much deeper information, more chapters, and contemplating on the name and order of the chapters.
Once it was complete I was really proud to have published something that can help small business owners and managers to think outside of their core concepts and learn more about how to market their businesses. It includes everything from how to give a proper handshake to what to put on a business card to make sure your website is up-to-date. My favorite chapters, though,
This article was written by Ibad Ur Rehman and originally published on The Official Cloudways Blog.