Camp Doug: Schooling the School

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Here is the part where Barry is showing us the Basecamp set-up for one of Camp Doug’s projects.

Today, Seattle Central Creative Academy alums Barry and Andrew from Camp Doug | A Seattle based Design and WordPress Development shop came back to Erik Fadiman’s class to give us a peek into their workflow. They shared the tools and tips they use to maintain their Web Design business.

Camp Doug’s advice to Web Design Entrepreneurs

  • First: get clients that have projects that have a good fit for your skills.
  • After the Site is Up: have an established retainer or hourly rate for website maintenance
  • Pricing: bulk it all together in a package so you can get back some money for the time you spend in management mode and so that your client gets a full website instead of piecemealing it because of budget restraints.
  • Half-payment up front.
  • Demand good content/ Offer to make some with a skilled photographer. “If they are serious about their business, they are going to invest in content.”

Camp Doug’s toolkit

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They do good file structure.

WordPress Tools

Advice to Students

  • Learning web is like learning any language. Don’t just copy/paste. It’s important to write stuff out, type it yourself if you have code you didn’t write, start from scratch. The more you write out commands and code, things start to click in your head slowly.
  • When you are using some plug-ins or themes, it comes with extra stuff and after removing that you’ll sometimes find trails of code from that. Just so you know.
  • Read the WordPress Codex.

Sites to check out

At the end of the presentation, Andrew and Barry trolololed us. And here’s the commemoration photograph of our experience together. That’s Andrew from Camp Doug in the middle there on the floor, next to our fearless leader, Erik Fadiman.

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I am Katarina Countiss, a multimedia designer. I like blogs, games, art and technology. I am curious about how things are made.
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