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USING WORDPRESS TO BUILD CORPORATE WEBSITES<br />DEC 11, 2010<br />AL DAVIS<br />aldavis.org<br />
What are we going to cover today?<br />Why WordPress?<br />Who is using WordPress for corporate sites?<br />Beyond the blo...
So the question is……..<br />As a Web Designer, why should I start using WordPress for my sites?<br />
Ok, so lots of people use WordPress……why else should I use it?<br />Easy to install ( the famous 5 minute install)<br />SE...
So who is using WordPress as something other than a blog site?<br />
Network Solutions<br />
Andyroddick.com<br />
University of Virginia<br />
Spotify.com<br />
Timberline.com<br />
Vancouverconventioncentre.com<br />
When most people think about WordPress and a blog this is what they envision<br />
So how do you go from…..? <br />
Typical WordPress page hierarchy<br />Home page of Aggregated posts<br />/About<br />/post 1<br />/contact<br />/post 2<br...
“New” WordPress page hierarchy<br />Home page <br />/About<br />/contact<br />/Blog<br />/People<br />/blog/post 1<br />/b...
Setting a static home page in WordPress<br />
How to create a page in WordPress<br />Make sure this is unchecked <br />
Step 1. – Set home page to be a static page<br />Make sure you have these<br /> pages created prior to<br /> trying to set...
Step 2. Add code to home page<br />Grabs header.php<br />Makes your home page <br />a re-usable template<br />Good old HTM...
Step 3. Add your CSS to the style.css file (or whatever the file is named)<br />
And Voila! You have a non blog looking home page on WordPress!<br />
Additional resources<br />On the web<br /><ul><li>Wordpress.org
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  1. 1. USING WORDPRESS TO BUILD CORPORATE WEBSITES<br />DEC 11, 2010<br />AL DAVIS<br />aldavis.org<br />
  2. 2. What are we going to cover today?<br />Why WordPress?<br />Who is using WordPress for corporate sites?<br />Beyond the blog- taking WordPress to the next level<br /> How to create a static home page<br />Questions<br />
  3. 3. So the question is……..<br />As a Web Designer, why should I start using WordPress for my sites?<br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5. Ok, so lots of people use WordPress……why else should I use it?<br />Easy to install ( the famous 5 minute install)<br />SEO Friendly<br />LOTS of plugins to make development easier<br />Minimal learning curve<br />And….<br />It’s Free<br />
  6. 6. So who is using WordPress as something other than a blog site?<br />
  7. 7. Network Solutions<br />
  8. 8. Andyroddick.com<br />
  9. 9. University of Virginia<br />
  10. 10. Spotify.com<br />
  11. 11. Timberline.com<br />
  12. 12. Vancouverconventioncentre.com<br />
  13. 13. When most people think about WordPress and a blog this is what they envision<br />
  14. 14.
  15. 15. So how do you go from…..? <br />
  16. 16. Typical WordPress page hierarchy<br />Home page of Aggregated posts<br />/About<br />/post 1<br />/contact<br />/post 2<br />/People<br />/post 3<br />
  17. 17. “New” WordPress page hierarchy<br />Home page <br />/About<br />/contact<br />/Blog<br />/People<br />/blog/post 1<br />/blog/post2<br />/blog/post 3<br />
  18. 18. Setting a static home page in WordPress<br />
  19. 19. How to create a page in WordPress<br />Make sure this is unchecked <br />
  20. 20. Step 1. – Set home page to be a static page<br />Make sure you have these<br /> pages created prior to<br /> trying to set this up<br />
  21. 21. Step 2. Add code to home page<br />Grabs header.php<br />Makes your home page <br />a re-usable template<br />Good old HTML/CSS Code<br />Grabs footer.php<br />
  22. 22. Step 3. Add your CSS to the style.css file (or whatever the file is named)<br />
  23. 23. And Voila! You have a non blog looking home page on WordPress!<br />
  24. 24. Additional resources<br />On the web<br /><ul><li>Wordpress.org
  25. 25. SmashingMagazine.com
  26. 26. WPBeginner.com</li></ul>Groups<br />Toronto Wordpress Meetup Group<br />Book Deals<br />OreillyDiscount code DSUG<br />Apress<br />Discount code APRESSUG<br />
  27. 27. Questions<br />Aldavis.org<br />@adavis3105<br />aldavis@aldavis.org<br />
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