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Introduction to using WordPress for business sites. Includes coverage of scenarios, themes, plugins, hosting and gotchas. Plus a case study of the www.GetOrganizedWizard.com site.

Introduction to using WordPress for business sites. Includes coverage of scenarios, themes, plugins, hosting and gotchas. Plus a case study of the www.GetOrganizedWizard.com site.

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  • Introduction to WordPress
    Craig Bailey
    XEN Systems
    www.xensystems.net
    www.craigbailey.net
    @craigbailey
  • WordPress for Business
    Agenda
    Aim for the night
    About our speakers
    Introduction to WordPress
    WordPress as a CMS
    Case Study – Get Organized Wizard
    Plugins
    Themes
    Hosting
    Tools
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  • Craig Bailey
    WordPress sites
    SEO
    Google AdWords
    Using WordPress for 2 years
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  • Our Speakers
    Tony Cosentino - eCommerce
    Jeff Waugh - Performance
    Kristin Rohan - SEO
    Steve Wilson – Content, SEO, Integration
    Jodie Miners – Customisation, CSS
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  • What are your burning questions?
    What are your top 3 items of interest?
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  • Wordpress.org vs Wordpress.com
    Wordpress.com – hosted blogs eg
    http://craigbailey.wordpress.com/
    http://jodiem.com.au/
    WordPress MU – multi-user
    Wordpress.org – self hosted
    We are only discussing wordpress.org
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  • Excel is my Word processor...
    Most things can be twisted and mangled into doing something they aren’t supposed to...
    There’s a plugin for that... 
    So, what are the realistic scenarios for WP
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  • Scenarios
    Business sites with standard content types
    Business blogs & News sites
    Micro-sites (marketing sites)
    Small business online stores
    Membership sites
    Most standard web CMS scenarios...
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  • What is a CMS?
    Web Content Management System
    Create/manage HTML & images
    Authoring tools
    Templates for presentation
    “The software provides authoring (and other) tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of programming languages or markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease.” (Wikipedia)
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  • WordPress as a CMS
    Create content simply
    HTML (pages and blog posts)
    Images
    Video
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  • Example sites
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    More on the WordPress Showcase
  • Why is it so popular?
    Simple to get started
    Simple to use
    Simple to extend
    Simple to style using themes
    Simple to backup
    Simple to host
    Moderately simple to integrate with
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  • What’s missing
    Workflow
    Document management
    Collaboration
    User groups management
    Atomic control of page elements/permissions
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  • Case Study
    www.GetOrganizedWizard.com
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  • Tools
    Windows Live Writer
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  • Configuring WordPress
    Themes
    Plugins
    Widgets
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  • Themes
    Thesis
    Woo Themes
    Elegant Themes
    Remix
    Theme Forest (considering)
    Others mentioned by the group:
    Sandbox
    Builder – iThemes – Developer licenses
    Carrington
    Headway
    Artisteer
    Theme Hybrid
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  • Integration
    WordPress themes are very clean
    CSS is your friend
    Simple to grab their styling and apply to other applications
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  • Integration examples
    Interspire Shopping Cart (link)
    aMember Membership software (link)
    vBulletin Forums (link)
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  • Plugins
    pageMash
    W3 Total Cache
    WP Security Scan
    Backup WordPress
    DrainHole
    Topsy
    Wishlist Member
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  • Widgets
    Add to sidebars
    Add to footer
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  • Hosting
    DreamHost VPS – Virtual Private Servers
    Media Temple – (dv) Dedicated Virtual
    Other hosting options mentioned by the group
    WordPressHosting.com.au - $9/$19 AUD – Alan Harris
    NetworkDynamics.com.au
    WellSites.com.au from $50
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  • Windows Azure
    Cloud computing hosting
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/windowsazure/
    Advantages
    Instant scalability
    No commitments
    Pay for consumption
    Disadvantages
    Loss of control
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  • Gotchas
    Choose good hosting ( with decent support)
    Be careful doing upgrades
    Core WordPress
    Plugin upgrades
    Plugin conflicts
    Caching lockups
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  • Summary
    WordPress is great for managing content
    Use the parts that work for you
    Integrate others
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  • Questions
    Free Personal site audit – email me
    craig@craigbailey.net
    WordPress Development for Business
    www.xensystems.net
    More resources
    www.craigbailey.net/resources
    www.craigbailey.net/bloggers
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