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QuickStart to WordPress     Wallkill River School      January 26, 2013    Eileen MacAvery Kane
AgendaI.    Overview of WordPressII.   OptionsIII. GoalsIV. PlanV. Designing and Adding ContentVI. ResourcesVII. Hands-on
What is Wordpress?
•   Web software you can use to create a    blog (weblog) or website•   CMS (Content Management System)•   Computer progra...
What is it used for?
Blogging
Websites
Why WordPress?
WordPress Benefits     •    Easy installation                               •    Interactivity     •    Easy customization...
Look at all your options
Social Networking
eCommerce
Wordpress.org / Wordpress.com / Edublogs• Wordpress.com is free but you need to use the wordpress.com url  (i.e. name.word...
Wordpress.org (host yourself)
Wordpress.com (use them to host)
Wordpress.edublog.org (use their host)
Getting Started
Define your goals
Website Goals•   Advertise•   Non-profit/Fundraising•   Information•   eCommerce•   Portfolio site•   Self-promotion
Personal goals
Personal Goals•   Easy to build•   Easy to maintain and update•   Easy to find•   Economical•   Showcase creativity
Make a plan
Visual tone and layout
LayoutNot all themes are created equal, follow webusability guidelines for:• Branding (top left)• Navigation (top or left ...
http://ilovetypography.com/
http://fstop2.photocrati.com/
http://www.wordpressthemesbook.com/education/
Addingimages, media, and content
Images• Keep size reasonable – (max 1500px width, 72 ppi)• Edit images directly in blog or use image editing software:  iP...
MediaUpload to free video hosting sites•YouTube•Vimeo•Flickr
Content•   Write like you talk•   KISS – keep it short and simple•   Keep it lively, make it snappy and snazzy•   Link oft...
Posts vs. PagesPOSTS                               PAGES• Time-based                        • Static content• Relational  ...
SEO• Unique and useful content.• Quality and relevant backlinks• Title tags should be unique and contain your main  keywor...
Prioritize1. Determine which type of hosting you will use   (wordpress.org, wordpress.com, edublog)2. Make a plan for navi...
ResourcesWordPress resourceshttp://wordpress.com/http://wordpress.org/http://edublogs.org/Domains and Hosting (always sear...
Dive in and try it!
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
Eileen MacAvery Kane / Wallkill River School WPQS
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  1. 1. QuickStart to WordPress Wallkill River School January 26, 2013 Eileen MacAvery Kane
  2. 2. AgendaI. Overview of WordPressII. OptionsIII. GoalsIV. PlanV. Designing and Adding ContentVI. ResourcesVII. Hands-on
  3. 3. What is Wordpress?
  4. 4. • Web software you can use to create a blog (weblog) or website• CMS (Content Management System)• Computer program that allows you to edit, publish, modify, and manage content on your website online• Free and open source
  5. 5. What is it used for?
  6. 6. Blogging
  7. 7. Websites
  8. 8. Why WordPress?
  9. 9. WordPress Benefits • Easy installation • Interactivity • Easy customization • Large supportive community • Easy maintenance • Multiple plug-ins • Search engine friendly • Design flexibility • RSS Feeds • Multiple users • Schedule Posts • Generates lots of trafficSource: http://www.drostdesigns.com/wordpress-web-design-top-12-benefits-of-designing-your-website-with-wordpress/
  10. 10. Look at all your options
  11. 11. Social Networking
  12. 12. eCommerce
  13. 13. Wordpress.org / Wordpress.com / Edublogs• Wordpress.com is free but you need to use the wordpress.com url (i.e. name.wordpress.com)• Limited amount of space and options with Wordpress.com• No ads with Wordpress.com• Pay for hosting and domain with Wordpress.org• Wordpress.org requires more technical knowledge• Wordpress.org better for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)• Edublogs have a Wordpress engine and functions like wordpress.com, different levels (some free, some not)Source: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
  14. 14. Wordpress.org (host yourself)
  15. 15. Wordpress.com (use them to host)
  16. 16. Wordpress.edublog.org (use their host)
  17. 17. Getting Started
  18. 18. Define your goals
  19. 19. Website Goals• Advertise• Non-profit/Fundraising• Information• eCommerce• Portfolio site• Self-promotion
  20. 20. Personal goals
  21. 21. Personal Goals• Easy to build• Easy to maintain and update• Easy to find• Economical• Showcase creativity
  22. 22. Make a plan
  23. 23. Visual tone and layout
  24. 24. LayoutNot all themes are created equal, follow webusability guidelines for:• Branding (top left)• Navigation (top or left sidebar)• Search (always include one)
  25. 25. http://ilovetypography.com/
  26. 26. http://fstop2.photocrati.com/
  27. 27. http://www.wordpressthemesbook.com/education/
  28. 28. Addingimages, media, and content
  29. 29. Images• Keep size reasonable – (max 1500px width, 72 ppi)• Edit images directly in blog or use image editing software: iPhoto, Picnik, for optimum results• Save as RGB in jpeg, gif, or png format• Make sure you follow image usage rights guidelines (use your own or images that you have permission to use)
  30. 30. MediaUpload to free video hosting sites•YouTube•Vimeo•Flickr
  31. 31. Content• Write like you talk• KISS – keep it short and simple• Keep it lively, make it snappy and snazzy• Link often and use keywords• Use headlines and short sentences• Proof-read for typos and grammar• Make it worthwhile• Post often• Always respond
  32. 32. Posts vs. PagesPOSTS PAGES• Time-based • Static content• Relational • Non-relational• Part of group (categories) • Permanent fixtures• Need to be organized • Macro-level• Ephemeral • Site information RULE OF THUMB Pages for info that doesn’t change Posts for info that is updated and transient
  33. 33. SEO• Unique and useful content.• Quality and relevant backlinks• Title tags should be unique and contain your main keywords.• Your website shouldnt have many sub menus, and its pages should be interlinked.
  34. 34. Prioritize1. Determine which type of hosting you will use (wordpress.org, wordpress.com, edublog)2. Make a plan for navigation3. Pick posts or a page for home page4. Find a theme5. Add content: pages, posts, widgets6. Determine comment protocol7. Extend — plugins, link to social media sites8. Find what you don’t know when you need it
  35. 35. ResourcesWordPress resourceshttp://wordpress.com/http://wordpress.org/http://edublogs.org/Domains and Hosting (always search online for discount coupon codes)http://www.bluehost.com/http://www.top10bestwebsitehosting.com/WordPress Themes (search online and read reviews for free and premium themes)http://wpmix.com/http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2012/08/simple-wordpress-themes.htmlhttp://www.woothemes.com/http://www.elegantthemes.com/http://themeforest.net/item/luxury-wordpress-template/83220http://www.wpdaddy.com/category/educationhttp://www.wordpressthemesbook.com/education/http://thethemefoundry.com/wordpress/Helphttp://codex.wordpress.org/http://www.smashingmagazine.com/learning-wordpress-useful-wordpress-tips-tutorials/http://ynda.com
  36. 36. Dive in and try it!
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