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    • Customizing WordPress Using Dreamweaver (BYOL)
      Luke Kilpatrick
      Twitter Tag: #adobemax87
    • What you need to know
      Basic Dreamweaver knowledge
      Basic FTP knowledge (can you setup a site in Dreamweaver?)
      A server setup with MySQL and PHP – Local or Remote
      Some experience with HTML and CSS
    • Why are you here?
      You want to setup your own or a company blog?
      You need to create a website that is managed by many people?
      Hate to code things beyond HTML and CSS?
      Want to learn more about the most popular blogging platform out there?
      Need a platform that is free, easy to use, easy to update and can be extended to do almost anything?
      WordPress may be your answer!
    • Who am I?
      Luke Kilpatrick
      Front End ColdFusion and Web Developer
      Build my first website in 1996
      Blogging with a WordPress since 2006 at http://www.lukek.ca
      Manager of Fire On The Bay, Adobe Fireworks User Group and Co-Manager of Photoshop Till You Drop Photoshop User Group in San Francisco
      Done many WordPress installs and setups for many clients, most with custom themes
    • Little bit of history about WordPress
      WordPress is the official successor of B2/Cafelog which is a blogging platform created in early 2001.
      First version was WordPress 0.7 which was released in May 2003
      WordPress 1.0 was released on January 3rd, 2004
      WordPress 2.0 was released on December 31st, 2005
      WordPress 2.8 was released on June 10th, 2009
      We will be setting up and using WordPress 2.8x
    • Why you would want to host your own Blog or CMS?
      Faster updates
      More Customization
      Usually cheaper than many hosted solutions
      You have complete control of everything from the content to the theme to the plug-ins
      Can move it from host to host with no loss of content
      Can scale it to bigger systems if traffic demands
    • Getting Started
      Install MAMP or XAMPP
      MAMP (Mac Apache MySQL PHP)
      Open the MAMP.dmg and drag the MAMP app to the applications folder
      Start MAMP
      XAMP (Cross Platform Apache MySQL PHP Perl)
      Run the XAMPP installer
      Install to C:XAMPP – (default)
      Agree to everything, then select 1 to start the control panel
      Start up Apache and MySQL
    • Getting Started
      Open Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
      Select Site  New Site from the top menu
      Select the Basic Tab and Type in the name of your site
      Enter the URL to your site provided on the worksheet
      Select Yes, I want to use a server technology
      Select “PHP MySQL” from the dropdown
      Select “Edit and test locally (my testing server is on this computer)”
      Select the place on your hard drive where you will store the files.ie: C:siteswordpressdemo – or something similar
    • Create your Database
      Go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ or to http://localhost:8888/phpmyadmin/
      Create a new database called wordpress
    • Change your root directory in httpd.conf
      Open C:xamppapacheconf
      Open httpd.conf in Dreamweaver CS4
      Edit line #182 to point at C:/sites/wpdemo for PC
      Edit line #209 to point at C:/sites/wpdemo for PC
      On Mac
      In MAMP Select preferences
      Go to the apache tab
      Set it to /developer/workspace/wordpress or where you want your WordPress to run from.
    • Getting and Unzipping WordPress
      Unzip WordPress from the source files /wordpress/wordpress-2.8.2.zip
      After you have wordpress-2.8.2.zip you will need to unzip it to the folder you setup for your site
      Once it is unzipped, open up Dreamweaver and look at your local site
      You should have a directory/folder called “wordpress”
      Expand the wordpress directory and select all of the files and move them to the root of your site
      We are now almost ready to install
    • Configuring WordPress for installation
      Open up “wp-config-sample.php”
      On line 19 : replace “putyourdbnamehere” with “wordpress”
      On line 22 : replace “usernamehere” with “root”
      On line 25 : replace “yourpasswordhere” with “”
      Save the file, then rename it to wp-config.php
      We are now ready to install!
    • Upload and Install WordPress
      Then open a web browser and enter“http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php
      Follow the instructions on screen:
      Enter your Blog Title
      Enter your Email
      Click install
      Record the Username and Password, you will need them in a moment.
      Click login.
      Your now setup to use WordPress!
    • Logging in for the first time
      Enter your username and password
      You will land at the WordPress Dashboard
      Change your password to something you can remember
      Click Here
    • The WordPress Dashboard
    • WordPress Posts
    • WordPress Pages
    • WordPress Comments
    • Look at the live site
      Go to http://localhost/
      Lets change how it looks….
    • Installing WordPress Themes
      What is a Theme?
      Where to get themes?
      Unzip and install the themes supplied from /wordpress/themes
      Unzip the theme into [siteroot]/wp-content/themes/
      Unzip all four into the themes directory
      Go back to the WordPress admin – http://localhost/wp-admin/
    • WordPress Appearance
      In the admin, select the appearance menu
      Activate the magicblue theme
      View the site
    • Customizing a theme
      In Dreamweaver, open up /wp-content/themes/magicblue
      Look for style.css
      Open style.css in Dreamweaver
      Open the site in a browser http://localhost/
      Change line 232 from background:black to background:blue
      Refresh the browser… Look at the menu bar
      Locate headerbg.jpg in Dreamweaver – /wp-content/themes/magicblue/images/headerbg.jpg
      Locate headerbg.jpg on [cd]/wordpress/media/headerbg.jpg
      Copy headerbg.jpg from CD to /wp-content/themes/magicblue/images/
      Refresh the browser… Look at the top menu
    • Working with Widgets
      What is a Widget?
      Go to WordPress Admin, Select Appearance > Widgets (below themes)
      Add Categories to the side bar by dragging and dropping
      Add Meta to the side bar by dragging and dropping
      Click view site in new window, or refresh it in the other browser
      Look at the Sidebar
    • Adding a Plugin to WordPress
      What is a Plugin?
      Installing a Plugin, much like installing a theme.
      Unzip and install the contact-form-7.2.0.1.zip on disc [CD]/wordpress/plugins
      Unzip the theme into [siteroot]/wp-content/plugins/
      Go back to the WordPress admin – http://localhost/wp-admin/
      Select the Plugins from the side bar
      Activate Contact Form 7
      Click on settings
      Copy the code in brown
    • Add a page to show the Plugin
      Select Pages
      Select Add New
      Title it – Contact Us
      Paste the code to the body
      Click Publish
      Look at the site
      Select Contact Us and see the form.
    • Adding an image gallery
      Why have an image gallery?
      Extract nextgen-gallery.zip from the CD to the plugins directory
      Activate the plugin from the plugins screen
      Select Upload Pictures
      Select upload a Zip File – Upload CD/wordpress/media/gallery.zip
      Select Manage Gallery from the sidebar
      Click Add Page
      View the site and see your new gallery
    • Any Questions?
      WordPress is almost infinitely customizable with plugins for almost everything
      Designing a theme from scratch is hard, its best to pick a theme from the gallery that is close to the layout you would like then start customizing to your needs.
      Questions?