Wordpress customisation for travel blogs

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A presentation on Wordpress customisation for travel blogs by Joseph C Lawrence at the Getaway Travel Blog Conference.

A presentation on Wordpress customisation for travel blogs by Joseph C Lawrence at the Getaway Travel Blog Conference.

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  • 1. Joseph C Lawrence
  • 2. • What is User Experience (UX) design?• Why Wordpress?• First steps – Domain names and installation• Basic Usability• Copy/Text – the UX of reading• Images & galleries• Web Video – the future of TV• Maps – location, location, location• The social ‘layer’• Delight (the emotional icing on top)
  • 3. What isUser Experience(UX) design?
  • 4. WhyWordpress?
  • 5. Turn this: [cuber_shortcode]Into this:
  • 6. Go Mobile
  • 7. First stepsDomain names andinstallation
  • 8. Register your own domain. It costsabout R100 per year for the name,and can be as cheap as R19 permonth for hosting.
  • 9. Wordpress has a famous 5 minuteinstall. Easier on Hetzner with 1 clickinstall.
  • 10. BasicUsability
  • 11. Links should look like linksThe logo should be linked homeNavigation should be clear andobvious
  • 12. Copy/Text:the UX of reading
  • 13. Use plugins to paginate – good forUX, good for ad impressions  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-paginate/ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/
  • 14. Use plugins to break up content intotabs and accordions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/
  • 15. Use plugins to break up content intotabs and accordions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/
  • 16. Lots of themes come with this stuffpre-packaged, or use one of thefollowing plugins: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thethe-tabs-and-accordions/ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/j-shortcodes/
  • 17. Images& galleries
  • 18. Easy FancyBoxhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-fancybox/
  • 19. Lightbox Plushttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lightbox-plus/
  • 20. Galleria galleriahttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/galleria-galleria/
  • 21. Nextgen Galleryhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/
  • 22. Slickr Flickrhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slickr-flickr/
  • 23. Web Videothe future of TV
  • 24. TubePress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tubepress/
  • 25. Mapslocation, location,location
  • 26. MapPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mappress-google-maps-for-wordpress/
  • 27. WP Geo http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-geo/
  • 28. Wordpress Geo Mashup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geo-mashup/
  • 29. Wordpress Geo Mashup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geo-mashup/
  • 30. Wordpress Geo Mashup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geo-mashup/
  • 31. Wordpress Geo Mashup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geo-mashup/
  • 32. Wordpress Geo Mashup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geo-mashup/
  • 33. WooThemes Postcard http://www.woothemes.com/2010/01/postcard/
  • 34. WooThemes Postcard http://www.woothemes.com/2010/01/postcard/
  • 35. WooThemes City Guide http://www.woothemes.com/2010/03/cityguide/
  • 36. The social ‘layer’
  • 37. Digg Digghttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/digg-digg/
  • 38. Facebook Commentshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/
  • 39. Simple Facebook Connecthttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/
  • 40. Simple Twitter Connect http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-twitter-connect/
  • 41. Latest Twitter Sidebar Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/latest-twitter-sidebar-widget/
  • 42. Delight(the emotional icingon top)
  • 43. The best experiences are EMOTIONAL.These are the ones that you remember.That make you tell your friends.That make you come back for more.
  • 44. Check out http://travelogic.intios.com/
  • 45. Check out http://travelogic.intios.com/
  • 46. Check out http://blog.vtravelled.com/
  • 47. Even Matador is Wordpress!
  • 48. Remember:Always, alwaysthink about theexperience first
  • 49. Finito! joe@clickshape.com @josephclawrence…Questions?