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Developing a Website with WordPress

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About WordPress, and a crash course in building and maintaining a WordPress website.

About WordPress, and a crash course in building and maintaining a WordPress website.

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  • 1. Developing aWebsite withWordPressHeather Actonhttp://heatheracton.comChicago Code CampMay 19, 2012
  • 2. IntroductionMechanical Engineer turned Web Developer ○ http://heatheracton.comDevelop client sites using WordPressOrganize WordCamp Chicago ○ http://2012.chicago.wordcamp.orgOrganize WordPress Lake County Meetup ○ http://wplc.us
  • 3. What is WordPressCMSPHP / MySQLWordPress.org
  • 4. Why Develop with WordPressFasterEasierFlexibleCommunity
  • 5. What Can WordPress Do?Blogs (of course...)Business SitesSocial NetworksE-Commerce
  • 6. How to Build a WordPress Website1. Choose a host2. Install WordPress3. Choose & install a theme, or build your own4. Plug it in...5. Take care of it!
  • 7. 1. Choose a HostYAY! Meh... GoDaddyBluehost YahooHostgator DirectNicWP Engine Hosting24 Linux Windows
  • 8. 2. Install & Setup WordPressPick your poison ○ One-click ○ Famous 5 minute installConfigure ○ No admin user ○ Settings-->Permalinks set to /%postname%/ ○ Settings-->General
  • 9. 3. ThemesFree themes repositoryPremium themes ○ StudioPress ○ WooThemes ○ Theme TrustBuild your own! ○ Toolbox ○ WP Bootstrap
  • 10. 4. Plugins (& other functionality)BackupBuddy Google AnalyticsGravity Forms Google FeedburnerWordPress SEO Webmaster Tools
  • 11. 5. Ongoing OwnershipMake sure backups are runningClickity click to update ○ WordPress version ○ Plugins ○ Theme or theme framework
  • 12. Continuing EdOnline WordPress Meetups ○ WordPress.org ○ Lake County Codex ○ North Side ○ WP101.com ○ Milwaukee ○ Lynda.comWordCampsMilwaukee - 6/2 & 3 ○ Chicago - 8/25 & 26
  • 13. Questions?

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