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November 17, 2010, The Journal News: WordPress 101 from the combined WordPress Westchester and Hudson Valley WordPress Meetup groups.

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    • WordPress 101
      WordPress Westchester Meetup
      Hudson Valley WordPressMeetup
      Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
      JACQUELINE LEE DeVITO
    • Who is Jacqueline?
      • Webologist at WPStartups
      • Project Manager at MarkNet Group, Inc.
      • Only heard of WordPress 9 months ago
    • History 101
      • Graduated from the University at Albany
      • Graduated with a BA in History and Judaic Studies
      • Generation Y
      • Only took one computer class, and it was on Microsoft Excel
      • Logging into the back-end
      • “What is the Dashboard?”
      • Create and edit a page and a post
      • Adding images, links and PDFs
      • Categories vs. Tags
      WordPress 101
      • Plug-ins
      • Managing Comments
      • Your sidebar(s)
      • Adding Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
      WordPress 101
      • Can access site’s back-end from anywhere, even your phone
      • Open browser and go to your site
      http://www.nameofyoursite.com
      • After the extension (.com) add:
      http://www.nameofyoursite.com/wp-admin
      Logging Into the Back-End
    • Logging Into the Back-End
      • Type in your username
      • Type in your password
      • It is case sensitive!
      • Click Log In
      • Forgot your password? Click Lost your password? and it will be e-mailed to you
      Logging Into the Back-End
      • Complete overview of your site
      • Quickly access the most used areas of your site
      • Can be customized to your needs
      • When in doubt, expand the module!
      “What is the Dashboard?”
      • To get to a certain area, click on the sub-categories of each module
      • Example: Widgets is under Appearance
      • Everyday Modules vs. Seldom Modules
      “What is the Dashboard?”
      • Do you need a page or a post?
      • Page = Supplying information
      • Post = Content for your blog. Usually allows for comments and sharing
      • Both can have images, links and videos added
      Creating a Page or Post
      • On the left column, click Page/Post
      • Option 1:
      • Click Pages
      • At the top, click on the Add New button
      • Option 2:
      • Drop down the menu under Pages
      • Click Add New
      Creating a Page or Post
      • If you can send an e-mail, you can create a page and post
      • Can save a draft of your page or post
      • Ability to use the Visual settings, or HTML code
      • Easily set parent pages, and set page order
      Creating a Page or Post
      • Preview before you Save your page or post
      • Your toolbar may look different depending on your plug-ins and theme
      • Can set page or post to be published at a later date
      Creating a New Page or Post
      • Click on Pages or Post
      • On the table, hover over the page or post you want to edit
      • Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View
      • Click on Edit
      • Make Changes where needed, Preview Changes and Update
      Editing a Page or Post
      • Same for Pages and Posts
      • All you need is the toolbar
      • To add a hyperlink, highlight the word you want to become a hyperlink
      • Click the link icon
      • Type in the Link URL, set Target and Title then click Insert
      Adding Images, Links and PDFS
      • To add an image, find Upload/Insert above the toolbar
      • Click the first icon that looks like a square in a square
      • Add an Image
      Adding Images, Links and PDFS
      • Upload image from your computer
      • Give image Title, Alternate Text, Caption and Description
      • Select your alignment
      • Pick Predetermined Size
      • Insert into Post
      • Ability to edit image after upload
      Adding Images, Links and PDFs
      • Can set a specific size
      • Add border
      • Shrink by a specific percentage
      • While in Edit, click on image
      • Click on landscape icon
      • Clicking red circle will delete image
      Adding Links, Images and PDFs
      • To add a PDF, find Upload/Insert above the toolbar
      • Click the icon that looks like a sun
      • Add Media
      Adding Links, Images and PDFs
      • Upload PDF from your computer
      • The Title will become the hyperlink
      • Give it a Caption and Description
      • Insert into post
      Adding Images, Links and PDFs
      • Used for posts (blog)
      • Way to organize posts
      • If you were writing a recipe for pizza, the category would be “Easy Dinner Ideas” and tags would be dough, sauce, and cheese
      • Can create sub categories
      Categories vs. Tags
      • Little extras that make your site more user friendly
      • Gravity Forms, $39.00
      • Testimonial Manager
      • NextGEN Gallery
      • Google Map Integrations
      • Billions of possible plug-ins (CAUTION)
      Plug-Ins
    • Gravity Forms
    • Testimonial Manager
    • NextGEN Gallery
    • Google Map Integration
      • Can accept comments on pages and posts, but usually just for posts
      • Click Comments on left column of dashboard
      • Shows all your comments
      • Ability to delete unwanted comments and report some as spam
      Managing Comments
      • Can set up site so that no comments are visible until you approve them
      • Click Settings » Discussion on the left column of the dashboard
      • Click on/off the features you want for comments
      Managing Comments
      • Usually powered by your theme
      • The same sidebar on all your pages
      • Ability to have one or two sidebars
      • Information like Search Site, Sign Up for eNews, Twitter Feed
      • Endless possibilities
      Your Sidebar
      • Check your theme first- may have this feature set up
      • Many plugins
      • If not, link an image to your page
      • Put on sidebar, footer, or anywhere!
      Adding Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
    • http://wpstartups.com
      Facebook.com/WPStartups
      @WPStartups
      YouTube.com/wpstartups
      Stalk WPStartups
    • Jacqueline Lee DeVito
      Facebook.com/jacqueline.devito
      @Jacq_Devito
      jdevito@wpstartups.com
      Stalk Me