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    Maui WordPress 101 Workshop February 16, 2011 Maui WordPress 101 Workshop February 16, 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • WordPress BasicsAn Introduction to the WordPress Publishing Platform and WordPress.com Jeff Bennett www.DigitalSplashMedia.com
    • WordPress Basics Introductions• Name & Company/Business• WordPress Experience• What do you hope to get from this workshop?
    • WordPress BasicsLearning Objectives:•Signing up and activating aWordPress.com account•Basic settings•Defining the look of your site with themes•Creating posts and pages•Adding photos and videos•Menus•Adding additional functionality to yoursidebars with widgets
    • Conceptual Overview Guided Tour & DemoAgenda Hands-on
    • Conceptual Overview Guided Tour & DemoAgenda Hands-on
    • Every BusinessNEEDS a Website
    • But historically, tobuild a website, you needed to know how to code
    • ... or hire someone who did
    • But with the advent of free Internetpublishing tools like Wordpress
    • You don’t have toknow how to codeGeek-speaknot required!
    • Though it started as a blogging platform, Wordpress is now a very rich onlinepublishing tool used forbuilding entire websites
    • So, why is this good news for you?
    • You can build without this... knowing this
    • Create a website using only your browser for FREE $0
    • You just use a simple text editor to create and edit pages
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • theme.wordpress.com
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • The Basic Process Sign- Choose Adjust Write a up/ Publish theme settings pageInstall
    • If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or another word processor,you should be able to get the hang of Wordpress
    • Before wejump in...
    • Flavors vs..com .org
    • This workshop is focused on WordPress.com .comWordPress.org will becovered in a follow-up workshop
    • Things to prepare before you get sign upWhat’s your blog/site about?What kind of content will it have?What will it be called?Who is your audience?What kind of a look or feel should the site have to match itscontent and your audience?
    • Conceptual Overview Guided Tour & DemoAgenda Hands-on
    • Wordpress Guided Tour Wordpress Guided Tour
    • Wordpress Guided Tour For this part of the workshop, just watch rather than trying to Wordpressfollow and create. We’ll do Guided Tour some hands-on later.
    • WordPress Basics•Signing up and activating aWordPress.com account•Basic settings•Defining the look of your site with themes•Creating posts and pages•Adding photos and videos•Menus•Adding additional functionality to yoursidebars with widgets
    • Sign-up and Activation - A Brief Videohttp://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/
    • The DashboardCustomize LayoutExpand/CollapseMenu
    • http://wordpress.tv/2009/01/05/the-wordpresscom-dashboard-introduction/
    • SettingsGeneralWritingReadingDiscussion http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/
    • ThemesSearchBrowsePreviewActivateAppearanceOptions - not allthemes createdequal
    • Hint: Use Your Browser’s Tabs One tab for viewing the public view of the site One tab for the “back end” / admin sectionOther tabs fordocumentation,reference, etc.
    • Creating PostsTitleInsert imagesFormatting iconsClick for all iconsType or pastecontentPublish optionsCategoriesTags
    • Creating PagesSimilar layout aspostsAttributes insteadof Categories andTags
    • Posts vs PagesPosts PagesTime-based content Pseudo-static pages used todisplayed in reverse create web pages for non-chronological order - changing information likemore “bloggy” contact, about, products, services, etc. Not listed by date, and they don’t use categories and tags
    • Editing Posts & PagesSelect Edit undereither Posts orPagesSelect item to edit
    • Categories & TagsCategories - helpfulfor organizing yourposts by topicTags like keywords
    • Custom Menus
    • Managing CommentsUnapproveApproveSpam
    • Static Home PageFirst create a pagethat will be yourhome pageCreate anothernew page that willbe for blog postsUnder Settings >Reading click on Astatic page in theFront page displayssection & select thenew home page forFront page and newblog page for postspage
    • LinksOptional if youwant to have a setof links in yoursidebar
    • Media LibraryUpload and managephotos, video andother media
    • WidgetsContent for yoursidebar & footerFind it underAppearance menuDrag-n-dropwidgets with yourmouseUseful Widgets:Recent PostsArchivesCategoriesRSSSome themesinclude extrawidgets
    • Polls & RatingsRatings - people canrate postsPolls - requiresaccount withPollDaddy.com
    • Wordpress.com UpgradesApplies to .com,not .orgYour own domainname - $9.97/yearCustom CSS (extraflexibility forchanging yourtheme) - $14.97/year
    • Conceptual Overview Guided Tour & DemoAgenda Hands-on
    • Let’s Get You Signed Up & Started
    • Wordpress.orgMuch the same as .comas far as interface goesLots more themesLots more options viapluginsTons of flexibilityYou have to sign up witha web hostBlueHost.com - veryaffordable ($6.95/month), good options,easy Wordpressinstallation
    • WordPress Resources http://learn.wordpress.com/ DigitalSplashMedia.com MauiWP.com WordPress.tv codex.wordpress.org Twitter.com/DigitalSplash Twitter.com/MauiWordpress
    • Wordpress 201 WordPress.orgWhat is WordPress.org - self-hosted WordPressFinding a web hostSimple installation of WordPress with BlueHostReview of dashboard, posts, pages and menusThemes - lots more and their customizablePlugins - need some additional functionality? Theres aplugin for that!SecurityBackupsMigrating from WordPress.com to WordPress.orgTransferring from one WordPress.org site to anotherWordPress.org site