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My talk at #TBU11 on how to take control of WordPress and build a better (travel) blog.

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Taking Control of WordPress: How to Build a Better Blog Taking Control of WordPress: How to Build a Better Blog Presentation Transcript

  • Taking Control of WordPress How to build a better blogSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan Who?Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I’m a DesignerSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I’m a Designer Who likes to take PhotosSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I’m a Designer Who likes to take Photos & build Stuff on the webSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I’m a Designer Who likes to take Photos & build Stuff on the web People tell me I swear at inappropriate momentsSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I work for WordPress UI Team DeputySaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I work for WordPress UI Team Deputy I built a travel blog for over atSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan I work for WordPress UI Team Deputy I built a travel blog for over at I built a travel app for the new aircraftSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • John O’Nolan twitter.com/johnonolan The size of my travel p is about 200 cities spread across 25 countries Size doesn’t matter, it’s not a competition. (But if it was - I would be #WINNING)Saturday, 26 March 2011
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  • WordPress not WordpressSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • WordPress powers around 12% of all sites in the world. Total: 30,000,000 Sites (ish)Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • It’s like selling out every seat at every match at every stadium at the World CupSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • 10 TimesSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Best blogging platform. EVER.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Taking control of WordPress: No black magic required, just some easy tips and tricks. 1. The Basics 2. Design 3.Development 4. PerformanceSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Taking control of WordPress: No black magic required, just some easy tips and tricks. 1. The Basics 2. Design 3.Development 4. PerformanceSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • This Stuff is Easy But you might be surprised at the things you never knew you never knew.Saturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Must Have Plugins Don’t leave home without them. Ever! - Akismet (Automattic) - After The Deadline (Raphael Mudge) - WordPress Database Backup (Austin Matzko) - Comment Reply Notification (Denishua) - Google Analytics for WordPress (Joost) - WordPress SEO (Joost)Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • The Basics of Better Blog: 1. Create Usable Permalinks 2. Use a Strong Category/Tag Structure 3. Customise Your Screen Options 4. Always Update! 5. Edit Images As You Go 6. Use Some Good PluginsSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Taking control of WordPress: No black magic required, just some easy tips and tricks. 1. The Basics 2. Design 3.Development 4. PerformanceSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • The Good News: There are a lot of travel blogs out there with bad designs. There’s a huge amount of opportunity. The Bad News: Good design isn’t easy.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • “ A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. — Antoine De Saint-ExuperySaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Stop this. - It’s ugly - It takes up valuable screen space - It’s a distraction from your content - It makes your site load slower - It’s ineffective http://bit.ly/nomorestumblebarSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • This is what the stumble bar does to poor, innocent cats.Saturday, 26 March 2011
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  • “ Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. — Steve JobsSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Word count: 182Saturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Why is this good?Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Michael Schumacher Elephant Toothache Charlie Sheen Logitech Keyboard Jimmy The Lama Designer JeansSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Dinosaur ApronSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • “ Everyother designers’ work. secretseethat they copy designer’s dirty little They is work they like and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration. — Aaron RussellSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Design a Better Blog: 1. Cut out the distractions 2. Focus your users on specific content 3. Don’t be afraid to take “inspiration”Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Taking control of WordPress: No black magic required, just some easy tips and tricks. 1. The Basics 2. Design 3.Development 4. PerformanceSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Don’t Panic.Saturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Files DatabaseSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Don’t Panic.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • A Website is a Bit Like a Car Bodywork = HTML Paint job = CSS Engine = PHPSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • A Website is a Bit Like a Car Bodywork = HTML ➞ Creates Structure Paint job = CSS ➞ Applies Styling Engine = PHP ➞ Makes it GOSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Want to play it safe?Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Don’t fuck with the engine.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • CSS is very powerfulSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Same HTML Different CSSSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • <a href=”http://example.com”>More</a>Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • <a class=”more” href=”http://example.com”>More</a>Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • .more { display:block; padding:2px 10px 1px 10px; font-size:10px; text-transform:uppercase; color:#fff; text-decoration:none; text-shadow:#000 1px 1px 0; background:#f9f9f9; border-radius:5px; -moz-border-radius:5px; -webkit-border-radius:5px; }Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Develop a Better Blog: 1. Explore your theme files 2. Play with CSS (a lot) 3. Careful with the PHPSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Taking control of WordPress: No black magic required, just some easy tips and tricks. 1. The Basics 2. Design 3.Development 4. PerformanceSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Performance Why should you care?Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Performance Why should you care? For every 100ms delay in page load, Amazon measured a 1% drop in sales.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Performance Why should you care? For every 100ms delay in page load, Amazon measured a 1% drop in sales. 1% of $4.3billion a month = $43millionSaturday, 26 March 2011
  • Performance Why should you care? For every 100ms delay in page load, Amazon measured a 1% drop in sales. 1% of $4.3billion a month = $43million For every 500ms delay in page load, Google measured a 20% drop in traffic.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Install W3 Total CacheSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • Get rid of as many big images, social widgets, and fancy animations as possible.Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Measure your speed with the YSlow plugin for FirefoxSaturday, 26 March 2011
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  • My Name is John O’Nolan twitter.com/JohnONolan My Book, Coming Soon: JOHN facebook.com/JohnONolan flickr.com/photos/JohnONolan DESIGNING LICENSING: EMOTION This talk is released under the Creative Commons 3.0 license. All slides and content will be available on john.onolan.org BY JOHN O’NOLAN PHOTO CREDITS: AND ADII PIENAAR Myself, Rick Nunn, icanhascheezburger.com, chroot.co.uk, gabemac.com SPRING 2011 http://amzn.to/DesigningEmotionSaturday, 26 March 2011