Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0

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Presentation given at WordCamp Denver, November 16, 2013

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  • Also see: https://managewp.com/learning-wordpress
  • adding blog posts on someone else's websitedeciding you should have your own blogsetting up a WordPress.com sitequickly getting frustrated with the limitations of WordPress.comsetting up your own WordPress.org siteswapping out themesinstalling plugins
  • Code – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!(find a gif with the Wilhelm scream)
  • Picky aren’t you?
  • Well, okay, I confess. I'm not a coder either. I'm a wannbe coder.
  • The codex
  • Law of the harvest
  • Amalgamator
  • Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0

    1. 1. LEARNING WORDPRESS SUCKS So what’s a person to do?
    2. 2. Is this you?
    3. 3. AND IT STILL DOESN'T DO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO.
    4. 4. WORDPRESS IS PAC-MAN FOR THE WEB: EASY TO LEARN BUT NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO MASTER. John James Jacoby
    5. 5. SO WHAT'S NEXT?
    6. 6. Do what?
    7. 7. You're not a coder
    8. 8. You need to know • HTML • MySQL • CSS • DNS • SASS • Git • JavaScript • Local install • PHP • Deployment • JSON • Photoshop • AJAX • ALL THE THINGS! • JQuery
    9. 9. Four levels of knowledge • Know nothing • Know enough to be dangerous • Know enough to be afraid • Know enough to be confident You can stop at any level. It’s up to you.
    10. 10. IF YOU KNOW NOTHING…
    11. 11. Where to begin Learn How / Where • WordPress.com vs. • WordPress.org WordPress.org • Set up a self-hosted WordPress site • Explore themes and plugins • YouTube.com • Lynda.com • WordPress for Dummies • BobWP.com
    12. 12. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE DANGEROUS…
    13. 13. Learning more Learn How / Where • Judge a good • WordPress for Web theme/plugin • The template hierarchy • Backup a website Designers • WPbeginner.com • WPmayor.com • TeamTreehouse.com
    14. 14. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE AFRAID…
    15. 15. The gauntlet Learn How / Where • Check out frameworks • Read the codex • Write a child theme • Professional WordPress • Write a single-function plugin • Migrate a website • Version control • Explore managed hosting • • • • Design and Development Boulder Digital Arts YourWebsiteEngineer.com WebDesign.com WPengine.com
    16. 16. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE CONFIDENT…
    17. 17. Rock star Do Keep Learning • Write some posts • Post_status.com • Speak at a WordCamp • Torque.com • Contribute to core • ChrisLema.com • Write an extension for an existing plugin • Write a plugin for a theme framework
    18. 18. OTHER RESOURCES
    19. 19. Podcasts • Dradcast • Matt Report • WP Watercooler • Week in WordPress • Your Website Engineer • PressThis • Shop Talk • WordPress Weekly • WP Plugins A to Z • WP Bacon • Apply Filters • PleaseAdvise.fm • WP Elevation • WordPress Chick
    20. 20. Networking • WordPress.org forum • WordPress meetups • WordCamps • Twitter • Google+ • Co-working spaces • Coffee shops
    21. 21. Mentor • Worth every penny
    22. 22. Mentor • Worth every penny beer
    23. 23. Now that you’re a WP ninja • Find a group or team to collaborate with
    24. 24. Job Titles • Implementer • Content Strategist • Front End Developer • Web Designer • UI / UX Designer • Web Developer • Marketing • SEO Specialist • Copywriter • Graphic Artist
    25. 25. But • I'm not interested in learning all of that • My site doesn't need all that stuff • I don't have a site to work on
    26. 26. Three approaches 1. Find a sad, sorry website and build a good one 2. Find a great site and copy it 3. Make it up
    27. 27. You can't learn WordPress from … Books ❖ Videos ❖ Tutorials
    28. 28. You gotta...
    29. 29. And when you’re feeling stupid and overwhelmed (because you will)
    30. 30. Just remember how far you’ve come
    31. 31. And know that the people you respect and admire…
    32. 32. Feel the same way too
    33. 33. You can do it
    34. 34. But you can’t do it overnight
    35. 35. You don’t have to do it alone
    36. 36. Julie Kuehl • @juliekuehl • www.juliekuehl.com • (it’s pronounced “keel” but I’m good with “cool” too  ) • http://www.slideshare.net/JulieKuehl • http://chrislema.com/wordpress-ninja-1400-days/ • http://winningwp.com/six-superb-books-learning-wordpress/ • http://www.bobwp.com/wordpress-podcasts/

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