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    • WordPress in 60 Minutes
      This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wpi60
    • A little bit about Michelle
      Now part of Siemens PLM (Product lifecycle management)
      Robotics and Automation Planning solution to develop robotic and automated manufacturing systems. The software addresses multiple levels of robot simulation and workcell development, from single robots and stations to complete lines and zones.
    • An a bit more ...
      Japan 3.5 years – projects for
      Toyota, Mazda, Nissan
      France/Europe 2 years – BMW, VW, Renault
      Detroit/USA 4 years – Ford , GM, Dell, Freightliner
      Vancouver – Project Manager in TELUS
      Real Estate Investor
      And now :
    • What is WordPress
      WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS), often used as a blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL.
      It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.
      Powering 12% of the top 1 Million websites
      13 Million downloads
      25 Million installations
      56% CMS Market Share
    • Why Wordpress
      WordPress is very popular. This means you can find everything you need quickly
      Wordpeess functionality can be expanded or customized using plugins, which are add-on software modules. There are thousand of FREE plugin that can do anything you need.
      Search Engine Friendly
      You are in control
      Does not vendor-lock you
    • What can you do with WordPress
      Blogs: http://www.themarthablog.com/
      Video Blogs: tv.winelibrary.com/
      Business websites: http://pilieventplanning.com/
      Online Magazines: www.vancouverlatino.com/
      Membership Sites: www.paleoplan.com/
      Online store: www.australian-bodycare.net
      Community Websites: http://vizthink.com
      Squeeze Pages: bcdiscountrealestate.com/
    • SettingUp your First WordPress website
    • Plan first !!!
      What is the purpose of your website?
      What is the action you would like the site visitors to take?
      Who is your audience? How are they going to find the site?
      What pages would you like to have?
      Would you like to include a blog in your site?
      What are you going to write about?
      What categories are you going to write about?
      What other elements would you like you site to have
      Common website requirements and a suggested solutions -  wordpress-solutions
    • WordPress Hosting
      Minimum requirements to run a WordPress website are:
      PHP version 4.3 or greater
      MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater
      Our additional recommendations:-
      PHP version 5 or greater ( Will be required for WP ver 3.2 )
      MySQL version 5 or greater ( Will be required for WP ver 3.2 )
      Apachemod_rwerite ( Linux hosting recommended )
      cPanel support – cPanel is a web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. 
      Server Location – If your business serves a community in a specific geographic location, it is recommended that you use a hosting service that has servers in your target location. This will help improve your SEO ranking in your area.
      Disk space and bandwidth limitation – We recommend you choose a hosting plan that is unlimited. These plans are so common and affordable, there is no reason you will pick any other option.
    • Hosting Cont.
      HostGator- A US based company that provides Shared, Reseller and Dedicated web hosting solutions, designed for both beginners and professionals. ( You can use coupon code WORDPRESSINSIDER to get a little bit of a discount )
      WestHost - Recommended by WordPress guru Joost de Valk
      WebServe- A Canada based company you may want to use in case you have a business that serves clients in Canada. Make sure to take one of their UNIX hosting options.
    • Server impact on load time
    • Configuring Your Website
      Set up name servers - This information is typically provided by the hosting company
      The information should be entered into the domain registrant database.
    • Configure Domain In cPanel
      Define domain or AddOn domain
      Install WordPress using Fantastico or other interface
    • WordPress dashboard
      Login through <site-url>/wp-admin
    • Themes
      There are hundreds of free themes you can choose from
      Also , many other cost anywhere between $39~$300
      Elegant themes – $39 per 1 year access for 50+ themes
      WooThemes – From $70/3 themes and up
      DirectoryPress- $79
      FlexSqueeze- $127
    • Publishing content
      Main content types are posts or pages.
      Posts are typically regular blog entries, you write a post. Posts automatically appear in reverse chronological order on your blog's home page.
      Pages, on the other hand, are for content such as "About Me," "Contact Me," etc.
    • About Categories & Tags
      Each post must have at least one category
      Tags are similar to categories, but they are generally used to describe your post in more detail. Using tags is optional
    • Embedding Images
      Should be optimized before images are even loaded into the server.
      Pixel size should be same as the target screen pixel siz
      JPEG images quality can be reduced the medium and reduce the image file size significantly.
      If you do not have image editing software, use online free tools instead. (sumopaint.com )
      Use wp-smush.it plugin to further optimize your images. ( Typically reduces size by 10% )
    • Plugins Overview
      • Plugins are software add-ons that can enhance and modify the default behaviour of Wordpress.
      • Plugin are installed from with the WordPress Dashboard
    • What can you do with Plugins
      Automatic Backups
      Ad Management
      Shopping Carts
      Easily ad tables (WP-Table Reloaded)
      Membership managements
      Event calendar
      Integrate with Google Analytics
      Comment spam protection
      Automatically create mobile version (Wp Touch Pro)
    • Recommended Plugins
      WordPress SEO
      Ultimate Google Analytics
      XML Sitemap Generator ( Not needed if using WordPress SEO mentioned above)
      Contact Form 7 or Gravity Forms
    • Essential Settings
      Setting/General -
      Set time zone correctly
      Setting/Permalinks –
      the permanent URL to your
      Individual posts
      It is recommended to use custom
      structure :
    • Widgets
      WordPress Widget is like a plugin, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content without having to change any code.
      Can use external widget tools
    • Want to learn more?
      Join us for a hands-on weekend seminarwhere we take you step by step through the process of setting your website or blog. We have created this workshop to give you an affordable and fast option for getting a good-looking website up and running in one weekend – no programming, coding, or heavily technical stuff required.
    • WordPress website in a weekend
      Guide you through buying a domain and setting up your web space
      Show you how to install WordPress on your site
      Help you pick the best theme for your site, market and goals.
      Teach you how to customize your chosen theme’s color scheme and header graphic.
      Take you through a complete tour of WordPress dashboard
      Show you how to add content to your website
      Teach you how to add YouTube videos
      Explain what is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and why you should care
      Teach how to monitor your website performance by using Google Analytics and other tools
    • At the end of the workshop you will have:
      A brand new website you can update yourself
      Understanding of how to manage and update your new site
      Dozens of tips and tricks about using WordPress
      Better understanding of what websites need to be successful
    • When
      Weekend Workshop:
      July 30 & 31 10Am – 5 PM
      Evening Workshop
      September 8, 15, 22, 29 8-9PM
    • How Much?
      Regular Price : $450
      Pay Before Jul 15: $405
      First 5 to register : 1 year FREE hosting with HostGator
    • Summery
      Any questions ?
      All resources can be found in WordpressInsider.org
    • Thank You
      Connect With Me:
      Email: Michelle@CastilloMediaGroup.com
      Facebook ( Feel Free to Like us  )
      WordPress Insider Meetup
      Website: WordPressInsider.org
      This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wpi60