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WordPress in 90 Minutes This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wordpress90
Agenda Introduction Members introduction ( 1 min each ) Quick Wordpress overview Build a Wordpress from scratch
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 Easy to outsource required changes
Domain Names The dumbest domain ever to-move-on.com What wrong with this name? Everything!!!
How to pick a good domain name The importance of keywords Does anybody use the keyword “to move one”? How many? Is it easy to say? Is it easy to remember? Whose slogan is it?
Domain name tools domize.com – Very quick search, shows domains that are available for sale too domainsbot.com - Gives ideas for domain names using keywords Sibername.com - Canadian Domain Name Registration. Their domain name search gives domain name suggestions too. domaintools.com – A variety of tools including a very good name suggestion tool
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.
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 Define email addresses
Themes There are hundreds of free themes you can choose from Also , many other cost anywhere between $39~$300 Examples: Elegant themes – $39 per 1 year access for 50+ themes WooThemes – From $70/3 themes and up DirectoryPress- $79 FlexSqueeze- $127
Publishing content In WordPress, you can write either 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
Recommended Plugins All in One SEO Pack or WordPress SEO Ultimate Google Analytics XML Sitemap Generator ( Not needed if using WordPress SEO mentioned above) Contact Form 7 Don’t use theme’s build in SEO or Google Analytics support!!
Essential Settings Setting/General - Set time zone correctly Setting/Permalinks – the permanent URL to your Individual posts It is recommended to use custom structure : /%category%/%postname%
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
Summery Any questions ? All resources can be found in WordpressInsider.org
Thank You Connect With Me: Email: Michelle@CastilloMediaGroup.com LinkedIn Twitter Facebook ( Feel Free to Like us ) Website: WordPressInsider.org This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wordpress90