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  • 1. WordPress in 90 Minutes
    This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wordpress90
  • 2. Agenda
    Members introduction ( 1 min each )
    Quick Wordpress overview
    Build a Wordpress from scratch
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5.
  • 6. SettingUp your First WordPress website
  • 7. Domain Names
    The dumbest domain ever
    What wrong with this name?
  • 8. 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?
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. Configure Domain In cPanel
    Define domain or AddOn domain
    Install WordPress using Fantastico
    Define email addresses
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Plugins Overview
    • Plugins are software add-ons that can enhance and modify the default behaviour of Wordpress.
    • 18. Plugin are installed from with the WordPress Dashboard
    • 19. Example - AddThis
  • 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!!
  • 20. Essential Settings
    Setting/General -
    Set time zone correctly
    Setting/Permalinks –
    the permanent URL to your
    Individual posts
    It is recommended to use custom
    structure :
  • 21. 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
  • 22. Summery
    Any questions ?
    All resources can be found in WordpressInsider.org
  • 23. Thank You
    Connect With Me:
    Email: Michelle@CastilloMediaGroup.com
    Facebook ( Feel Free to Like us  )
    Website: WordPressInsider.org
    This presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/wordpress90