WordCamp Milwaukee 2012What You Can Learn From the WordPress Sites
Michael McCallister ●   Co-Author, WordPress in Depth, with Bud     Smith (QUE, 2010-11) ●   Notes from the Metaverse     ...
Ask questions any time you want!!June 3, 2012                Mike McCallister
When Do You Visit               the WordPress Websites? ●   Youre new at this ●   Youre stuck ●   You want to try somethin...
WordPress.com ●   Plain visitor: SELL! SELL! SELL!June 3, 2012            Mike McCallister
WordPress.com ●   Logged in:       –   New Post       –   Reader       –   Notifications       –   Stats       –   My Blog...
Free and Premium Features ●   More marketing for new folksJune 3, 2012             Mike McCallister
WordPress.com/Premium ●   Domain Registration ●   Extra Storage ●   Custom Design ●   VideoPress ●   Ad-Free ●   Guided Tr...
Support ●   Customize My Site ●   Create Content ●   Add a Domain ●   Get Started ●   Manage Profile ●   Manage Comments ●...
WordPress.com ForumsJune 3, 2012          Mike McCallister
WordPress.com News ●   Blog from Automattic:     Whats New at     WP.com       –   New Themes       –   New Features      ...
WordPress.com Theme ShowcaseJune 3, 2012   Mike McCallister
Theme SearchJune 3, 2012      Mike McCallister
Hot Topics/Popular Tags ●   Tags: what posts are     about ●   Critical for SEO ●   Nice way to find     something to read...
WordPress.com Advanced Services ●   Place to help: Translate.wordpress.com ●   Marketing: Premium Features, VIP program ● ...
WordPress.com Stats ●   Mind Crushing Numbers       –   Posts       –   Comments       –   Likes       –   Some statistica...
WordPress Apps ●   Mobile Apps       –   IOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad)       –   Android       –   Blackberry       –   Windows...
WordPress Apps ●   Mobile Apps       –   IOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad)       –   Android       –   Blackberry       –   Windows...
WordPress.com/AboutJune 3, 2012          Mike McCallister
WordPress.org ●   A bit simpler than dotcom ●   Login serves a different function ●   Marketings a little more subtle ●   ...
Theme Showcase ●   Creative Ways to     Display Your Site ●   Browse by Site Type,     Subject ●   Vote for your     favor...
WordPress.org/Extend ●   Themes ●   Plugins ●   Mobile ●   Ideas ●   Kvetch!June 3, 2012          Mike McCallister
Free Themes Directory ●   Also accessible from your dashboard ●   Highlights of Directory Page:       –   Featured       –...
Theme Info Page ●   Basic info:       –   Last update       –   Links to theme, author home pages ●   Whats unique?       ...
Commercial Themes ●   Developers, not individual themes ●   If a developer is here, they have GPL-based     themes ●   Des...
WordPress.org: Plugin Directory ●   Just like Themes:       –   Featured       –   Popular       –   NewestJune 3, 2012   ...
Plugin Info Page ●   Basic info      –   Last update      –   Compatibility (What the developer says)      –   Downloads  ...
Plugin Info Tabs ●   Installation: Not always needed ●   FAQ: Maintained by developer ●   Other Notes: Not-so-FAQs, Credit...
Mobile Apps ●   Just like DotCom Apps + Nokia and WebOS ●   Not Windows 8 (yet!)June 3, 2012           Mike McCallister
Ideas / Feature Requests ●   Not unlike userVoice or     GetSatisfaction ●   Log in ●   Look for something     similar to ...
KVETCH!       Some days are filled with sweetness and light        and love for the goodness that is WordPress.      Other...
KVETCH!       Some days are filled with sweetness and light        and love for the goodness that is WordPress.      Other...
Support ●   Codex ●   Forums ●   HostingJune 3, 2012    Mike McCallister
Codex ●   If you have any connection to the community     at all, you probably know about the Codex. ●   Check the Codex =...
Forums●   Similar to, but completely separate from,    DotCom Forums●   Find Meetups and Plugin Support here tooJune 3, 20...
WordPress.org: Hosting ●   These folks pay for the listing here ●   Always click the “Forum threads about...” linkJune 3, ...
WordPress.org/About ●   No group photo, but links to all project team     members (including Matt Mullenweg) ●   What you ...
More Stuff About WordPress ●   Books ●   Swag ●   Logos and Graphics ●   Fan ArtJune 3, 2012             Mike McCallister
Rules About WordPress ●   Domains (Dont put “WordPress” in your     domain Name!) ●   GNU General Public License (GPL) ●  ...
Other Stuff ●   Philosophy ●   Roadmap ●   Statistics ●   ContactJune 3, 2012        Mike McCallister
That concludes our tour. Please       proceed safely to the gift shop.June 3, 2012        Mike McCallister
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My session slides from WordCamp Milwaukee 2012. I was a little over-ambitious, as time was called shortly after going through the WordPress.com site. As you look these slides over, I hope you're inspired to explore the WP sites. Rate plugins and themes too!

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  1. 1. WordCamp Milwaukee 2012What You Can Learn From the WordPress Sites
  2. 2. Michael McCallister ● Co-Author, WordPress in Depth, with Bud Smith (QUE, 2010-11) ● Notes from the Metaverse (metaverse.wordpress com) ● Senior Document Architect, PKWARE ● President, Wisconsin Society for Technical Communication (www.stc-wi.org)June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  3. 3. Ask questions any time you want!!June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  4. 4. When Do You Visit the WordPress Websites? ● Youre new at this ● Youre stuck ● You want to try something different ● You want to helpJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  5. 5. WordPress.com ● Plain visitor: SELL! SELL! SELL!June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  6. 6. WordPress.com ● Logged in: – New Post – Reader – Notifications – Stats – My BlogsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  7. 7. Free and Premium Features ● More marketing for new folksJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  8. 8. WordPress.com/Premium ● Domain Registration ● Extra Storage ● Custom Design ● VideoPress ● Ad-Free ● Guided Transfer to WordPress.org ● Premium ThemesJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  9. 9. Support ● Customize My Site ● Create Content ● Add a Domain ● Get Started ● Manage Profile ● Manage Comments ● Get More Site TrafficJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  10. 10. WordPress.com ForumsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  11. 11. WordPress.com News ● Blog from Automattic: Whats New at WP.com – New Themes – New Features – New PartnersJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  12. 12. WordPress.com Theme ShowcaseJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  13. 13. Theme SearchJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  14. 14. Hot Topics/Popular Tags ● Tags: what posts are about ● Critical for SEO ● Nice way to find something to readJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  15. 15. WordPress.com Advanced Services ● Place to help: Translate.wordpress.com ● Marketing: Premium Features, VIP program ● Other ways to access: mobile site, IM, FirehoseJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  16. 16. WordPress.com Stats ● Mind Crushing Numbers – Posts – Comments – Likes – Some statistical FAQsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  17. 17. WordPress Apps ● Mobile Apps – IOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad) – Android – Blackberry – Windows Phone / 8 (Metro) ● Browser-based Apps ● Desktop AppsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  18. 18. WordPress Apps ● Mobile Apps – IOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad) – Android – Blackberry – Windows Phone / 8 (Metro) ● Browser-based Apps ● Desktop AppsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  19. 19. WordPress.com/AboutJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  20. 20. WordPress.org ● A bit simpler than dotcom ● Login serves a different function ● Marketings a little more subtle ● The Download button is a bit more prominentJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  21. 21. Theme Showcase ● Creative Ways to Display Your Site ● Browse by Site Type, Subject ● Vote for your favorites ● Submit Your SiteJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  22. 22. WordPress.org/Extend ● Themes ● Plugins ● Mobile ● Ideas ● Kvetch!June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  23. 23. Free Themes Directory ● Also accessible from your dashboard ● Highlights of Directory Page: – Featured – Popular – Recent Updates – SearchJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  24. 24. Theme Info Page ● Basic info: – Last update – Links to theme, author home pages ● Whats unique? – Ratings: If youre logged in, add your rating – Forum tags – Support topicsJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  25. 25. Commercial Themes ● Developers, not individual themes ● If a developer is here, they have GPL-based themes ● Descriptions in haikuJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  26. 26. WordPress.org: Plugin Directory ● Just like Themes: – Featured – Popular – NewestJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  27. 27. Plugin Info Page ● Basic info – Last update – Compatibility (What the developer says) – Downloads – Links to theme, author home pages ● Whats unique? – Quality Ratings – Compatibility Ratings (what you say) – Support/Forum link (see the Support tab too)June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  28. 28. Plugin Info Tabs ● Installation: Not always needed ● FAQ: Maintained by developer ● Other Notes: Not-so-FAQs, Credits ● Changelog: Bugs fixed and features added in each release ● Stats: Downloads per day, download history, versions in the wildJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  29. 29. Mobile Apps ● Just like DotCom Apps + Nokia and WebOS ● Not Windows 8 (yet!)June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  30. 30. Ideas / Feature Requests ● Not unlike userVoice or GetSatisfaction ● Log in ● Look for something similar to your idea ● Submit your unique idea ● Vote for other good ideasJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  31. 31. KVETCH! Some days are filled with sweetness and light and love for the goodness that is WordPress. Other days, Wordpress is just driving you up the wall. The Kvetch! Page is here for those less than sunny days.June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  32. 32. KVETCH! Some days are filled with sweetness and light and love for the goodness that is WordPress. Other days, Wordpress is just driving you up the wall. The Kvetch! Page is here for those less than sunny days.June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  33. 33. Support ● Codex ● Forums ● HostingJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  34. 34. Codex ● If you have any connection to the community at all, you probably know about the Codex. ● Check the Codex = RTFMJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  35. 35. Forums● Similar to, but completely separate from, DotCom Forums● Find Meetups and Plugin Support here tooJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  36. 36. WordPress.org: Hosting ● These folks pay for the listing here ● Always click the “Forum threads about...” linkJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  37. 37. WordPress.org/About ● No group photo, but links to all project team members (including Matt Mullenweg) ● What you need to know to run WordPress ● Goodies ● Miscellaneous stuffJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  38. 38. More Stuff About WordPress ● Books ● Swag ● Logos and Graphics ● Fan ArtJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  39. 39. Rules About WordPress ● Domains (Dont put “WordPress” in your domain Name!) ● GNU General Public License (GPL) ● Privacy PolicyJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  40. 40. Other Stuff ● Philosophy ● Roadmap ● Statistics ● ContactJune 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
  41. 41. That concludes our tour. Please proceed safely to the gift shop.June 3, 2012 Mike McCallister
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