Why WordPress and Open Source? <ul>Ten years ago the Internet had 9.5 million websites and 150 million people online. Email was a relatively new phenomenon. Fast forward a decade and we’ve seen the most rapid adoption of a new technology in the history of the planet. Not only is everyone, including your grandmother, using email, chat, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, but 1.6 billion people, and growing, now engage with over 240 million web pages on the Internet. - Reference: www.quantcast.com Why WordPress? <ul>Simple, WordPress allows you to cost-effectively leverage technology and easily communicate with everyone! </ul></ul>
WordPress – Features & Benefits <ul><li>No Cost: No cost to use it; relatively low cost to maintain.
Standards Compliant: Adheres to Web Standards and is compatible with browsers.
Easy to Install: Several hosting companies allow you to install it with a few clicks.
Easy to Use: Dashboard is user friendly – webmaster not required.
Themes Support: Thousands of free themes are available; purchased themes are readily available. But, buyer beware; purchase themes from reputable sources.
Plugin Support: Add functions and features easily; site map, SEO, forms, calendars, etc..
Community Support: Large WordPress community; forums, tutorials, conferences, etc. </li></ul>
WordPress Essentials WordPress.com and WordPress.org <ul><li>Consider hosting your own WP site (.org) </li></ul>Pick a Theme – Any Theme? <ul><li>Theme selection, very important - whether new to WP or seasoned pro
KISS Principle – Keep it simple </li></ul>Recommendations <ul><li>First, make a list of your requirements. Then, search for example WP websites (not themes) that meet your requirements. Determine if the site you like uses a theme that is readily available or if it is a custom built design.
View the source code, look at the CSS files for developer references.
WordPress Theme Sources Best theme sources? Depends on the application and your skills. “ Free” high quality WP themes are becoming harder to find - developers are successfully selling premium themes. Great free themes are still available: WordPress.org – Free Themes Directory (start with “Most Popular” and highly rated) <ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ </li></ul>Smashingmagazine.com 40 Free High Quality WordPress Themes and 100 Amazing Free Wordpress Themes For 2009 Webdesignledger.com <ul><li>The Best Free WordPress Themes </li></ul>DailyBlogTips.com <ul><li>http://www.dailyblogtips.com/wordpress-themes/ </li></ul>
Premium Themes Way too many for a complete list but here's a few: <ul><li>Ithemes - http://ithemes.com/
Woo Themes - http://www.woothemes.com/ </li></ul>NOTE: StudioPress is a Gold sponsor of WordCamp – Raleigh. Founder, Brian Gardner, is credited with starting the premium theme market. Use high “search volume” keywords specific to your industry and target market. Tools: <ul><li>Google AdSense
Best Practices Short List <ul><li>Speed matters (test with Firebug, Firefox tool)
Optimize your theme header by reducing the number of <php> calls Replace: <title><?php bloginfo(’name’); ?><?php bloginfo(’description’); ?></title> With: <title>Your Title - World's Greatest Website Ever</title> [More speed tips on my digital AIM blog: http://aimcustom.com/digitalAIM/
Include image “alt tags” and header tags with keywords (<h1>, <h2>) </li></ul>
Best Practices (cont.) Short List (cont.) <ul><li>Turn off Post Revisions (wp-config.php file) Add this code: define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);
If your blog is older, clean out the old revisions from you database: MySQL dbase query (or use WP-DBManager plugin): DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";
Consider using CSS sprites for static web images. CSS sprites allows you to download one larger image file instead of multiple smaller ones, which takes longer. CSS Sprites Gnerator: http://csssprites.com/ </li></ul>Tools: Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo! Site Explorer, Websitegrader.com
Best Practices (cont.) Yahoo! YSlow http://developer.yahoo.com/yslow/ YSlow analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the Firebug web development tool. It includes Smush.it for reducing image size. WordPress Optimization Bible (Vladimir Prelovac) http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/wordpress-optimization-guide Comprehensive WordPress optimization tutorial/guide created with the intention of helping you troubleshoot performance related issues. Article provides guidelines on how to speed up your WordPress site.
WordPress Version 3.0 – New Features Final Release - May 2010 <ul><ul><li>Custom Post Types (Go beyond “Posts” and “Pages” - Photo, Text, Quote...)
Menu Management (Full control over your site’s navigation menus)
Custom Taxonomies (no longer just “Categories” and “Tags.”)
Twentyten - New default theme (w/ custom features)
Multi-Site Capabilities - WordPress MU (Multi-User) is now merged with the core WordPress system in 3.0.
WordPress Codex: Complete list of enhancements and fixes http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.0#Development.2C_Themes.2C_Plugins
More at digital AIM blog: http://bit.ly/AIMblog-wordpress </li></ul></ul>
Tools and Tips More: <ul><li>13 WordPress SQL Queries to Know http://www.tipstechtricks.com/2010/05/13-wordpress-sql-queries-to-know.html
10 Best WordPress Plugins For E-commerce http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/10-best-wordpress-plugin-for-ecommerce/
15 Unconventional Uses of WordPress http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/15-unconventional-uses-of-wordpress-in-action/
Themes with Unusual Uses http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/wordpress-themes-with-unusual-uses/
CSS Sprites: What They Are...and How To Use Them http://css-tricks.com/css-sprites/ </li></ul>