Intro to WordPress
By Adrian Mikeliunas
adrian@mikeliunas.com

Class # 1
Class #1 Agenda
 Content Management Systems (CMS)
 History, Architecture and features
 Blogging Basics, Types of blogs
...
What is WordPress?
 WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool &
a content management system (CMS) based on PHP
& ...
CMS Architecture

Client

WordPress #1

App
Server
PHP

Web
Server
APACHE

4

Database
Server
MYSQL

2014
Content Management Systems
(CMS)

WordPress #1

5

2014
CMS vs Web Site

CMS

Web Site

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

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Templates
Themes
Plugins
Extensions

STATIC/
COMPLEX

DYNAMIC

WordPress...
CMS Comparison

WordPress
Popularity

Joomla

Drupal

AMP

AMP

SharePoint

#1

Architecture

AMP

Strength

Blog

Weaknes...
History, Architecture, Features
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http://wordpress.org
Started version 1.0 on May of 2003
Current Version is 3.6.1
...
WordPress Features
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Open Source Content Management System
Multi-user Multi-blog
Extended via Themes & PLugins
3 Fo...
Blogging Basics
Blog Types
Web Log = blog
What is a Blog?
 is a discussion or informational site published on the
Web, consisting of discrete entries ("posts")
 T...
Blogging Basics
 One article or post
 Multiple comments to the post
 Comments to the comments

 Unusual blogs:
 Youtu...
The Blogger's Code of Conduct

 Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the
comments you allow on your b...
How it works
 You create content

 Content stored in a database
 You pages get indexed by search engines…

 User click...
Add Content – Web Based Interface

WordPress #1

15

2014
Stored in a database
the_title
the_content

WordPress #1

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Same Content – Different Themes

WordPress #1

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Other Sample Sites

Fuzzy line between “blog” and full web site
 http://thegrovelibrary.net
 http://stillwater.sals.edu
...
WordPress Installation
Local or Hosted?
Automatic or Manual?
Hosting on your own server?
 Cost?
 Storage capacity?
 Bandwidth?
 Tech Support?
 Install software yourself
 http://...
Commercial Hosting
 Often under $10/month
 Tech support available
 http://wordpress.org/hosting

 One Click Install!
...
Which Version?
 WordPress.com provides hosting service for blogs and
standard configurations;
 Staring at $18 per year! ...
Manual installation
 Download from http://wordpress.org/download/
Or http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
 Bitnami: http:/...
Class #1 Review
 Content Management Systems (CMS)
 History, Architecture and features
 Blogging Basics, Types of blogs
...
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  1. 1. Intro to WordPress By Adrian Mikeliunas adrian@mikeliunas.com Class # 1
  2. 2. Class #1 Agenda  Content Management Systems (CMS)  History, Architecture and features  Blogging Basics, Types of blogs  Automatic Installation  Manual installation http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/29130 18697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg WordPress #1 2 2014
  3. 3. What is WordPress?  WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool & a content management system (CMS) based on PHP & MySQL, which runs from a web server      Open Source CMS PHP MySQL Apache (or IIS) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wordpress WordPress #1 3 2014
  4. 4. CMS Architecture Client WordPress #1 App Server PHP Web Server APACHE 4 Database Server MYSQL 2014
  5. 5. Content Management Systems (CMS) WordPress #1 5 2014
  6. 6. CMS vs Web Site CMS Web Site         Templates Themes Plugins Extensions STATIC/ COMPLEX DYNAMIC WordPress #1 HTML CSS JS/PHP/ASP DB? 6 2014
  7. 7. CMS Comparison WordPress Popularity Joomla Drupal AMP AMP SharePoint #1 Architecture AMP Strength Blog Weakness Simple Moderate Complex $$ Yes Yes Yes Moderate Community Market IIS/ASP/SQL Flexible Bloggers Enterprise AMP = Apache, MySQL, PHP IIS/ASP/SQL=Microsoft Server WordPress #1 7 2014
  8. 8. History, Architecture, Features     http://wordpress.org Started version 1.0 on May of 2003 Current Version is 3.6.1 More than half of top 20 blogs sites use WordPress Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power their web pages!  Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards WordPress #1 8 2014
  9. 9. WordPress Features     Open Source Content Management System Multi-user Multi-blog Extended via Themes & PLugins 3 Folders and 14 top PHP scripts:  wp-admin  wp-content  wp-includes http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Wordpress_ Template_Hierarchy.png WordPress #1 9 2014
  10. 10. Blogging Basics Blog Types Web Log = blog
  11. 11. What is a Blog?  is a discussion or informational site published on the Web, consisting of discrete entries ("posts")  Typically displayed in reverse chronological order  Entered by 1 or more persons Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog Examples: http://www.hcplibrary.org/teen/wordpress/ WordPress #1 11 2014
  12. 12. Blogging Basics  One article or post  Multiple comments to the post  Comments to the comments  Unusual blogs:  Youtube comments  WashingtonPost comments WordPress #1 12 2014
  13. 13. The Blogger's Code of Conduct  Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog  Label your tolerance level for abusive comments  Consider eliminating anonymous comments  Ignore the trolls  Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so  If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so  Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogger%27s_code_of_conduct WordPress #1 13 2014
  14. 14. How it works  You create content  Content stored in a database  You pages get indexed by search engines…  User clicks on a link or directly  Pages don’t ‘exist’ until requested by web server  WordPress application  Retrieves content from database  CSS used to style page  Page is built “on the fly” by PHP resulting in HTML & JavaScript  Page is displayed to user’s browser WordPress #1 14 2014
  15. 15. Add Content – Web Based Interface WordPress #1 15 2014
  16. 16. Stored in a database the_title the_content WordPress #1 16 2014
  17. 17. Same Content – Different Themes WordPress #1 17 2014
  18. 18. Other Sample Sites Fuzzy line between “blog” and full web site  http://thegrovelibrary.net  http://stillwater.sals.edu  looks more like a magazine than a blog  http://tamworthlibrary.org  Nice website – put together by Lichen Rancourt WordPress #1 18 2014
  19. 19. WordPress Installation Local or Hosted? Automatic or Manual?
  20. 20. Hosting on your own server?  Cost?  Storage capacity?  Bandwidth?  Tech Support?  Install software yourself  http://wordpress.org http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamisonjudd/2433102356 WordPress #1 20 2014
  21. 21. Commercial Hosting  Often under $10/month  Tech support available  http://wordpress.org/hosting  One Click Install!  Your Hosting Provider will have:  QuickInstall  Fantastico 21 For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/ WordPress #1 2014
  22. 22. Which Version?  WordPress.com provides hosting service for blogs and standard configurations;  Staring at $18 per year! Support included...  Upgrades $99 and more…  WordPress.org offers blogging software, documentation, features & support  WordPress MU (multi-user), a relatively complex program that allows you to run thousands of blogs WordPress #1 22 2014
  23. 23. Manual installation  Download from http://wordpress.org/download/ Or http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz  Bitnami: http://bitnami.org/stack/wordpress  WordPress on a USB stick! http://portableapps.com/apps/development/xampp WordPress #1 23 2014
  24. 24. Class #1 Review  Content Management Systems (CMS)  History, Architecture and features  Blogging Basics, Types of blogs  Automatic Installation  Manual installation WordPress #1 24 2014
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