WordPress Newbies                            You Are Not AloneSaturday, October 6, 2012
Coffee?Saturday, October 6, 2012
Brandon Dove                        @brandondove             WordCamp Orange              County Organizer           Comme...
My daughter, Julianna, age 7                                    www.juliannadove.comSaturday, October 6, 2012
Things you’ll learn.                     • What is WordPress?                     • What is the WordPress Community?      ...
WordPress defined.                            “WordPress is web software you can use                             to create...
The WordPress Community                     • Volunteers                     • Commercial themes/plugins                  ...
Things that make                    you go, “hmmm...”Saturday, October 6, 2012
WordPress is                            easy to use.Saturday, October 6, 2012
Except when it’s not.Saturday, October 6, 2012
WordPress is                             extensible.Saturday, October 6, 2012
What does that                             even mean?!Saturday, October 6, 2012
There’s a plugin                               for that.Saturday, October 6, 2012
Premium themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
Premium               Commercial themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
Upgrade. Upgrade.                   Upgrade. Upgrade.                   Upgrade. Upgrade.                   Upgrade. Upgra...
Core Concepts                     • The Dashboard - quick look at                       what’s going on around your siteSa...
Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
Core Concepts: Blog                     • Posts – chronological content                            • Categories are broad ...
Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
Core Concepts: CMS                     • Pages – hierarchical content                     • Menus – website navigationSatu...
Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
Core Concepts: Custom                     • Themes – design                     • Plugins – functionality                 ...
Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
Where to go to find help                     • WordPress.org/support &                       WordPress.com/support        ...
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My presentation from WordCamp Vegas 2012. In this presentation, I identify key parts of the WordPress community, highlight some core features of WordPress, and give resources for new users of WordPress.

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  • Welcome to this talk. Hopefully you’re all in the right place. Firs things first...\n
  • Did everyone who drinks it, get their coffee? This is important. We’re going to cover ALOT of ground this morning and I want you all pumped up. I’m trying to be a good example up here, I have mine.\n
  • The twitters\nWCOC\nAdSanity\nPixel Jar\nIt’s hard for veterans to get into the mindset of a new user. To combat this, I decided...\n\n
  • to teach my now seven (five at the time) year old daughter how to use WordPress when she was in kindergarten. If I can teach her, I should be able to teach you a little something.\n
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  • WordPress is not WordPress.com. WordPress.com is a hosted version of the free, open source software called WordPress. WordPress is defined as “web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.” But it’s so much more than that. What I think is most remarkable about WordPress is the community that supports it.\n
  • People like John Hawkins, all of the speakers here today, the sponsors.\nunpaid developers, support forums, software testers, wordcamp organizers\npaid non-core developers\npaid core developers, solution partners\npeople like YOU – bloggers, podcasters, photographers, corporations, hosting companies\npeople who continue to evolve the WordPress platform\n
  • now lets get into some things you often hear in the WordPress community that sometimes make you scratch your head.\n
  • We like to say this ALOT. Since we use WordPress ALOT, of course it’s easy. We know where everything is.\n
  • As a beginner though, it can be super confusing. Especially when plugins & themes add pages to the dashboard that don’t follow WordPress standards.\n
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  • Just like the iFamily of products is made cooler with apps, WordPress is made cooler with plugins.\n
  • What’s a web site without a design? There are so many themes out there these days, it’s hard to choose. “Premium” can be a misnomer. What we really should say is...\n
  • ...COMMERCIAL themes. Premium doesn’t always mean better, it just means you have to pay for it.\n
  • Gosh, that’s weird...I don’t know how that got in there so many times. But seriously, this one is actually true. I wanted to put it in here because you should always keep WordPress core, your plugins and your theme up to date. Don’t be scurred.\n
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  • LSW = Lisa Sabin-Wilson\nRP = Rockable Press\n
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  • Newbies, you are not alone

    1. 1. WordPress Newbies You Are Not AloneSaturday, October 6, 2012
    2. 2. Coffee?Saturday, October 6, 2012
    3. 3. Brandon Dove @brandondove WordCamp Orange County Organizer Commercial WordPress plugin developer Custom theme developer Core Contributor All around nice guySaturday, October 6, 2012
    4. 4. My daughter, Julianna, age 7 www.juliannadove.comSaturday, October 6, 2012
    5. 5. Things you’ll learn. • What is WordPress? • What is the WordPress Community? • Things that make you go, “hmm...” • Core WordPress concepts • Where to go to find help • Get involvedSaturday, October 6, 2012
    6. 6. WordPress defined. “WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.”Saturday, October 6, 2012
    7. 7. The WordPress Community • Volunteers • Commercial themes/plugins • WordPress Consultants • End Users • WordCamps & MeetupsSaturday, October 6, 2012
    8. 8. Things that make you go, “hmmm...”Saturday, October 6, 2012
    9. 9. WordPress is easy to use.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    10. 10. Except when it’s not.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    11. 11. WordPress is extensible.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    12. 12. What does that even mean?!Saturday, October 6, 2012
    13. 13. There’s a plugin for that.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    14. 14. Premium themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    15. 15. Premium Commercial themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    16. 16. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade.Saturday, October 6, 2012
    17. 17. Core Concepts • The Dashboard - quick look at what’s going on around your siteSaturday, October 6, 2012
    18. 18. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
    19. 19. Core Concepts: Blog • Posts – chronological content • Categories are broad (i.e. Pets) • Tags are specific (i.e. Tweetie Bird)Saturday, October 6, 2012
    20. 20. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
    21. 21. Core Concepts: CMS • Pages – hierarchical content • Menus – website navigationSaturday, October 6, 2012
    22. 22. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
    23. 23. Core Concepts: Custom • Themes – design • Plugins – functionality • Widgets – design + functionalitySaturday, October 6, 2012
    24. 24. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
    25. 25. Where to go to find help • WordPress.org/support & WordPress.com/support • Codex.WordPress.org • #wordpress on IRC • WordPress for Dummies by LSW (http://bdove.me/wp4d) • WordPress for Mere Mortals by RP (http://bdove.me/wp4mm)Saturday, October 6, 2012
    26. 26. slides bdove.me/wclv2012 email brandondove@pixeljar.net twitter webSaturday, October 6, 2012
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