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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 ...

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 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. WordPress Newbies You Are Not AloneSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 2. Coffee?Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 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. My daughter, Julianna, age 7 www.juliannadove.comSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 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. WordPress defined. “WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.”Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 7. The WordPress Community • Volunteers • Commercial themes/plugins • WordPress Consultants • End Users • WordCamps & MeetupsSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 8. Things that make you go, “hmmm...”Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 9. WordPress is easy to use.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 10. Except when it’s not.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 11. WordPress is extensible.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 12. What does that even mean?!Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 13. There’s a plugin for that.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 14. Premium themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 15. Premium Commercial themes.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 16. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade.Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • 17. Core Concepts • The Dashboard - quick look at what’s going on around your siteSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 18. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 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. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 21. Core Concepts: CMS • Pages – hierarchical content • Menus – website navigationSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 22. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 23. Core Concepts: Custom • Themes – design • Plugins – functionality • Widgets – design + functionalitySaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 24. Hands-on DemoSaturday, October 6, 2012
  • 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. slides bdove.me/wclv2012 email brandondove@pixeljar.net twitter webSaturday, October 6, 2012