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Wordpress is a popular and powerful blogging and information publishing system. It is available in three forms: hosted, host it yourself, and multiuser. Which, if any of these, is the best choice.

Wordpress is a popular and powerful blogging and information publishing system. It is available in three forms: hosted, host it yourself, and multiuser. Which, if any of these, is the best choice.

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  • 1.
    • Comments
    • File management
    • Feeds
    • Many other (optional) features
    • KISS vs. go wild
    A Blog is a Website - A Website is not a Blog Blogs should (be able to) have: © Peter Buechler 2009
  • 2. So you want blogging software You’ve got CHOICES:
  • 3. Downsides/Othersides Why wouldn’t you want WP?
    • You already have a blog elsewhere
    • You want to spend your time writing - not playing with the platform
    • You already have too much to do
    • Spam - can be dealt with but not automatically (Akismet)
  • 4. Why WordPress?
    • Lots of “Themes” make it look spiffy
    • Open source PHP/MySql
    • Multiple flavors
      • Free hosted version
      • $ hosted version
      • Multiuser/multiblog version
      • Can self-host
  • 5. “ When you come to a fork in the road - take it” Wordpress is popular and powerful. Which version is four you?
  • 6. Who’s Hosting
    • wordpress. com
    • Free
    • No maintenance
    • Automatic backup
    • Always up to date
    • Variety of themes
    • No 3rd party plugins
    • Sandbox
    • wordpress. org
    • You install
    • You maintain
    • You backup
    • You pay (it’s “free”)
    • Lots more themes
    • Tons of plugins
    • Stadium
  • 7. What’s your theme?
    • Numerous designs from the garish to simple
    • Shareware and $ware from 3rd parties
    • Can change on the fly
    • Controls what WP does as well as how it looks
    • Some don’t support full functionality
    • Can modify - if you know how
  • 8. Don’t fidget. Widget
    • By default, WP doesn’t do much
    • Make your blog dance with widgets
    • Just drag these into the sidebar
    • Can only use with a suitable theme
    • Most widgets are really plugins
  • 9. Plugins (“widgets” on hosted version)
    • Thousands to extend what WP can do.
    • Blurs the distinction between website and blog
    • Not on the free hosted version
    www.b5media.com/ ewebscapes.com / www.janewilsonmarquis.com / (no blog) mosaic-consulting.com / (no blog)
  • 10. Plugins - .com vs .org
  • 11. plugins I like: One of many ways of taking polls wp-polls Your latest tweets Twibadge Helps share posts Add to Any Filters SPAM from comments Akismet Converts blog to mobile format, when viewed on phone. Mobile edition
  • 12. Under the hood WP is built with open source tools and designed to be worked on by the user
    • (x)html
    • css
    • PHP/MySQL
    • Apache
    • Ajax
    • javaScript
  • 13. Getting Help
    • Who ya gonna call?
    • Do you like selfservice?
    • Community support
    • When it works, it works
    • Professional agencies hire/pay for support
  • 14. DIY Support How to change the numbers of posts per page (dashboard)? “ YourWordPressFolder/wp-admin/includes/post.php” Look for the code below (should start around line 517) wp(”post_type=post&what_to_show=posts$post_status_q&posts_per_page=15 &order=$order&orderby=$orderby”); Change $posts_per_page to whatever you wish. The default value for $posts_per_page is 15.
  • 15. Peter Buechler: blog.threshold-group.com marketingGuy2.blogspot.com twitter.com/4ourth [email_address]