Agenda● What is Wordpress?● Pages vs Posts● User Management● Themes● Plugins● Widgets● Menus● Hosting● Resources
What is Wordpress?Several ways to use it● Blogging● Content management system (CMS)● Ideal for small-ish sites● Wordpress.org vs. Wordpress.com
What is Wordpress?Runs on web servers running Linux, Apache,mySQL, and PHP (LAMP)Install your own server on your mac withMAMP: www.mamp.info● Installation details here.● Tutorial for installing MAMP for Drupal
Pages vs. PostsPages are static and are not listed by date.● Might include "about me" or "contact" pagesPosts are entries listed in reversechronological order on the blog home page oron a posts page.● Posts = blog
Lets try it!● Create a page● Edit the page● Create a post● Edit the post
User ManagementIf your site needs to have more contributors,manage this through WP!Roles:● Administrator: Can edit EVERYTHING, be careful!● Editor: Can edit/publish/delete posts, pages,comments, etc. Very powerful.● Author: Can edit and publish their posts only. Nopages.● Contributor: Can edit their posts, but not publish.● Follower: Only receive updates.
Themes● Portfolio● Blog● Mobile/responsive● Paid vs. free● Be careful of free templates online!
PluginsPlugins: tools to expand the functionality ofWordpress. Examples:● Spam prevention (Akismet, etc.)● Social media● Caching● SEO● Slideshows● Google Analytics● Contact forms● PDF embedding● There are many, many more.
WidgetsWidgets add content and features to yoursidebars (vertical columns in your theme,usually on the left or right).● Theme-specific areasLets try it! Add a calendar widget to the leftside of your footer.
Navigation Menus● Configuration varies by theme, but most usethe WordPress MenusLets make a custom top navigation!
HostingSome of the below have 1-click wordpressinstallation:● Dreamhost● Bluehost● Laughing Squidhttp://wordpress.org/hosting/
ResourcesOur list of links and resources used in thispresentation:http://goo.gl/dmG39