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WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners. Presented at the 2011 WordCamp Louisville. #wclou

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    • WordPressOverviewandBest PracticesforBeginners
      2011 WordCamp Louisville
      Presented by: Bill M. Rice
      WebMedley.com
      #wclou
    • Introduction
      Hello World!
      Bill M. Rice
      WordPress Enthusiast
      Production Director
      WebMedley.com
      twitter.com/creativebill
      linkedin.com/in/creativebill
      facebook.com/creativeBill.RiceDesign
      Opinions are my own. No paid endorsements.
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Warning!
      You are about to experienceFIREHOSE learning.
      • There will not be a quiz
      • There are NO stupid questions
      • Don’t try to keep up taking notes, I talk way too fast
      • Slides available at slideshare.net/creativebill
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Overview
      Here’s what we’ll be covering today…
      • Why WordPress?
      • Best Practices
      • Plugins
      • Tips & Tricks
      • Question & Answer
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Why WordPress?
      The reasons YOU should be using WordPress
      • Totally Free and Open Source
      • Strong Community Support
      • 16,463+ available plugins (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/)
      • 8,645,393+ WP 3.2 downloads (http://wordpress.org/download/counter/)
      • Outstanding Visual Editor
      • It’s a CMS and a Blog
      • Scalable
      • Secure
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Why WordPress?
      Comparing Content Management Systems (CMS)
      • Drupal
      • Joomla
      • MODx
      • http://www.techi.com/2011/07/open-source-wars-wordpress- vs-drupal-vs-joomla/
      Popular WordPress Sites
      • Wall Street Journal, Time, CNN, TED, Forbes
      • Kobe Bryant, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire
      • Spotify, Ford, Herman Miller
      • Smashing Magazine
      • http://www.computercourage.com/2011/09/15/popular-sites-that-use-wordpress/
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Why WordPress?
      Content Overview
      Pages
      • Static -less updated content (contact us)
      • Can create multiple templates for site (home, gallery etc.)
      Posts
      • Dynamic - more frequently updated content (blog)
      • Sortable by one or more category
      • Tags
      Widgets / Plugins
      • Easy to use, add functionality to site (rss, videos, photos)
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Why WordPress?
      Ease of Use
      • Outstanding Visual Editor
      • Paste from MS Word
      • Yes, even your clients/staff can be trained 
      Creature Comforts
      • Menu Structure
      • Widgets
      • There’s a plugin for that
      Flexible and Scalable
      • CMS + Blog
      • Did I mention free?
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Paste from MS Word
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Adding and Ordering Menus like a Pro
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Hosting Options
      • WordPress.com – did I mention free?
      • Self-Hosted WordPress install (wordpress.org)
      • Host on a Unix / Apache server
      • Shared Hosting – Nominal monthly fee
      • BlueHost.com
      • HostGator.com
      • Dedicated Hosting (advanced)
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Security
      • Don’t use “admin” for user login
      • Use secure passwords (random generated are best)
      • Keep your WordPress core updated
      • Keep Plugins updated
      • Remove WordPress version from <head>
      • Salt your database links
      • Security Plugins – Bulletproof Security
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Best Practices
      Otherwise known as common sense…
      • Pay for stock photos (don’t try to airbrush out watermark)
      • Don’t steal images from Google searches (copyright)
      • Verify copy from clients - copyscape.com/
      • Give back to plugin developers
      • Stay Current (WP Core, Plugins, jQuery etc.)
      • Back up your files (if not in 3 places, it doesn’t exist)
      • Database (content)
      • Theme files
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Best Practices
      • Create clean code, validate html & css
      • CSS frameworks (if building from scratch)
      • Blueprint or 960.gs
      • WordPress Frameworks
      • Genesis by StudioPress
      • DIY: Headway or iThemes
      • Themes – purchase premium themes
      • Google the name of them, check codex.wordpress.org
      • Don’t use FREE themes (malware, causes warts)
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Plugins
      16,463+ available
      • Functionality (show/hide widgets)
      • Photo / Video Galleries
      • Social Media Sharing
      • Facebook Social Tools
      • Contact Forms
      • Search Engine Optimization
      • Backup Plugins
      • Print / Mobile
      • RSS Integration
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Plugins
      • WordPress SEO (Yoast)
      • Simple RSS Feeds
      • WPTouch
      • Display Widgets
      • MailChimp Widget
      • LiveFyre comments
      • Facebook Photo Gallery
      • Caching plugins
      Don’t reinvent the wheel, Search codex.wordpress.org
      • Askismet
      • Google Analytics Dashboard
      • Contact Form 7
      • Gravity Forms (premium)
      • White Label CMS
      • WP Database Backup
      • Backup Buddy (premium)
      • Vault Press (ultimate)
      • SHOPP ecommerce plugin
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Tips & Tricks
      Take your site to the next level
      • Upgrade your typography
      • Typekit
      • Google Webfonts
      • @font-face
      • Integrate the latest social media plugins
      • Google +1 – Facebook Social Tools etc.
      • WordPress SEO (yoast.com)
      • Use caching plugins
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Resources
      • codex.wordpress.org
      • automattic.com
      • wp.smashingmagazine.com
      • wpbeginner.com
      • wpcandy.com
      • ottopress.com
      • andrewnacin.com
      • twitter.com – search #wordpress
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Question & Answer
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
    • Thank You!
      • WebMedley.com @webmedley
      • Scott Hack & Erik Blackwell for organizing #wclou
      • Background - http://sajja.deviantart.com/art/6-Paper-Textures-85728689
      • WPBeginner.com – Syed Balhki
      • Ottodestruct.com – Samuel Wood @otto42
      • Andrew Nacin - @nacin
      • ma.tt - Matt Mullenweg - @photomatt
      WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville