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

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

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  • 1. WordPressOverviewandBest PracticesforBeginners<br />2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />Presented by: Bill M. Rice<br />WebMedley.com<br />#wclou<br />
  • 2. Introduction<br />Hello World!<br />Bill M. Rice<br />WordPress Enthusiast<br />Production Director<br />WebMedley.com<br />twitter.com/creativebill <br />linkedin.com/in/creativebill <br />facebook.com/creativeBill.RiceDesign<br />Opinions are my own. No paid endorsements.<br />WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 3. Warning!<br />You are about to experienceFIREHOSE learning.<br /><ul><li> There will not be a quiz
  • 4. There are NO stupid questions
  • 5. Don’t try to keep up taking notes, I talk way too fast
  • 6. Slides available at slideshare.net/creativebill</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 7. Overview<br />Here’s what we’ll be covering today…<br /><ul><li> Why WordPress?
  • 8. Best Practices
  • 9. Plugins
  • 10. Tips &amp; Tricks
  • 11. Question &amp; Answer</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 12. Why WordPress?<br />The reasons YOU should be using WordPress<br /><ul><li> Totally Free and Open Source
  • 13. Strong Community Support
  • 14. 16,463+ available plugins (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/)
  • 15. 8,645,393+ WP 3.2 downloads (http://wordpress.org/download/counter/)
  • 16. Outstanding Visual Editor
  • 17. It’s a CMS and a Blog
  • 18. Scalable
  • 19. Secure </li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 20. Why WordPress?<br />Comparing Content Management Systems (CMS)<br /><ul><li> Drupal
  • 21. Joomla
  • 22. MODx
  • 23. http://www.techi.com/2011/07/open-source-wars-wordpress- vs-drupal-vs-joomla/</li></ul>Popular WordPress Sites<br /><ul><li> Wall Street Journal, Time, CNN, TED, Forbes
  • 24. Kobe Bryant, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire
  • 25. Spotify, Ford, Herman Miller
  • 26. Smashing Magazine
  • 27. http://www.computercourage.com/2011/09/15/popular-sites-that-use-wordpress/</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 28. Why WordPress?<br />Content Overview<br />Pages<br /><ul><li> Static -less updated content (contact us)
  • 29. Can create multiple templates for site (home, gallery etc.)</li></ul>Posts<br /><ul><li> Dynamic - more frequently updated content (blog)
  • 30. Sortable by one or more category
  • 31. Tags</li></ul>Widgets / Plugins<br /><ul><li> Easy to use, add functionality to site (rss, videos, photos)</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 32. Why WordPress?<br />Ease of Use<br /><ul><li> Outstanding Visual Editor
  • 33. Paste from MS Word
  • 34. Yes, even your clients/staff can be trained </li></ul>Creature Comforts<br /><ul><li> Menu Structure
  • 35. Widgets
  • 36. There’s a plugin for that</li></ul>Flexible and Scalable<br /><ul><li> CMS + Blog
  • 37. Did I mention free?</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 38. Paste from MS Word<br />WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 39. Adding and Ordering Menus like a Pro<br />WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 40. http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/<br />WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 41. Hosting Options<br /><ul><li> WordPress.com – did I mention free?
  • 42. Self-Hosted WordPress install (wordpress.org)
  • 43. Host on a Unix / Apache server
  • 44. Shared Hosting – Nominal monthly fee
  • 45. BlueHost.com
  • 46. HostGator.com
  • 47. Dedicated Hosting (advanced)</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 48. Security<br /><ul><li> Don’t use “admin” for user login
  • 49. Use secure passwords (random generated are best)
  • 50. Keep your WordPress core updated
  • 51. Keep Plugins updated
  • 52. Remove WordPress version from &lt;head&gt;
  • 53. Salt your database links
  • 54. Security Plugins – Bulletproof Security</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 55. Best Practices<br />Otherwise known as common sense…<br /><ul><li> Pay for stock photos (don’t try to airbrush out watermark)
  • 56. Don’t steal images from Google searches (copyright)
  • 57. Verify copy from clients - copyscape.com/
  • 58. Give back to plugin developers
  • 59. Stay Current (WP Core, Plugins, jQuery etc.)
  • 60. Back up your files (if not in 3 places, it doesn’t exist)
  • 61. Database (content)
  • 62. Theme files</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 63. Best Practices<br /><ul><li> Create clean code, validate html &amp; css
  • 64. CSS frameworks (if building from scratch)
  • 65. Blueprint or 960.gs
  • 66. WordPress Frameworks
  • 67. Genesis by StudioPress
  • 68. DIY: Headway or iThemes
  • 69. Themes – purchase premium themes
  • 70. Google the name of them, check codex.wordpress.org
  • 71. Don’t use FREE themes (malware, causes warts)</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 72. Plugins<br />16,463+ available<br /><ul><li> Functionality (show/hide widgets)
  • 73. Photo / Video Galleries
  • 74. Social Media Sharing
  • 75. Facebook Social Tools
  • 76. Contact Forms
  • 77. Search Engine Optimization
  • 78. Backup Plugins
  • 79. Print / Mobile
  • 80. RSS Integration</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 81. Plugins<br /><ul><li> WordPress SEO (Yoast)
  • 82. Simple RSS Feeds
  • 83. WPTouch
  • 84. Display Widgets
  • 85. MailChimp Widget
  • 86. LiveFyre comments
  • 87. Facebook Photo Gallery
  • 88. Caching plugins</li></ul>Don’t reinvent the wheel, Search codex.wordpress.org<br /><ul><li> Askismet
  • 89. Google Analytics Dashboard
  • 90. Contact Form 7
  • 91. Gravity Forms (premium)
  • 92. White Label CMS
  • 93. WP Database Backup
  • 94. Backup Buddy (premium)
  • 95. Vault Press (ultimate)
  • 96. SHOPP ecommerce plugin</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 97. Tips &amp; Tricks<br />Take your site to the next level<br /><ul><li> Upgrade your typography
  • 98. Typekit
  • 99. Google Webfonts
  • 100. @font-face
  • 101. Integrate the latest social media plugins
  • 102. Google +1 – Facebook Social Tools etc.
  • 103. WordPress SEO (yoast.com)
  • 104. Use caching plugins</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 105. Resources<br /><ul><li> codex.wordpress.org
  • 106. automattic.com
  • 107. wp.smashingmagazine.com
  • 108. wpbeginner.com
  • 109. wpcandy.com
  • 110. ottopress.com
  • 111. andrewnacin.com
  • 112. twitter.com – search #wordpress</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 113. Question &amp; Answer<br />WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />
  • 114. Thank You!<br /><ul><li> WebMedley.com @webmedley
  • 115. Scott Hack &amp; Erik Blackwell for organizing #wclou
  • 116. Background - http://sajja.deviantart.com/art/6-Paper-Textures-85728689
  • 117. WPBeginner.com – Syed Balhki
  • 118. Ottodestruct.com – Samuel Wood @otto42
  • 119. Andrew Nacin - @nacin
  • 120. ma.tt - Matt Mullenweg - @photomatt</li></ul>WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville<br />

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