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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