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