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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
    2011 WordCamp Louisville
    Presented by: Bill M. Rice
    WebMedley.com
    #wclou
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Warning!
    You are about to experienceFIREHOSE learning.
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 7. Overview
    Here’s what we’ll be covering today…
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 12. Why WordPress?
    The reasons YOU should be using WordPress
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 20. Why WordPress?
    Comparing Content Management Systems (CMS)
    • Drupal
    • 21. Joomla
    • 22. MODx
    • 23. http://www.techi.com/2011/07/open-source-wars-wordpress- vs-drupal-vs-joomla/
    Popular WordPress Sites
    • 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/
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 28. Why WordPress?
    Content Overview
    Pages
    • Static -less updated content (contact us)
    • 29. Can create multiple templates for site (home, gallery etc.)
    Posts
    • Dynamic - more frequently updated content (blog)
    • 30. Sortable by one or more category
    • 31. Tags
    Widgets / Plugins
    • Easy to use, add functionality to site (rss, videos, photos)
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 32. Why WordPress?
    Ease of Use
    • Outstanding Visual Editor
    • 33. Paste from MS Word
    • 34. Yes, even your clients/staff can be trained 
    Creature Comforts
    • Menu Structure
    • 35. Widgets
    • 36. There’s a plugin for that
    Flexible and Scalable
    • CMS + Blog
    • 37. Did I mention free?
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 38. Paste from MS Word
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 39. Adding and Ordering Menus like a Pro
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 40. http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 41. Hosting Options
    • 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)
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 48. Security
    • 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 <head>
    • 53. Salt your database links
    • 54. Security Plugins – Bulletproof Security
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 55. Best Practices
    Otherwise known as common sense…
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 63. Best Practices
    • Create clean code, validate html & 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)
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 72. Plugins
    16,463+ available
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 81. Plugins
    Don’t reinvent the wheel, Search codex.wordpress.org
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 97. Tips & Tricks
    Take your site to the next level
    • 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 105. Resources
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 113. Question & Answer
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville
  • 114. Thank You!
    • WebMedley.com @webmedley
    • 115. Scott Hack & 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
    WordPress Overview and Best Practices for Beginners | 2011 WordCamp Louisville

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