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Slides from the Wordpress 102 workshop (afternoon session) at the Canadian Association of Labour Media Conference (CALM) in Hamilton, Ontario - May 26th, 2012

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  • 1- [ON PAPER WITH MARKER draw circle for wordpress and then a bunch of circles plugging into wordpress] small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress. They allow you to do many many things\n- Plugins are written by people, usually shared as open source: if you are struggling to do something, almost certainly someone else has as well, and has written a plugin!\n\n2- Where to find them [go to the place where they all sit on Wordpress [walk through - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ - show around, show some of the featured and most popular] They can also be custom made. \n\n3-Where to find them-: On your site they are in the sidebar and you can add new ones from the sidebar. [walk through plug-ins on reWORKit show where HL Twitter is on reWORKit homepage]\n\n\n
  • 1- [ON PAPER WITH MARKER draw circle for wordpress and then a bunch of circles plugging into wordpress] small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress. They allow you to do many many things\n- Plugins are written by people, usually shared as open source: if you are struggling to do something, almost certainly someone else has as well, and has written a plugin!\n\n2- Where to find them [go to the place where they all sit on Wordpress [walk through - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ - show around, show some of the featured and most popular] They can also be custom made. \n\n3-Where to find them-: On your site they are in the sidebar and you can add new ones from the sidebar. [walk through plug-ins on reWORKit show where HL Twitter is on reWORKit homepage]\n\n\n
  • 1- [ON PAPER WITH MARKER draw circle for wordpress and then a bunch of circles plugging into wordpress] small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress. They allow you to do many many things\n- Plugins are written by people, usually shared as open source: if you are struggling to do something, almost certainly someone else has as well, and has written a plugin!\n\n2- Where to find them [go to the place where they all sit on Wordpress [walk through - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ - show around, show some of the featured and most popular] They can also be custom made. \n\n3-Where to find them-: On your site they are in the sidebar and you can add new ones from the sidebar. [walk through plug-ins on reWORKit show where HL Twitter is on reWORKit homepage]\n\n\n
  • - Here’s how you install: [Walk through installation of Wordpress Database Backup and Hello Dolly] \n[THEN: SEND them to INSTALL the 5 exercise plugins - get them to go as far as possible with the PLUGIN]\n[THen: go back online and go over each one of them]\n \nA couple of hints:\n- Here’s how you evaluate good ones: number of users, ratings, how long they’ve been around, what people have said about them\n\n- don’t want to use too many of them on your site because will slow your site down (somewhere between 10-20 is probably best)\n\n
  • DEMO\n- SEO is not easy: the only sure-fire way to get on the front page: \nBut the best ways not related to any plugin - lots of good content and lots of incoming, legitimate links from popular sites on your topic.\n- That said, here are the technical basics: use All in One SEO.\n[Darren DEMO point way through All in One SEO]\n
  • DEMO\n- SEO is not easy: the only sure-fire way to get on the front page: \nBut the best ways not related to any plugin - lots of good content and lots of incoming, legitimate links from popular sites on your topic.\n- That said, here are the technical basics: use All in One SEO.\n[Darren DEMO point way through All in One SEO]\n
  • DEMO\n- SEO is not easy: the only sure-fire way to get on the front page: \nBut the best ways not related to any plugin - lots of good content and lots of incoming, legitimate links from popular sites on your topic.\n- That said, here are the technical basics: use All in One SEO.\n[Darren DEMO point way through All in One SEO]\n
  • DEMO\n- SEO is not easy: the only sure-fire way to get on the front page: \nBut the best ways not related to any plugin - lots of good content and lots of incoming, legitimate links from popular sites on your topic.\n- That said, here are the technical basics: use All in One SEO.\n[Darren DEMO point way through All in One SEO]\n
  • DEMO\nKeeping your site secure from hackers\n- WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins\n- most important thing is constant backups. You can get your site sorted if you’ve kept the (WP backups as well as saving the files on your local computer and an external harddrive)\nMENTION - going to NYC in a couple of weeks to ‘Wordcamp’ and taking a couple of courses on security best practices.\n- Keeping up to date with security\n- An excellent plugin is Better WP Security and some like bullet-proof security.\n\n
  • DEMO\nKeeping your site secure from hackers\n- WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins\n- most important thing is constant backups. You can get your site sorted if you’ve kept the (WP backups as well as saving the files on your local computer and an external harddrive)\nMENTION - going to NYC in a couple of weeks to ‘Wordcamp’ and taking a couple of courses on security best practices.\n- Keeping up to date with security\n- An excellent plugin is Better WP Security and some like bullet-proof security.\n\n
  • DEMO\nKeeping your site secure from hackers\n- WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins\n- most important thing is constant backups. You can get your site sorted if you’ve kept the (WP backups as well as saving the files on your local computer and an external harddrive)\nMENTION - going to NYC in a couple of weeks to ‘Wordcamp’ and taking a couple of courses on security best practices.\n- Keeping up to date with security\n- An excellent plugin is Better WP Security and some like bullet-proof security.\n\n
  • DEMO\nKeeping your site secure from hackers\n- WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins\n- most important thing is constant backups. You can get your site sorted if you’ve kept the (WP backups as well as saving the files on your local computer and an external harddrive)\nMENTION - going to NYC in a couple of weeks to ‘Wordcamp’ and taking a couple of courses on security best practices.\n- Keeping up to date with security\n- An excellent plugin is Better WP Security and some like bullet-proof security.\n\n
  • DEMO\nDealing with Spam \n- Here's a great plugin to use\nGO TO reWORKit - here's what it looks like when your spam is well-managed - [show how many spam messages it has blocked]\n\n
  • DEMO\nDealing with Spam \n- Here's a great plugin to use\nGO TO reWORKit - here's what it looks like when your spam is well-managed - [show how many spam messages it has blocked]\n\n
  • - This stuff may be a bit more complicated, but I figured in a 6 hour workshop, it might be nice to look at briefly\n- Even if you are little lost, just know that you can update and maintain a site with the knowledge you have already. This is just to give a sense of the how the structure of Wordpress works for those who asked for a bit more advanced material. This is that 20% of the work that is done to give your site the exact functionality you want.\n\n- Eye candy: awesome WP sites: Jay-Z http://lifeandtimes.com\n \n- Bunch of people asked about customization - huge topic here is what is involved\n\nSkills needed for customization: \n- CSS\n- html\n- php\n- javascript\n\n\n\n[-go back and compare Jay-Z site to radioopensource site]\n
  • Wordpress is just a big collection of files. What we have been looking at is the interface to help us interact with those files in order to manage our content. But for some things, including customizing styles and adding certain functionality, you need to dif into the guts of Wordpress\nThey can be found under Appearance > Editor\n\n\n
  • Wordpress is just a big collection of files. What we have been looking at is the interface to help us interact with those files in order to manage our content. But for some things, including customizing styles and adding certain functionality, you need to dif into the guts of Wordpress\nThey can be found under Appearance > Editor\n\n\n
  • Wordpress is just a big collection of files. What we have been looking at is the interface to help us interact with those files in order to manage our content. But for some things, including customizing styles and adding certain functionality, you need to dif into the guts of Wordpress\nThey can be found under Appearance > Editor\n\n\n
  • Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.\nTemplate files are the building blocks of your WordPress site.\nThey fit together like the pieces of a puzzle to generate the web pages on your site. Some templates (the header and footer template files for example) are used on all the web pages, while others are used only under specific conditions.\n- DARREN -do a tour of some of the template pages on the calm.reworkit.net site --- index.php header.php , footer.php , single.php , page.php, sidebar.php, searchform.php\n\n- that’s all i’m going to show you, but each theme has differently configured templates that can be altered to change functionality of the site.\n
  • Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.\nTemplate files are the building blocks of your WordPress site.\nThey fit together like the pieces of a puzzle to generate the web pages on your site. Some templates (the header and footer template files for example) are used on all the web pages, while others are used only under specific conditions.\n- DARREN -do a tour of some of the template pages on the calm.reworkit.net site --- index.php header.php , footer.php , single.php , page.php, sidebar.php, searchform.php\n\n- that’s all i’m going to show you, but each theme has differently configured templates that can be altered to change functionality of the site.\n
  • Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.\nTemplate files are the building blocks of your WordPress site.\nThey fit together like the pieces of a puzzle to generate the web pages on your site. Some templates (the header and footer template files for example) are used on all the web pages, while others are used only under specific conditions.\n- DARREN -do a tour of some of the template pages on the calm.reworkit.net site --- index.php header.php , footer.php , single.php , page.php, sidebar.php, searchform.php\n\n- that’s all i’m going to show you, but each theme has differently configured templates that can be altered to change functionality of the site.\n
  • - go to style.css\n\n- have a quick look at the styles... \n
  • - go to style.css\n\n- have a quick look at the styles... \n
  • - give them 45 minutes to poke around Wordpress, ask each other questions and ask me questions. Just want you to get a feel for it. AND QUESTIONS!!\n
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  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
  • www.lynda.com\n\nwww.alexwhite.org - http://alexwhite.org/2011/12/collective-bargaining-facts-a-new-afl-cio-website/\n\nhttp://codex.wordpress.org/\n\nalistapart.com\n\nsmashingmagazine\n\nteamtreehouse.com\n\n
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  • If need more material...\n\n▼❑Site Settings\n•❑SETTINGS --> GENERAL \nadmin email, tagline, URL, time/time zone, default roles\n•❑SETTINGS --> WRITING - settings for when you write\npost box size, formatting, default post, PRESS THIS, post VIA email\n•❑SETTINGS --> READING - how people see the site\nfront page display, how much of post to show.\n•❑SETTINGS --> DISCUSSION \navatars, moderation, comment settings\n•❑SETTINGS --> PRIVACY \nsearch engine indexing or not. If on, can add full list of ping services in WRITING\n\n
  • CALM Wordpress 102

    1. 1. Canadian Association of Labour Media Conference Wordpress 102 Darren Puscas reWORKit.net May 26th, 2012 Hamilton, Ontario
    2. 2. What are we goingto do thisafternoon?
    3. 3. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?
    4. 4. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functionsrelated to site security,dealing with spam,strategies for getting onthe first page of Google,etc..
    5. 5. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functions 3. A quick look underrelated to site security, the hood - templates,dealing with spam, styling,strategies for getting on customization.the first page of Google,etc..
    6. 6. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functions 3. A quick look underrelated to site security, the hood - templates,dealing with spam, styling,strategies for getting on customization.the first page of Google,etc..
    7. 7. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functions 3. A quick look underrelated to site security, the hood - templates,dealing with spam, styling,strategies for getting on customization.the first page of Google,etc..
    8. 8. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functions 3. A quick look underrelated to site security, the hood - templates,dealing with spam, styling,strategies for getting on customization.the first page of Google,etc..
    9. 9. What are 1. Learn how to add we going mini-programs for extending Wordpressto do this (Plugins)afternoon?2. Introduce a fewimportant functions 3. A quick look underrelated to site security, the hood - templates,dealing with spam, styling,strategies for getting on customization.the first page of Google,etc..
    10. 10. Plugins:
    11. 11. Plugins: • What are they: small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress.
    12. 12. Plugins: • What are they: small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress. • Where are they: They reside in the Wordpress plug-in directory http:// wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
    13. 13. Plugins: • What are they: small programs which allow you to add functionality to Wordpress. • Where are they: They reside in the Wordpress plug-in directory http:// wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ • On your site they sit in your menu. Here you can add new, activate, edit or delete them from your site.
    14. 14. Exercise:Plugin
    15. 15. Making it easier forGoogle to find you:
    16. 16. Making it easier forGoogle to find you: • Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
    17. 17. Making it easier forGoogle to find you: • Search Engine Optimization (SEO). • Best SEO is good content and good incoming links
    18. 18. Making it easier forGoogle to find you: • Search Engine Optimization (SEO). • Best SEO is good content and good incoming links • Still helps to do Wordpress SEO
    19. 19. Making it easier forGoogle to find you: • Search Engine Optimization (SEO). • Best SEO is good content and good incoming links • Still helps to do Wordpress SEO • Group 3 added All in One SEO for us lets add it to a post.
    20. 20. Keeping your sitesecure from
    21. 21. Keeping your sitesecure from • WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins
    22. 22. Keeping your sitesecure from • WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins • most important thing is constant backups.
    23. 23. Keeping your sitesecure from • WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins • most important thing is constant backups. • Keeping up to date with security
    24. 24. Keeping your sitesecure from • WordPress can be hacked, mainly through the themes or plugins • most important thing is constant backups. • Keeping up to date with security • An excellent plugin is Better WP Security and some like bullet-proof security.
    25. 25. Dealing with Spam:
    26. 26. Dealing with Spam: • we all hate spam:
    27. 27. Dealing with Spam: • we all hate spam: • use Akismet from Automattic
    28. 28. A quick peekunder the hood: • Where are the files? • Templates • Styling & Customization
    29. 29. To the Files!
    30. 30. To the Files!• Wordpress is just a big collection of files.
    31. 31. To the Files!• Wordpress is just a big collection of files.• They can be found at Appearance > Editor
    32. 32. To the Files!• Wordpress is just a big collection of files.• They can be found at Appearance > Editor
    33. 33. Templates:
    34. 34. Templates:• Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.
    35. 35. Templates:• Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.• Template files are the building blocks of your WordPress site - they are the files that your theme is made of.
    36. 36. Templates:• Templates are the files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web.• Template files are the building blocks of your WordPress site - they are the files that your theme is made of.• found at APPEARANCE > editor
    37. 37. Styling andCustomization:
    38. 38. Styling andCustomization:• When you want to make design changes to a theme you have chosen, you style it using Cascading Style Sheets. Use style.css
    39. 39. Styling andCustomization:• When you want to make design changes to a theme you have chosen, you style it using Cascading Style Sheets. Use style.css• Can build custom themes as well that are built from scratch or from a what is called a framework.
    40. 40. Ok, back to earth:Exercise:Go crazy with whatyou have learned
    41. 41. Random Fun (?)stuff: • Press this! • Typekit • Whos online!
    42. 42. Ok, that’s a lot of material.Just remember:2 Key Takeaways
    43. 43. Ok, that’s a lot of material.Just remember:2 Key Takeaways• that much of this is easy - you can figure a lot of it out by simply
    44. 44. Ok, that’s a lot of material.Just remember:2 Key Takeaways• that much of this is easy - you can figure a lot of it out by simply• understanding what you can (and can’t...) do at this point
    45. 45. Questions?Stuff you want me togo over?What do you use allthe time / find reallyreally useful?]
    46. 46. AdditionalResources :
    47. 47. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com
    48. 48. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com www.alexwhite.org
    49. 49. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com www.alexwhite.org http://codex.wordpress.org
    50. 50. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com www.alexwhite.org http://codex.wordpress.org www.alistapart.com
    51. 51. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com www.alexwhite.org http://codex.wordpress.org www.alistapart.com www.smashingmagazine.org
    52. 52. AdditionalResources : www.lynda.com www.alexwhite.org http://codex.wordpress.org www.alistapart.com www.smashingmagazine.org
    53. 53. darren@reworkit.net@darrenpuscaswww.reworkit.net
    54. 54. site settings▼!❑ ! Site Settings! •!❑! SETTINGS --> GENERAL admin email, tagline, URL, time/time zone, default roles! •!❑! SETTINGS --> WRITING - settings for when you write post box size, formatting, default post, PRESS THIS, post VIA email! •!❑! SETTINGS --> READING - how people see the site front page display, how much of post to show.! •!❑! SETTINGS --> DISCUSSION avatars, moderation, comment settings! •!❑! SETTINGS --> PRIVACY search engine indexing or not.

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