Vancouver WordPress Meetup - WordPress 101

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Vancouver WordPress Meetup - WordPress 101

  1. 1. WORDPRESS 101 WordPress for Beginners Vanessa Chu info@designfaire.com designfaire.com twitter @vanessa_chu Friday, July 9, 2010
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  3. 3. Matt Mullenweg released WordPress in 2003 as an Open Source Software Friday, July 9, 2010
  4. 4. 200+ Million WordPress websites worldwide Friday, July 9, 2010
  5. 5. So who maintains WordPress? + Why is Free? Friday, July 9, 2010
  6. 6. Open Source? Friday, July 9, 2010
  7. 7. WP is Open Source Source code is public Freely use, modify, share the software Based on collaboration and community Friday, July 9, 2010
  8. 8. 3 Focuses Easy to use Looks Good Useability Aesthetics Easy to Modify Web Standards Friday, July 9, 2010
  9. 9. WordPress.com I’m vs. .org WordPress.org I’m . com Friday, July 9, 2010
  10. 10. Basic Functionality • Posts and Pages • Widgets • Comments + • Select Themes Trackbacks • Multi-language • Categories and Tags • Multiple Users • Photos + Galleries Friday, July 9, 2010
  11. 11. M ore! G et WordPress.org • All basic functionality • Custom Menus • Unlimited Themes + • Domain Shortened Templates URLs Customizations • Multiple Blogs • Plugins • Access to all backend • Custom Content Types files • Custom Taxonomy • and more... Friday, July 9, 2010
  12. 12. When Do I Use What? Friday, July 9, 2010
  13. 13. .com .org • Primarily a blog • Stand alone site • Up and running • Unique themes + quickly plugins • Don’t need custom • More than a blog theme • Want full control over • Want to be part of a site community Friday, July 9, 2010
  14. 14. Installing WordPress • A Web Server e.g. Dream Host, Blue Host • A Text Editor e.g. Notepad, TextEdit, Dreamweaver, BBEdit • FTP Client e.g. FileZilla, Cute FTP • Web Browser Friday, July 9, 2010
  15. 15. Installing WordPress Server Must Have: • PHP 4.3+ • MYSQL 4.1.2+ • Apache Friday, July 9, 2010
  16. 16. Installing WordPress http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_Wordpress 1. Download WordPress 2. Create a Database on your web server 3. Configure wp-config.php file with database info 4. Copy WordPress files to your web server 5. Go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp- admin/install.php and fill in your site details. Friday, July 9, 2010
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  18. 18. 30 Second Install Find a web hosts with an auto WordPress Install! e.g. Dream Host, Blue Host Friday, July 9, 2010
  19. 19. Using WordPress Friday, July 9, 2010
  20. 20. Pages vs Posts I’m a I’ ma page p ost • Permanent • Timely Content Content Friday, July 9, 2010
  21. 21. Categorize your Content Posts and pages can be categorized and subcategorized! Makes it easy for your readers to filter your content Friday, July 9, 2010
  22. 22. Change your Themes Themes provide the look of your site • Change your Theme like you change clothes! • 99 pre-set themes on WordPress.com • 1000’s available on the web for self hosted sites Friday, July 9, 2010
  23. 23. Add Widgets! Small portable applications you can put on your side bar e.g. Flickr gallery, Twitter feed, latest comments, social bookmarks Friday, July 9, 2010
  24. 24. Add Plugins! Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress BEWARE: ONLY FOR SELF HOSTED SITES! e.g. Akismet - spam bot, social bookmarks, SEO, fancy galleries etc. Friday, July 9, 2010
  25. 25. WordPress as a Website Use Pages to build your site. Set a Page as your Homepage instead of displaying your Blog! e.g. Pages can be a Bio, Services, Products etc. Friday, July 9, 2010
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  30. 30. Resources WordPress.org http://wordpress.org/ WordPress Lessons http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons WPBeginners.com http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WordPress Tutorials http://www.wp-tutorials.org/ Friday, July 9, 2010
  31. 31. Thanks! Friday, July 9, 2010

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