Vancouver WordPress Meetup - WordPress 101

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  • 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. Matt Mullenweg released WordPress in 2003 as an Open Source Software Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 4. 200+ Million WordPress websites worldwide Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 5. So who maintains WordPress? + Why is Free? Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 6. Open Source? Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 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. 3 Focuses Easy to use Looks Good Useability Aesthetics Easy to Modify Web Standards Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 9. WordPress.com I’m vs. .org WordPress.org I’m . com Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 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. 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. When Do I Use What? Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 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. 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. Installing WordPress Server Must Have: • PHP 4.3+ • MYSQL 4.1.2+ • Apache Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 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. 30 Second Install Find a web hosts with an auto WordPress Install! e.g. Dream Host, Blue Host Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 19. Using WordPress Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 20. Pages vs Posts I’m a I’ ma page p ost • Permanent • Timely Content Content Friday, July 9, 2010
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Thanks! Friday, July 9, 2010