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Slides used in WordPress Beginner Workship at University of Miami on April 9th, 2011. Presenter was David Bisset (@dimensionmedia).

Slides used in WordPress Beginner Workship at University of Miami on April 9th, 2011. Presenter was David Bisset (@dimensionmedia).

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  • 1. WordPress WorkshopFor BeginnersDavid BissetRefresh Workshop - April 9, 2011
  • 2. Who Is This Idiot?Freelance web developer for over 8 years.I do front-end and backend-development. HTML,CSS, PHP, MySql,Worked with WordPress for over 3 yrs (sinceversion 1.5)Organizer of WordCamp Miami 2010, 2011
  • 3. Here is where i pimp myself.Twitter: @dimensionmediadavidbisset.comlinkedin.com/in/davidbissetabout.me/davidbisset
  • 4. What We WillBe CoveringInstalling WordPressInstalling Themes & PluginsThe WordPress BackendPublishing Pages & PostsWorking With MediaComments & ModerationOther Cool Stuff
  • 5. What Is WordPress?
  • 6. WordPress is an open-source blog tool andpublishing platform.WordPress started off as blogging software, butnow can serve as a Content ManagementSystem (CMS)WordPress 3.1 downloaded 5 million times.WordPress.com vs. WordPress.orgUsed by over 13% of the top 1,000,000 websites.www.wordpress.org/showcase
  • 7. Why Use WordPress?Free. Easy to Use. Big Community. Free.Lots of add-ons.And did i mention it’s free?
  • 8. Starting Your OwnWordPress Site
  • 9. Step One:Domain Namenamecheap.commediatemple.comyahoo domains1and1.com99% of the time you’llwant .com, .net, .org, .me
  • 10. Step Two:HostingShared Hosting:mediatemple.combluehost.com (1 click)hostgater.comserverbeach.compage.lySerious/Dedicated:rackspace.compeer1.com
  • 11. This Is WhereThe Fun Begins
  • 12. Step Three:DownloadWordPresshttp://wordpress.org
  • 13. Step Four:UploadWordPress- Get an FTP client.- Login into your hosting environment via FTP- Upload All WordPress Fileshttp://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/internet-roundup/10-mac-ftp-apps-for-every-budget/
  • 14. Step Five:Creating Your MySql Database
  • 15. Step Six:Completing Your WordPress Install
  • 16. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If This WasAlready Done And We Could JumpRight In?
  • 17. Surprise!
  • 18. Your BlogIs WaitingFor Youhttp://mywpblog.net/blog02http://mywpblog.net/blog03http://mywpblog.net/blog04etc.
  • 19. The WordPress DashboardAnd Admin Bar
  • 20. Exploring Your Blog
  • 21. Publish Something Dammit!
  • 22. Posts vs. Pages
  • 23. Posts vs. PagesPosts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog homepage. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, andother widgets.The URL for a post includes the date the post was published like this:http://blogname.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/post-title/Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags orcategories.The URL for a page looks like this: http://blogname.wordpress.com/page-title/
  • 24. Sidebars & Widgets
  • 25. Working With Media
  • 26. Create Your Own Menus
  • 27. Adding List of Links To Your Blog
  • 28. Blog Comments & Discussion
  • 29. Changing The Header Image
  • 30. Users & Profiles
  • 31. Theme Management
  • 32. Pre-MadeThemes- Free Themes- Professional Themes ($20-$100 each)
  • 33. ThemesGalore!http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
  • 34. Baby Did A Bad,Bad Thing- Beware Of Poorly CodedThemes- Beware of Malware- Warning signs: they have‘wordpress’ in their url.
  • 35. Who CanYou Trust?http://www.woothemes.com/http://www.elegantthemes.com/http://themeforest.net/ *http://www.press75.com/http://wpswitch.com/http://wpcandy.com/theme-madnesshttp://wpzoom.com
  • 36. BrowseThemesVisuallyhttp://www.wpthemey.com/
  • 37. Introduction to Plugins
  • 38. What Is A Plugin?Plugins extend what WordPress can do forit’s users and/or people visiting your site.
  • 39. Finding Plugins
  • 40. WP BackupAllows you to easily backup your WordPress Database.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/
  • 41. All-In-One SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/WordPress SEO By Yoasthttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/
  • 42. Social Media Pluginshttp://www.bestwpplugins.net/best-social-media-promotional-plugins-for-wordpress.html
  • 43. WP-StatsSimple, concise stats for your WordPress blog.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
  • 44. Gravity FormsEasy To Use And Create Custom Formshttp://www.gravityforms.com
  • 45. Contact 7Easy To Use And Create Custom Formshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/
  • 46. WP Ecommercehttp://www.instinct.co.nz/
  • 47. Simple URLsComplete URL Management that allows you to create, manage, and track outboundlinks from your site.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-urls/
  • 48. Simple URLsComplete URL Management that allows you to create, manage, and track outboundlinks from your site.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-urls/
  • 49. Installing Plugins
  • 50. Top Ten Plugins
  • 51. Free vs. PaidPlugins- Beware of Free Plugins Not Available ViaWordpress.org- Paid plugins should have a clear supportchannel (when you need help)- If unsure, backup your site beforeinstalling plugins.- http://premium.wpmudev.org/- http://www.gravityforms.com/- http://wpplugins.com/
  • 52. Backing UpYour Site- ALWAYS BACKUP!- WPBackup Plugin- VaultPress- Backup Buddy
  • 53. WordPress Resources
  • 54. GreatWordPressBlogs/Siteshttp://wpcandy.comhttp://wordpress.tvhttp://wordpress.org/news/http://www.wptavern.com/http://wpmu.orghttp://wpbeginner.comhttp://wpmodder.com
  • 55. GreatWordPressBooksWordPress For DummiesWordPress BibleBeginning WordPress 3Teach Yourself Visually WordPresswp101.com
  • 56. Here is where i pimp myself... again.Twitter: @dimensionmediadavidbisset.comlinkedin.com/in/davidbissetabout.me/davidbisset