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WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
WordPress for Beginners
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WordPress for Beginners


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This was a workshop in Boise Idaho for those looking to learn WordPress. This is a very basic workshop for Beginner's. Follow my website for workshop and webinar dates. My book is available on in paperback and on Kindle. Revised for 2013:

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  • 1. WordPress for Beginners
  • 2. Agenda
    Elements Of WordPress
    A Brief Introduction to WordPress
    Hosting and Installation
    Plugins and Widgets
    Posting, Tags and Categories
  • 3. WordPress Step By Step
    Getting Started
    WordPress Resources for Beginners
  • 4.
    • Started in 2003 By Matt Mullenweg
    • 5. Open Source Project
    • 6. Used by Fortune 500 Companies
    • 7. Largest Self-Hosted Blogging and Publishing Tool In the World!
    • 8. Inexpensive solution for personal use or business use
    • 9. WordPress 3.2 has been downloaded over 5.5 million times
    • 10. Website: and
  • vs.
    What should I choose?
    Self-Hosted WordPress
    • It’s Free!
    • 11. Easy setup
    • 12. Upgrades and Backup Automatic
    • 13. Secure site
    • 14. Premium Features Available
    • No Plugins
    • 15. Limited Themes
    • 16. No custom coding
    • Register Your Own Domain Name
    • 17. Affordable Hosting
    • 18. More Theme options
    • 19. Custom Themes
    • 20. Plugins and Widgets
    • 21. Better optimized for search engines
    • Pay for hosting of site
    • 22. More technical knowledge
    • 23. Backup is done by you
    • 24. Responsible for upgrades
    • 25. Comment Spam
    WordPress For
  • 26. WordPress
    Installation Of Self-Hosted WordPress
    Installation is simple and takes just a few seconds:
    • Choose directory
    • 27. Enter in required information
    • 28. Click Install Now! Button
  • WordPress for
  • 29. Appearance and Themes
    The Beauty Of WordPress
    What is a Theme?
    Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to "skin" your site. Yet, it is more than just a "skin." Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.
    A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software. Themes may include customized template files, image files (*.jpg, *.gif), style sheets (*.css), custom Pages, as well as any necessary code files (*.php).
    The WordPress Theme Directory is the official site for WordPress Themes which have been checked and inspected, and are free for downloading. The site features the ability to search by type and style, and offers a demonstration of the page view elements of the Theme.
  • 30. Pick Your Theme
    Easy to install
  • Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
    Plugin Repositories
    WordPress Plugins are available from several sources. The "official" sources for WordPress Plugins is the Official WordPress Plugins Repository
    Not all WordPress Plugins make it into the above repositories. Try searching the web for "WordPress Plugin" and the keywords for the type of functionality you are seeking. Use caution.
    There are 2 Plugins that are installed with every installation of WordPress. Those are Hello Dolly and Askimet which is used to filter spam from WordPress comments.
    WordPress Plugins
    The Power Of WordPress
  • 40. Recommended Plugins
    Get Started With These
    • All in One SEO Pack
    Instant SEO that is easy for everyone
    • Disqus Comment System
    Advanced comments for WordPress
    • SexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic)
    Share to Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, ETC.
    • Wibya Toolbar
    • 41. WordPress Database Backup
    • 42. Facebook Like Box
    • 43. Contact Form 7 and Contact Form to DB Extension
    • 44. WP Touch
    Detects device and switches accordingly
    8 Must Have Plugins
  • 45. WordPress Widgets (WPW) is like a plugin, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as "widgets") without having to change any code. Themes usually have at least 1 or 2 sidebars. Sidebars are the narrow columns to the left or right of your blog posts. You can configure your sidebar by going to Appearance > Widgets. Each section in the sidebar is known as a "widget" that you can add or remove, and move up or down.
    WordPress Widgets
    The Power Of WordPress
  • 46. Suggested Plugins
    Add More Functionality To Your Site
    • Jigoshop
    Setup Ecommerce Shopping Using WordPress.
    • Google XML Sitemaps
    Creates XML Sitemap to help Google and other search engines better index your site.
    • Jetpack by
    Tools for self-hosted sites. Site Stats.
    • Yet Another Related Post Plugin
    Generates a list of other related post and/or pages.
    • LinkWithin
    Displays related stories and associated thumbnail.
    • Newsletter
    Collected names and e-mail address for subcription newsletter
    • MailChimp
    Other Popular Plugins
  • 47. WordPress Widgets
    Add Function Elements
  • 48. Recommended Widgets
    Get Started With These
    • Get Recent Comments
    Displays most recent comments.
    • Twitter
    Displays your Twitter feed on your site.
    • Facebook Like BoxDisplays Your Fan Page Feed and more.
    • 49. AdSense
    Generates Google Ads to monetize site.
    • YouTube
    Displays YouTube videos on your site.
    5 Essential Widgets
  • 50.
    • Post Via WordPress Dashboard
    • 51. Post Via 3rd Party App(Windows Live Writer)
    • 52. Post on-the-go via WordPress iPhone, iPad, Android, Nokia, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and WebOS application
    WordPress First Post
    Sharing Your Story With The World!
  • 53. Dashboard
    Add New Post
  • 54. Categories and Tags
    Optimize Your Post With Categories and Tags
    Categories The general topic the post can be classified in. Generally, bloggers have 7-10 categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the +Add New Category link in this section. You can manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.Post Tags
    Refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags have to be enabled with the right code in your theme for them to appear in your post. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking "Add".
  • 55. Updates to WordPress and Plugins
    From time to time you may want to update your WordPress installation to the latest version. You might want to do this because you've seen a message at the top of your Dashboard telling you that a new release is available, because you've been made aware of some useful new functionality, or because a security fix has been released.
    WARNING: The upgrade process will affect all files and folders included in the main WordPress installation. This includes all the core files used to run WordPress, two plugins (Akismet and Hello Dolly) and one theme (Twenty Ten). If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.
    WordPress Updates
    Keeping It Current and Secure
  • 56. WordPress Resources
    Visit These Sites For More Information and
    WordPress for Beginners
  • 57. WordPress Tools
    Windows Live Writer
  • 58. Take Away
    Final Thoughts and Questions
    Easy To Use
    WordPress is easy for anyone to use! Maintain WordPress by checking routinely for new updates. Post to your site on a regular basis and generate interaction with your readers.
    Learn more
    Use resources like WordPress Codex, WordPress Forums, other support sites and check out WordPress WordCamp if possible.
    Lets Meetup!
    WordPress Meetup is the best way to learn from others, share with others and meet others who use WordPress or develop for WordPress. Come hangout and you will learn a lot!
    WordPress for Beginners
  • 59. WordPress For BeginnersPresented
  • 60. © 2011 Dennis J. SmithSlides, PDF or any other training material may not be distributed without written or electronic permission of Dennis J. Smith .