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  • 1. Making websites with WordPress A workshop by Dan Phiffer for Trade School
  • 2. 1. How to begin 2. A tour of wp-admin 3. Finding your WordPress theme 4. Keeping things running smoothly 5. Where to find help
  • 3. First, what is WordPress?
  • 4. Software for publishing websites
  • 5. Free Software (also open source)
  • 6. Huge community of developers & users
  • 7. Assumptions 1. You are not a “technical person” 2. You are willing to learn new things 3. You have something you want to put online 4. You don’t mind a trade-off of convenience for more control
  • 8. Welcome to the internet
  • 9. What do you need? 1. Hosting service 2. A domain name optional 3. A WordPress theme
  • 10. Web hosting • For a small website, shared hosting is what you want • I recommend Dreamhost disclosure: I get a kickback if you sign up via this link • There are many options popular choices 1and1.com, mediatemple.com are bluehost.com,
  • 11. wordpress.com • The official WordPress hosting service • It’s free to start + paid upgrades • Some limitations can’t install plugins, only officially-supported themes • No domain required e.g., you.wordpress.com
  • 12. Domain name • You might get one free with hosting • Most web hosts also register domains • Try instantdomainsearch.com to brainstorm possibilities
  • 13. Ok, let’s start • We’ve already purchased hosting • I’ll show the next steps in the Dreamhost web panel • Other hosting providers have a similar process
  • 14. You enter your payment info...
  • 15. ! Domain name
  • 16. ! Site configured
  • 17. ! WordPress
  • 18. ! Ready to use!
  • 19. wp-admin
  • 20. Demo
  • 21. WordPress Themes
  • 22. wpfolio
  • 23. Oulipo
  • 24. Grid Focus
  • 25. Sandbox
  • 26. There are many choices • WordPress official theme directory • ThemeShaper theme-making tutorial + Thematic framework • Make your own or hire somebody • Commercial themes
  • 27. Upkeep
  • 28. Back up your shit • Make a zip file of your entire site • Learn how to make MySQL dump files • Download to a different computer • Automate this so you don’t have to remember
  • 29. No seriously, back up your shit
  • 30. Upgrade aggressively • Always run the most recent version of WordPress or you will be hacked • Use your host’s one-click installer or the built-in automatic upgrade • Also keep your plugins and themes current beware compatibility issues
  • 31. Required plugins • WP-Super-Cache will save you when you get a big spike in traffic • Akismet makes it possible to turn on comments without getting spammed
  • 32. Customization • Try poking around inside wp-content/ themes/theme-name • Keep track of changes you make to your theme • If/when your them gets updated you may need to reapply your changes
  • 33. Run your site locally • Test out changes on your own computer • wpbeginner’s video tutorials • Beau Lebens’s Advanced WordPress Development Environments
  • 34. Yes, things will break
  • 35. Remember those backups?
  • 36. Practice restoring from a backup
  • 37. How to fix this • Put up a new replacement site • Excavate your hacked site • Reclaim your URL with Google’s webmaster tools • Get help from Badware Busters
  • 38. The first thing to try • If you have odd problems, it may be a compatibility issue • Try testing with the ‘default’ theme • Disable all of your plugins • Re-enable them one at a time
  • 39. Where to find help • Google for your error message, problem description, etc. • WordPress forums • IRC chat go to channel #wordpress
  • 40. How to find coders • Ask your friends if they know anyone • Know what you want to do in general terms • Be flexible about the technical approach
  • 41. Thanks! http://phiffer.org/