Taking WordPress As A CMS, To The LimitMarch 5, 2011
Who Are You?• Josh Guffey• @jguffey (twitter)• Lead Developer, The Pancake Movement (Mmm pancakes!) • thepancakemovement.com• agencynet (WordPress & Drupal development) • Taught me (almost) everything I know
What are we doing?• Making a Portfolio site• Famous 5 minute WP install• Find and install a useful theme• Make some Widgets, Pages, Posts• Turn this thing into a portfolio site (Add some Portfolio Pieces)
Why WordPress? Why Themes?• We want a free portfolio site!• Shows us how WordPress can be used as a CMS (Content Management System), without using any code.
How are we going to pull that off?• What do you need? • Hosting • patients (This may take awhile the ﬁrst time) • WordPress • A Good Theme
1) Install WP• 5 minute install, super easy.• Local environment, but FTP would work pretty much the same way. • Create a database (this is the hard part) • Follow the WP install process
2) Find and install a good portfolio theme.• Portfolio Press 0.5.4 (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/portfolio- press)• Tons of others available at (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ search.php?q=portfolio)
Done!• Would have cost $$$• No Code! Saved so much $$$!!
That was fun• Looks Generic? • You can download other WordPress themes, it doesn’t have to be a portfolio, some allow custom colors and imagery. • For a unique and custom theme, hire a developer or agency. Once you already have a WP up and running, Theme development isn’t too expensive.• Pro Tip • Make sure you are settled on a theme before you create your Pages, Posts, ect.• WordPress Support • Forums (http://wordpress.org/support/) • FAQ (http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ) • Troubleshooting (http://codex.wordpress.org/Troubleshooting)