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Taking WordPress as a CMS, to the Limit



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  • - Hi,\n- Welcome\n- Beginner track - so if you’re wondering why there hasn’t been much code yet, you’ve been in the wrong room.\n- CMS? Definition. \n- “Doing” presentation, I’ll post the slides so you can follow along at home.\n
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  • - My name\n- Twitter I’m @jguffey\n- Now I’m lead dev at Pancakes, I make pancakes.\n- Full service agency\n- I worked at ANet for 2.5 years, learned a lot, Did WP and Drupal Dev, for sites like howard TV, Fuse, empowerMe2B.\n
  • - Make a Portfolio site\n- Install\n- find and install a theme\n- make some widgets, pages, posts, ect.\n- turn a regular WP into a portfolio site.\n- I’m going to demo this process, in 40 minutes we should have a portfolio site.\n
  • Why are we doing this?\n- It’s free, it’ll save you money if all you need is a simple portfolio site.\n- Good for photographers,\n- Designers,\n- Illustrators\n- any creative that needs a web presence and has a couple hours to spare.\n- Thanks open source!\n- Shows us how we can leverage WP to create a website.\n- doesn’t have to be a portfolio site, other themes are available.\n
  • - Hosting isn’t free, but it’s cheap! $15/month should do the trick\n- May take a couple hours the first time\n- You need to grab the latest WordPress, visit!\n- We need to find a good theme for our goals, we’ll use a portfolio theme.\n- Legitimate Place! Avoid Virius\n
  • - Go to!\n- Upload to your server, follow instructions.\n
  • - We download and install Portfolio Press.\n-, so it’s trustworthy\n- Activate the theme\n
  • - Make a Free Websites sidebar,\n- Make a copyright footer,\n- Enable recent posts\n
  • - Change the title of the Sample Page to “About”\n- Make a test Blog Post\n- Notice the difference between pages and posts.\n
  • - Set up permalinks\n- Add a few port pieces\n- Where is our Portfolio page?\n- We need a page called /portfolio/, so we make a page.\n- Go to /portfolio, look at the landing page, test the inside pages.\n- Show how to make alt portfolio pages with templates\n
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  • - ProTip:\n- Example, this theme, once you disable this theme, your port posts will disappear.\n- WP Support is great, the best part of open source is the free (and hopefully friendly) support.\n
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  • 1. Taking WordPress As A CMS, To The LimitMarch 5, 2011
  • 2. Who Are You?• Josh Guffey• @jguffey (twitter)• Lead Developer, The Pancake Movement (Mmm pancakes!) •• agencynet (WordPress & Drupal development) • Taught me (almost) everything I know
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 2) Find and install a good portfolio theme.• Portfolio Press 0.5.4 ( press)• Tons of others available at ( search.php?q=portfolio)
  • 8. 3) Make some Widgets
  • 9. 4) Make some Pages, Posts
  • 10. 5) Make some Portfolios
  • 11. Done!• Would have cost $$$• No Code! Saved so much $$$!!
  • 12. 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 ( • FAQ ( • Troubleshooting (
  • 13. Questions? @jguffey