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WordCamp KC WordPress Basics


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The basics of WordPress, what is the difference between and Facts about WordPress. What you need to build a WordPress site. Lead up to a live demonstration of installing …

The basics of WordPress, what is the difference between and Facts about WordPress. What you need to build a WordPress site. Lead up to a live demonstration of installing WordPress

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  • 1. WordPress Basics
  • 2. WordPress Basics What is Wordpress? WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content- management system based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. ... It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as a fork of b2/cafelog
  • 3. WordPress Basics WordPress Facts • Over 21% of all websites run on WordPress • More than 19,000 WordPress plugins are available • WordPress is one of the most requested skills in the world • 100’s of WordPress volunteer developers work for the WordPress Foundation every day • WordPress has been translated to over 70 languages • runs the multisite version, and estimated 32M active sites on that single install • WordPress will save the world!
  • 4. WordPress Basics Why use WordPress? • Supple – it’s not just a blog, enterprise websites, government, online communitites, forums, small business, e-commerce. • Search Engine Optimized – Sound compliant framework that Google likes with many available SEO plugins, W3C compliant • Content Management – the ability for the end user to edit and update content on their own. • Social – built in commenting as well as thousands of social media plugins to add sharing and integration with virtually any social media site. • Community and Support – Wordpress Meetups! Many community sites, tutorials, YouTube, you can find help on literally every corner.
  • 5. WordPress Basics There’s more than one WordPress, well Sorta….. • Run by a company called Automattic • A VERY large multisite install of Wordpress • Freemium model – they make money by selling upgrades and services • A community of volunteer developers working on the open source WordPress software • You can download a copy of WordPress from and install it on the hosting site of your choice
  • 6. WordPress Basics Premium hosting, security, and backups and upgrades are included Obtain your own hosting, plugins for security and backups No plugins, limited to functions that makes available Over 19.000 plugins to add virtually any function you can imagine without coding Abide by TOS which includes the right to show ads on your site You are in control Limited themes,280+ premium Unlimited themes Cannot remove copyright and they have royalty- free access to your data It’s yours No e-commerce – shopping cart Many choices for e-commerce
  • 7. WordPress Basics So you’re convinced to host and build your own WordPress site! What Now??? You will need: • A Computer • Internet Access • A Web Browser
  • 8. WordPress Basics • Register a domain name • Godaddy, Namecheap,,, 1&1, iWantMyName, Hover, DreamHost, Domain Monster, NameSilo • You do Not have to register your domain and host your website in the same place but most registrars also offer hosting • Web Hosting • iPage, bluehost, 1&1, HostGator, GoDaddy, hostmonster, FatCow, InMotion, DreamHost • WordPress Optimized Hosting • Synthesis, WP Engine, pagely, MediaTemple, KahunaHost, Pressable, Flywheel
  • 9. WordPress Basics GO! It only takes 5 minutes to install WordPress… Live demonstration of WordPress installation
  • 10. WordPress Basics Find Jim Grant at: @Jim_Grant