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100 Things to know about WordPress presentation given to WordCamp Columbus

100 Things to know about WordPress presentation given to WordCamp Columbus

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  • 1. WordCamp Columbus 2011 100 Things You Should Know About WordPress
  • 2. About the Presentation
    • Originally given at WordPress Ann Arbor
    • Presented by WordCamp Detroit founder Anthony Montalbano and myself
    • 10 Topics with 10 Things
    • Plugins, Themes, Tips, Best Practices...
    • Links and Resources at the link below
  • 3. The 10 Topics
    • Webhosting
    • Setup and Installing WordPress
    • Choosing a WordPress Theme
    • WordPress Security
    • Default Plugins to Install
    • Content Creation
    • Theme Modification
    • Fundamental Plugins to Install
    • Content Organization
    • WordPress Resources
  • 4. 1. WordPress and Webhosting
    • Choose a WordPress web host by reading complaints in official support forums
    • Unlimited Web Hosts aren't really unlimited
    • Keeping domain registrations separate makes it easier to move in the future
    • Backing up off-site is best for disaster recovery
    • Change all passwords every 30 days (wp-admin and web hosting control panel)
    • Directory indexing should be turned off
    • Minimize resources by caching your site as much as possible
    • Keep other software up to date so WordPress doesn't get hacked
    • Optimize your database tables automatically
    • Webhosts do server related support – not WordPress support
  • 5. 2. Setting Up and Installing WordPress
    • The Simple WordPress install
    • Automated WordPress install
    • More installation help
    • Don’t create a wp-config.php file manually
    • Don’t user ‘admin’ when installing WordPress
    • Don’t use ‘wp_’ as your database prefix when installing WordPress
    • Install more than 1 WordPress site to the same database
    • Build your site offline
    • Install multiple sites under one WordPress installation
    • Use help and support forums for setup
  • 6. 3. Choosing a WordPress Theme
    • Never search Google for Free WordPress themes
    • The more professional your layout is, the higher your conversion rate will be
    • If you like a theme google the name + conflict, broken, and help
    • Premium themes generally come with more mature code, multiple revisions, and support
    • In most cases rely on a theme for design and layout - not functionality
    • Some themes excel at functionality: directories, auctions, classifieds, video, magazine
    • View admin functionality before choosing a theme; make sure you're capable of customizations
    • Use "Maintenance Mode" or "Theme Test Drive" plugins when switching themes
    • Test in Windows, Linux, Mobile, and Mac before launch
    • Always be aware that design changes always affect search rankings
  • 7. 4. WordPress Security
    • Hide WordPress files
    • Excellent password practices
    • Change your default login link
    • Prevent too many login attempts
    • Monitor your WordPress installation
    • Upgrade WordPress to latest version
    • Scan your install after making admin changes
    • See installing WordPress tips
    • Backup your database regularly
    • I’ve been hacked, what do I do?
  • 8. 5. Default Plugins to Install
    • Akismet
    • Hotfix
    • Jetpack
    • Revision Control
    • Subscribe to Comments
    • Contact Form 7
    • Error Reporting
    • Login Lockdown
    • Secure Wordpress
    • All in One SEO Pack / Google XML Sitemap / Robots Meta (or WordPress SEO)
  • 9. 6. WordPress Content Creation
    • Make a post sticky
    • Require a password to view a post
    • Schedule posts for the future
    • Make images “web friendly”
    • Re-use the same images when possible
    • Spell check your posts and pages
    • Copy and Paste your Microsoft Word content properly
    • Link to other posts quickly
    • Easily search and embed content from the web
    • Write for the web
  • 10. 7. WordPress Theme Modification
    • Widgets enable drag and drop functionality for content or plugins (usually sidebar / footer)
    • A WordPress theme can have unlimited "widgitized areas“
    • Widgitized areas can be "conditional" (for specific conditions or pages)
    • WordPress 3.0+ adds custom "menu" functionality (like widgets, but for navigation)
    • Core theme files are index.php, single.php, page.php, header.php, footer.php, style.css
    • You can create custom headers, footers, and stylesheets to be used in certain conditions
    • Custom theme page "templates" can be used and then assigned to display for specific pages
    • You can control how many posts "the_loop" shows
    • You can control the display of each post (content or excerpt)
    • Small modifications can alter meta info and navigation for posts
  • 11. 8. Fundamental Plugins to Install
    • The Events Calendar
    • MapPress Easy Google Maps
    • NextGEN Gallery
    • Audio Player
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast
    • WP-Touch
    • GD Star Rating
    • Lightbox Gallery
    • WP Table Reloaded
    • Theme My Login
  • 12. 9. WordPress Content Organization
    • Update "previous" and "next" post links to standard pagination
    • Add Breadcrumbs to pages, posts, categories, and tags
    • Pages are meant to be "static" (infrequently change), Posts are frequently added
    • Pages can have heirarchy (children), Posts cannot
    • Posts can be assigned to tags and categories (and sub-categories), Pages cannot
    • Posts can be grouped and sorted (custom post types like blog / products / services)
    • Organization plugins exist (PageMash, Category Manager, Custom Post Type UI)
    • Provide relevant content options for visitors (related posts, tags, categories)
    • Redundant navigation is good (header / sidebar / footer)
    • You can schedule, update, and re-publish posts
  • 13. 10. WordPress Resources Available
    • WordPress Dedicated Sites
    • Blogs with Heavy WordPress Categories
    • WordPress Roundups
    • WordPress Books
    • WordPress Podcasts
    • Free WordPress Theme Lists
    • Help/Support Forums
    • WordPress Videos
    • WordPress Cheatsheets
    • WordCamps and WordPress Meetups
  • 14. We Share A LOT of WordPress Stuff
    • Twitter:
    • Facebook:
    • Blog: