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    • www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things WordCamp Columbus 2011 100 Things You Should Know About WordPress
    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
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    • 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?
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    • 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)
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    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • We Share A LOT of WordPress Stuff
      • Twitter: www.twitter.com/jtpratt
      • Facebook: www.facebook.com/jtprattmedia
      • Blog: www.jtpratt.com/blog
      www.jtpratt.com/wordpress-100-things