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  • 1. WordPress for BeginnersPresented by Brian Krogsgard - @krogsgard - krogsgard.com - #wpyall1.14.2012 - WordCamp Birmingham (Photo By Matt Mullenweg)
  • 2. About brian✤ Lead WordPress Developer Infomedia.com✤ WordPress fanatic since 2008ish✤ Contributing Editor @WPCandy✤ Great Dane owner, Auburn fan, lucky husband
  • 3. What is WordPress?✤ Different things to different people ✤ A print shop ✤ A billboard ✤ Yours
  • 4. Why should i use WordPress?✤ It’s free and open source✤ It’s easy to get started✤ It’s flexible and powerful enough for almost any website✤ The user is always most important.
  • 5. WordPress.com vs WordPress.org WordPress.com Benefits• It’s free and much easy tosetup, auto upgrades, spam control, backups, security, etc.• Your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networksWordPress.com Cons• Limited themes• You can’t modify the code behind your blog• You can’t upload pluginsWordPress (self-hosted) Benefits• Complete control, ability to upload themes and plugins• Great communityWordPress (self-hosted) Cons• You need a host, which generally costs a minimum of $7-12 a month, or thousands of dollars per month for a high traffic site• Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run• You’re responsible for stopping spam, backups, updates, traffic spikes, etc. PS: this is ripped off entirely from http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
  • 6. What we’ll Cover✤ What it’s made of✤ Installation✤ Configuration✤ Themes✤ Plugins✤ Publishing✤ Flexibility
  • 7. What’s WordPress made Of?Your content is stored in a database, and WordPress manipulates and handles it.
  • 8. installing WordPress✤ http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress✤ http://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress✤ http://wpcandy.com/teaches/how-to-install-wordpress
  • 9. Basic WordPress settings✤ /wp-admin✤ General / Writing / Reading / Discussion / Media / Privacy / Permalinks / Plugins Settings
  • 10. WordPress themesWordPress.org theme directory
  • 11. What kind of themes?✤ Parent Themes✤ Child Themes✤ Theme Frameworks Photo by Justin Tadlock✤ http://justintadlock.com/archives/2010/08/16/frameworks-parent-child-and-grandchild-themes
  • 12. menus in WordPressWith WordPress 3.0 came really awesome drag and drop menus. http://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen
  • 13. widgets in WordPressWidgets allow you to put all kinds of content into sidebars and other widget areas.Date
  • 14. WordPress plugins✤ Plugins act on top of WordPress and your theme.✤ They do a variety of things ✤ SEO, Stats, Analytics, backups, content handling, caching, and thousands more ✤ Ryan will show you more : ) ✤ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ Sidenote: I don’t really know what this picture has to do with plugins
  • 15. free vs. paid Plugins & Themes✤ What to keep in mind ✤ support ✤ quality ✤ sustainability✤ Not all paid are good.✤ Some of the best are free.
  • 16. publishing with WordPressGet to know the admin and available content types
  • 17. Posts, Pages and more.Archives vs. Singular Views, Hierarchal vs. Non-Hierarchal
  • 18. media in WordPressdrag and drop introduced in WordPress 3.3
  • 19. Custom Post Types & Taxonomies = What’s possible Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds.This picture is of the backend of Theme Force, a company that offers a hosted restaurant service off of WordPress, where customers can build custom html menus with custom post types.
  • 20. WordPress For more than blogs✤ Ecommerce ✤ Job boards✤ Newspapers ✤ Ticketing & Events✤ Magazines ✤ Portfolios✤ Communities ✤ Restaurants✤ Intranets ✤ Daily Deals✤ Marketing Campaigns ✤ SaaSYou’d be amazed at what WordPress can do. It’s no longer just a blog framework. It’s a full featured CMS, ready to take on the challenges we can throw at it. It’s why more than half of all websites that use a CMS use WordPress and why more than 22 of every 100 new domains use WordPress.
  • 21. Resources for Beginners✤ The Codex✤ WPCandy✤ ALL THE OTHERS.
  • 22. WordPress for BeginnersPresented by Brian Krogsgard - @krogsgard - krogsgard.com - #wpyall1.14.2012 - WordCamp Birmingham (Photo By Matt Mullenweg)