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WORDPRESS AS A CMS Mark Kirby The Werks Whuffie Club
TALK IS AIMED AT THOSE <ul><li>Thinking of using WordPress as a CMS or want a simple CMS solution </li></ul><ul><li>With H...
THE TALK <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Why I use WordPress as a CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Brief introduction to Word...
QUICK INTRODUCTIONS <ul><li>Spent some time freelancing as a WordPress specialist based in The Werks </li></ul><ul><li>Aft...
WHY I USE WORDPRESS AS A CMS <ul><li>Used WordPress for 2 years for my own sites </li></ul><ul><li>Experimented with Drupa...
INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS
<ul><li>Started out as a blogging platform </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brightonculture.co.uk/ </li></ul>
<ul><li>Has many features you would expect from a fully fledged CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Add pages  </li></ul><ul><li>Add pos...
Menus can be displayed automatically
Revision history
<ul><li>Easy to install </li></ul><ul><li>Need PHP and MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a database </li></ul><ul><li>Upload ...
<ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>I find the interface really simple </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
THEMES <ul><li>A theme controls the look, feel and content of the site </li></ul><ul><li>The theme consists of </li></ul><...
CREATING A SIMPLE THEME <ul><li>Demo – really simple! </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress theme for ...
A SIMPLE SITE
BROCHUREWARE
BACKEND - WORDPRESS
CLIENTS CAN EDIT THEIR PAGES
THE SITE WITH DEFAULT THEME
CODE TIME!
A SIMPLE THEME http://codex.wordpress.org/images/1/18/Template_Hierarchy.png
STYLE.CSS http:// codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Style_Sheet
INDEX.PHP http:// codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop http:// codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Basic_Templates
HEADER.PHP http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Listing_Your_Pages_on_Your_Site Alternative way of doing menus -
FOOTER.PHP
SELECT OUR THEME
ADVANCED THEME <ul><li>The theme for my (simple looking) blog -  http://mark-kirby.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Site contains ...
HOME.PHP http:// codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/get_posts
HEADER.PHP <ul><li>Title – varies according to page </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul>
CATEGORY-27.PHP - BLOG Uses the_content
CATEGORY-28.PHP - TUTORIALS  Uses the_excerpt
PRO’S <ul><li>Quick and easy to set up an installation </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to create themes </li></ul><ul><li>Huge user...
CON’S <ul><li>Security issues – you will need to keep sites updated to the latest version at all times </li></ul><ul><li>S...
CONVERSATION <ul><li>Questions for me (and each other) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions for you! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Would yo...
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    1. 1. WORDPRESS AS A CMS Mark Kirby The Werks Whuffie Club
    2. 2. TALK IS AIMED AT THOSE <ul><li>Thinking of using WordPress as a CMS or want a simple CMS solution </li></ul><ul><li>With HTML and CSS skills </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps PHP skills </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress beginners, or newbies </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced users – perhaps help with the questions at the end! </li></ul>
    3. 3. THE TALK <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Why I use WordPress as a CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Brief introduction to WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Its easy to create a simple theme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating more complex themes is still pretty simple </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pro’s and con’s of using WordPress as a CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Questions (feel free to interrupt though) </li></ul>
    4. 4. QUICK INTRODUCTIONS <ul><li>Spent some time freelancing as a WordPress specialist based in The Werks </li></ul><ul><li>After setting up the talk started working full time at Ribot </li></ul><ul><li>Not marketing my services, passing on ideas and advice </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] with questions </li></ul><ul><li>You? </li></ul>
    5. 5. WHY I USE WORDPRESS AS A CMS <ul><li>Used WordPress for 2 years for my own sites </li></ul><ul><li>Experimented with Drupal for a documentation solution, but switched to Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Created my first theme </li></ul><ul><li>Found clients liked using WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Built a number of themes for myself and others </li></ul>
    6. 6. INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS
    7. 7. <ul><li>Started out as a blogging platform </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brightonculture.co.uk/ </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Has many features you would expect from a fully fledged CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Add pages </li></ul><ul><li>Add posts within categories to create blogs, news sections etc – with different themes to each category (more later) </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple users with different authorisation levels </li></ul><ul><li>Many more including… </li></ul>
    9. 9. Menus can be displayed automatically
    10. 10. Revision history
    11. 11. <ul><li>Easy to install </li></ul><ul><li>Need PHP and MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a database </li></ul><ul><li>Upload WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Run it </li></ul><ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install </li></ul><ul><li>..or with Subversion - http://mark-kirby.co.uk/2008/how-to-install-wordpress-using-ssh-and-svn/ </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>I find the interface really simple </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
    13. 13. THEMES <ul><li>A theme controls the look, feel and content of the site </li></ul><ul><li>The theme consists of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML surrounding editable content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSS for all content – non editable and editable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More info available here </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes#What_is_a_Theme.3F </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download or make your own </li></ul>
    14. 14. CREATING A SIMPLE THEME <ul><li>Demo – really simple! </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress theme for a brochureware site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 pages the client can update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.handsonphysiotherapy.co.uk / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This simple theme has very few files and is easy to create </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more here - http:// codex.wordpress.org /Templates </li></ul>
    15. 15. A SIMPLE SITE
    16. 16. BROCHUREWARE
    17. 17. BACKEND - WORDPRESS
    18. 18. CLIENTS CAN EDIT THEIR PAGES
    19. 19. THE SITE WITH DEFAULT THEME
    20. 20. CODE TIME!
    21. 21. A SIMPLE THEME http://codex.wordpress.org/images/1/18/Template_Hierarchy.png
    22. 22. STYLE.CSS http:// codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Style_Sheet
    23. 23. INDEX.PHP http:// codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop http:// codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Basic_Templates
    24. 24. HEADER.PHP http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Listing_Your_Pages_on_Your_Site Alternative way of doing menus -
    25. 25. FOOTER.PHP
    26. 26. SELECT OUR THEME
    27. 27. ADVANCED THEME <ul><li>The theme for my (simple looking) blog - http://mark-kirby.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Site contains a blog and tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Homepage contains latest 2 tutorials, and latest 3 blog posts </li></ul><ul><li>The blog main page lists entire posts </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial main page lists summaries </li></ul>
    28. 28. HOME.PHP http:// codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/get_posts
    29. 29. HEADER.PHP <ul><li>Title – varies according to page </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul>
    30. 30. CATEGORY-27.PHP - BLOG Uses the_content
    31. 31. CATEGORY-28.PHP - TUTORIALS Uses the_excerpt
    32. 32. PRO’S <ul><li>Quick and easy to set up an installation </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to create themes </li></ul><ul><li>Huge user base hence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many plugins covering all kinds of functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular updates </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. CON’S <ul><li>Security issues – you will need to keep sites updated to the latest version at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Stigma, some clients won’t be happy using it </li></ul><ul><li>Ordering pages is a little awkward – not ideal for sites with loads of pages </li></ul><ul><li>Any suggestions for pro’s and con’s? </li></ul>
    34. 34. CONVERSATION <ul><li>Questions for me (and each other) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions for you! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Would you consider using WordPress for your clients, if so, what size client/what type of client and why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What features would you like to see in a CMS, we can see if WordPress has them, or if there is a plugin which provides them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What concerns would you have about using WordPress as a CMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you any comments on the content of my talk, for the next group </li></ul></ul>
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