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

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