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WCO2014 - To The Word And Beyond!


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Extending WordPress past a Simple Blog. Covers the basics of Dashboard Plugins, bbPress, BuddyPress, and P2.

Extending WordPress past a Simple Blog. Covers the basics of Dashboard Plugins, bbPress, BuddyPress, and P2.

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  • 1. To the Word and Beyond! Extending WordPress Past a Simple Blog WordCamp Ottawa 2014 Meagan Hanes @mhanes
  • 2. A Bit About Myself ● Meagan Hanes - @mhanes ● Digital Designer for over 15 years ● Own and Operate Love Digimedia, Ottawa- based design shop ● Been using WordPress for over 8 years ● Speaker at WordCamp Montreal and Toronto 2013 ● Favourite Colour: Rainbow :)
  • 3. This Session Covers... ● WordPress Dashboard Plugins ● Social Networks using BuddyPress ● Forums using bbPress ● Project Management/Communications using P2
  • 4. Dashboard Plugins ● Most plugins provide external functionality for the website (adding a Twitter Widget, an image slider, etc) ● But Dashboard Plugins provide internal functionality ● They change the way the Admin Dashboard looks and works!
  • 5. Note: Screen Options
  • 6. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP ● Integrates Google Analytics account with your WordPress site ● Displays charts, reports, etc directly on Admin Dashboard ● Allows you to monitor website's usage without loading up full GA application
  • 7. Dashboard Notes ● Handy way of leaving little admin notes! ● Multiple colours and options available
  • 8. Editorial Calendar ● Makes it easy to manage timing of posts ● Uses click-and-drag interface for simplicity
  • 9. Plugin List ● Google Analytics Dashboard: ● Dashboard Notes: ● Editorial Calendar:
  • 10. BuddyPress WordPress-based Social Network System
  • 11. Extending WP: BuddyPress ● BuddyPress brings Social Networking features to WordPress ● WP Users can make posts on their profile page, follow other users, join groups, have group discussions, receive notifications of new content, and more.
  • 12. BuddyPress in Action
  • 13. Extending BuddyPress: Plugins ● Easily extendable with BuddyPress Plugins: – Add Chat Rooms (iFlyChat) – Gamify your site with Achievements (Achievements for WordPress) – Make profiles more Facebook- like (BuddyPress Wall) – Create a Dropbox-style file repo (BuddyPress Docs) Achievements for WordPress
  • 14. BuddyPress In The Wild
  • 15. BuddyPress Links ● BuddyPress Core: ● iFlyChat: ● Achievements for WordPress: ● BuddyPress Wall: ● BuddyPress Docs:
  • 16. bbPress Forums: The WordPress Way
  • 17. Forums using bbPress ● bbPress is a forum solution for WordPress
  • 18. bbPress: Forums Made Easy ● Creates a customizable bulletin board system ● Full spam protection via Akismet ● Links with your site's existing user accounts
  • 19. bbPress In Action ● Create a new discussion topic ● Browse existing discussions ● Displays last post's time and author ● Allows for subscribing (sends an email)
  • 20. bbPress Plugins Rating Widget GD bbPress Attachments
  • 21. wp-Monalisa bbPress Plugins
  • 22. Plugin Links ● bbPress Plugin: ● bbPress Go To First Unread Post: ● Rating Widget: ● GD bbPress Attachments: ● wp-Monalisa:
  • 23. P2
  • 24. Communications using P2 ● P2 is a WordPress-based complete conversion – NOT for your current WordPress website! ● Creates a Communication Ecosystem ● If Twitter and Basecamp had a software baby!
  • 25. P2 in Action ● Eliminates the need to use the Post Editor ● Instead, post directly on the site itself! ● Smaller posts = more communication
  • 26. P2 for Internal Communications ● Use MentionMe plugin to enable @namings ● Perfect for assigning tasks, asking questions ● Extend with P2 By Email to close the loop – Now a Fully Functional Notification system! ● Organize projects/assignments with tags ● Configure widgets to show top posts, currently logged in users, latest posts, etc ● Enable or Disable public viewing
  • 27. P2 in Action
  • 28. Plugin Links ● P2 Core Theme: ● MentionMe: ● P2 Post Feedback: ● P2 Resolved Posts: ● P2 Likes:
  • 29. To the Word and Beyond! Extending WordPress Past a Simple Blog WordCamp Ottawa 2014 Meagan Hanes @mhanes