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  • 1. THE GENIUS OF WORDPRESS by Jen Riehle
  • 2. What is WordPress?
  • 3. WordPress is... an open source content management system, often used as a blog publishing application, that uses PHP and MySQL.
  • 4. What makes WordPress SO AWESOME, Jen?
  • 5. WordPress Awesomeness Open source = YAY! Large user community Used by > 12% of the largest 1,000,000 websites on the web Flexible deployment options
  • 6. More WordPress Awesomeness Availability of cool widgets Extendable and flexible with plugins and APIs Easy to get in; Easy to get out
  • 7. That sounds AWESOME! How do I get me some of that?
  • 8. Getting you WordPress 3 options: 1. Sign up for a blog at 2. Deploy WordPress in a hosted environment 3. Download and install WordPress yourself from
  • 9. versus
  • 10. .com Basics Requires an account for blog owners; no account for browsing (can limit access) URL is Takes care of everything: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc. Free account comes with 3GB storage but may have text-only ads Premium option available for a fee (css editor; domain mapping)
  • 11. The Dashboard
  • 12. The Posts
  • 13. Adding Content
  • 14. category - cat e go ry - noun - definition: a class or group of things possessing some quality or qualities in common All posts must be in at least one category; can have more than one Categories may be hierarchical
  • 15. tag - tag - noun - definition: a children’s game in which one player pursues the other until he or she is able to touch them Not hierarchical On, clicking on a tag will show you all instances of that tag in all wordpress blogs
  • 16. Prettiness
  • 17. widget - widg et - noun - definition: a GUI element that displays information in an arrangement that is changeable by the user
  • 18. plugin - plug-in - noun - definition: an accessory software package that is used to extend the capabilities of an existing application a widget is a type of plugin
  • 19. .com Limitations Can’t install a custom theme Can’t hack the PHP or CSS* Can’t use plugins Your blog is tied into community of blogs
  • 20. What does it mean?
  • 21. Time to Level Up
  • 22. With great power comes great responsibility Have a good web host; need a database and PHP You’re responsible for backups, upgrades, managing spam, etc. Mismanage the site and you can lose it all
  • 23. Let’s go play...
  • 24. WordPress 3.0 (the next generation)
  • 25. What’s New New default theme and theme APIs Multi-site functionality (formerly WordPress MU) Updated menu management Custom post types Custom taxonomies (with hierarchical structure)
  • 26. “ Matt Mulleweg (WordPress creator) Normally this is where I’d say we’re about to start work on 3.1, but we’re actually not. We’re going to take a release cycle off to focus on all of the things around WordPress. The growth of the community has been breathtaking, including over 10.3 million downloads of version 2.9, but so much of our effort has been focused on the core software it hasn’t left much time for anything else. Over the next three months we’re going to split into ninja/pirate teams focused on different areas of the around-WordPress experience, including the showcase, Codex, forums, profiles, update and compatibility APIs, theme directory, plugin directory, mailing lists, core plugins,… the possibilities are endless. - June 18th, 2010
  • 27. More Fun Books. So many, many books WordCamp! WordCamp Mid-Atlantic (DC) is Sept. 11 Download WordPress app for iPhone, Android or Blackberry
  • 28. The Codex The WordPress Encyclopedia GREAT resources with tons of information (primarily for installed instances of WordPress) also includes a blog, forum and hosting info
  • 29. Photo Help Slide 1: flickr/crystal/bb_matt Slide 4: flickr/a street called awesome/ moonlightbulb Slide 7: flickr/bitter beer face/a4gpa Slide 9: flickr/proof testing imperial equipment/stefan Slide 14: flickr/double happy carebear rainbow/pink sherbert photography Slide 16: flickr/mario kart wii promo event/goodrob13 Slide 19: flickr/chief engineer/striatic
  • 30. Questions? Jen Riehle Twitter: @ncsumarit