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THE GENIUS OF
WORDPRESS
   by Jen Riehle
What is
WordPress?
WordPress is...
an open source content
management system,
often used as a blog
publishing application,
that uses PHP and M...
What makes WordPress
SO AWESOME, Jen?
WordPress
     Awesomeness
Open source = YAY!
Large user community
Used by > 12% of the largest 1,000,000
websites on the ...
More WordPress
 Awesomeness

Availability of cool widgets
Extendable and flexible with
plugins and APIs
Easy to get in; Eas...
That sounds
   AWESOME!
How do I get me
  some of that?
Getting you WordPress
3 options:
  1. Sign up for a blog at wordpress.com
  2. Deploy WordPress in a hosted
    environmen...
wordpress.com
versus
wordpress.org
.com Basics
Requires an account for blog owners; no
account for browsing (can limit access)
URL is http://yourblogname.wor...
The Dashboard
The Posts
Adding Content
category
- cat e go ry
- noun
- definition: a class or group of things
possessing some quality or qualities
in common
 All ...
tag
- tag
- noun
- definition: a children’s game in
which one player pursues the other
until he or she is able to touch the...
Prettiness
widget
- widg et
- noun
- definition: a GUI element that
displays information in an
arrangement that is changeable by
the u...
plugin
- plug-in
- noun
- definition: an accessory software
package that is used to extend the
capabilities of an existing
...
.com Limitations
 Can’t install a custom theme
 Can’t hack the PHP or CSS*
 Can’t use plugins
 Your blog is tied into word...
What does it
mean?
wordpress.org:
Time to Level Up
With great power
     comes great
   responsibility
   Have a good web host;
   need a database and PHP
   You’re responsi...
Let’s go play...
WordPress 3.0
(the next generation)
What’s New
New default theme and theme APIs
Multi-site functionality (formerly
WordPress MU)
Updated menu management
Custo...
“   Matt Mulleweg
  (WordPress creator)
  Normally this is where I’d say we’re about to start work on 3.1, but
we’re actua...
More Fun

Books. So many, many books
WordCamp! WordCamp Mid-Atlantic (DC)
is Sept. 11
Download WordPress app for iPhone,
A...
The Codex
The WordPress Encyclopedia
GREAT resources with tons of
information (primarily for installed
instances of WordPr...
Photo Help
Slide 1: flickr/crystal/bb_matt
Slide 4: flickr/a street called awesome/ moonlightbulb
Slide 7: flickr/bitter beer...
Questions?
Jen Riehle
jen_riehle@ncsu.edu
Twitter: @ncsumarit
http://www.slideshare.net/ncsumarit
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  1. 1. THE GENIUS OF WORDPRESS by Jen Riehle
  2. 2. What is WordPress?
  3. 3. WordPress is... an open source content management system, often used as a blog publishing application, that uses PHP and MySQL.
  4. 4. What makes WordPress SO AWESOME, Jen?
  5. 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. 6. More WordPress Awesomeness Availability of cool widgets Extendable and flexible with plugins and APIs Easy to get in; Easy to get out
  7. 7. That sounds AWESOME! How do I get me some of that?
  8. 8. Getting you WordPress 3 options: 1. Sign up for a blog at wordpress.com 2. Deploy WordPress in a hosted environment 3. Download and install WordPress yourself from wordpress.org
  9. 9. wordpress.com versus wordpress.org
  10. 10. .com Basics Requires an account for blog owners; no account for browsing (can limit access) URL is http://yourblogname.wordpress.com 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. 11. The Dashboard
  12. 12. The Posts
  13. 13. Adding Content
  14. 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. 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 wordpress.com, clicking on a tag will show you all instances of that tag in all wordpress blogs
  16. 16. Prettiness
  17. 17. widget - widg et - noun - definition: a GUI element that displays information in an arrangement that is changeable by the user
  18. 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. 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 wordpress.com community of blogs
  20. 20. What does it mean?
  21. 21. wordpress.org: Time to Level Up
  22. 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. 23. Let’s go play...
  24. 24. WordPress 3.0 (the next generation)
  25. 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. 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, wordcamp.org… the possibilities are endless. - June 18th, 2010
  27. 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. 28. The Codex The WordPress Encyclopedia GREAT resources with tons of information (primarily for installed instances of WordPress) wordpress.org also includes a blog, forum and hosting info
  29. 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. 30. Questions? Jen Riehle jen_riehle@ncsu.edu Twitter: @ncsumarit http://www.slideshare.net/ncsumarit
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