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SoCal WordPress Meetup
iWeb to WordPress
a.k.a. WP99
October 2013
Apple Store, Santa Monica
– Third Street Promenade
SoCal...
Special thanks
Apple Store –
and a word from our hosts
Our usual sponsors:
WP Engine
WooThemes
Who are we?
Noel Saw, Presenter
Founder of Neochrome, Inc.
Natalie MacLees,
Founder of Purple Pen
Productions, LLC +
Lead ...
Who are we?
Both our companies provide WP
design/development services.
Clients with WordPress projects
have included Red
B...
A Disclaimer…
I (Noel Saw) am not a CSS, HTML, or
PHP expert - so if I can do this, so can
you with some practice and rese...
Some notes…
There’s a lot to cover, so we will only
take questions near the end.
We apologize, otherwise we’ll be here a
l...
Questions for the audience…
How many already use WordPress?

How many of you have iWeb sites?
How many of you have have an...
Questions for the audience…
How many existing WordPress users
consider themselves as a…
• Beginner
• Intermediate
• Expert
Assumptions on our part
We’re assuming you have some
knowledge of:
• Domain name registration
• HTML/CSS code
• How web pa...
What is WordPress?
WordPress (WP) is a content
management system that can be
installed on a web hosting server
account lik...
What WordPress needs
Your web hosting provider needs to
support PHP 5+ and MySQL.
You’ll install WordPress usually with a
...
What can WP do for you?
WordPress makes it easy for you to
publish your web pages including the
home page, contact page, a...
WP’s content - editable areas
1.) Posts: Blog or News but can also be
other information “snippets”.
2.) Pages: Mostly “sta...
WP’s content areas
3.) Widget Areas: Sidebar and Footers
Usually built into the theme
4.) Navigation (Menu) Bar
Tonight’s demo site
Example iWeb Site we’re using:
www.nikkialexander.com
Tonight’s demo site
We didn’t have access to the iWeb example
site user password.
It was pure/copy paste operation.
Tonight’s demo site
Alternatively, you may want to try a WP
plugin to “import” text content into your site
like this one: ...
Tonight’s demo site
We’re not going to be able to make an
exact copy of the site but it will be close
enough for you to se...
Tonight’s demo site
At the end of the demo, I’ll show you what
an exact copy looks like with a bit more
work and different...
Header
Navigation (Menu)
Page
(Body)

Widget area

Footer area
Header
Navigation (Menu)
Page

Widget area

Footer area

More thorough “anatomy” - http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatom...
Steps
1. Setup domain in cPanel
2. Setup WordPress and login
3. Install Theme (http://bit.ly/ostheme)
4. Setup header
5. C...
Real World
Demo time!
WordPress Do’s and Don’ts
Do update WP core, themes, and
plugins frequently
Do run and download frequent backups
– ex: Bac...
WordPress Do’s & Don’ts
Do only install themes and plugins from
reputable companies or from
WordPress.org
Buy subscription...
WordPress Do’s & Don’ts
And finally, do not edit WordPress core
files via FTP or WP admin editor
otherwise when WP core is...
Demo links
• OpenStrap theme:
http://bit.ly/ostheme

•
•
•
•
•

PageLines theme
Google Fonts plugin
WordFence plugin
Bulk ...
Learn more links…
• WordPress.org – themes and
plugins
• WP101.com – training videos
• Lynda.com – general HTML/CSS
learni...
Thanks for Listening to Me!

The End!
Follow me:
l@wpverse
Thanks again to:

Apple Store
And our other sponsors:
WP Engine
WooThemes

SoCalWP.org / l@SoCalWP / f/SoCalWP
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  1. 1. SoCal WordPress Meetup iWeb to WordPress a.k.a. WP99 October 2013 Apple Store, Santa Monica – Third Street Promenade SoCalWP.org / l@SoCalWP / f/SoCalWP
  2. 2. Special thanks Apple Store – and a word from our hosts Our usual sponsors: WP Engine WooThemes
  3. 3. Who are we? Noel Saw, Presenter Founder of Neochrome, Inc. Natalie MacLees, Founder of Purple Pen Productions, LLC + Lead Organizer, WordCamp LA
  4. 4. Who are we? Both our companies provide WP design/development services. Clients with WordPress projects have included Red Bull, Vons/Safeway, and Murad.
  5. 5. A Disclaimer… I (Noel Saw) am not a CSS, HTML, or PHP expert - so if I can do this, so can you with some practice and research. I have my designers/developers to do the technical work for me  I have been managing web projects since 2006 so I am familiar with web technology concepts.
  6. 6. Some notes… There’s a lot to cover, so we will only take questions near the end. We apologize, otherwise we’ll be here a long time. The slides will be available on SlideShare.net later tonight posted on SoCalWP.org, Twitter, and Facebook.
  7. 7. Questions for the audience… How many already use WordPress? How many of you have iWeb sites? How many of you have have another web hosting account?
  8. 8. Questions for the audience… How many existing WordPress users consider themselves as a… • Beginner • Intermediate • Expert
  9. 9. Assumptions on our part We’re assuming you have some knowledge of: • Domain name registration • HTML/CSS code • How web pages or iWeb works in general
  10. 10. What is WordPress? WordPress (WP) is a content management system that can be installed on a web hosting server account like on companies like: • Dreamhost • MediaTemple • HostGator • GoDaddy (we don’t judge)
  11. 11. What WordPress needs Your web hosting provider needs to support PHP 5+ and MySQL. You’ll install WordPress usually with a “one click” installer. Most web hosts support WordPress.
  12. 12. What can WP do for you? WordPress makes it easy for you to publish your web pages including the home page, contact page, and of course blog pages. WordPress democratizes web site publishing and up keep/maintenance.
  13. 13. WP’s content - editable areas 1.) Posts: Blog or News but can also be other information “snippets”. 2.) Pages: Mostly “static” pages that are not frequently updated. Ex: Contact Us page
  14. 14. WP’s content areas 3.) Widget Areas: Sidebar and Footers Usually built into the theme 4.) Navigation (Menu) Bar
  15. 15. Tonight’s demo site Example iWeb Site we’re using: www.nikkialexander.com
  16. 16. Tonight’s demo site We didn’t have access to the iWeb example site user password. It was pure/copy paste operation.
  17. 17. Tonight’s demo site Alternatively, you may want to try a WP plugin to “import” text content into your site like this one: http://bit.ly/synplugin
  18. 18. Tonight’s demo site We’re not going to be able to make an exact copy of the site but it will be close enough for you to see possibilities.
  19. 19. Tonight’s demo site At the end of the demo, I’ll show you what an exact copy looks like with a bit more work and different method.
  20. 20. Header Navigation (Menu) Page (Body) Widget area Footer area
  21. 21. Header Navigation (Menu) Page Widget area Footer area More thorough “anatomy” - http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/
  22. 22. Steps 1. Setup domain in cPanel 2. Setup WordPress and login 3. Install Theme (http://bit.ly/ostheme) 4. Setup header 5. Customize header 6. Setup widget areas 7. Setup pages with Bulk Creator plugin 8. Setup Home page slider
  23. 23. Real World Demo time!
  24. 24. WordPress Do’s and Don’ts Do update WP core, themes, and plugins frequently Do run and download frequent backups – ex: BackupBuddy commercial plugin Do change “Permalinks” to “Month and Name” in WP admin settings
  25. 25. WordPress Do’s & Don’ts Do only install themes and plugins from reputable companies or from WordPress.org Buy subscription to WP101.com and Lynda.com or YouTube (get what you pay for) Buy subscription to Akismet.com to block spam posts
  26. 26. WordPress Do’s & Don’ts And finally, do not edit WordPress core files via FTP or WP admin editor otherwise when WP core is updated, you’ll lose changes. Editing these files could also crash your site in seconds.
  27. 27. Demo links • OpenStrap theme: http://bit.ly/ostheme • • • • • PageLines theme Google Fonts plugin WordFence plugin Bulk Creator plugin Anatomy of a WP theme: http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/
  28. 28. Learn more links… • WordPress.org – themes and plugins • WP101.com – training videos • Lynda.com – general HTML/CSS learning videos • “Firebug” extension – Google it! • Other awesome WP plugins: http://bit.ly/wwlakb
  29. 29. Thanks for Listening to Me! The End! Follow me: l@wpverse
  30. 30. Thanks again to: Apple Store And our other sponsors: WP Engine WooThemes SoCalWP.org / l@SoCalWP / f/SoCalWP
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