Course Outline● Class 1: Understand Wordpress & setup workshop● Class 2: Administration and management of your site (including changing themes)● Class 3: Functionality: Plugins, Widgets, Themes● Class 4: Customizing themes and course review
Team RulesYou are already winning by being here.Everyone finishes.Advanced exercises will be offered.If you dont do the advanced exercises, thats fine.
Todays Plan● Introductions● What is Wordpress?● Whats the difference between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org?● Whats working locally ... and why does it matter?● Installing Wordpress locallyGoals● Understand what Wordpress is● Able to articulate the differences between .com and .org● You should have a local Wordpress install!
Introductions!Tell us about yourself ● Name ● What you hope to get out of class ● Random fact (or, the name of your yacht)
What is Wordpress?● Open Source● Often used as a Content Management System (CMS) ○ Organize data in a database rather than updating individual files ○ Allows many users ○ Allows users to communicate with one another (ex. have different roles in the project)
What is Wordpress?Translation:Wordpress is free, open source, community-developed platform that helps people make websitesquickly and cheaply, and manage them easily: evenwithout knowing how to code.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org Hosting CustomizationYour host Domains Branding
Working Locally -- huh?Working locally means working on your own machine rather thananywhere else - namely not on a remote server.What you need: ● XAMPP - a way to run a free web server on your machine - and include Apache and MySQL, both of which we need for WordPress ● Go to http://www.wordpress.org and click the blue Download button to download the latest release of WordPress ● A Text Editor ○ Notepad++ for Windows ○ Komodo Edit for Mac/Windows/Linux