Wordpress for dummies and not-so dummies, custom post types

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Simple presentation about the pros and contras for WordPress as a Content Management System. Yes, I am a believer.

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Wordpress for dummies and not-so dummies, custom post types

  1. 1. WordPress <ul><li>for dummies and not-so dummies </li></ul>
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>WordPress as a: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>blog platform (duh...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a content managment system (wait, what?) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Widely used <ul><li>Not just for blogs anymore: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WP powers 14.7% of the top million websites in the world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(source: http://wordpress.org/news/2011/08/state-of-the-word/ ) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Easy to install <ul><li>5 seconds installation </li></ul><ul><li>Usual suspects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MySQL </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Awesomeness <ul><li>Easy to set up </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use for end-users </li></ul><ul><li>10000s of free, high-quality templates </li></ul><ul><li>1000s of free, useful plugins </li></ul>
  6. 6. Demo time! <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Permalinks </li></ul><ul><li>Content adding </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul>
  7. 7. The basics <ul><li>The Page </li></ul><ul><li>The Post </li></ul><ul><li>These are the default content types (eh, post types) </li></ul><ul><li>less important attachment, revision and nav menu </li></ul>
  8. 8. Basics: the Page <ul><li>Timeless </li></ul><ul><li>Static content E.g.: contact, disclaimers, colophon </li></ul><ul><li>Can be organized in a hierarchical structure </li></ul>
  9. 9. Basics: the Post <ul><li>A message published on a specific time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a blog post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a news item </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Basics: the Post <ul><li>Can be labeled: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>categories (hierarchical) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tags (non-hierarchical) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(taxonomies!) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Custom Post Types <ul><li>For: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>other / more fields than the post/page fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keeping some content apart from other content </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Custom Post Types <ul><li>Creation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>hardcoded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>added / maintained through a plugin </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Custom taxonomies <ul><li>Default taxonomies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>category, tag, link-category </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Custom taxonomies <ul><li>For grouping content differently </li></ul><ul><li>Either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hierarchical (branches) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag-cloud style </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Known unknowns <ul><li>Performance? </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced search (yes, there is a solr-plugin) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Templates: hierarchy <ul><li>What page? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is_home, is_front_page is_404, is_search is_date, is_author, is_category is_tag, is_tax, is_archive is_single, is_attachment, is_page </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thanks <ul><li>Paul van Buuren [email_address] </li></ul>

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