WordPress Best Practices / Sh*t You Shouldn't Do

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WordCamp Orlando 2012 talk given by Kai Armstrong. This covers WordPress best practices for novice users and sh*t they shouldn't do!

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WordPress Best Practices / Sh*t You Shouldn't Do

  1. 1. WORDPRESSBEST PRACTICESSh*t You Shouldn’t DoBy: Kai Armstrong / @phikai / kaiarmstrong.com Confession: It’s not WordPress
  2. 2. About Me!I direct customer happiness forI have a degree in Hospitality Management from the University ofCentral Florida and a Masters in Business Administration fromStetson University.I’ve been supporting WordPressprofessionally for over two years nowand working with it for more than four.When I’m not glued to a monitor ormy phone I love this
  3. 3. What are wedoing?!?An action packed,crash course, braindump, question/answer shenaniganfilled hour ofWordPress.There will be a test, sotake notes, listen well,and ask plenty ofquestions. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronschmidt/281619803/
  4. 4. Sweet New Theme?Make a child theme!http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/5770429301/
  5. 5. Sweet Vacation Photos? Make them smaller! Resize your images before you upload them to WordPress. If you’re not providing high resolution versions of your images, make them as small as the largest place you use them. Courtesy: @nanpalmero http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanpalmero/8066874114/http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/https://github.com/zippykid/smushkid
  6. 6. SecuringWordPress•  Remove Themes•  Remove Plugins•  Secure Accounts•  Updates•  Updates•  Updates http://www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/7712545428/
  7. 7. RemoveThemesUnused themes are asecurity risk.Delete any that you’renot using, or thataren’t required byyour theme.
  8. 8. RemovePluginsUnused plugins are asecurity risk.Delete any that you’renot using, or thataren’t required byanother plugin.
  9. 9. Username•  Change the default “admin” username•  Set a strong password
  10. 10. UpdatesUPDATE!UPDATE!UPDATE!There are a variety ofreasons to update asite:•  Security•  Bug Fixes•  Features
  11. 11. BackupsBackup your site on a regular basis…WHY?•  Issues with updates•  Malware•  Server Failure•  Move SiteKeep your backups offsite:•  Backup to your local machine•  Use an offsite provider
  12. 12. WordPress Codexhttp://codex.wordpress.org/If you need to know anythingabout WordPress this is the bible.Plugin and Theme development.Basic help for you and how tohelp the community.
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49889874@N05/5645164344/•  http://wordpress.org/support/•  http://www.wpbeginner.com/•  http://wp.tutsplus.com/•  http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/•  http://www.meetup.com/find/
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkn/3526522573/
  15. 15. https://www.zippykid.comKai Armstrong / @phikai / kaiarmstrong.com

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