CNN blogs – this is just one example – their Political Ticker blog
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Part1 learn thelingo
Part 1:WORDPRESS FOR Learn GENEALOGISTS the Lingo June 18, 2012 email@example.com www.facebook.com/taneya www.twitter.com/taneya
WEBINAR SERIES Part 1: Learn the Lingo Basic familiarity with WordPress, how it works, the terminology used, WordPress.com Part 2: Dissecting the Dashboard – June 25th Delve further into the WordPress Dashboard - all the parts are and what they do; begin to understand the self-hosted version of WordPress. Part 3: Features, Features & More Features – July 9th plugins & themes - how to find them, how to choose them; DOs and DON’Ts; commonly seen in genealogy. Part 4: Polishing to Perfection – July 16th more advanced - how to tweak themes, maintenance issues, site analytics
OVERVIEWBackground & WordPress FundamentalsUsing WordPressHands On: Creating a WordPress.com siteQuestions & Discussion
WORDPRESS & ME My Journey 1999 - basic HTML; created my first website 2003 - transitioned to TypePad -- early blogging software; the appeal for me was that I could make frequent updates and not have to code HTML to do it. Paid a monthly fee. 2004 - Blogger - free Google product 2007 - WordPress; made the switch because WordPress of fered more functionality than blogger; ability to choose more designs for my site.
WORDPRESS & ME (CONT’D) 2009 – My first GenWeb county site with WordPress; NCGenWeb site migrated to WordPress 2011 - Became TNGenWeb State Coordinator – migrated site to WordPress + several county sites 70+ sites and counting!
WORDPRESS BACKGROUND May 2003 – WordPress ver sion 0.7 New releases ever y year – latest is version 3.4 released June 13 th , 201 2 Initially a blogging platform; as new releases Matt Mullenweg circa 2008 were developed, transitioned into more thanhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Mullenweg just a blogging sof tware, but rather, a content management system.
JAZZY WORDPRESSMany of the WordPress developers share a love of jazz musicEvery major release named after a jazz musician
WORDPRESS IS OPEN SOURCE Open Source: a philosophy that promotes distribution source code is available to the public free -of-charge license allows anyone to use the software logo of the Open Source Initiative WordPress as an Open Source initiative means: source code is developed by the community hundreds of people work on the code and create additional code to make WordPress do even more you can use it for anything and not pay license fees―…free software‖ is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should thinkof ―free‖ as in ―free speech,‖ not as in ―free beer‖. -- http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Software system that lets you "Content management systems (CMS) create and manage website place the responsibility of content content easily with little creation and maintenance squarely in knowledge of web the hands of non-technical users.“ – programming and/or markup cmswire.com languages (e.g. HTML) Most use a database to store information Content is presented to website visitors using a template
DATABASE-DRIVENTraditional Model Database-Driven Model These files have instructions to go get your content and show it back these files have your content to you all ―dressed up‖
WHY WORDPRESS? IT’S POPULAR http://yoast.com/wordpress-stats/
WHY WORDPRESS? FUNCTIONALIT Y Plugin Power Community Site Design Content is King! Multiple Social Users Media
WORDPRESS.COM Advantages Disadvantages free and super easy to set up 190+ themes available which all of the technical maintenance you can customize (for a fee), work is taken care of — setup, upgrades, spam, backups, but you cannot upload a custom security, etc. theme your blog is on hundreds of you can’t modify the PHP code ser ver s, so it’ll always remain available, even under high traf fic behind your blog your content is backed up you can’t upload plugins automatically limitations on size you’ll get extra traf fic from being a par t of the WordPress.com limitations on file upload types community you can find like -minded blogger s using search and the reader your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networks http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
WORDPRESS.ORG Advantages Disadvantages Ability to upload custom You need a web host (generally themes costs $7-12 a month) Ability to upload plugins Requires more knowledge & Complete control to personal time to run change & customize You’re responsible for stopping spam creating and maintaining backups of your site updating the WordPress software when new versions are releasedhttp://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
BUT FIRST……A WORD OF CAUTION Before you create a site, it is helpful to have an understanding of what you want and how you want it organized. Make a list of desired features Browse similar sites for ideas Draw it on paper
WORDPRESS DASHBOARD ( T H E C O N T R O L PA N E L )
VIEW THE DASHBOARD Reminder: Back to Live Dashboard
POSTS VS. PAGES POSTS PAGES entries that show up are stand-alone content listed in reverse are not listed by date chronological order are not displayed in the posts are also displayed RSS feed in the RSS feed of the do not use categories & site tags use categories & tags can be made hierarchical http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
CATEGORIES VS. TAGS CATEGORIES TAGS Allow for broad grouping Allow for finer of topics details/description of Required: each post must topics be assigned to at least Optional one Can be hierarchical Are not hierarchical Used on Wordpress.com Used on Wordpress.com to help others find your to help others find your content content
EXAMPLE: CATEGORIES VS. TAGS http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/
CATEGORY EXAMPLE (CONT’D) http://mashable.com/category/facebook/
WIDGETS Snippets of code/function that can be placed in the page Can be placed in sidebars and/or footers WordPress.com provides MANY widgets automatically Types of widgets vary
LET’S CREATE A SITE!Objectives Write new pages Write new posts Make front page static Change the theme Apply a header graphic Menu navigation Widgets Working with comments Users & their roles Reminder: Back to Live Dashboard
WORDPRESS.COM IS A COMMUNIT YSocial Features with other WordPress Blogs
WORDPRESS RESOURCES Wordpress Codex – the help documentation http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons WordPress Forums – when you have questions http://wordpress.org/support/ WordPress-focused websites & blogs Lorelle on WordPres - http://lorelle.wordpress.com/ WPBeginner - http://www.wpbeginner.com WPTuts - http://wp.tutsplus.com/ Misc. State of the Word 2011 - http://wordpress.tv/2011/08/14/matt - mullenweg-state-of-the-word-2011/ Denise Barrett Olsen (Moultrie Creek) – WP 101 Blog posts http://moultriecreek.us/gazette/?series=wordpress-101 Genealogy Society Webmasters Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenSocWebmasters/
UNTIL NEXT TIMEPart 2: Dissecting the Dashboard – June 25th Delve further into the WordPress Dashboard Switch to WordPress.org and compare features Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.twitter.com/taneya www.taneya-kalonji.com
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