The Basics of WordPress


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This presentation was meant to be a discussion not a tutorial at the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City. Please contact me at or with questions.

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The Basics of WordPress

  1. 1. The Basics of WordPress<br />Presented by Thom Allen<br />SMCSLC September 2009<br /><br />
  2. 2. Topics For This Discussion<br />Differences between and<br />Easy installation either through cpanel or install.php<br />Easy import from a dozen other blog platforms<br />Easily apply a theme from within WP<br />Easily install most plug-ins from within WP<br />Posts vs. Pages<br />Tags vs. Categories<br />Security, the importance of staying updated<br />Q and A<br />
  3. 3. or<br /> is a commercial product supported by Automattic. No real technical expertise is required. Automattic manages your installation and updates. <br /> is an open source project. It’s not a commercial application. It requires you have some level of technical expertise.<br />
  4. 4.<br />Get a blog up and running in a matter of minutes, for free!<br />Provides a number of themes you can choose from.<br />Doesn’t require monthly web server costs.<br />Email support and large user forums.<br />Offers a number of upgrades to improve your wordpress blog (own domain, extra storage, custom css, and more)<br />
  5. 5.<br />Must have your own web server.<br />Must have your own domain.<br />No email support (but there are plenty of other resources)<br />But… full control over design, themes, css and plugins.<br />
  6. 6. 5 Minute Installation<br />If you choose the option, you can be up and running in 5 minutes.<br />If you are hosting WordPress yourself, once you have your web server environment setup, you can be running in a matter of seconds.<br />Most web hosting companies provide an application called cPanel, install from that if possible.<br />
  7. 7. Import from an existing Blog<br />You can import posts from other blogging platforms like Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, and many more including RSS.<br />Importing isn’t 100% all the time. You may have to do some editing.<br />
  8. 8. Easily Apply Themes<br />You can easily apply themes to both and self hosted wordpress.<br /> users pick from a list of available themes.<br />Self hosted WordPress installations can pick from the ThemeDirectory right in WordPress, or you can upload a theme. <br />
  9. 9. Easily Install Most Plugins<br />The basic doesn’t allow you to add your own plugins.<br />A self hosted installation allows you to search for and install plugins from within WordPress.<br />You can also upload plugins to your web server and activate them in WordPress<br />
  10. 10. Posts vs. Pages<br />A post is basically blog content. It’s the standard or typical way of presenting content to your viewers.<br />A page is basically static content.<br />Using a combination of posts and pages, you can create a true Content Management System.<br />Pages can also be used in site navigation.<br />
  11. 11. Tags vs. Categories<br />Think of a categories as a buckets or groups.<br />Think of a tags as something buckets hold.<br />You may assign a post or page to a single category but assign many tags.<br />Tags are key to searching for content.<br />
  12. 12. The Importance of Updates<br />Patches are applied to sites without you needing to do anything.<br />You must apply app security patches on self hosted installs.<br />If you don’t apply patches you run the risk letting hackers destroy your blog.<br />Backups are just as important as security patches. Do it often.<br />
  13. 13. Q and A<br />What questions do you have?<br /><br /><br />