Introduction to Wordpress JOMC 463 Newsdesk September 15, 2010 Tony Zeoli
Wordpress is… A popular content management system otherwise known as a CMS. A fork of B2 Café Log, early blogging system HTML/CSS (Layout and Style) PHP (scripting) MySql (database) Matt Mullenweg, Mike Little Open Source Free to modify under GPL (General Public License)
What makes Wordpress work LAMP Linux Operating System Just another operating system, like Windows or MacOS. Apache Web Server Resolves requests for web pages in folders on a machine connected to the Internet. Delivers to your browser. MySql Database Stores all the content and settings (except for physical assets like photo and video—but saves the URL’s pointing to those media assets. PHP Scripting Language – Call information from the database and places it into pages, posts, headers, sidebars and footers.
What does Wordpress look like? Wordpress is simply a folder full of files that do stuff. All files are dependant on each other to effectively run. Code, Front End and Back End. Working in Wordpress
WP-Content The WP-Content folder is the most important folder in Wordpress.
WP-Content Stores your “themes,” uploads and plugins.
WP-Config The WP-Config files is the most important file in Wordpress.
WP-Content If I upload files in Wordpress, where do they go? WP-Content stores your “themes,” uploads and plugins.
WP-Content wp-content > uploads > year > month
Themes uploads > themes
Plugins uploads > plugins
You already know Content Mangement If you use: Facebook Twitter Blogger Wordpress.com Blackboard Basecamp Any other online site where you log in and add content, then save it, and it display on a web page somewhere.
Facebook Notes Adding content to Wordpress is just like adding a Facebook note.
Posting to Twitter is CMS driven Each post to Twitter is saved in a database by: User Date Stamp Time Stamp Keywords Tags Links
How does stuff get into Wordpress? For Editors, Authors, Contributors Publish Posts & Pages in Wordpress Admin. Upload file assets using the Wordpress Media Library in Wordpress Admin. For Wordpress Developers SSH: secure shell access < most secure. SFTP: secure file transfer protocol < generally secure. FTP: file transfer protocol < least secure. On ReeseNews, only developers can upload to our servers via SSH or SFTP. All staff will add content using the admin system.
Wordpress Admin > Add New Post
What’s a Theme? Wordpress is the engine. The car body is the theme.
Themes Free Themes Download from Wordpress Codex Premium Themes ($$$) Download from Theme developers Custom Themes Build your own Theme Frameworks & Child Themes Minimal Themes containing all relevant elements, just override with “child theme” – a new CSS style sheet.
What do I need to know? For Editors Managing content Categories, Tags SEO Writing Style/Spell Check Assignment Desk / Digital Workflow Formatting Content For Content Producers Producing Content Posting Articles Uploading media assets Formatting Content Non-traditional posting via mobile