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Beginner’s Guide to For Non-coders        .com (720) 771.3271   1
Bethany Siegler   Slides available atwww.UniqueThink.com/wcd        Connect at:        Twitter.com/UniqueThink        Face...
Who Are You:Raise Those Hands        .com (720) 771.3271   3
What is WordPress?WordPress Software/Application:– Browser-based– Lives online - NOT on your computer                    ....
How does it function?– GEEK TALK:   WordPress uses HTML and CSS     – HTML or HyperText Markup      Language        » disp...
How does it function?– GEEK TALK:   WordPress is based on PHP -   a server-side scripting languages -   that works with a ...
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WordPress.COMFree hosting: No install/upgrades, but domaincontains WordPress.com:www.YourBlogName.WordPress.com 1.    Use ...
WordPress.ORG      Self-hosted: Pay for hosting - and domain name - need to install      and maintain upgrades        1.  ...
WordPress Installation1-click install     DEMO HostMonster:    http://www.hostmonster.com/cgi/demo                        ...
WordPress Installation           .com (720) 771.3271   11
Visitor’s View: Front End of Site Current Default Theme: TwentyEleven comes with WordPress installation                   ...
Where to Go:Admin Section:– Backdoor to your site (lives online)– Administrative area    Way to edit/add content to site– ...
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Getting around theWordPress Dashboard         .com (720) 771.3271   15
Finding Help and Inline    Documentation           .com (720) 771.3271   16
WordPress Glossary of TermsContent Management System (CMS):– System that Manages Your Content:    Organizes content into: ...
Managing Your content                                 The Media Library                              Add PDFs, Images, Aud...
WordPress Glossary of TermsVisual Editor (WYSIWYG):– What You See is What You Get– Toolbar with buttons for stylizing your...
View of Visual Editor          .com (720) 771.3271   20
WordPress Glossary of TermsWidgets:– Typically WordPress Blogs have a sidebar– Content within sidebar can be dynamic    Au...
Widgets   .com (720) 771.3271   22
WordPress Glossary of TermsPlugins: – Plug it into core – A mini piece of software – Automates or adds functionality – May...
Managing plug-ins        .com (720) 771.3271   24
Plugin SuggestionsAkismet- http://akismet.com/ - Eliminates Spam in CommentsAll in One SEO Pack - http://semperfiwebdesign...
WordPress Glossary of TermsThemes: – Controls the PRESENTATION (look) of site – Separate from Content (text and media) – C...
Action Steps: Ask Yourself What is your site’s purpose? How do you want it to look? What kind of media (images/videos) doy...
Default Theme      .com (720) 771.3271   28
Finding Themes(recommend researching throughly)                      https://wordpress.org/extend/themes/                ....
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ResourcesWordPress.org: http://wordpress.org/WordPress Plugin Directory: https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/WordPress Th...
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This is a Non-coder's Guide for Getting Started with WordPress - from the 2012 WordCamp Denver, presented by Bethany Siegler of UniqueThink.com.

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  1. 1. Beginner’s Guide to For Non-coders .com (720) 771.3271 1
  2. 2. Bethany Siegler Slides available atwww.UniqueThink.com/wcd Connect at: Twitter.com/UniqueThink Facebook.com/UniqueThink Pinterest.com/UniqueThink .com (720) 771.3271 2
  3. 3. Who Are You:Raise Those Hands .com (720) 771.3271 3
  4. 4. What is WordPress?WordPress Software/Application:– Browser-based– Lives online - NOT on your computer .com (720) 771.3271 4
  5. 5. How does it function?– GEEK TALK: WordPress uses HTML and CSS – HTML or HyperText Markup Language » displays web content » creates the structure – CSS or Cascading Style Sheets » defines appearance » stylizes: fonts, colors and sizing .com (720) 771.3271 5
  6. 6. How does it function?– GEEK TALK: WordPress is based on PHP - a server-side scripting languages - that works with a MySQL database – PHP files - make site function – Database - stores YOUR content .com (720) 771.3271 6
  7. 7. Same, but Difference?https://wordpress.org https://wordpress.com/ .com (720) 771.3271 7
  8. 8. WordPress.COMFree hosting: No install/upgrades, but domaincontains WordPress.com:www.YourBlogName.WordPress.com 1. Use a domain you already own on WordPress.com account - $13.00 per domain, per year. 2. Register a domain thru WordPress.com, starting at $18.00 per domain, per yearThemes: Limited to 211 (45 premium from $39 up)Custom Design: a paid upgrade that costs $30.00 per year.Tools: Limited 3rd party tools, no pluginsAds: They can add ads to your site. You can pay to removeads from WordPress.com - No-Ads Upgrades cost $30.00 peryearSpace: 3GB free -10GB Upgrade: $20.00 per year.COM Options: either use Free As IsOR get WordPress Value Bundle a $99 yr .com (720) 771.3271 8
  9. 9. WordPress.ORG Self-hosted: Pay for hosting - and domain name - need to install and maintain upgrades 1. hosting can cost about $83 in the first year with free domain registration thru HostMonster, BlueHost or HostGator 2. Use 1-click install to get WordPress set up Themes: Unlimited free and premium (between $25-$150) Custom Design: to get a look that really meets your vision, you could move to WordPress.ORG and use any theme (layout, the look of your site) or have someone custom create a look for you Tools: Unlimited 3rd party tools and plugins Ads: You can either run ads or not, it is up to you Space: depends on hosting planYou have to host, install, backup and upgrade on your own - but it is fairly easy to do.ORG Options: Get started at about $83 using TwentyEleven or another free themeOR Use a Premium ThemeOR Hire a developer for a unique custom look .com (720) 771.3271 9
  10. 10. WordPress Installation1-click install DEMO HostMonster: http://www.hostmonster.com/cgi/demo .com (720) 771.3271 10
  11. 11. WordPress Installation .com (720) 771.3271 11
  12. 12. Visitor’s View: Front End of Site Current Default Theme: TwentyEleven comes with WordPress installation .com (720) 771.3271 12
  13. 13. Where to Go:Admin Section:– Backdoor to your site (lives online)– Administrative area Way to edit/add content to site– Login with username & password via http://yoursitename.com/wp-admin .com (720) 771.3271 13
  14. 14. Admin Panels –Where do I login? 14 .com (720) 771.3271
  15. 15. Getting around theWordPress Dashboard .com (720) 771.3271 15
  16. 16. Finding Help and Inline Documentation .com (720) 771.3271 16
  17. 17. WordPress Glossary of TermsContent Management System (CMS):– System that Manages Your Content: Organizes content into: – Pages – Posts – Media (images, video...)– Allows you to easily add, find, edit and archive content .com (720) 771.3271 17
  18. 18. Managing Your content The Media Library Add PDFs, Images, Audio, Video (max size for most web hosts is 5-8MB, can increase via php.ini file) .com (720) 771.3271 18
  19. 19. WordPress Glossary of TermsVisual Editor (WYSIWYG):– What You See is What You Get– Toolbar with buttons for stylizing your content (as in Word and other text editors)– Don’t need to know HTML (but sometimes helpful) .com (720) 771.3271 19
  20. 20. View of Visual Editor .com (720) 771.3271 20
  21. 21. WordPress Glossary of TermsWidgets:– Typically WordPress Blogs have a sidebar– Content within sidebar can be dynamic Automatically pulled in Piece of code Widget Example: Recent Post Widget– Widgets aren’t only for sidebars .com (720) 771.3271 21
  22. 22. Widgets .com (720) 771.3271 22
  23. 23. WordPress Glossary of TermsPlugins: – Plug it into core – A mini piece of software – Automates or adds functionality – May be for visitor or admin’s experience .com (720) 771.3271 23
  24. 24. Managing plug-ins .com (720) 771.3271 24
  25. 25. Plugin SuggestionsAkismet- http://akismet.com/ - Eliminates Spam in CommentsAll in One SEO Pack - http://semperfiwebdesign.com/documentation/all-in-one-seo-pack/all-in-one-seo-faq/  Helps you add keywords to titles and descriptions for search enginesBroken Link Checker   http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broken-link-checker/ Checks forbroken links and missing imagesCustom Post Widget https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-post-widget/ Adds contentblocks to a widget - without knowing codeGoogle Analyticator: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator Adds GoogleAnalytics code (a tool to track visits to your site)Google XML SiteMap: https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/ Addsa sitemap to help the search engines index you betterLimited Login Attempts: https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/TinyMCE Advanced http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/  Add on toolsfor your editor tool bar.WordPress Database Backup https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Wordpress Firewall 2 https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-firewall-2/Monitors web requests to identify and stop the most obvious attacks. .com (720) 771.3271 25
  26. 26. WordPress Glossary of TermsThemes: – Controls the PRESENTATION (look) of site – Separate from Content (text and media) – Can be easily switched (to give a site a new look) – 1000s and 1000s of free and premium (paid) themes available – Not all are created equal .com (720) 771.3271 26
  27. 27. Action Steps: Ask Yourself What is your site’s purpose? How do you want it to look? What kind of media (images/videos) doyou have? What do you want it to do (functionality)? Will you be Blogging? How will the navigation work? Do you have mobile visitors? .com (720) 771.3271 27
  28. 28. Default Theme .com (720) 771.3271 28
  29. 29. Finding Themes(recommend researching throughly) https://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ .com (720) 771.3271 29
  30. 30. Finding ThemesWhat to Look for:– How it looks and functions– Does it have/do what you need– Documentation and Support– Reviews and Ratings– Browser Compatibility– Responsive Design .com (720) 771.3271 30
  31. 31. Finding Themes (Recommendations)Free Premium .com (720) 771.3271 31
  32. 32. Finding Themes (Recommendations)Freehttps://wordpress.org/extend/themes/http://weavertheme.com/Premiumhttp://themeforest.net/user/ThemeBlvd?ref=uniquethinkhttp://bit.ly/studiopresswpthemes .com (720) 771.3271 32
  33. 33. ResourcesWordPress.org: http://wordpress.org/WordPress Plugin Directory: https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/WordPress Themes Directory: https://wordpress.org/extend/themes/How-To Videos from WordPress.com: http://wordpress.tv/category/how-to/Recommended hosting solutions (I do get a referral fee, but onlyrecommend easy to use companies, with good customer service,who are also affordable – about $6.95 a month): – HostMonster: http://www.hostmonster.com/track/uniquethink/ – BlueHost (sister company of HostMonster): http:// www.bluehost.com/track/unqiuethink/ – HostGator: http://secure.hostgator.com/cgi-bin/affiliates/ clickthru.cgi?id=bethink .com (720) 771.3271 33
  34. 34. UniqueThink.com Helps Build YourComplete Online Presence with: WordPress Websites & Blogs Social Media EMail Marketing Web Usability and SEO LiteBethany Siegler can be reached at 720.771.3271 oremail at Bethany@UniqueThink.com Slides available at www.UniqueThink.com/wcd .com (720) 771.3271 34
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