WordPress 101 - Understanding Fundamental Concepts in WordPress

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WordPress 101 - Understanding Fundamental Concepts in WordPress

  1. 1. WordPress 101Lucy Beer@webtwWebTrainingWheels.comUnderstanding the Fundamentalsof WordPress
  2. 2. Who Am I?WordPress-in‟ since 2004Helping individuals & small businesses WordPress since 2009Find me :Lucy Beer | www.WebTrainingWheels.com | @webtwLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  3. 3. Posts Displayed in reverse chronologicalorder Organized with categories and tags Archived bycategories, tags, date, author Appear in RSS feed Can be „subscribed‟ to For regularly updated content –news, blog posts, clientprojects, recipes etc Categories vs. TagsLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  4. 4. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  5. 5. Pages• Are not organized by date• Do not use categories or tags• Can have „child‟ (sub) pages• For „static‟ content that is notupdated frequently• Do not appear in RSS feed• Cannot be „subscribed‟ to• About, Services, Contact etcLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  6. 6. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  7. 7. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  8. 8. Menus
  9. 9. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  10. 10. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  11. 11. ThemesWhat is a themeHow to switch themesLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  12. 12. ThemesAppearance > Themes > InstallSearchWordPress directory for free themesUpload a premium themee.g. WooThemes, StudioPress, Themify.me, Organic Themes,Graph Paper Press, Elegant Themes etcOnly one theme can be active at a timeThink about content and purpose of your sitebeforechoosing a themeLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  13. 13. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  14. 14. ThemesLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  15. 15. ThemesLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  16. 16. ThemesDo’s & Don’tsDo not Google for “free WordPress themes” and downloadrandom themesUse the WordPress directory for free themes, or many premiumtheme shops also offer a few free onesRemember you have to provide the content – don‟t getsuckered in by beautiful demosThemes with tons of features vs. pluginsLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  17. 17. PluginsPlugins> Add NewSearch the WordPress directoryPremium plugins also availableA plugin = codeMay include a widget to display content onyour site, e.g.> Simple Social IconsBut doesn‟t have to:>WordPress SEO>BackWPUpThere is a plugin for everything !!!Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  18. 18. PluginsDo’s & Don’tsChoosing plugins Recently updated Check the rating Check the support forum forproblemsKeep them updatedDelete (not just de-activate) onesyou don‟t end up usingPlugins can conflict with eachother or cause site slownessLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  19. 19. WidgetsLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  20. 20. WidgetsLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  21. 21. ResourcesWordPress TVNatalie MacLees : Setting Up A WordPress Site TheRight WayChris Lema : Themes 101WPBeginner.comMeetup.comSoCalWP.orgLucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtw
  22. 22. Finding the right pluginA real comment!Connecting with other bloggersMaking your first sale
  23. 23. Lucy Beer | WebTrainingWheels.com | lucy@webtrainingwheels.com | @webtwLucy BeerWebTrainingWheels.com@webtw

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