A Beginner's Guide to WordPress - Podcamp Toronto 2012


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Get to know how WordPress works: from posts and pages to themes, widgets, and plug-ins.

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  • You can see a video recording of the presentation given at another event here: http://wordpress.tv/2012/02/13/kathryn-presner-shannon-smith-beginners-guide-to-wordpress-2/

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A Beginner's Guide to WordPress - Podcamp Toronto 2012

  1. 1. Podcamp Toronto 2012A Beginner’s Guideto WordPresswith Kathryn Presner February 25, 2012 #pcto2012
  2. 2. Kathryn PresnerZoonini Web Services www.zoonini.com@zoonini
  3. 3. What We’ll CoverWelcomeIntro to WordPressIntro to the Admin PanelResourcesClosingQuestions
  4. 4. Intro to WordPress
  5. 5. Diving into WordPress What is WordPress? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org What is it used for?http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
  6. 6. Bloghttp://julienchung.com/blog/
  7. 7. CMS+Bloghttp://www.boxofcrayons.biz/
  8. 8. CMShttp://www.thewittyoffice.com
  9. 9. Photo Portfoliohttp://www.silviaphotography.com/
  10. 10. Video Portfoliohttp://www.presner.com
  11. 11. Interactivehttp://passups.ca/
  12. 12. Some WordPress Basics Structure Presentation Markup Language ➜Database vs. filesPHP vs. HTML Dynamic Functions ScriptingDo I need to know Language ➜PHP? Data Database ➜
  13. 13. Posts vs. PagesPage
  14. 14. Posts vs. PagesPost
  15. 15. Posts vs. PagesPosts
  16. 16. Introduction to Themes A WP Theme is a collection of Template files - (X)HTML + PHP + CSS The CSS (aka stylesheet) usually controls the layout and design Only two template files are required: index.php, style.css Some are optional: sidebar.php, comments.php, etc.http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Templateshttp://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
  17. 17. http://www.lonelythebook.com/emily-white-author/
  18. 18. Get Started WithBlank ThemesStarkershttp://starkerstheme.com/DIW Blank Themehttp://themeclubhouse.digwp.com/Whiteboardhttp://whiteboardframework.com/Basehttp://fresh01.co.za/2008/07/14/base/Rootshttp://www.rootstheme.com/HTML5 Boilerplatehttps://github.com/iamamused/wp-theme-html5-boilerplate
  19. 19. Get Started WithA Pre-made ThemeWordPress.org Directoryhttp://wordpress.org/extend/themes/WooThemeshttp://www.woothemes.com/elegantthemeshttp://www.elegantthemes.com/Press75http://www.press75.com/WPswitchhttp://wpswitch.com/Smashing Magazine - Free WordPress Themes: 2011 Editionhttp://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  20. 20. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins?http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  21. 21. Managing Plug-ins
  22. 22. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget-ready theme?http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets
  23. 23. Intro to the Admin Panel
  24. 24. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!
  25. 25. WordPress Resources
  26. 26. Officialwordpress.org (of course!)The Codexhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Support Forumhttp://wordpress.org/supportwordpress.tvhttp://wordpress.tv/
  27. 27. Cheat SheetsWP Candy Cheat Sheet - Basic and Advancedhttp://wpcandy.com/teaches/the-advanced-wordpress-help-sheetWordPress Template Tags Reference Guidehttp://www.dbswebsite.com/design/wordpress-reference/V3/Optimization Cheat Sheet for WordPresshttp://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization/Cheat_SheetVarious 3.0-Ready Cheat Sheetshttp://www.webanddesigners.com/11-extremely-helpful-wordpress-cheatsheets/Remember: Cheat sheets need to be current
  28. 28. Theme Development ToolsTheme Test Drive Pluginhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-test-drive/Official Theme Development Checklist & Sample Datahttp://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development_ChecklistBook: Digging Into WordPresshttp://digwp.com/Online and In-Person Classeshttp://zoonini.wordpress.com/wordpress-resources-wcto/
  29. 29. WordPress InspirationWe Love WPhttp://welovewp.com/WPInspirationhttp://wpinspiration.com/WP Floathttp://wpfloat.com/WP Showcasehttp://wordpress.org/showcase/
  30. 30. Recommended Plugins All in One SEO Pack or DirtySuds - Embed WordPress SEO by YouTube Yoast Bad Behavior FeedBurner WordPress Database FeedSmith Extend Backup Subscribe to Secure WordPress Comments Reloaded WordPress File Obfuscate Email Monitor Plus Contact Form 7 WP-DB-Backup
  31. 31. Closing
  32. 32. What Next? Questions?Get the presentation at Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/zooniniCompany links http://www.zoonini.com Twitter @zoonini http://www.facebook.com/zoonini