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.

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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  • 1. Podcamp Toronto 2012A Beginner’s Guideto WordPresswith Kathryn Presner February 25, 2012 #pcto2012
  • 2. Kathryn PresnerZoonini Web Services www.zoonini.com@zoonini
  • 3. What We’ll CoverWelcomeIntro to WordPressIntro to the Admin PanelResourcesClosingQuestions
  • 4. Intro to WordPress
  • 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. Bloghttp://julienchung.com/blog/
  • 7. CMS+Bloghttp://www.boxofcrayons.biz/
  • 8. CMShttp://www.thewittyoffice.com
  • 9. Photo Portfoliohttp://www.silviaphotography.com/
  • 10. Video Portfoliohttp://www.presner.com
  • 11. Interactivehttp://passups.ca/
  • 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. Posts vs. PagesPage
  • 14. Posts vs. PagesPost
  • 15. Posts vs. PagesPosts
  • 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. http://www.lonelythebook.com/emily-white-author/
  • 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. 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. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins?http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  • 21. Managing Plug-ins
  • 22. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget-ready theme?http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets
  • 23. Intro to the Admin Panel
  • 24. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!
  • 25. WordPress Resources
  • 26. Officialwordpress.org (of course!)The Codexhttp://codex.wordpress.org/Support Forumhttp://wordpress.org/supportwordpress.tvhttp://wordpress.tv/
  • 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. 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. WordPress InspirationWe Love WPhttp://welovewp.com/WPInspirationhttp://wpinspiration.com/WP Floathttp://wpfloat.com/WP Showcasehttp://wordpress.org/showcase/
  • 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. Closing
  • 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