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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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A Beginner's Guide to WordPress - WordCamp New York City 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. WordCamp New York City 2012A Beginner’s Guideto WordPresswith Kathryn Presner June 2012 #wcnyc
  • 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. Interactive
  • 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/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 SheetsWordPress 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-wcnyc/
  • 29. WordPress InspirationWe Love WPhttp://welovewp.com/WPInspirationhttp://wpinspiration.com/WP Floathttp://wpfloat.com/WP Showcasehttp://wordpress.org/showcase/
  • 30. Recommended Plugins WordPress SEO by DirtySuds - Embed Yoast or All in One YouTube SEO Pack Bad Behavior FeedBurner WordPress Database FeedSmith Extend Backup Subscribe to Secure WordPress Comments Reloaded WordPress File Obfuscate Email Monitor Plus Contact Form 7
  • 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/zooniniThanks to Shannon Smith at Cafe Noir Design for work on the originalversion of this presentation: http://www.cafenoirdesign.com