WordPress for Beginners - YES Montreal

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Learn the WordPress basics, from themes to plugins to widgets.

Learn the WordPress basics, from themes to plugins to widgets.

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  • 1. WordPress for Beginners with Kathryn Presner February 25, 2013 YES MontrealMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 2. Kathryn Presner Automattic Happiness Engineer Web Designer @zooniniMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 3. What We’ll Cover Welcome Intro to WordPress Resources Hands-on WordPressMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 4. Intro to WordPressMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 5. Blog http://julienchung.com/blog/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 6. CMS+Blog http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 7. CMS http://www.thewittyoffice.comMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 8. MagazineMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 9. Photo Portfolio http://www.silviaphotography.com/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 10. Video Portfolio http://www.presner.comMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 11. Diving into WordPress What is WordPress? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org What is it used for? http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 12. Some WordPress Basics Structure Presentation Markup Language ➜ Database vs. files PHP vs. HTML Dynamic Functions Scripting Do I need to know Language ➜ PHP? Data Database ➜Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 13. Posts vs. Pages PageMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 14. Posts vs. Pages PostMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 15. Posts vs. Pages PostsMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 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_Templates http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_HierarchyMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 17. Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 18. http://www.lonelythebook.com/emily-white-author/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 19. Get Started With Blank Themes Starkers http://viewportindustries.com/products/starkers/ DIW Blank Theme http://themeclubhouse.digwp.com/ Whiteboard http://whiteboardframework.com/ Roots http://www.rootstheme.com/ _s (underscores) http://www.underscores.me Bluelime Media http://www.bluelimemedia.com/2012/07/14/bluelime-media-stater-theme- now-in-3-flavours/ HTML5 Boilerplate https://github.com/iamamused/wp-theme-html5-boilerplateMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 20. Get Started With A Pre-made Theme WordPress.org Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ WooThemes http://www.woothemes.com/ elegantthemes http://www.elegantthemes.com/ Press75 http://www.press75.com/ WPswitch http://wpswitch.com/ Smashing Magazine - Free WordPress Themes: 2011 Edition http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 21. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 22. Managing Plug-insMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 23. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget area? http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_WidgetsMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 24. WordPress ResourcesMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 25. Official wordpress.org The Codex (.org) http://codex.wordpress.org/ Support Forum (.org) http://wordpress.org/support Support (.com) http://en.support.wordpress.com wordpress.tv http://wordpress.tv/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 26. Development Resources Official Theme Development Checklist & Sample Data http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development_Checklist Book: Digging Into WordPress http://digwp.com/ Online Resources Compilation http://zoonini.wordpress.com/wordpress-resources/ In-Person Resources Compilation http://zoonini.wordpress.com/wordpress-in-person/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 27. WordPress Inspiration WP Showcase http://wordpress.org/showcase/ We Love WP http://welovewp.com/ WPInspiration http://wpinspiration.com/ WP Float http://wpfloat.com/Monday, 25 February, 13
  • 28. 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 Jetpack AkismetMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 29. Questions? Get the presentation at Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/zoonini Find me http://www.zoonini.com Twitter @zoonini Thanks to Shannon Smith at Café Noir Design for work on the original version of this presentation: http://www.cafenoirdesign.comMonday, 25 February, 13
  • 30. Let’s go Spelunking!Monday, 25 February, 13