Welcome to the World of WordPress

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An overview of the WordPress ecosystem for new users that includes a discussion of wordpress.com and wordpress.org, how plugins fit in, Coder Talk DeCoded: A guide for humans and two bonus slides - questions to ask your WordPress developer and resources for more information.

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Welcome to the World of WordPress

  1. 1. The World of WordPress Pamela Coyle Content Connects @ContentRocks PuttingthePiecesTogether #wcn14world WP 101 Presentation for WordCamp Nashville 2014. Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  2. 2. If the Internet is Milky Way • Open source • Most popular • Kind learning curve • Evolves for users • Huge ecosystem • We’re in it. …WordPress is our solar system Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  3. 3. WordPress is the Sun, Shining on Us All WP Plugins Themes eCommerce and Other integrations Hosting System of Wordpress-related services evolved around it Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  4. 4. WordPress is… •Database-driven •Content management system •Powerful, flexible, scalable •Plugin development model Awesome Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  5. 5. wordpress.com and wordpress.org .org .com …the same but different Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  6. 6. Same Core, Different Capabilities wordpress.com Free (ish) Site “lives” at wordpress.com 200+ themes Site may have ads ($ to remove) Plugins restricted No maintenance required Security is handled No eCommerce ($ to add) More ease, less freedom wordpress.org WP is free; expect other costs Site “lives” at paid hosting 1000s themes plus custom design No ads unless you want them Full access to free + paid plugins Maintenance required Security is your responsibility eCommerce can be added More freedom, less ease Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  7. 7. Typical Evolution of WordPress User Start at wordpress.com Custom domain name at wp.com DIY Self-hosted site with a paid theme and wordpress.org DIY or not Want more flexibility, extra ability, custom design NOT DIY …especially business sites Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  8. 8. More Power, Freedom, Flexibility… Domain name Hosting Theme or custom development Site maintenance (core+plugins) Site security Premium plugins Email service Ecommerce providers have more costs and responsibilities. Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  9. 9. Out from the Core… core themes and frameworks plugins integrations like ecommerce, email ...with the core being red-hot magma Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  10. 10. Another Way of Looking at It WordPress Core WP- aligned plugins Third-party plugins Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  11. 11. If the Universe were Matt M… Matt’s Brain Automattic • Wordpress dot com • WordPress VIP • Tons of other stuff • 12+ other companies and services now in the family such as Gravataar, JetPack, and most recently Scroll Kit and Longreads (4/2014) WordPress Foundation • WordPress dot org • Wordcamp Central • Other open source projects Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  12. 12. Coder Talk DeCoded a guide for humans • CMS: Content management system • Adds functionality: Does cool new stuff (like plugins) • Widget: Part of the interface, or dashboard, that is interactive • Platform Agnostic: Works on all operating systems • Mobile Responsive: Works and looks great – content scales • API: Application Program Interface, code that connects stuff • HTML5: Updated mark-up language that supports Schema • CSS: Cascading Style Sheet, or what controls the “look” • PHP and MySQL: WordPress core and database languages Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  13. 13. Before workingwith a dev or designerask: • Do you build custom themes or work from an existing theme or theme family? • How will you redirect pages from my existing site (if you have one)? • Will my site be HTML5 compatible and mobile responsive? • Will you handle the basic SEO or do you have someone who can? • Do you provide maintenance packages or who can you recommend? • Will you provide training if I need it on adding content to my WordPress site? • What will you need from me – logo, images, content, etc. – to get started? Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved.
  14. 14. Resources and Such http://www.wpbeginner.com/ http://wptavern.com/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ http://wordpress.tv/category/how-to/ http://wpnashville.com/ Thank You! info@content-connects.com …with WordPress there is no final frontier… Copyright2014PamelaCoyleand Content-Connects.AllRights Reserved. We solve word problems.

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