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The Next Level
A few new moves for confident beginners
Wordcamp Buffalo 2013
WP for the People

What do you do with Wordpress?
Designers. Developers, Part of Your Job, Personal Project,
What do you want your WP
to do for you?
Who is this guy?

• GraphicSource.ca – web and graphics since
1998
• WP since 2006
• Hamilton Ontario #Hamont
“ In the future the only occupation will be the curation of
information…”
-

Marshall McLuhan

“I don’t necessarily agree ...
Bag of Stuff
PlugIns
Themes
Frameworks
Other goodies

Code Ahhhhhh!!! – Don’t worry, don’t run
What is a plug-in?
How do I add one?
WP Plugin Repository – A less than perfect place to find a plugin
Things may appear in Different Places – you have to dig around a bit

Stuff shows up in different
places.
My Default Install List
Plugin Central – All your plugins

Yoast – SEO
Better WP Security – Security Duh
WP3 Total Cache
C...
Rules of Thumb for Plugins
Careful with overloading too many plugins
Watch site performance

If not in use, disable
Troubl...
What else can plugins-do
All kinds of widgets, photos, calendars,
Booking systems, ecommerce, donations

Sliders, gallerie...
More Plugins
Maintenance – close site to outsiders while working on it
No Longer in Directory – are your current plugins?
...
WPPluginsAtoZ.com
Podcast review of Plugins with Marcus Couch
and
John Overall
Themes & Frameworks
Themes & Frameworks
What is a Theme?
A new suit of clothes for
your WP
Appearance > Themes
Themes & Frameworks
Only Free themes from the WP Repository
(other free themes, esp. free premium themes
have been exploit...
Mobile is a Must
Responsive Design
Mobile Plugins: WPTouchPro

Any Theme or Framework you buy must have a
mobile solution.
Frameworks
Don’t Fear Code
HTML / CSS
www.w3schools.com

Why?
Style your text
Move things around
Add some space around text
Jazz it u...
Bonus Design Tip
Give Your Text Some Space
Other Goodies
CMSCommander.com
ManageWP.com
WPengine.com
WAMP / MAMP – Setup WP locally

Layer Slider
Waveaccounting.com
[shortcodes]
A small line of code that looks like

[shortcode_name]

And allows you to quickly add functionality
Utilized ...
So….
Be curious
Try things – Break things, figure out how to fix
Be methodical
Make connections

Share what you know – Giv...
Happy Travels
That’s all folks…
geoff@graphicsource.ca
@geoffcampbell1
@graphicsrouce
www.geoffcampbell.net

www.graphicsource.ca
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WordPress: Next Level - A Few New Moves for Confident Beginners

  1. 1. The Next Level A few new moves for confident beginners Wordcamp Buffalo 2013
  2. 2. WP for the People What do you do with Wordpress? Designers. Developers, Part of Your Job, Personal Project,
  3. 3. What do you want your WP to do for you?
  4. 4. Who is this guy? • GraphicSource.ca – web and graphics since 1998 • WP since 2006 • Hamilton Ontario #Hamont
  5. 5. “ In the future the only occupation will be the curation of information…” - Marshall McLuhan “I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say” “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us…”
  6. 6. Bag of Stuff PlugIns Themes Frameworks Other goodies Code Ahhhhhh!!! – Don’t worry, don’t run
  7. 7. What is a plug-in?
  8. 8. How do I add one?
  9. 9. WP Plugin Repository – A less than perfect place to find a plugin
  10. 10. Things may appear in Different Places – you have to dig around a bit Stuff shows up in different places.
  11. 11. My Default Install List Plugin Central – All your plugins Yoast – SEO Better WP Security – Security Duh WP3 Total Cache Contact Form 7 One Click Plugin Updater Google Analytics
  12. 12. Rules of Thumb for Plugins Careful with overloading too many plugins Watch site performance If not in use, disable Troubleshooting? Start shutting them down one by one and test Take some time to evaluate have a plan Check your site after installing one Avoid mass installs of unknown plugins
  13. 13. What else can plugins-do All kinds of widgets, photos, calendars, Booking systems, ecommerce, donations Sliders, galleries, contests, social media Wordpress functionality tweaks Site backups / moves - Duplicator Podcasting – Blubrry Power Press Blogging Tools – Inbound Writer (Premium) Translation / Multi Language
  14. 14. More Plugins Maintenance – close site to outsiders while working on it No Longer in Directory – are your current plugins? CSV to SortTable – Sortable HTML table Invoice King Pro Customer Area – protected area for client files and invoices. Image Widget Insert Javascript and CSS Performance Monitoring – GTMetrix for Wordpress, WP system health.
  15. 15. WPPluginsAtoZ.com Podcast review of Plugins with Marcus Couch and John Overall
  16. 16. Themes & Frameworks
  17. 17. Themes & Frameworks What is a Theme? A new suit of clothes for your WP Appearance > Themes
  18. 18. Themes & Frameworks Only Free themes from the WP Repository (other free themes, esp. free premium themes have been exploited by hacks) Check Out: Kraken: nice responsive framework. Strappress – built on twitter bootstrap framework
  19. 19. Mobile is a Must Responsive Design Mobile Plugins: WPTouchPro Any Theme or Framework you buy must have a mobile solution.
  20. 20. Frameworks
  21. 21. Don’t Fear Code HTML / CSS www.w3schools.com Why? Style your text Move things around Add some space around text Jazz it up <p style=“color:red; font-weight:bold;”> Hello </p>
  22. 22. Bonus Design Tip Give Your Text Some Space
  23. 23. Other Goodies CMSCommander.com ManageWP.com WPengine.com WAMP / MAMP – Setup WP locally Layer Slider Waveaccounting.com
  24. 24. [shortcodes] A small line of code that looks like [shortcode_name] And allows you to quickly add functionality Utilized by plugins
  25. 25. So…. Be curious Try things – Break things, figure out how to fix Be methodical Make connections Share what you know – Give back
  26. 26. Happy Travels
  27. 27. That’s all folks… geoff@graphicsource.ca @geoffcampbell1 @graphicsrouce www.geoffcampbell.net www.graphicsource.ca

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