WordPress 101


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November 17, 2010, The Journal News: WordPress 101 from the combined WordPress Westchester and Hudson Valley WordPress Meetup groups.

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WordPress 101

  1. 1. WordPress Westchester Meetup Hudson Valley WordPress Meetup Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 JACQUELINE LEE DeVITO WordPress 101
  2. 2. •Webologist at WPStartups •Project Manager at MarkNet Group, Inc. •Only heard of WordPress 9 months ago Who is Jacqueline?
  3. 3. •Graduated from the University at Albany •Graduated with a BA in History and Judaic Studies •Generation Y •Only took one computer class, and it was on Microsoft Excel History 101
  4. 4. •Logging into the back-end •“What is the Dashboard?” •Create and edit a page and a post •Adding images, links and PDFs •Categories vs. Tags WordPress 101
  5. 5. •Plug-ins •Managing Comments •Your sidebar(s) •Adding Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn WordPress 101
  6. 6. •Can access site’s back-end from anywhere, even your phone •Open browser and go to your site http://www.nameofyoursite.com •After the extension (.com) add: http://www.nameofyoursite.com/wp-admin Logging Into the Back-End
  7. 7. Logging Into the Back-End
  8. 8. •Type in your username •Type in your password •It is case sensitive! •Click Log In •Forgot your password? Click Lost your password? and it will be e-mailed to you Logging Into the Back-End
  9. 9. •Complete overview of your site •Quickly access the most used areas of your site •Can be customized to your needs •When in doubt, expand the module! “What is the Dashboard?”
  10. 10. •To get to a certain area, click on the sub-categories of each module •Example: Widgets is under Appearance •Everyday Modules vs. Seldom Modules “What is the Dashboard?”
  11. 11. •Do you need a page or a post? •Page = Supplying information •Post = Content for your blog. Usually allows for comments and sharing •Both can have images, links and videos added Creating a Page or Post
  12. 12. •On the left column, click Page/Post •Option 1: •Click Pages •At the top, click on the Add New button •Option 2: •Drop down the menu under Pages •Click Add New Creating a Page or Post
  13. 13. •If you can send an e-mail, you can create a page and post •Can save a draft of your page or post •Ability to use the Visual settings, or HTML code •Easily set parent pages, and set page order Creating a Page or Post
  14. 14. •Preview before you Save your page or post •Your toolbar may look different depending on your plug-ins and theme •Can set page or post to be published at a later date Creating a New Page or Post
  15. 15. •Click on Pages or Post •On the table, hover over the page or post you want to edit •Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View •Click on Edit •Make Changes where needed, Preview Changes and Update Editing a Page or Post
  16. 16. •Same for Pages and Posts •All you need is the toolbar •To add a hyperlink, highlight the word you want to become a hyperlink •Click the link icon •Type in the Link URL, set Target and Title then click Insert Adding Images, Links and PDFS
  17. 17. •To add an image, find Upload/Insert above the toolbar •Click the first icon that looks like a square in a square •Add an Image Adding Images, Links and PDFS
  18. 18. •Upload image from your computer •Give image Title, Alternate Text, Caption and Description •Select your alignment •Pick Predetermined Size •Insert into Post •Ability to edit image after upload Adding Images, Links and PDFs
  19. 19. •Can set a specific size •Add border •Shrink by a specific percentage •While in Edit, click on image •Click on landscape icon •Clicking red circle will delete image Adding Links, Images and PDFs
  20. 20. •To add a PDF, find Upload/Insert above the toolbar •Click the icon that looks like a sun •Add Media Adding Links, Images and PDFs
  21. 21. •Upload PDF from your computer •The Title will become the hyperlink •Give it a Caption and Description •Insert into post Adding Images, Links and PDFs
  22. 22. •Used for posts (blog) •Way to organize posts •If you were writing a recipe for pizza, the category would be “Easy Dinner Ideas” and tags would be dough, sauce, and cheese •Can create sub categories Categories vs. Tags
  23. 23. •Little extras that make your site more user friendly •Gravity Forms, $39.00 •Testimonial Manager •NextGEN Gallery •Google Map Integrations •Billions of possible plug-ins (CAUTION) Plug-Ins
  24. 24. Gravity Forms
  25. 25. Testimonial Manager
  26. 26. NextGEN Gallery
  27. 27. Google Map Integration
  28. 28. •Can accept comments on pages and posts, but usually just for posts •Click Comments on left column of dashboard •Shows all your comments •Ability to delete unwanted comments and report some as spam Managing Comments
  29. 29. •Can set up site so that no comments are visible until you approve them •Click Settings » Discussion on the left column of the dashboard •Click on/off the features you want for comments Managing Comments
  30. 30. •Usually powered by your theme •The same sidebar on all your pages •Ability to have one or two sidebars •Information like Search Site, Sign Up for eNews, Twitter Feed •Endless possibilities Your Sidebar
  31. 31. •Check your theme first- may have this feature set up •Many plugins •If not, link an image to your page •Put on sidebar, footer, or anywhere! Adding Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  32. 32. http://wpstartups.com Facebook.com/WPStartups @WPStartups YouTube.com/wpstartups Stalk WPStartups
  33. 33. Jacqueline Lee DeVito Facebook.com/jacqueline.devito @Jacq_Devito jdevito@wpstartups.com Stalk Me