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LEARNING
WORDPRESS
SUCKS
So what’s a person to do?
Is this you?
AND IT STILL DOESN'T DO
WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO.
WORDPRESS IS PAC-MAN
FOR THE WEB: EASY TO
LEARN BUT NOTORIOUSLY
DIFFICULT TO MASTER.
John James Jacoby
SO WHAT'S NEXT?
Do what?
You're not a
coder
You need to know
• HTML

• MySQL

• CSS

• DNS

• SASS

• Git

• JavaScript

• Local install

• PHP

• Deployment

• JSON
...
Four levels of knowledge
• Know nothing
• Know enough to be dangerous
• Know enough to be afraid
• Know enough to be confi...
IF YOU KNOW NOTHING…
Where to begin
Learn

How / Where

• WordPress.com vs.

• WordPress.org

WordPress.org
• Set up a self-hosted
WordPress si...
IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH
TO BE DANGEROUS…
Learning more
Learn

How / Where

• Judge a good

• WordPress for Web

theme/plugin
• The template hierarchy
• Backup a we...
IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH
TO BE AFRAID…
The gauntlet
Learn

How / Where

• Check out frameworks

• Read the codex

• Write a child theme

• Professional WordPress...
IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH
TO BE CONFIDENT…
Rock star
Do

Keep Learning

• Write some posts

• Post_status.com

• Speak at a WordCamp

• Torque.com

• Contribute to c...
OTHER RESOURCES
Podcasts
• Dradcast

• Matt Report

• WP Watercooler

• Week in WordPress

• Your Website Engineer

• PressThis

• Shop Ta...
Networking
• WordPress.org forum

• WordPress meetups
• WordCamps
• Twitter

• Google+
• Co-working spaces
• Coffee shops
Mentor
• Worth every penny
Mentor
• Worth every penny beer
Now that you’re a WP ninja
• Find a group or team

to collaborate with
Job Titles
• Implementer

• Content Strategist

• Front End Developer
• Web Designer

• UI / UX Designer

• Web Developer
...
But
• I'm not interested in learning all of that

• My site doesn't need all that stuff
• I don't have a site to work on
Three approaches
1. Find a sad, sorry website and build a good one

2. Find a great site and copy it
3. Make it up
You can't learn WordPress from …
Books ❖ Videos ❖ Tutorials
You gotta...
And when you’re feeling
stupid and overwhelmed
(because you will)
Just remember
how far you’ve come
And know that the people
you respect and
admire…
Feel the same way too
You can do it
But you can’t do it
overnight
You don’t have to
do it alone
Julie Kuehl
• @juliekuehl

• www.juliekuehl.com
• (it’s pronounced “keel” but I’m good with “cool” too  )
• http://www.sl...
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0
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Learning WordPress Sucks 2.0

  1. 1. LEARNING WORDPRESS SUCKS So what’s a person to do?
  2. 2. Is this you?
  3. 3. AND IT STILL DOESN'T DO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO.
  4. 4. WORDPRESS IS PAC-MAN FOR THE WEB: EASY TO LEARN BUT NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO MASTER. John James Jacoby
  5. 5. SO WHAT'S NEXT?
  6. 6. Do what?
  7. 7. You're not a coder
  8. 8. You need to know • HTML • MySQL • CSS • DNS • SASS • Git • JavaScript • Local install • PHP • Deployment • JSON • Photoshop • AJAX • ALL THE THINGS! • JQuery
  9. 9. Four levels of knowledge • Know nothing • Know enough to be dangerous • Know enough to be afraid • Know enough to be confident You can stop at any level. It’s up to you.
  10. 10. IF YOU KNOW NOTHING…
  11. 11. Where to begin Learn How / Where • WordPress.com vs. • WordPress.org WordPress.org • Set up a self-hosted WordPress site • Explore themes and plugins • YouTube.com • Lynda.com • WordPress for Dummies • BobWP.com
  12. 12. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE DANGEROUS…
  13. 13. Learning more Learn How / Where • Judge a good • WordPress for Web theme/plugin • The template hierarchy • Backup a website Designers • WPbeginner.com • WPmayor.com • TeamTreehouse.com
  14. 14. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE AFRAID…
  15. 15. The gauntlet Learn How / Where • Check out frameworks • Read the codex • Write a child theme • Professional WordPress • Write a single-function plugin • Migrate a website • Version control • Explore managed hosting • • • • Design and Development Boulder Digital Arts YourWebsiteEngineer.com WebDesign.com WPengine.com
  16. 16. IF YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO BE CONFIDENT…
  17. 17. Rock star Do Keep Learning • Write some posts • Post_status.com • Speak at a WordCamp • Torque.com • Contribute to core • ChrisLema.com • Write an extension for an existing plugin • Write a plugin for a theme framework
  18. 18. OTHER RESOURCES
  19. 19. Podcasts • Dradcast • Matt Report • WP Watercooler • Week in WordPress • Your Website Engineer • PressThis • Shop Talk • WordPress Weekly • WP Plugins A to Z • WP Bacon • Apply Filters • PleaseAdvise.fm • WP Elevation • WordPress Chick
  20. 20. Networking • WordPress.org forum • WordPress meetups • WordCamps • Twitter • Google+ • Co-working spaces • Coffee shops
  21. 21. Mentor • Worth every penny
  22. 22. Mentor • Worth every penny beer
  23. 23. Now that you’re a WP ninja • Find a group or team to collaborate with
  24. 24. Job Titles • Implementer • Content Strategist • Front End Developer • Web Designer • UI / UX Designer • Web Developer • Marketing • SEO Specialist • Copywriter • Graphic Artist
  25. 25. But • I'm not interested in learning all of that • My site doesn't need all that stuff • I don't have a site to work on
  26. 26. Three approaches 1. Find a sad, sorry website and build a good one 2. Find a great site and copy it 3. Make it up
  27. 27. You can't learn WordPress from … Books ❖ Videos ❖ Tutorials
  28. 28. You gotta...
  29. 29. And when you’re feeling stupid and overwhelmed (because you will)
  30. 30. Just remember how far you’ve come
  31. 31. And know that the people you respect and admire…
  32. 32. Feel the same way too
  33. 33. You can do it
  34. 34. But you can’t do it overnight
  35. 35. You don’t have to do it alone
  36. 36. Julie Kuehl • @juliekuehl • www.juliekuehl.com • (it’s pronounced “keel” but I’m good with “cool” too  ) • http://www.slideshare.net/JulieKuehl • http://chrislema.com/wordpress-ninja-1400-days/ • http://winningwp.com/six-superb-books-learning-wordpress/ • http://www.bobwp.com/wordpress-podcasts/

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