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Introduction to WordPress

                                           Saturday 19 Sep 09
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This workshop is for YOU
                                               Let me know
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What is WordPress?
                                            Blogging software
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Two types of WordPress

                                               Hosted online
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Hosted online – getting started


                                        Go to http://www.wordpress.com
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Kathy Reid
kathy@kathyreid.id.au
http://blog.kathyreid.id.au
http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
Exercise 1: Your first WordPress blog
                                        1.Go to
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Handy terms
                                        Post: A blog post, or news story.
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Your first WordPress post

                                        The WordPress bar at the top of
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Editing interface
                                         ●   Title – useful for SEO
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Exercise 2: Your first post
                                        Use the editing interface to;
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Media
                                        ●   Different media types can be
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Exercise 3: Adding media to a Post
                                        ●   Start a new Post
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Tags
                                        ●   Words to describe the
                                            content...
Categories
                                        ●   Categories are a way to group
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Exercise 4: Putting a post in a category
                                         ●   Create a new post
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Comments (and spam)
                                       ●   WordPress is intended to
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Comments (cont'd)
                                        ●   You will need to have a
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Publishing
                                       ●   You can preview a post
                                           be...
Pages
                                       ●   Very similar to posts,
                                           general...
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Quick review
                                       ●   Creating a WordPress.com blog
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Dashboard
                                       ●   The 'hub' of your WordPress
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Appearance, Themes, Widgets, Plugins
                                       ●   WordPress is easy to customise
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Themes
                                       ●   Develop your own theme
                                           (for a...
Widgets
                                       ●   Managed via the
                                           'Appearance'...
Additional resources

                                                     FLOSS Manual
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Introduction to WordPress

  1. 1. Introduction to WordPress Saturday 19 Sep 09 Software Freedom Day Melbourne Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://slideshare.net/KathyReid Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  2. 2. This workshop is for YOU Let me know if there's something you would like covered in more depth or in a different way If it's too technical, let me know Kathy Reid If it's not technical enough, kathy@kathyreid.id.au let me know http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  3. 3. What is WordPress? Blogging software Online journal Basic content management Slide 3 Easy to learn Easy to teach Well documented Lots of resources available Kathy Reid Free (or mostly free) kathy@kathyreid.id.au Open Source http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  4. 4. Two types of WordPress Hosted online (You don't have to install it on your own server) Slide 4 Available for download and installation if you have web hosting (requires PHP/MySQL) Kathy Reid http://www.wordpress.org kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  5. 5. Hosted online – getting started Go to http://www.wordpress.com Create an account Slide 5 Confirm your account details Create a new blog http://yourblog.wordpress.com Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
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  7. 7. Exercise 1: Your first WordPress blog 1.Go to http://www.wordpress.com 2.Sign up for an account (if you wish) Slide 7 3.Create a new blog 4.Name if whatever you would like 5.Go to your new blog 6.Have a look around :) Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  8. 8. Handy terms Post: A blog post, or news story. Generally content in a post has a short life time. Posts can be grouped into categories Slide 8 Page: Like a 'normal' web page of content – such as 'About Us', 'Contact' etc. Generally content in a page has a long life time Kathy Reid Blogroll: A list of links, usually to kathy@kathyreid.id.au other blogs or websites of http://blog.kathyreid.id.au people you 'follow' or like to read http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  9. 9. Your first WordPress post The WordPress bar at the top of your site is a quick way to administer your site Slide 9 Let's do a New Post (Click on New Post in your WordPress bar) Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
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  11. 11. Editing interface ● Title – useful for SEO ● Slug – also called a permalink – the permanent link to a post Slide 11 ● WYSIWYG editor – Many similar functions to Word – If you know HTML you can also Kathy Reid use code if you prefer kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  12. 12. Exercise 2: Your first post Use the editing interface to; – Give your first post a title – Add some content to the post – Format the content Slide 12 ● Use some bullets ● Try a quotation ● Can you find the 'kitchen sink' button? Kathy Reid ● What extra formatting does kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au the kitchen sink give you? http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  13. 13. Media ● Different media types can be uploaded and inserted into the web page. ● The hosted version of Slide 13 WordPress has limits on how many media files can be uploaded ● Meta data such as caption Kathy Reid and description can be kathy@kathyreid.id.au saved with the media file http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
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  16. 16. Exercise 3: Adding media to a Post ● Start a new Post ● Use the editing interface to upload a picture ● Give the picture a name and Slide 16 a caption ● Insert the picture into your post ● What different options do Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au you have for sizing the http://blog.kathyreid.id.au picture in the post? http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  17. 17. Tags ● Words to describe the content of your post ● Used by search engines for indexing Slide 17 ● Can be used to generate a 'tag cloud' – which is an alternative method to allow users to navigate your Kathy Reid website kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  18. 18. Categories ● Categories are a way to group Posts ● (remember the difference between Posts and Pages, right? ) Slide 18 ● For instance, 'News' might be a category, or 'Events' might be a category ● (limited lifespan of content) Kathy Reid ● By default, WordPress will put kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au Posts into the 'Uncategorised' http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid category
  19. 19. Exercise 4: Putting a post in a category ● Create a new post ● Add some content ● Create a new category Slide 19 ● Assign the post to the new category ● View the WordPress site ● How has the categories list Kathy Reid changed? kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  20. 20. Comments (and spam) ● WordPress is intended to generate discussion – so is designed to allow people to make comments Slide 20 ● WordPress comments are a key target for spammers ● You MUST have Akismet installed for anti-spam on Kathy Reid comments (comes with kathy@kathyreid.id.au WordPress by default) http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  21. 21. Comments (cont'd) ● You will need to have a sense of what is spam and what isn't spam – spammers are getting ever more clever Slide 21 at making their comments look genuine ● Generally, if the comment includes a link to a website then it is spam. Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au ● Oh, a note to spammers: http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid DIE IN A FIRE!!!!
  22. 22. Publishing ● You can preview a post before publishing it to double check (good idea!) ● You can delay publishing so Slide 22 that a post can be written, but published in the future ● Posts can be public, private or protected via password Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  23. 23. Pages ● Very similar to posts, generally used for content with a longer lifespan such as 'About' or 'Contact' Slide 23 ● Pages have a hierarchy, which is created by assigning a page to a parent page Kathy Reid ● Pages can't have tags, kathy@kathyreid.id.au categories etc http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
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  25. 25. Quick review ● Creating a WordPress.com blog ● Difference between posts and pages ● Dealing with uploading and Slide 25 inserting media ● Tags ● Categories ● Publishing and viewing Kathy Reid permissions kathy@kathyreid.id.au ● Pages http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  26. 26. Dashboard ● The 'hub' of your WordPress websites ● Gives you an overview of how many posts, pages, Slide 26 comments etc you have ● Includes a newsfeed from WordPress.org for information and helpful hints Kathy Reid ● On the hosted solution, kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au includes basic stats for your http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid site
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  28. 28. Appearance, Themes, Widgets, Plugins ● WordPress is easy to customise and extend..free! ● Themes customise the look and feel of your WordPress site Slide 28 ● Widgets are 'bits' of functionality that are displayed on your site ● Plugins also add functionality – but the functionality may or may Kathy Reid not be displayed kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  29. 29. Themes ● Develop your own theme (for advanced WordPress users – requires HTML and CSS knowledge) Slide 29 ● Install a ready made theme that fits the nature of your website (easiest) ● The hosted solution is just a Kathy Reid case of 'pick a theme' and kathy@kathyreid.id.au change it! http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  30. 30. Widgets ● Managed via the 'Appearance' menu in the Dashboard ● The Theme must be capable Slide 30 of supporting Widgets Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid
  31. 31. Additional resources FLOSS Manual (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) Slide 31 http://en.flossmanuals.net/wordpress WordPress – downloads, docs, themes http://www.wordpress.org Kathy Reid kathy@kathyreid.id.au http://blog.kathyreid.id.au http://www.slideshare.net/KathyReid

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