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WordPress 101
Shanta R. Nathwani
Agenda
 About Me
 Introduction
 WordPress
 FAQ’s & Tips
 Q & A’s
Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
Find Me!
Tweet Me:
@ShantaDotCa
Email:
shanta@shanta.ca
My Web Site:
http://shanta.ca
Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
About Me
• Instructor, Sheridan College
• Joint program with University of
Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of
Culture, C...
Disclaimer
• Please excuse all the text. I’m used to
using this for my students, but they make
great notes!
• I’m going to...
What Is WordPress? Why Should I Use It?
 WordPress used be known as a blogging tool. Now, it is a platform for creating w...
.COM vs .ORG
wordpress.COM
 Hosted by WordPress/Automattic
 FREE!
 Typically has a set domain made up of
your username ...
Themes
 The “Look and Feel” of your website
 Might include some functionality
 The “Front End” or what people see
From ...
Plugins
 Plugins extend the usefulness of your
website
 Some examples are Backup Buddy and
Jetpack
 The “Back End” or w...
Which One Should I Use? It Depends…
Personal
 If you just want to use it for a personal
website and more of a blog, use t...
Coding Tips & Tricks
 No matter what your discipline, learn a bit of HTML and CSS. This will help you modify your
themes
...
Recommendations
 Don’t use your social media as your primary channel (such as Facebook)
 I recommend using at least Face...
Common Questions
And maybe some common answers
Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
1. Do I have to
download WordPress
to my computer?
Short Answer: NO
Long Answer:
WordPress.org is hosted on a
server runni...
2. Where can I get
themes and plugins?
Short Answer: Many places
Long Answer
Do NOT use either themes or
plugins from an u...
3. Okay, you’ve
convinced me. How
do I move from .COM
to .ORG?
Short Answer: It can be done, but it isn’t easy.
Long Answe...
Extra Resources
 Codecademy.com: Lessons on learning how to code
 Lynda.com: Videos as well as starter files included (p...
Final Thoughts
 Join a local WordPress Meetup
 Do your research, as with anything, especially hosting
 Have an idea of ...
#WordCampTour15
 Hoping to do 10 of these this year
 Even if you can’t donate, spread the
word
 https://www.tilt.com/ca...
For the demo
http://tantienhime.com/
Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
Questions?
Tweet Me:
@ShantaDotCa
Email:
shanta@shanta.ca
My Web Site:
http://shanta.ca
Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
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WordPress 101 for Women In Information Technology Management

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This is a presentation that I gave to Women In Information Technology Management at Ryerson University on March 24, 2015 to introduce WordPress to their members. The intent was to answer some of the high level questions that people have about WordPress and allow them to ask more targeted questions.

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WordPress 101 for Women In Information Technology Management

  1. 1. WordPress 101 Shanta R. Nathwani
  2. 2. Agenda  About Me  Introduction  WordPress  FAQ’s & Tips  Q & A’s Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  3. 3. Find Me! Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  4. 4. About Me • Instructor, Sheridan College • Joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of Culture, Communication, Information and Technology • Web Design and Capstone Project • Independent IT and Social Media Consultant • Clients include NPOs, Real Estate, Software Development, Financial and Political Sectors • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  5. 5. Disclaimer • Please excuse all the text. I’m used to using this for my students, but they make great notes! • I’m going to upload these after the session to my website. So you don’t have to write this all down. • Please ask questions! I’ll try and add them to the slides after the fact. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  6. 6. What Is WordPress? Why Should I Use It?  WordPress used be known as a blogging tool. Now, it is a platform for creating websites.  Currently powers 23% of the world’s websites, including The Huffington Post. This has been increasing at a rate of approximately 2-3% per year over the last 3-4 years. It’s not going away any time soon.  Easy to use, can have multiple contributors at different levels of access and much of the time, doesn’t need code.  Easy to integrate with numerous other platforms, especially Social Media. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  7. 7. .COM vs .ORG wordpress.COM  Hosted by WordPress/Automattic  FREE!  Typically has a set domain made up of your username and “.wordpress.com”. i.e., http://tantienhime.wordpress.com  Can have your own domain or modify themes, but costs extra  No Plugins  Some consider this choice limiting, others find it comforting. wordpress.ORG  Also referred to as “Self-Hosted”.  Hosted by a third-party (such as Bluehost)  FREE for the software. You will pay for hosting.  Can have whatever domain you want. i.e., http://shanta.ca, http://tantienhime.com  Can modify themes, add plugins and much more! Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  8. 8. Themes  The “Look and Feel” of your website  Might include some functionality  The “Front End” or what people see From Graph Paper PressShanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  9. 9. Plugins  Plugins extend the usefulness of your website  Some examples are Backup Buddy and Jetpack  The “Back End” or what people don’t see Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  10. 10. Which One Should I Use? It Depends… Personal  If you just want to use it for a personal website and more of a blog, use the .COM version Business  If you are going to run your business off of this site, use .ORG Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  11. 11. Coding Tips & Tricks  No matter what your discipline, learn a bit of HTML and CSS. This will help you modify your themes  Use Firebug to target what you need to find in your webpages.  Never go live (Thank you Al Davis). Always back up your work, and I don’t recommend making changes to the code through the WordPress Dashboard. This is the ONLY thing I don’t recommend doing through the Dashboard.  You can probably learn more about these topics at numerous talks online and at WordCamps (Hamilton and Toronto are the closest) Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  12. 12. Recommendations  Don’t use your social media as your primary channel (such as Facebook)  I recommend using at least Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (depending on the focus of the org)  Keep it current  Gallery Plug-in  Stories?  Automate to Social Media and Email Lists (Mailchimp, for example)  Monitor all the channels that you are on  Pay the money when you need to Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  13. 13. Common Questions And maybe some common answers Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  14. 14. 1. Do I have to download WordPress to my computer? Short Answer: NO Long Answer: WordPress.org is hosted on a server running a number of different services, including MySQL Server. You could run it on your computer, but it’s complicated for many beginners My advice: Unless you have to do a lot of testing, such as a developer or designer, don’t bother running it locally. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  15. 15. 2. Where can I get themes and plugins? Short Answer: Many places Long Answer Do NOT use either themes or plugins from an unreliable source My Advice Start with themes and plugins from WordPress itself. These can be downloaded directly through your Dashboard or from WordPress.org Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  16. 16. 3. Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I move from .COM to .ORG? Short Answer: It can be done, but it isn’t easy. Long Answer: WordPress offers a premium service for about $150 that will migrate your site over to your new hosting company. This includes redirects and SEO. My Advice: Let the pros handle it. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  17. 17. Extra Resources  Codecademy.com: Lessons on learning how to code  Lynda.com: Videos as well as starter files included (paid service, but sometimes free through in your education institution)  W3Schools: Great lookup resource for code. We don’t memorize every piece of code, we look it up  WordPress: This is where you can learn almost everything I’ve just talked about! There is also one for .ORG, but this will get you about 90% of the way there. Skip the “Getting Started” part if you are using the .ORG Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  18. 18. Final Thoughts  Join a local WordPress Meetup  Do your research, as with anything, especially hosting  Have an idea of what you want going into a relationship with a designer or developer, both look and functionality Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  19. 19. #WordCampTour15  Hoping to do 10 of these this year  Even if you can’t donate, spread the word  https://www.tilt.com/campaigns/wordca mp-tour-2015 Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  20. 20. For the demo http://tantienhime.com/ Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  21. 21. Questions? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa

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