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WordPress 102 WordCamp Hamilton 2016


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This is the presentation given at WordCamp Hamilton 2016. This is a follow up to my WordPress 101 talk given last year and goes more into detail about hosting, hiring a professional and general practices about selecting themes and plugins.

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WordPress 102 WordCamp Hamilton 2016

  2. 2. #WCHamOnt AGENDA 1. Find Me 2. Hosting 3. Backup 4. Contact Information 5. Themes 6. Plugins 7. More on hiring someone *This is a follow up to my WordPress 101 Talk. You can view the video from here. Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 2
  3. 3. #WCHamOnt 1. FIND ME! Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: My Web Site: Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 3
  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 • Co-Founder, Web Weapons • Clients include NPOs, Real Estate, Software Development, Financial and Political Sectors • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University • Serial WordCamper. Went to 7 in 2014 and crowdsourced my tour last year for 7 more and even did WordCamp Mumbai in March, 2016. • Co-organizer, WordCamp Hamilton, 2015-6 Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 4
  5. 5. #WCHamOnt 2. HOSTING Shared hosting • GoDaddy • BlueHost* Managed hosting • WPEngine • Siteground* * - I’m an affiliate Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 5
  6. 6. #WCHamOnt 3. BACKUP • Most hosting companies will offer a backup system of some kind • Jetpack has one • doesn't need one • One of the ones I recommend is Backup Buddy by iThemes because of its options, it's easy to use and to migrate, especially those in the room hoping to do their own development business • Another good solution (and free for the most part) is Updraft Plus which is becoming a favourite. Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 6
  7. 7. #WCHamOnt 4. CONTACT INFORMATION • Contact forms rather than publishing your email address • Mailchimp signup form. Integrates with WordPress and can be done as a widget • Contact Form 7 is another option Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 7
  8. 8. #WCHamOnt 5. THEMES • The “Look and Feel” of your website • Might include some functionality • The “Front End” or what people see From Graph Paper Press Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 8
  9. 9. #WCHamOnt 5. THEME SELECTION Start with the repository • Can be accessed through your Dashboard > Appearances > Themes • Directly at If not, go outside and use the authors in the repository as a start Do not Google “free WordPress themes”! • These could contain malicious code Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 9
  10. 10. #WCHamOnt 5. THEME SELECTION (CON’T) Where do I start? • Ask yourself, “What is the purpose of the website?”. Many of the themes are categorized by purpose (i.e., photography/portfolio, business, blog, etc.) • Ask yourself, “What do I want it to look like? Do I want a big header? Do I want columns? Main content with sidebar?”. A good way to familiarize yourself with these is to look in the repository. Make sure that the them you choose is mobile-enabled/responsive! Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 10
  11. 11. #WCHamOnt 6. 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 11
  12. 12. #WCHamOnt 6. PLUGIN SELECTION Just like the themes, best to check the repository ( Don’t overload your site. Choose your plugins carefully. • First, by function. What do you need it to do? • Is there a plugin that does multiple functions, such as memberships AND payments? This is such a wide area, you need to research it. It will depend on what functionality you need. Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 12
  13. 13. #WCHamOnt 7. MORE ABOUT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL Educate yourself • Not only about the terminology, but also have an idea of what you want. This saves everyone a good amount of time and effort. • Expect to give a deposit of some sort, whether you’re working with a student or a professional. Don’t expect any of this for free. • This is not a cookie cutter process, nor is it an overnight one. • Some of the best advice: Lucas Cherkewski: Spoke at WordCamp Toronto 2013 on this topic…at the age of 16! Just had him in my class the other day and he’s amazing…at 18! Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 13
  14. 14. #WCHamOnt EXTRA RESOURCES • 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 • Most of the talks given at WordCamps are recorded and archived here. You can find my talks there! • Chris Lema: has done a number of posts about comparisons for things like membership, ecommerce and eLearning, as well as much more. Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa 14
  15. 15. #WCHamOnt QUESTIONS? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: My Web Site: Shanta R. Nathwani - - @ShantaDotCa