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WORDPRESS 102
SHANTA R. NATHWANI
WORDCAMP ANN ARBOR 2015
AGENDA
1. About Me
2. Hosting
3. Backup
4. Contact Information
5. Themes
6. Plugins
7. More on hiring someone
*This is a f...
1. FIND ME!
Tweet Me:
@ShantaDotCa
Email:
shanta@shanta.ca
My Web Site:
http://shanta.ca
Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shant...
1. ABOUT ME
• Instructor, Sheridan College
• Joint program with University of Toronto at
Mississauga: Institute of Culture...
2. HOSTING
Shared hosting
• GoDaddy
• BlueHost*
Managed hosting
• WPEngine
• Siteground*
* - I’m an affiliate
Shanta R. Na...
3. BACKUP
• Most hosting companies will offer a backup system of some kind
• Jetpack has one
• WordPress.com doesn't need ...
4. CONTACT INFORMATION
• Contact forms rather than publishing your email address
• Mailchimp signup form. Integrates with ...
5. THEMES
• The “Look and Feel” of your website
• Might include some functionality
• The “Front End” or what people see
Fr...
5. THEME SELECTION
Start with the repository
• Can be accessed through your Dashboard > Appearances > Themes
• Directly at...
5. THEME SELECTION (CON’T)
Where do I start?
• Ask yourself, “What is the purpose of the website?”. Many of the themes
are...
6. PLUGINS
• Plugins extend the
usefulness of your website
• Some examples are Backup
Buddy and Jetpack
• The “Back End” o...
6. PLUGIN SELECTION
Just like the themes, best to check the repository
(http://wordpress.org/plugins)
Don’t overload your ...
7. MORE ABOUT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL
Educate yourself
• Not only about the terminology, but also have an idea of what you w...
EXTRA RESOURCES
• WordPress.com: This is where you can learn almost everything I’ve just talked
about! There is also one f...
QUESTIONS?
Tweet Me:
@ShantaDotCa
Email:
shanta@shanta.ca
My Web Site:
http://shanta.ca
Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta...
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WordPress102 - WordCamp Ann Arbor 2015

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This is a follow up presentation to my original WordPress 101 session. Videos and previous slide decks are included. The purpose of this presentation is to make business decisions after someone has decided to go with the WordPress Platform.

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WordPress102 - WordCamp Ann Arbor 2015

  1. 1. WORDPRESS 102 SHANTA R. NATHWANI WORDCAMP ANN ARBOR 2015
  2. 2. AGENDA 1. About 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 WordCamp Hamilton here. Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 2
  3. 3. 1. FIND ME! Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 3
  4. 4. 1. 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 Consultant, 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 last year and crowdsourced my tour this year for 7 more and hoping to do WordCamp Mumbai 2016. • Co-organizer, WordCamp Hamilton and Toronto 2015 Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 4
  5. 5. 2. HOSTING Shared hosting • GoDaddy • BlueHost* Managed hosting • WPEngine • Siteground* * - I’m an affiliate Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 5
  6. 6. 3. BACKUP • Most hosting companies will offer a backup system of some kind • Jetpack has one • WordPress.com doesn't need one • I recommend 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 Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 6
  7. 7. 4. CONTACT INFORMATION • Contact forms rather than publishing your email address • Mailchimp signup form. Integrates with WordPress and can be done as a widget Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 7
  8. 8. 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 - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 8
  9. 9. 5. THEME SELECTION Start with the repository • Can be accessed through your Dashboard > Appearances > Themes • Directly at wordpress.org/themes 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 - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 9
  10. 10. 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 - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 10
  11. 11. 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 - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 11
  12. 12. 6. PLUGIN SELECTION Just like the themes, best to check the repository (http://wordpress.org/plugins) 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 - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 12
  13. 13. 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! Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 13
  14. 14. EXTRA RESOURCES • WordPress.com: 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 • WordPress.tv: Most of the talks given at WordCamps are recorded and archived here. You can find my talks there! Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 14
  15. 15. QUESTIONS? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa

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