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WordPress102 WordCamp Toronto Pre-Camp Meetup


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This is the second presentation to be given at our WordCamp Pre-Camp meetup for WordCamp Toronto 2015

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WordPress102 WordCamp Toronto Pre-Camp Meetup

  1. 1. WordPress 102 Shanta R. Nathwani – WordCamp Toronto 2015
  2. 2. Agenda  Hosting  Backup  Theme selection  Plugin selection  More on hiring someone
  3. 3. 1. Hosting  Shared hosting GoDaddy BlueHost*  Managed hosting WPEngine Siteground* * - I’m an affiliate
  4. 4. 2. Backup  Most hosting companies will offer a backup system of some kind  Jetpack has one  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
  5. 5. 3. Contact Information  Contact forms rather than publishing your email address  Mailchimp signup form. Integrates with WordPress and can be done as a widget
  6. 6. 4. Themes  The “Look and Feel” of your website  Might include some functionality  The “Front End” or what people see From Graph Paper Press
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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!
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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!  Marc Benzakein did a great presentation called: “How to Rock a WordCamp Even if You’re a n00b” at WordCamp Toronto 2014. (PS. He’ll be here this weekend too!)
  13. 13. Questions? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: My Web Site: