Where do you start?
What to do next?
Rollup your sleeves?
Hire a Genius?
72 steps checklist:
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Steps Stage Contents
1 - 26 Install Setup your basic WordPress installation
27 - 40 Secure Secure your WordPress installation against spam,
hacking & hardware failure.
41 - 51 Configure Configure WordPress options & theme
52 - 61 Connect Connect WordPress to services & social networks
62 - 72 Optimize Improve the performance of your WordPress
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WordPress Setup Checklist
People: Define Roles
Authors, Editor, Admin/Programmers
Internal or External resources?
You provide, solicit or procure
Text and multimedia
Your brand look and feel
User registration, email follow up
Slide shows, other
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Join Local events:
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Growing a Community
Provide Value, Cross-Links,
Weed-out stale content,
Building a WordPress Blog
People Want to Read
Social Media for WordPress
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Google Language Translator
How often should you back up?
How many backups should I keep?
Can backups be automated?
Online or Offline?
Check your Hosting provider
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With a PAID monthly subscription ($15 or 40/month):
1. The VaultPress plugin will backup:
Your site’s content
Themes & plugins in real time
2. Perform regular security scans for common threats
and attacks ($40/month)
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or online business, normally included in the footer.
several paragraphs long explaining to the site users & customers exactly
how their information will be used
It also details what information is tracked & how it is tabulated [cookies,
IP or email addresses]
Many Federal, State laws & European nations require it!
Don’t use the “Admin” username to administer your site
Use a new, separate account…
Don’t use the default login URL!
Login plugin! wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=login
Two factor: Clef https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpclef
Install a security plugin… or two
Ithemes https://ithemes.com/security/ $$
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Basics of WordPress Theme Design
Advanced edit & Layouts
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Site Design and Layout
In Admin dashboard “Appearance” select “Edit CSS” if you
have Jectpack installed [or if your theme supports it] or
install plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-
Then add the last 3 lines to make the footer disappear!
Welcome to Custom CSS!
To learn how this works, see http://wp.me/PEmnE-Bt
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Removing Footer Notices
From “Appearance”, “Editor” select “Footer.php” from
the list of files [in some themes, the footer is included in
ALWAYS make a backup copy BEFORE you make any
change! [Copy contents to local file via notepad]
Look for “Proudly powered by” string or whichever string
you would like to remove
Remove the entire line “<a … </a>”
Save and done!
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Removing Footer Notices