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My presentation from WordCamp Vegas 2012. In this presentation, I identify key parts of the WordPress community, highlight some core features of WordPress, and give resources for new users of WordPress.

My presentation from WordCamp Vegas 2012. In this presentation, I identify key parts of the WordPress community, highlight some core features of WordPress, and give resources for new users of WordPress.

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Newbies, you are not alone

  1. 1. WordPress Newbies You Are Not Alone Saturday, October 6, 2012
  2. 2. Coffee? Saturday, October 6, 2012
  3. 3. Brandon Dove @brandondove WordCamp Orange County Organizer Commercial WordPress plugin developer Custom theme developer Core Contributor All around nice guy Saturday, October 6, 2012
  4. 4. My daughter, Julianna, age 7 www.juliannadove.com Saturday, October 6, 2012
  5. 5. Things you’ll learn. • What is WordPress? • What is the WordPress Community? • Things that make you go, “hmm...” • Core WordPress concepts • Where to go to find help • Get involved Saturday, October 6, 2012
  6. 6. WordPress defined. “WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.” Saturday, October 6, 2012
  7. 7. The WordPress Community • Volunteers • Commercial themes/plugins • WordPress Consultants • End Users • WordCamps & Meetups Saturday, October 6, 2012
  8. 8. Things that make you go, “hmmm...” Saturday, October 6, 2012
  9. 9. WordPress is easy to use. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  10. 10. Except when it’s not. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  11. 11. WordPress is extensible. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  12. 12. What does that even mean?! Saturday, October 6, 2012
  13. 13. There’s a plugin for that. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  14. 14. Premium themes. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  15. 15. Premium Commercial themes. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  16. 16. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. Saturday, October 6, 2012
  17. 17. Core Concepts • The Dashboard - quick look at what’s going on around your site Saturday, October 6, 2012
  18. 18. Hands-on Demo Saturday, October 6, 2012
  19. 19. Core Concepts: Blog • Posts – chronological content • Categories are broad (i.e. Pets) • Tags are specific (i.e. Tweetie Bird) Saturday, October 6, 2012
  20. 20. Hands-on Demo Saturday, October 6, 2012
  21. 21. Core Concepts: CMS • Pages – hierarchical content • Menus – website navigation Saturday, October 6, 2012
  22. 22. Hands-on Demo Saturday, October 6, 2012
  23. 23. Core Concepts: Custom • Themes – design • Plugins – functionality • Widgets – design + functionality Saturday, October 6, 2012
  24. 24. Hands-on Demo Saturday, October 6, 2012
  25. 25. Where to go to find help • WordPress.org/support & WordPress.com/support • Codex.WordPress.org • #wordpress on IRC • WordPress for Dummies by LSW (http://bdove.me/wp4d) • WordPress for Mere Mortals by RP (http://bdove.me/wp4mm) Saturday, October 6, 2012
  26. 26. slides bdove.me/wclv2012 email brandondove@pixeljar.net twitter web Saturday, October 6, 2012

Editor's Notes

  • Welcome to this talk. Hopefully you’re all in the right place. Firs things first...\n
  • Did everyone who drinks it, get their coffee? This is important. We’re going to cover ALOT of ground this morning and I want you all pumped up. I’m trying to be a good example up here, I have mine.\n
  • The twitters\nWCOC\nAdSanity\nPixel Jar\nIt’s hard for veterans to get into the mindset of a new user. To combat this, I decided...\n\n
  • to teach my now seven (five at the time) year old daughter how to use WordPress when she was in kindergarten. If I can teach her, I should be able to teach you a little something.\n
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  • WordPress is not WordPress.com. WordPress.com is a hosted version of the free, open source software called WordPress. WordPress is defined as “web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.” But it’s so much more than that. What I think is most remarkable about WordPress is the community that supports it.\n
  • People like John Hawkins, all of the speakers here today, the sponsors.\nunpaid developers, support forums, software testers, wordcamp organizers\npaid non-core developers\npaid core developers, solution partners\npeople like YOU – bloggers, podcasters, photographers, corporations, hosting companies\npeople who continue to evolve the WordPress platform\n
  • now lets get into some things you often hear in the WordPress community that sometimes make you scratch your head.\n
  • We like to say this ALOT. Since we use WordPress ALOT, of course it’s easy. We know where everything is.\n
  • As a beginner though, it can be super confusing. Especially when plugins & themes add pages to the dashboard that don’t follow WordPress standards.\n
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  • Just like the iFamily of products is made cooler with apps, WordPress is made cooler with plugins.\n
  • What’s a web site without a design? There are so many themes out there these days, it’s hard to choose. “Premium” can be a misnomer. What we really should say is...\n
  • ...COMMERCIAL themes. Premium doesn’t always mean better, it just means you have to pay for it.\n
  • Gosh, that’s weird...I don’t know how that got in there so many times. But seriously, this one is actually true. I wanted to put it in here because you should always keep WordPress core, your plugins and your theme up to date. Don’t be scurred.\n
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  • LSW = Lisa Sabin-Wilson\nRP = Rockable Press\n
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