Should You Wordpress?


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Wordpress is a popular and powerful blogging and information publishing system. It is available in three forms: hosted, host it yourself, and multiuser. Which, if any of these, is the best choice.

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Should You Wordpress?

  1. 1. <ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>File management </li></ul><ul><li>Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Many other (optional) features </li></ul><ul><li>KISS vs. go wild </li></ul>A Blog is a Website - A Website is not a Blog Blogs should (be able to) have: © Peter Buechler 2009
  2. 2. So you want blogging software You’ve got CHOICES:
  3. 3. Downsides/Othersides Why wouldn’t you want WP? <ul><li>You already have a blog elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>You want to spend your time writing - not playing with the platform </li></ul><ul><li>You already have too much to do </li></ul><ul><li>Spam - can be dealt with but not automatically (Akismet) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why WordPress? <ul><li>Lots of “Themes” make it look spiffy </li></ul><ul><li>Open source PHP/MySql </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple flavors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free hosted version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ hosted version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiuser/multiblog version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can self-host </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. “ When you come to a fork in the road - take it” Wordpress is popular and powerful. Which version is four you?
  6. 6. Who’s Hosting <ul><li>wordpress. com </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>No maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic backup </li></ul><ul><li>Always up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of themes </li></ul><ul><li>No 3rd party plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Sandbox </li></ul><ul><li>wordpress. org </li></ul><ul><li>You install </li></ul><ul><li>You maintain </li></ul><ul><li>You backup </li></ul><ul><li>You pay (it’s “free”) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots more themes </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Stadium </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s your theme? <ul><li>Numerous designs from the garish to simple </li></ul><ul><li>Shareware and $ware from 3rd parties </li></ul><ul><li>Can change on the fly </li></ul><ul><li>Controls what WP does as well as how it looks </li></ul><ul><li>Some don’t support full functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Can modify - if you know how </li></ul>
  8. 8. Don’t fidget. Widget <ul><li>By default, WP doesn’t do much </li></ul><ul><li>Make your blog dance with widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Just drag these into the sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>Can only use with a suitable theme </li></ul><ul><li>Most widgets are really plugins </li></ul>
  9. 9. Plugins (“widgets” on hosted version) <ul><li>Thousands to extend what WP can do. </li></ul><ul><li>Blurs the distinction between website and blog </li></ul><ul><li>Not on the free hosted version </li></ul> / / (no blog) / (no blog)
  10. 10. Plugins - .com vs .org
  11. 11. plugins I like: One of many ways of taking polls wp-polls Your latest tweets Twibadge Helps share posts Add to Any Filters SPAM from comments Akismet Converts blog to mobile format, when viewed on phone. Mobile edition
  12. 12. Under the hood WP is built with open source tools and designed to be worked on by the user <ul><li>(x)html </li></ul><ul><li>css </li></ul><ul><li>PHP/MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Apache </li></ul><ul><li>Ajax </li></ul><ul><li>javaScript </li></ul>
  13. 13. Getting Help <ul><li>Who ya gonna call? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like selfservice? </li></ul><ul><li>Community support </li></ul><ul><li>When it works, it works </li></ul><ul><li>Professional agencies hire/pay for support </li></ul>
  14. 14. DIY Support How to change the numbers of posts per page (dashboard)? “ YourWordPressFolder/wp-admin/includes/post.php” Look for the code below (should start around line 517) wp(”post_type=post&what_to_show=posts$post_status_q&posts_per_page=15 &order=$order&orderby=$orderby”); Change $posts_per_page to whatever you wish. The default value for $posts_per_page is 15.
  15. 15. Peter Buechler: [email_address]