Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Beginners Guide to WordPress WordCamp Montreal 2010


Published on

This introductory session is geared for bloggers, web designers and programmers who are new to WordPress. Even those who don’t know a Codex from a Cadillac will feel comfortable here. Delving into WordPress from a beginner’s point of view, we use unintimidating plain language to explain the fundamental concepts of WordPress, from themes, to widgets, to plug-ins. We go spelunking in the admin panel and show real-world examples of what WordPress can do.

Shannon Smith is the founder of Café Noir Design Inc. a small boutique web design company in the Montreal area specializing in bilingual web design. She supports web standards, semantic markup, microformats, open source products, and sustainable business practices. Shannon works with a number of PHP/MySQL content management systems to create clean, minimalist designs, that adhere to W3C standards.

Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services does a lot more than simply create attractive websites – she delivers custom-designed solutions tailored to her clients’ goals. Coming from a communications background, Kathryn takes a holistic approach to web design and development, building unique sites that work well, look fabulous, and are easily found in search-engine results. She is passionate about helping people avoid common website pitfalls and enjoys speaking to entrepreneurs on the topic.

Published in: Technology

Beginners Guide to WordPress WordCamp Montreal 2010

  1. 1. A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress with Shannon Smith & Kathryn Presner August 28, 2010
  2. 2. Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services @zoonini
  3. 3. Shannon Smith of Café Noir Design Inc. @cafenoirdesign
  4. 4. What We’ll Cover Welcome Intro to WordPress Intro to the Admin Panel Resources Closing Questions
  5. 5. Intro to WordPress
  6. 6. Diving into WordPress What is WordPress? vs. What is it used for?
  7. 7. Blog
  8. 8. CMS+Blog
  9. 9. CMS
  10. 10. Multimedia Portfolio
  11. 11. Examples of Interaction
  12. 12.
  13. 13. Some WordPress Basics Structure Presentation Markup Language ➜ Database vs. files PHP vs. HTML Dynamic Functions Scripting Do I need to know Language ➜ PHP? Data Database ➜
  14. 14. Posts vs. Pages Page
  15. 15. Posts vs. Pages Post
  16. 16. Introduction to Themes A WP Theme is a collection of Template files - (X)HTML + PHP + CSS The CSS (aka stylesheet) usually controls the layout and design Only two template files are required: index.php, style.css Some are optional: sidebar.php, comments.php, etc.
  17. 17.
  18. 18. Get Started With Blank Themes Starkers DIW Blank Theme Whiteboard
  19. 19. Get Started With A Pre-made Theme WooThemes elegantthemes ThemeForest Press75 WPswitch
  20. 20. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins?
  21. 21. Managing Plug-ins
  22. 22. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget-ready theme?
  23. 23. Intro to the Admin Panel
  24. 24. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!
  25. 25. WordPress Resources
  26. 26. Links (of course!) The Codex: Montreal WordPress Community on Facebook gid=199180685044 WordPress on LinkedIn home=&gid=154024&trk=anet_ug_hm
  27. 27. Cheat Sheets WP Candy Cheat Sheet - Basic and Advanced WordPress Functions Cheat Sheet WordPress SEO Cheat Sheet WordPress Template Tags Reference Guide Optimization Cheat Sheet for WordPress WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet Various 3.0-Ready Cheat Sheets
  28. 28. WordPress Inspiration We Love WP WPInspiration WP Float WP Showcase
  29. 29. Kathryn's Must-Have Plugins All in One SEO Pack Extremely helpful if needed: Widget Logic WP-DB-Backup 3 security plugins: Maintenance Mode WordPress File Feedsmith Monitor Obfuscate Email Secure WordPress Subscribe to Comments WordPress Exploit Scanner
  30. 30. Shannon's Must-Have Plugins BackUpWordPress Google Analyticator HeadSpace2 SEO Google XML Sitemaps Contact Form 7 Google Maps for WordPress Dean's FCKEditor For WordPress (feedburner, google analytics, wufoo forms, Flickr Photo Album microformats) Audio player ShareThis
  31. 31. Closing
  32. 32. What Next? Questions? Get the presentation at Slideshare Company links Twitter links @zoonini @cafenoirdesign
  33. 33. Thank You