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Beginners Guide to WordPress WordCamp Montreal 2010

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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.

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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  www.zoonini.com @zoonini
  3. 3. Shannon Smith of Café Noir Design Inc.  www.cafenoirdesign.com @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? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org What is it used for? http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
  7. 7. Blog http://julienchung.com/blog/
  8. 8. CMS+Blog http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/
  9. 9. CMS http://mygirlfriend.ca/
  10. 10. Multimedia Portfolio http://www.presner.com
  11. 11. Examples of Interaction http://passups.ca/
  12. 12. http://passups.ca/
  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 http://www.domoregreatwork.com/about/
  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. http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Templates http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
  17. 17. http://www.lonelythebook.com/emily-white-author/
  18. 18. Get Started With Blank Themes Starkers http://starkerstheme.com/ DIW Blank Theme http://themeclubhouse.digwp.com/ Whiteboard http://whiteboardframework.com/
  19. 19. Get Started With A Pre-made Theme WooThemes http://www.woothemes.com/ elegantthemes http://www.elegantthemes.com/ ThemeForest http://themeforest.net/ Press75 http://www.press75.com/ WPswitch http://wpswitch.com/
  20. 20. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  21. 21. Managing Plug-ins
  22. 22. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget-ready theme? http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets http://automattic.com/code/widgets/
  23. 23. Intro to the Admin Panel
  24. 24. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!
  25. 25. WordPress Resources
  26. 26. Links wordpress.org (of course!) The Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/ wordpress.tv http://wordpress.tv/ wordcampmontreal.org Montreal WordPress Community on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php? gid=199180685044 WordPress on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups? home=&gid=154024&trk=anet_ug_hm
  27. 27. Cheat Sheets WP Candy Cheat Sheet - Basic and Advanced http://wpcandy.com/articles/tutorials/the-wordpress-help-sheet.html http://wpcandy.com/articles/tutorials/the-advanced-wordpress-help-sheet.html WordPress Functions Cheat Sheet http://net.tutsplus.com/freebies/cheat-sheets/wordpress-cheat-sheat/ WordPress SEO Cheat Sheet http://www.tekka.de/seo-for-wordpress/cheat-sheet-seo-for-wordpress.pdf WordPress Template Tags Reference Guide http://www.dbswebsite.com/design/wordpress-reference/ Optimization Cheat Sheet for WordPress http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization/Cheat_Sheet WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet http://woorkup.com/2009/11/01/wordpress-visual-cheat-sheet/ Various 3.0-Ready Cheat Sheets http://creativeoverflow.net/4-advanced-wordpress-3-0-cheat-sheets/
  28. 28. WordPress Inspiration We Love WP http://welovewp.com/ WPInspiration http://wpinspiration.com/ WP Float http://wpfloat.com/ WP Showcase http://wordpress.org/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 http://www.slideshare.net/cafenoirdesign Company links http://www.zoonini.com http://www.cafenoirdesign.com Twitter links @zoonini @cafenoirdesign
  33. 33. Thank You

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