Getting started with WordPress - WordCamp Toronto 2013


Published on

This introductory session is geared to those who are new to WordPress. WordPress terms will be explained in plain language. During this session we’ll take a live tour of WordPress and discuss themes, widgets and plugins. You’ll leave with a good idea of how WordPress works and how to get started.

Published in: Technology, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Getting started with WordPress - WordCamp Toronto 2013

  1. 1. Getting Started with WordPress
  2. 2. In this session…  What WordPress is  Steps to get you started  Tour of the WordPress admin panel  WordPress Terminology  Learning Resources  Questions
  3. 3. What WordPress is  an Open Source Content Management System (CMS)  WordPress rules the web! 18.9% of the web is powered by WordPress  initially a blogging platform – no longer just for blogs  there’s no limit to what a WordPress site can look like
  4. 4. Which WordPress? (personal blog) (website) hosted for you for free no servers or code required! is self-hosted - installed on your paid web hosting account can pay to add on your domain uses your own domain name select from available themes, can't modify theme files 100% control to choose & customize themes restricted to built-in features, can't add additional plugins 100% control to add plugins maintenance is looked after you need to backup & update network your site is independent This presentation will focus on Websites from now on….
  5. 5. WordPress Geek Speak…
  6. 6. Steps to get you started… Click on Pre-workshop
  7. 7. Walk through the first 5 posts… 1. Register a Domain name 2. Signup for Hosting 3. Point the domain from the domain registrar to the host's server by setting the DNS 4. Install WordPress to the ROOT directory on the server of your hosting account. WordPress is NOT a program to install on your computer 5. Login to WordPress - click on Pre-workshop
  8. 8. Tour the WordPress Admin Panel  Login with /wp-admin after your domain name (e.g.  The admin panel of your site is the backend where you control your site content. The frontend is what visitors to your site see.  Log into WordPress admin panel using your username and password  Let's take a look...
  9. 9. TERMINOLOGY: Themes  Theme - files control how your site looks. Your website data is safely stored in the database so you can change themes.  A Child Theme - has been built off of another theme. The child inherits from the "parent". You can update a parent theme, your customizations are preserved in the child theme folder. Don't delete the parent theme!  A Premium Theme- is a theme that you purchase  Theme Frameworks- premium themes with extra built-in interfaces to allow you to modify your site design without editing code files.
  10. 10. Adding a new theme  Appearance → Themes → Install Themes  ONLY use themes from the repository or reputable premium themes  We can search the WordPress repository and install right from the admin panel interface!  Content is in the database so you can change themes without entering content again  Let’s change the theme…
  11. 11. TERMINOLOGY: Plugins  A plugin is an addon code package you can install to add functionality to your site  Search the repository - or search from the admin panel plugin interface  In addition to free plugins there are premium plugins you purchase
  12. 12. Some Plugins I like…  Akismet for Comment Spam – by Automattic  JetPack – by Automattic  WordPress SEO – by Yoast  Backup Buddy (premium plugin)  there are currently over 27,000 plugins in the WordPress repository
  13. 13. TERMINOLOGY: Widgets  WordPress Widgets add content and features to a site’s sidebars, header & footer – depending on theme  Simply drag & drop to add, arrange, and remove widgets in the widgetized areas of your theme.  Plugins will often add additional widgets – e.g. Jetpack  Let’s look at how widgets work…
  14. 14. TERMINOLOGY: Pages & Posts  Pages are for your more static content - they don't change very often  Page Templates – are theme specific layouts, such as no sidebar  Posts • are entries in your blog (articles, news items) • usually in reverse chronological order, newest on top • typically organized into categories (archive pages) • display meta data: i.e. date, author, tags, categories  Let's look at pages & posts
  15. 15. Learning Resources  – official documentation   – forum  – WordCamp videos  - our blog
  16. 16. Q & Eh?Q & Eh? image used by permission
  17. 17. Thank You! Ruth Maude @2LearnWP@dandelionweb