Slide #1 Welcome to Wordcamp 2009 in Birmingham, AL All the slides and most of my speaker notes with most all links working will be on http://tombrander.wordpress.com. The purpose of this presentation is to go over the differences between Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com. Most of which will be hearing at the rest of this of this conference is about Wordpress.org which is to software that powers Wordpress.com. Also, this is sort of a 101 presentation up for beginners. So if you are extremely skilled this may not be of interest. However I have found a lot of people who are very skilled with Wordpress.org do not really understand the restrictions that Wordpress.com has. So if that is of interest to you, hang in there.
Slide #2 There a lot of popular blogging platforms out there one of the best known is Blogger, owned by Google which has had a reputation for quite some time as having a lot of pretty spammy sites they have cleaned that up quite a bit, but still the blogs are not a quite at the same high quality as those on Wordpress.com. To some degree you are known by the company you keep. There are of course exceptions to the rule on all services. Microsoft Live is a service as well which does have a very basic blogging platform that is available for free. Type-Pad s a paid service from six apart which is very well known and it is a structurally quite similar to Wordpress. Live journal is a service, and they have a free service and a pay upgrade available. They used to be owned by six Apart but have been sold off to a Russian ownership group. Movable Type is software that powers a lot of the six Apart offerings similar to the Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org There are two up and coming services that are a somewhat more basic but that really building functionality, Tumblr and Posterious are both free services and both have a lot of very neat features for doing blogs. Many beginners looking for very simple yet rich blogging platforms might want to look at them. They are well worth taking a look if you're just starting often are your blogging career. There are of course many, many others but these are probably the primary ones out there.
Slide #4 How to get started with.com, go to http://wordpress.com and you will see this. Sign up by pressing the orange button.
Slide # 5 The next page will get your information and the name you enter will become your initial site.
Slide#6 The site will be your account name and wordpress.com you don't need to do anything else. You may at any later time register your name so you can select having a full domain registration again small charge. Select a theme (not required but the basic one is pretty boring). You may only choose themes supplied by .com. (shown later)
Slide#7 Note also, you can have multiple blogs on your same account for free. Give some thought to your sub domain name you will have to determine that it is available.
Slide#8 When you get up and running, you get into the dashboard, shown here. The dashboard comes up for free on your account. It tells you how many people have hit your site and how many posts you have and so forth.
Slide # 9 Theme selection: you can choose any one of the themes that Wordpress.com provides for you Show some examples to you what themes are all about. The theme you choose will impact many features of your site going forward. Don’t freak out however because it is fairly easy to change later if you feel that you have made a mistake. Some popular ones ate Cutline and my personal favorite is Vigilance. Features governed by the theme include widgets, column layout color selection and customization. (extra cost CSS) Again much of this conference will be talking about a. Neat themes, and b. neat plug-ins… They only apply to .org… The only stuff you can use on .com is what .com supplies…..
Slide # 10 Your first post this works very much like a word processor simply write what you want and post it. In some cases you may want to write it up in Microsoft word or some other text editor offline. In the case of Microsoft word there is a “paste from Word button” press and it will bring up a window and you cut and paste from the Microsoft word document into that window. The reason for doing that is Microsoft word has all kinds of what we call cruft and special formatting characters that the special window strips off so that it'll work properly on the web. There are many options for enhancing a post like tagging it and categorizing it, putting photos or charts in it and all that sort of thing. Over time you will determine how you want use the features. It is something that is always evolving.
Slide #11 Now, turning to jazzing up your web site. You get widgets and customization options which depend on the theme that you have chosen. In order to use a widget just click on it and move over to select where you want it to appear (in the right hand column) it will appear on the web site the next time you view your web site.
Slide # 12 Here are some examples sites will click on those live in the presentation. You can see a walk through of some of the things that widgets do and how they operate. Some in particular are real time syndication (RSS). You not obligated to use all the features and we do not use all of them because using too many of them can be highly confusing and create a very bad web site design
Slide #13 Free features: see this page on the wordpress.com web site. 60+ themes Integrated Stats Good tools for editing posts and including Media (pictures) Spam protection Tagging Support Reliability Import tools (if you want to move to or for that matter from) Private posts and private blogs Multiple authors Lots of widgets
Slide # 14 But I don’t want…. No ads Don’t want to see .wordpress.com on my web site address Don’t want a blog but want a more conventional web site with pages (pages with Navigation theme dependent) I want a Static front page (static page theme dependent) I want some static information at the front (static post theme dependent)
Slide # 15 Custom domain More storage (pretty unlikely to need) Custom css (Explain) Video press (59.97 per year) Ad free Unlimited registered users (35 free)
Slide # 16 The Dashboard This is where you do everything Page navigation Themes Widgets Comment options Users Stats(basic) and so on
Slide #17 Stats For free generally better than most other outfits charge for Who comes Search terms What do they click on and so forth
Slide # 18 My main WP site and some of the features that I like Pop-ups RSS and E-mail subscribes (via feedburner) RSS headlines from Google reader (so there is always fresh content) On the tech site my recent tweets