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Wordcamp Birmingham 2009


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A tutorial for people curious about Wordpress, highlighting, The free service as distinguished from, the software you can use on your own (paid for ) hosting service.

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Wordcamp Birmingham 2009

  1. 1. Wordcamp Birmingham 2009 and How to get started with Blogging and   Tom Brander, September 26, 2009 © Tom Brander 2009
  2. 2. Popular Blogging Platforms <ul><ul><li>Blogger (service owned by Google) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MS Live (service) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TypePad (paid service six Apart) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live Journal (service; paid upgrade; now Russian owned) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movable Type (software six Apart) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tumblr (service) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posterous (service) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress.Org (software) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (service) </li></ul></ul>© Tom Brander 2009
  3. 3. vs. <ul><li>.org </li></ul><ul><li>Open source software that you install on a paid hosting service (starts about $7.00/month domain inc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Many features and add-ons to support many options </li></ul><ul><li>No restrictions for commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>Requires some technical expertise (as much as you want) </li></ul><ul><li>You can do many tons with it (much covered at this conference) </li></ul><ul><li>.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free hosted service (minor paid upgrades available) </li></ul><ul><li>No commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>May have some ads (have seen very few and not obnoxious) </li></ul><ul><li>Very suited for non technical users </li></ul><ul><li>You can do a ton with it (not as well covered at this conference!) </li></ul>© Tom Brander 2009
  4. 4. How to get started with .com <ul><ul><li>Sign up  (Your site will be at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select theme (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refine </li></ul></ul>Next we will review screenshots of the steps, followed by screenshots of features for refinements © Tom Brander 2009
  5. 5. © Tom Brander 2009 Sign up!
  6. 6. © Tom Brander 2009 Follow Instructions!
  7. 7. © Tom Brander 2009 Extra info if you need
  8. 8. © Tom Brander 2009 The dashboard
  9. 9. © Tom Brander 2009 Theme Selection Demo a few themes here & explain only those here can be used and that the themes define how much customization can be done
  10. 10. © Tom Brander 2009 Your 1st Post
  11. 11. © Tom Brander 2009 Jazz it up!
  12. 12. Some example sites <ul><li> (Real Estate) </li></ul><ul><li> (Tech) </li></ul><ul><li> (Personal) </li></ul><ul><li> (Dogs) </li></ul><ul><li> (College Sorority) </li></ul><ul><li> (Consulting) </li></ul>© Tom Brander 2009
  13. 13. © Tom Brander 2009 Free Features Page
  14. 14. But I don't want ..... <ul><ul><li>if you don't want any chance of ads.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor paid upgrade, $29.97 per year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't want a address but do want your own i.e. vs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor paid upgrade  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain name registration + domain mapping costs $14.97per year, per domain. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain mapping for a domain (or subdomain) you already own costs $9.97 per year, per domain. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I don't want a blog I want a web site... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just use pages and right theme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want a static front page... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Same as above </li></ul></ul></ul>© Tom Brander 2009
  15. 15. © Tom Brander 2009 Extra cost options
  16. 16. My DashBoard © Tom Brander 2009
  17. 17. Stats © Tom Brander 2009
  18. 18. My site features Want to do live but just in case! © Tom Brander 2009