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This primer is the perfect guide for WordPress newbies. What WordPress is, how to install it, themes, widgets, plug-ins and more.

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Wordpress 101

  1. 1. WordPress 101in 30 minutes<br />Dennis Deacon<br />dennis@dennisdeacon.com<br />www.dennisdeacon.com<br />
  2. 2. What we’re covering…<br />29:43<br />On a high level…<br />What is WordPress, history, em, ok we won’t go there…<br />Types of WordPress (yes, there’s more than one)<br />Installing WordPress<br />Posts & Pages<br />Themes<br />Widgets<br />Plug-ins<br />Demo<br />
  3. 3. What is WordPress?<br />It’s a blogging platform.<br />It’s a Content Management System (CMS)<br />It’s capable of both!<br />Great for small to medium-sized web sites & blogs.<br />Not great for large sites with robust needs.<br />
  4. 4. Dreamweaver vs. WordPress<br />29:05<br />Dreamweaver<br />WordPress<br />Tool for creating static & dynamic web pages, either through WYSIWYG or code environment<br />Each individual file/page contains the content or requests the content from a database<br />Management of content across many pages difficult<br />CMS where content is managed/stored in a central repository (database) and code is used (php) to pull out that content based on instructions (queries)<br />Uses template files to query the appropriate /contextual content and display onto designed pages.<br />You can use Dreamweaver to design/create the code that you would then implement onto a WordPress CMS platform.<br />
  5. 5. 28:14<br />Two types of WordPress (actually three)<br />WordPress.org (self-hosted)<br />Download WordPress to install on your server/hosting<br />Use your domain/url<br />Can select from thousands of free/fee-based themes, plug-ins & widgets, or create your own<br />WordPress.com (hosted)<br />Hosted WordPress Blogs<br />blogname.wordpress.com<br />Limited selection of established themes to choose from<br />No access to extra plug-ins & widgets<br />What’s the third type of WordPress?<br />WordPress MU is a multiple-user version of WordPress. It is similar to the WordPress.com version. WordPress MU & WordPress will be consolidated for version 3.0 of WordPress.<br />
  6. 6. Installing WordPress<br />Two methods:<br />Hosting service control panel (Fantastico, Simple Scripts, WordPress, etc.)<br />Manually (download from WordPress.org, FTP to your server, edit config file, run installation)<br />Prompted for username, password, (database name, password for manual installs)<br />Run install (<5 minutes, scouts honor)<br />27:54<br />
  7. 7. header.php<br /> index.php<br />sidebar.php<br /> footer.php<br />styles.css<br />How it works<br />26:32<br />WordPress<br />MySQL<br />Database<br />(content)<br />Web Server<br />
  8. 8. WordPress Settings<br />Settings in the Admin offer options for customization throughout WordPress<br />
  9. 9. WordPress Settings (cont.)<br />Reading Settings:<br />Homepage<br />Blog/Posts Page<br /># of posts to display<br />
  10. 10. WordPress Settings (cont.)<br />Permalink Settings:<br />Default URLs arewww.dennisdeacon.com/?p=123<br />With custom Permalink:<br />www.dennisdeacon.com/professional/do-online-presentations-right/<br />
  11. 11. Posts & Pages<br />25:31<br />Posts<br /><ul><li>Used for blog entries
  12. 12. Chronological in nature</li></ul>Pages<br /><ul><li>Used for static content pages
  13. 13. Hierarchical in nature</li></ul>Easy Keyword Research with New Google Search ResultsPosted May 7th, 2010by deconspray<br />Google recent released a change to its search engine results page. While the change is subtle, one of the new features is a handy, easy to access tool for performing keyword research for optimizing your web site for the search engines. Continue Reading »<br />Do Online Presentations RightPosted April 3rd, 2010 by deconspray<br />I’ve done several presentations in my time. They tend to be text heavy, as I want the presentation to have value long after I’ve delivered it.Continue Reading »<br />
  14. 14. Creating/Editing Posts & Pages<br />25:01<br />
  15. 15. WordPress Themes<br />Group of PHP, CSS and graphic files that make up the look & feel of a WordPress site.<br />24:30<br />
  16. 16. WordPress Widgets<br />Widgets provide content<br />Misc text<br />Add feeds to website (Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, del.icio.us, Video Player, etc.)<br />Posts by category<br />23:51<br />
  17. 17. WordPress Plug-ins<br />23:00<br />Plug-ins extend the capabilities and functionality of WordPress<br /><ul><li>Spam blocker
  18. 18. Add additional SEO capabilities
  19. 19. Contact/Tell-a-Friend form
  20. 20. Google XML Sitemaps
  21. 21. Automatically post to social networks
  22. 22. Database Backup
  23. 23. Google Analytics / Stats
  24. 24. Image slideshows
  25. 25. Social Network creator (BuddyPress)
  26. 26. Polls & Ratings
  27. 27. Mobile Phone Styler
  28. 28. Breadcrumb Navigation
  29. 29. Site Security
  30. 30. Chat
  31. 31. eCommerce</li></ul>Over 8,702 more to select from!<br />
  32. 32. Demo Time<br />21:47<br />
  33. 33. WordPress Resources<br /> 6:23<br />WordPress Codex - codex.wordpress.org<br />WordPress Showcase - wordpress.org/showcase<br />Designing for WordPress- css-tricks.com/designing-for-wordpress-complete-series-downloads<br />Digging into WordPress- digwp.com<br />Digging into WordPress (The Book)<br />Chicago WordPress Meetup<br />