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WordPress for Beginners


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This was a workshop in Boise Idaho for those looking to learn WordPress. This is a very basic workshop for Beginner's. Follow my website for workshop and webinar dates. My book is available on in paperback and on Kindle. Revised for 2013:

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WordPress for Beginners

  1. 1. WordPress for Beginners<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Elements Of WordPress<br />A Brief Introduction to WordPress<br />1<br />Hosting and Installation<br />2<br />Dashboard<br />3<br />4<br />Themes<br />5<br />Plugins and Widgets<br />6<br />Posting, Tags and Categories<br />7<br />Updates<br />
  3. 3. WordPress Step By Step<br />Getting Started<br />WordPress Resources for Beginners<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>Started in 2003 By Matt Mullenweg
  5. 5. Open Source Project
  6. 6. Used by Fortune 500 Companies
  7. 7. Largest Self-Hosted Blogging and Publishing Tool In the World!
  8. 8. Inexpensive solution for personal use or business use
  9. 9. WordPress 3.2 has been downloaded over 5.5 million times
  10. 10. Website: and</li></li></ul><li> vs.<br />What should I choose?<br />Self-Hosted WordPress<br /><br />Pros<br /><ul><li>It’s Free!
  11. 11. Easy setup
  12. 12. Upgrades and Backup Automatic
  13. 13. Secure site
  14. 14. Premium Features Available</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>No Plugins
  15. 15. Limited Themes
  16. 16. No custom coding</li></ul>Pros<br /><ul><li>Register Your Own Domain Name
  17. 17. Affordable Hosting
  18. 18. More Theme options
  19. 19. Custom Themes
  20. 20. Plugins and Widgets
  21. 21. Better optimized for search engines</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>Pay for hosting of site
  22. 22. More technical knowledge
  23. 23. Backup is done by you
  24. 24. Responsible for upgrades
  25. 25. Comment Spam</li></ul>Source:<br />WordPress For<br />
  26. 26. WordPress<br />Installation Of Self-Hosted WordPress<br />Installation is simple and takes just a few seconds:<br /><ul><li>Choose directory
  27. 27. Enter in required information
  28. 28. Click Install Now! Button</li></li></ul><li>WordPress for<br />WordPress<br />Dashboard<br />
  29. 29. Appearance and Themes<br />The Beauty Of WordPress<br />What is a Theme?<br />Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to "skin" your site. Yet, it is more than just a "skin." Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.<br />A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software. Themes may include customized template files, image files (*.jpg, *.gif), style sheets (*.css), custom Pages, as well as any necessary code files (*.php).<br />The WordPress Theme Directory is the official site for WordPress Themes which have been checked and inspected, and are free for downloading. The site features the ability to search by type and style, and offers a demonstration of the page view elements of the Theme.<br />
  30. 30. Pick Your Theme<br />Easy to install<br /><ul><li>Easy Installation
  31. 31. Thousands of Themes
  32. 32. Blogger
  33. 33. Ecommerce
  34. 34. News
  35. 35. Magazine
  36. 36. Author
  37. 37. Photographer
  38. 38. Free and for Purchase
  39. 39. Install from Dashboard</li></li></ul><li>Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.<br />Plugin Repositories<br />WordPress Plugins are available from several sources. The "official" sources for WordPress Plugins is the Official WordPress Plugins Repository<br />Not all WordPress Plugins make it into the above repositories. Try searching the web for "WordPress Plugin" and the keywords for the type of functionality you are seeking. Use caution.<br />There are 2 Plugins that are installed with every installation of WordPress. Those are Hello Dolly and Askimet which is used to filter spam from WordPress comments.<br />WordPress Plugins<br />The Power Of WordPress<br />
  40. 40. Recommended Plugins<br />Get Started With These<br /><ul><li>All in One SEO Pack</li></ul>Instant SEO that is easy for everyone<br /><ul><li>Disqus Comment System</li></ul>Advanced comments for WordPress<br /><ul><li>SexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic)</li></ul>Share to Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, ETC.<br /><ul><li>Wibya Toolbar
  41. 41. WordPress Database Backup
  42. 42. Facebook Like Box
  43. 43. Contact Form 7 and Contact Form to DB Extension
  44. 44. WP Touch </li></ul>Detects device and switches accordingly<br />8 Must Have Plugins<br />
  45. 45. WordPress Widgets (WPW) is like a plugin, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as "widgets") without having to change any code. Themes usually have at least 1 or 2 sidebars. Sidebars are the narrow columns to the left or right of your blog posts. You can configure your sidebar by going to Appearance > Widgets. Each section in the sidebar is known as a "widget" that you can add or remove, and move up or down.<br />Source:<br />WordPress Widgets<br />The Power Of WordPress<br />
  46. 46. Suggested Plugins<br />Add More Functionality To Your Site<br /><ul><li>Jigoshop</li></ul>Setup Ecommerce Shopping Using WordPress.<br /><ul><li>Google XML Sitemaps</li></ul>Creates XML Sitemap to help Google and other search engines better index your site.<br /><ul><li>Jetpack by</li></ul>Tools for self-hosted sites. Site Stats.<br /><ul><li>Yet Another Related Post Plugin</li></ul>Generates a list of other related post and/or pages.<br /><ul><li>LinkWithin</li></ul>Displays related stories and associated thumbnail.<br /><ul><li>Newsletter</li></ul>Collected names and e-mail address for subcription newsletter<br /><ul><li>MailChimp</li></ul>Other Popular Plugins<br />
  47. 47. WordPress Widgets<br />Add Function Elements<br />
  48. 48. Recommended Widgets<br />Get Started With These<br /><ul><li>Get Recent Comments</li></ul>Displays most recent comments.<br /><ul><li>Twitter</li></ul>Displays your Twitter feed on your site.<br /><ul><li>Facebook Like BoxDisplays Your Fan Page Feed and more.
  49. 49. AdSense</li></ul>Generates Google Ads to monetize site.<br /><ul><li>YouTube</li></ul>Displays YouTube videos on your site.<br />5 Essential Widgets<br />
  50. 50. <ul><li>Post Via WordPress Dashboard
  51. 51. Post Via 3rd Party App(Windows Live Writer)
  52. 52. Post on-the-go via WordPress iPhone, iPad, Android, Nokia, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and WebOS application</li></ul>Downloads:<br />WordPress First Post<br />Sharing Your Story With The World!<br />
  53. 53. Dashboard<br />Add New Post<br />
  54. 54. Categories and Tags<br />Optimize Your Post With Categories and Tags<br />Categories The general topic the post can be classified in. Generally, bloggers have 7-10 categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the +Add New Category link in this section. You can manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.Post Tags <br />Refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags have to be enabled with the right code in your theme for them to appear in your post. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking "Add".<br />
  55. 55. Updates to WordPress and Plugins<br />From time to time you may want to update your WordPress installation to the latest version. You might want to do this because you've seen a message at the top of your Dashboard telling you that a new release is available, because you've been made aware of some useful new functionality, or because a security fix has been released.<br />Source:<br />WARNING: The upgrade process will affect all files and folders included in the main WordPress installation. This includes all the core files used to run WordPress, two plugins (Akismet and Hello Dolly) and one theme (Twenty Ten). If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.<br />WordPress Updates<br />Keeping It Current and Secure<br />
  56. 56. WordPress Resources<br />Visit These Sites For More Information<br /><br />✓<br /><br />✓<br />✓<br /><br />✓<br /><br />✓<br /><br />✓<br /><br />✓<br /> and<br />WordPress for Beginners<br /><br />
  57. 57. WordPress Tools<br />Windows Live Writer<br />
  58. 58. Take Away<br />Final Thoughts and Questions<br />Easy To Use<br />WordPress is easy for anyone to use! Maintain WordPress by checking routinely for new updates. Post to your site on a regular basis and generate interaction with your readers.<br />1<br />Learn more<br />Use resources like WordPress Codex, WordPress Forums, other support sites and check out WordPress WordCamp if possible.<br />2<br />Lets Meetup!<br />WordPress Meetup is the best way to learn from others, share with others and meet others who use WordPress or develop for WordPress. Come hangout and you will learn a lot!<br />3<br />WordPress for Beginners<br /><br />
  59. 59. WordPress For BeginnersPresented<br />
  60. 60. © 2011 Dennis J. SmithSlides, PDF or any other training material may not be distributed without written or electronic permission of Dennis J. Smith .<br />