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WordPress As A Blogging Tool

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Lester Chan's presentation on WordPress as a Blogging Tool at BlogOut! 2009

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WordPress As A Blogging Tool

  1. 1. WordPress as a Blogging Tool Lester Chan WordPress Plugin Developer
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>About Myself </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Why use WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress.org vs WordPress.com </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Demo </li></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  3. 3. About Myself <ul><li>WordPress Plugins developer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed 17 WordPress Plugins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranked top 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate in NUS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Majoring in Computing (Information Systems) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduating end of this year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>lesterchan.net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My WordPress Plugins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  4. 4. Introduction to WordPress <ul><li>WordPress is an open source blog publishing application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started by Matt Mullenweg in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3.9 million downloads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As of 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WordPress powered blog sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg: Sony, NASA, CNN, Yahoo, Coca Cola, Ford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>yesterday.sg </li></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  5. 5. Why Use WordPress <ul><li>For Starters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Installation is simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sufficient out of the box features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media library, l ink management, clean permalink structure, s earch engine friendly URLs, nested/multiple categories, multiple authors, tags </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example of clean permalink: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://domain.com/2009/01/01/happy-new-year/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress is secured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User friendly graphical user interface (GUI) </li></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  6. 6. Why Use WordPress <ul><li>For Mid-Level Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress is infinitely extensible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plugins </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4,200+ plugins available </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eg: Caching, Podcast, Twitter, Polls, Anti-Spam, Statistics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>620+ themes available </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eg: 2/3 Columns, left/right Sidebars, fluid/fixed width </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizing plugins and themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Source code is available </li></ul></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  7. 7. Why Use WordPress <ul><li>For Advanced Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich plugin architecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Filters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modify almost every output given by WordPress </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hooks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Execute function calls at specific locations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully customizable themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to understand template tags </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li><?php the_title(); ?> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  8. 8. WordPress.org vs WordPress.com <ul><li>2 flavors of WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress.org aka WordPress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self installation software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Requires own hosting (PHP + MYSQL) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain: SGD$16/year </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting: SGD$10/month </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Requires some knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PHP </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HTML/CSS </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fully customizable and extensible </li></ul></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  9. 9. WordPress.org vs WordPress.com <ul><li>2 flavors of WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Think of Blogspot using WordPress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No installation needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not require hosting aka free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted on WordPress.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ads, 3GB storage, 35 authors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not totally customizable and extensible </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plugins or themes depends on WordPress.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  10. 10. WordPress.org vs WordPress.com WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ] WordPress.org WordPress.com Installation of WP Yes No Fees SGD$136/year Free/paid upgrades Require Hosting Yes No Requires Knowledge PHP/HTML/CSS HTML URL http://yoursite.com http://yoursite.wordpress.com Limitations N/A Ads, 3GB storage, 35 authors Plugins/Themes Fully Customizable & extensible Depends on WordPress.com
  11. 11. WordPress Demo <ul><li>WordPress Demo </li></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  12. 12. Summary <ul><li>Introduction to WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging software started by Matt in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why use WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simple, sufficient core features, friendly GUI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-Level Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tons of plugins and themes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rich plugin architecture and fully customizable themes </li></ul></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  13. 13. Summary <ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SGD$136/year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No limitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires minimal knowledge on PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not require hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paid upgrades </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires no knowledge of PHP </li></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  14. 14. Useful Links <ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://lesterchan.net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/php/ </li></ul></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]
  15. 15. Thank You <ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul>WordPress as a Blogging Tool [ ]

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