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How to make WordPress your friend

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Your developer just left and you don't know how to do some simple things like, add a hyperlink, image or video. This presentation -- with screen shots -- will help. Especially for nonprofits but anybody can get help here.

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How to make WordPress your friend

  1. 1. Words you may not know • URL: Universal Resource Locator | The “street address” of a web page • Permalinks: The permanent link to a specific page within your site. Use it to send people exactly where you want them to go. • Cache: Improves how fast a site is opened by saving a copy somewhere… WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  2. 2. How to make WordPress your friend Kerch McConlogue WeFixBrokenWebsites.com GiveCamp Baltimore, October 19, 2013 WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  3. 3. The difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com WordPress.org WordPress.com Self hosted on your own domain … there are some costs Hosted at WordPress.com … but free Read this: wefixbrokenwebsites.com/famous-person-at-aol/ WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  4. 4. • RSS:  Rich Site Summary  Really Simple Syndication Automatically delivers new content from your website to people who want to see it WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  5. 5. Choosing a theme WordPress is not just for blogging anymore. Someplace between 12% and 20% of the internet runs on WordPress! Google results for Free WordPress Themes About 112,000,000 results (0.15 seconds) They aren’t all the same! • Some don’t work • Some come along with malware WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  6. 6. Security • Remove the “admin” user login • Pick a good password which is NOT “Password” • Keep your WordPress installation and plugins up to date. • BACK UP YOUR SITE REGULARLY!! (wp-db-backup) • Use export function before you back up. (Tools | Export) WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  7. 7. Spend money on • GravityForms (gravityforms.com) ($39 single site license) • Akismet plugin (akismet.com) ($5/month) • Sucuri.net ($89/year) WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  8. 8. Removing “admin” user 1. Login as “admin” 2. Create a “new user” with administration permissions 3. Log out as “admin” 4. Log in as that “new user” 5. Delete the “admin” user WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  9. 9. The difference between a Page and a Post Posts are arranged in a Pages tend to be more specific order and a specific hierarchy • Posts show up in archive pages by month or category Good uses: • News updates • Traditional blog pieces static. • Do not show in archive pages Good uses: • • • • • Home page Contact page About us Products Services
  10. 10. SEO: Search Engine Optimization • Make sure your site is set to be accessible to search engines! • Use keywords in the title, in headings, in bold • Use HEADINGS, not just inline formatting • Use “alt” tags for images • Plugin by Joast: yoast.com/wordpress/ WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  11. 11. Adding Hyperlinks WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  12. 12. Use the WHOLE URL… including the http://
  13. 13. Screen Options
  14. 14. Screen Options for Admin User
  15. 15. Options for editors
  16. 16. Adding images
  17. 17. Insert Media
  18. 18. Select file from your computer or an online image (URL) or from the media library
  19. 19. Choose image from computer
  20. 20. Image has been uploaded
  21. 21. Aligning images
  22. 22. Adjustments to be made WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  23. 23. WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  24. 24. Make changes to an already attached image WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  25. 25. Image floats right WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  26. 26. Image floats left WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  27. 27. Text wrapping: none WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  28. 28. How to add video WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  29. 29. Other Traps • UnModerated comments – Settings | Discussion WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  30. 30. Format mess-ups DO NOT COPY AND PASTE DIRECTLY FROM WORD • WP is getting better about importing directly from Word • But if you’re not totally up to date…. It either keeps the original formatting or strips it all • So FORMAT in WordPress! WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  31. 31. Other Notes • WPBeginner.com | Need I really say more? Videos and other tutorials • Codex.wordpress.org | Everything about WordPress. • Unroll.me | For decreasing the amount of mail you SEE by rolling into one email what ever subscriptions you get regularly, or not so regularly WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  32. 32. • Irfanview www.irfanview.com/ Free image editor • Responsinator.com | See what your site looks like on different devices • How to make PDFs smaller | WeFixBrokenWebsites.com/how-do-imake-my-pdfs-smaller/ WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com
  33. 33. Summary of Roles • Super Admin – somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article. • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site. • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users. • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts. • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them. • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile. • Upon installing WordPress, an Administrator account is automatically created. From codex.wordpress.org
  34. 34. • Twitter: @kerchmcc • Email: kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com • Slides: http://slidesha.re/1asuNHT WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Kerch@wefixbrokenwebsites.com

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