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Updated Tips for WordPress Novices

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10 ish tips to make WordPress Your Friend. Lehigh Valley WordCamp 2018

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Updated Tips for WordPress Novices

  1. 1. 10-ish Tips to Make WordPress Your Friend Updated for WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2018 Kerch McConlogue @kerchmcc WeFixBrokenWebsites.com
  2. 2. www.immoafrica.net/content/uploads/2015/02/foreign-property-ownership.jpg Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  3. 3. http://thesweetsetup.com/rene-ritchies-sweet-iphone-setup/ Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  4. 4. Whoever wants to understand much must play much. -Gottfried Benn Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  5. 5. Play here: http://poopy.life/ Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  6. 6. The tips WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  7. 7. Tip 1: Take notes These are my notes! Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  8. 8. Definitions Host vs. Registrar Core vs. Repository Plugins vs. Widgets WordPress.com vs WordPress.org WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  9. 9. Other words you may not know URL: Universal Resource Locator The “street address” of a web page WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  10. 10. The Difference Between a Page and a Post Tip 2 WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  11. 11. Pages tend to be more static They do not show in archive pages Good uses: • Home page • Contact page • About us • Products • Services WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  12. 12. Page Options WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  13. 13. Show archive pages by category/tag/month Postsare arranged in chronological order Good uses: • News updates • Traditional blog pieces WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  14. 14. Posts use Categories and Tags WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  15. 15. Categories = Table of Contents Tags = The Index WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  16. 16. What’s Coming Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017
  17. 17. 3. Publishing Options WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  18. 18. WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  19. 19. WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc) 4. Revisions: The life saver
  20. 20. WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  21. 21. WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  22. 22. Using Key Words SEO Tips WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  23. 23. 5. SEO Titles • Unique title (12 words/40-70 characters) • Friendly URL (53 characters) • Most important words at the beginning Friendly URL Page title WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  24. 24. RULE 13: Backup and Update img.wikinut.com/img/1nplwdse.t083vph/jpeg/0/woman-screaming.jpeg WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  25. 25. Backups WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  26. 26. WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  27. 27. Other options: Updraft: https://updraftplus.com/ ManageWP: https://managewp.com/ WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  28. 28. 5a: Permalinks Use it to send people exactly where you want them to go. Page title Permalink WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  29. 29. http://teae.org/bash-2016 http://teae.org/bash/bash-2016 http://teae.org/2014/04/bash-2016 Permalink Examples WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  30. 30. Where To Set Permalinks WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  31. 31. • At LEAST 300 words • + 1 link/150 words • Line length • Use SHORT paragraphs • Use lists • Use BOLD words • Social counts! (People saying something is relevant) 6. Content WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  32. 32. How many words did I write? WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  33. 33. 7. About Design • www.responsinator.com/ (there is an http and an https version) • www.checkmycolours.com/ • www.readabilityformulas.com/free-readability-formula-tests.php (http://bit.ly/2OJnYgT) WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  34. 34. 8. Use HEADINGS Not just colored text and bold WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  35. 35. 9: Anchor text NOT: Download the details and registration form here WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  36. 36. About Images WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  37. 37. Title: keys Alt: keys WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc) 10. Image Titles and Alt tags
  38. 38. Default: No Alignment No Alignment WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  39. 39. Left Float: Left WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  40. 40. Right Float: Right WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  41. 41. Center Align: Center WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  42. 42. 11. Plugins Just because you install a plugin does not make it do anything! WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  43. 43. www.pinballrebel.com/fortune/zultan/zultan_6.jpg Tip 12: When you’re lost and confused WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  44. 44. www.pinballrebel.com/fortune/zultan/zultan_6.jpg WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  45. 45. Search the codex.wordpress.org WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  46. 46. Make a new page .. Add content and images Save as draft Preview the results See what works 14. Practice, Practice, Practice WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  47. 47. Go ahead: Push the buttons. You won’t breakit! WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)
  48. 48. Thanks for coming Kerch@WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Twitter @kerchmcc FaceBook.com/kerch slideshare.net/kerch Tweet if you liked it Tweet if you hated it Tweet if you have questions
  49. 49. Thanks for viewing! Kerch M WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2017 Kerch McConlogue (@kerchmcc)

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