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Introduction to WordPress

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An overview of WordPress including types of websites, theme selection and customization, and web and WordPress resources.

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Introduction to WordPress

  1. 1. WordPress Workshop PRESENTED BY NADINE WILDMANN, MEEPLE COMMUNICATIONS JUNE 13, 2014
  2. 2. What is WordPress?  Web publishing platform  Easy to learn and use Content Management System (CMS)  Open source, community support  Powerful blogging tool  A way for non-programmers to create professional websites and blogs 2
  3. 3. 3The World of WordPress  WordPress.org, WordPress.com  Matt Mullenweg, founder and open-source evangelist  Automattic, WordPress company  WordPress Foundation  WordCamp  WordCamp Israel was held May 27 at Google in Tel Aviv
  4. 4. 4WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org WordPress.com WordPress.org Your Computer Your Web Host Your Website Backend Your Computer Your Website Backend
  5. 5. 5WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org WordPress.com  Easier to use  Built-in functions  Limited customization  Paid upgrades available, such as your own domain name  Exportable to self-hosted WP  Free hosting and maintenance WordPress.org  Expanded functionality through 30,000 plugins  External resources such as commercial themes  More control, more responsibility  You need to pay a web host  Best for businesses
  6. 6. Website Elements wordpress.org = Self-hosted  A domain name is your URL, such as www.yourdomain.com. You pay a registrar or a web host annually to own the domain  Hosting account – you pay a web host such as A Small Orange and assign your domain to your hosting account  Use a platform such as WordPress for building you website, installed through your web host If your domain name is not registered through your web host, then you need to point the domain name from the registrar to the web host. This is different than transferring domain registration from one registrar to another. 6
  7. 7. Self-hosted WordPress wordpress.org You buy a hosting plan You install WordPress through your host You can access your WordPress website as well as your hosting control panel 7 Your Computer Your Web Host Your Website Backend
  8. 8. 8 Websites and Blogs
  9. 9. 9Types of WordPress Websites  Blogs – Content is sorted by Category – Created as Posts  Websites – WordPress can create traditional websites with static pages  Hybrids – Blog is integrated into a website – Mixed page types in menu
  10. 10. 10Websites
  11. 11. 11Blogs
  12. 12. 12 Hybrid
  13. 13. 13 Inside WordPress
  14. 14. 14WordPress Elements  Core / Loop  Content – Text, Images, Media  Theme – Design, Functionality  Plugins – Added functionality  Widgets  Menu  Dashboard Settings
  15. 15. Web Pages vs. Blog Posts Page  Static  Updated rarely  Accessed from main menu Post  Dynamically generated  Displayed in reverse chronological order  Can show up in multiple locations  On the Home page  On one or more Category pages  In sidebars or sections of pages  As full posts or excerpts  With or without thumbnail images  Excerpt links to full post  Individual posts are normally not accessed from main menu 15
  16. 16. Static Web Page  Page is always the same  It can be updated 16
  17. 17. Full Post 17
  18. 18. Post Excerpt  Title is linked  Read More link 18
  19. 19. How do Posts know where to show up?  WordPress default is the Home Page  You can change the Home Page to a static page  A Post will go to all pages of the Categories to which it is assigned  These are called Category or Archive pages  Posts can show up in Widgets such as Recent Posts  There is always a Post Page linked from the post 19
  20. 20. Blog Page Dynamically calls in Posts 20
  21. 21. Post Locations Post Page • Displays the full Post Category Page • Displays multiple Posts • Full posts • Or post excerpts • Default is reverse chronological order Widgets • Recent Posts • Popular Posts • Others via plugins 21
  22. 22. Posts by Category Category: Cloud Category: Mobile 22
  23. 23. Category Page Options Show some or all post info  Date, Time, Author, Category, Tags, Comments, Sharing  Title, Excerpt or Full Post Integrate posts into website  Show no post info: 23
  24. 24. Theme Selection 24
  25. 25. Theme Sources  WordPress.org Free Themes Tested Popular | New | Featured Remember to install directly through Dashboard  Other Free Risky, evaluate source and reason for free offer  Commercial http://wordpress.org/themes/commercial/ are usually fine Theme Forest - investigate developer reputation 25
  26. 26. Evaluating Themes  Navigation bar  Widgetized areas  Theme Options  Featured Image treatment  Graphics  Date  Popularity  Responsive for mobile Remember to research wordpress.org themes at wordpress.org, but INSTALL through the Dashboard! 26
  27. 27. Theme Customization 27
  28. 28. Theme Structure  Files  PHP  CSS  Others – Javascript, Ajax  Images  Can be replaced via FTP  Use same file name 28
  29. 29. Theme Modification Methods  Edit code files through WP backend  Appearance / Editor  Image replacement  WordPress default theme options  Header  Background color  Theme Options for a specific theme 29
  30. 30. Themes With Extensive Options  Weaver II  Atahualpa  Montezuma They allow detailed customization – a good way to become familiar with CSS. 30
  31. 31. Plugins  WordPress has over 30,000 plugins. You can usually find one to do what you need.  Evaluation is similar to Themes – Date, Popularity  Try them out  Research at wordpress.org, INSTALL through the Dashboard 31
  32. 32. 32Content Management  User-friendly content management – Formatting – Media – Drafts and Reviewing – Page Preview – Category and Tag labeling  Visual Editor and HTML views  Permalinks - WordPress makes it easy to control the url links that Google sees
  33. 33. Widgets  Widget Sources  WordPress  WordPress comes with standard default widgets  Widgets are managed in Appearance / Widgets  Plugins  Many Plugins will install widgets  Plugin widgets will be added to Appearance / Widgets  Widget Display Areas  Themes come with one or more widgetized areas  Common areas are sidebars, footer, home page  In Appearance / Widgets you select the display area for each widget  Widgetized areas are relevant when selecting a theme 33
  34. 34. Dashboard A look at –  Screen Options  Settings / Reading / Discussion / Media / Permalinks  Posts  Media  Pages  Appearance / Themes / Widgets / Menus / Header / Background  Plugins 34
  35. 35. 35Menus  Static and Category pages can be combined on one navigation bar  Or create two separate menus  Drag and slide menu for sub-pages
  36. 36. WordPress Resources  LinkedIn WordPress Group  Facebook WordPress Help and Share  Popular Plugins  WordPress Lessons  Matt  Automattic 36
  37. 37. Web Resources  Web Hosting  Web Designer Depot  Smashing Magazine  Mashable Social Media News and Web Tips  W3Schools Coding Education  Open Web Graphics Backgrounds  Windows Mac Fonts  Favicons  Free Logo Design  Fonts  Stock Photos  WDL Seamless Patterns  Free Flat Icons 37
  38. 38. Now you’re ready to play WORDPRESS THE BOARDGAME! 38
  39. 39. Thank You! Nadine Wildmann Meeple Communications www.meeplecom.com nadine@meeplecom.com (A Meeple is a human or animal shaped wooden token used in board games.) 39 The WordPress Board Game was introduced at WordCamp Indonesia, January 29, 2011

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