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Getting the Most out of WordPress.com

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No coding experience? No problem! With WordPress.com, you can have a great looking site up and running in just a couple minutes. We’ll go through the basics of using WordPress itself, and what WordPress.com specifically can offer you as a beginning blogger or site builder.

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Getting the Most out of WordPress.com

  1. 1. Getting the most out of WordPress.com
  2. 2. I am Mel Choyce • Design Engineer at Automattic • WordPress core contributor • Live in Boston • @melchoyce | choycedesign.com | melchoyce.com
  3. 3. Introduction to WordPress.com
  4. 4. • Open source project • Need to pay for hosting • Completely customizable • Total control • Great if you know some code or feel comfortable experimenting • Hosted WordPress service • Free hosting • Partially customizable • Paid upgrades • Great if you’re new to site building/blogging or want to make something fast
  5. 5. Lots of blogs. Lots of readers.
  6. 6. Users produce about 41.0 million new posts and 54.0 million new comments each month http://en.wordpress.com/stats/
  7. 7. Over 409 million people view more than 14.0 billion pages each month http://en.wordpress.com/stats/
  8. 8. Used by big brands
  9. 9. Used Internationally Posts written in over 120 languages
  10. 10. Top 10 Languages 66% English 1.4% French 2% Italian 1.1% Russian 1.8% German 3.5% Indonesian 1% Swedish 1.1% Vietnamese 6.5% Portuguese 8.7% Spanish
  11. 11. Getting Started
  12. 12. Setting up Your Site
  13. 13. Themes
  14. 14. https://cloudup.com/cyDViQbXK4J Video Demo: Changing Your Theme
  15. 15. Tips for picking themes
  16. 16. Figure out your site’s purpose PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE BUSINESSBLOG
  17. 17. Determine your budget 150+ Free Themes 110+ Premium Themes $18 Lowest Price $70~ Average Price $125+ Higher end themes
  18. 18. Pick a theme with the layouts you want
  19. 19. Customization
  20. 20. Header Images
  21. 21. Video Demo: Adding a header image https://cloudup.com/cuInvKCikzv
  22. 22. Background Colors or Images
  23. 23. Video Demo: Changing your background color or image https://cloudup.com/cyj8B5Faec8
  24. 24. Design Upgrades
  25. 25. Custom Colors
  26. 26. Video Demo: Using custom colors https://cloudup.com/c0i5gn-Ag71
  27. 27. Custom Fonts
  28. 28. Video Demo: Using custom colors https://cloudup.com/cM6k9PoSV9V
  29. 29. Custom CSS
  30. 30. Video Demo: Using custom css https://cloudup.com/cOj_XhIpzRU
  31. 31. Widgets
  32. 32. Text Widgets
  33. 33. Video Demo: Adding a text widget https://cloudup.com/cxc9zfAU3So
  34. 34. Contact Info
  35. 35. Social Widgets
  36. 36. Twitter Timeline
  37. 37. Facebook Like Box
  38. 38. Instagram
  39. 39. • About.me • Bandpage • Box File Sharing • del.icio.us • Eventbrite Event Calendar • Flickr • Goodreads • Gravatar/Gravatar Profile • tlk.io ...and others!
  40. 40. Follow Widgets
  41. 41. Follow Button
  42. 42. Follow Blog by Email
  43. 43. Widget Visibility
  44. 44. Menus
  45. 45. Creating Content
  46. 46. Pages vs. Posts
  47. 47. • Chronological — publish date matters • A single entry in a blog, can stand on its own • Can add tags + categories • Display in a list on your blog page • “Static” — No sense of time or publish date • Hierarchical — can nest and relate pages together • No tags or categories • Display in your menu Posts Pages
  48. 48. Front Page
  49. 49. Page on front vs. Blog homepage
  50. 50. Posts
  51. 51. Tags vs. Categories
  52. 52. • Higher level topics (food, travel) • Usually only one per post, maybe two • “Table of Contents” of your blog • Hierarchical • Granular topics (burritos, santa cruz) • As many as you want per post • Like your blog’s index • Not hierarchical Categories Tags
  53. 53. Featured Images
  54. 54. Video Demo: Adding a featured image https://cloudup.com/c25uXMPsoYf
  55. 55. Post Formats
  56. 56. Video Demo: Different colors/icons for different post formats https://cloudup.com/codFplB2TiY
  57. 57. Excerpts
  58. 58. Scheduling Posts
  59. 59. Video Demo: Scheduling a post https://cloudup.com/cw2HYRJRNGn
  60. 60. Copy a Post
  61. 61. Writing Help
  62. 62. Pages
  63. 63. Page Templates
  64. 64. Password Protected Pages
  65. 65. Video Demo: Password protecting a page https://cloudup.com/cS-N_xoUurl
  66. 66. Display Posts Shortcode
  67. 67. Copy a Page
  68. 68. Custom Content Types
  69. 69. Portfolios
  70. 70. http://en.support.wordpress.com/portfolios/
  71. 71. Testimonials
  72. 72. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/motif/
  73. 73. Recipes
  74. 74. [recipe title="Simple Steak Marinade" servings="1lb of steak" time="5 minutes" difficulty="easy"] (your recipe) [/recipe] http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/recipes/
  75. 75. Media
  76. 76. Video Demo: Your media library https://cloudup.com/cq2C84_QkMi
  77. 77. Images
  78. 78. Video Demo: Adding an image to a post https://cloudup.com/c6ZlaMWF-WV
  79. 79. Galleries
  80. 80. Video Demo: Adding galleries to a post https://cloudup.com/cDB7y96ewp3
  81. 81. Audio
  82. 82. Video Demo: Embedding audio into a post https://cloudup.com/ceOYPkHeURO
  83. 83. Video
  84. 84. Video Demo: Embedding video into a post https://cloudup.com/c-4-yGcTWsN
  85. 85. Playlists
  86. 86. Interactive Content
  87. 87. Contact Forms
  88. 88. Polls
  89. 89. Presentations
  90. 90. Video Demo: What a presentation looks like https://cloudup.com/cezyl_TBxhx http://en.support.wordpress.com/presentations/ Documentation
  91. 91. Sharing Content
  92. 92. Publicize
  93. 93. Sharing Buttons
  94. 94. Likes & Reblogs
  95. 95. Settings > Sharing
  96. 96. Tracking Content
  97. 97. Stats
  98. 98. Notifications
  99. 99. Fine-tune your Settings
  100. 100. Screen Options
  101. 101. • Reading • Writing • Discussion • Media • Privacy The only settings you need to worry about
  102. 102. Tools
  103. 103. Import
  104. 104. Export
  105. 105. Getting Serious
  106. 106. Domains
  107. 107. mysite.wordpress.com mysite.com
  108. 108. Domains 1. Register a new domain on WordPress.com (through your site’s “store” section) or 2. Point a domain you already own to your WordPress.com site or 3. Point a subdomain you already own to your WordPress.com site (blog.mysite.com)
  109. 109. Email
  110. 110. Emails 1. Forward to an existing email address (like yourname@gmail.com) or 2. Connect your domain to another email provider (http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/add-email/)
  111. 111. Connecting with Other WordPress.com Users
  112. 112. Follow Blogs
  113. 113. Follow Tags
  114. 114. Likes
  115. 115. Reblogs
  116. 116. Comments
  117. 117. Thank you! @melchoyce | choycedesign.com | melchoyce.com

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