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Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick & Install Plugins

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Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to pick & install plugins.

We go back to basics in our WordPress Beginner's Series. First getting familiar with the WordPress backend Administration screens and then moving on to how to pick plugins and install them.

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Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick & Install Plugins

  1. 1. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Austin WordPress Meetup Group Presented By: Rich Plakas
  2. 2. A Little Bit About Me ★ IT Background going back to the days of DOS & Novell ★ Began “messing” with WordPress in 2007. ★ Switched my focus from IT to WordPress in 2011 ★ I was tired of doing Windoze Updates & changing Printer Toners :-) ★ Joined the Austin WordPress Meetup Group In 2012. ★ I love BBQ & Craft Beer.
  3. 3. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The WordPress Administration Screen is composed of: The top ToolBar Left Main Navigation The WordPress Dashboard. The Dashboard comes with 5 WIDGETS by default. Welcome At a Glance Quick Draft Activity WordPress News
  4. 4. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins
  5. 5. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins
  6. 6. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins As you install new Plugins, your Dashboard & Navigation options will change. Some themes will also add their own Navigation & Dashboard options.
  7. 7. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins
  8. 8. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins You can control which widgets are displayed in the Dashboard without having to delete or modify the plugin associated with it. Click on the SCREEN OPTIONS arrow:
  9. 9. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins You can control some of the Administration Screen colors and options in your User Profile:
  10. 10. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Toolbar The Toolbar mostly contains shortcuts to create New Posts,Pages Media, and Users.
  11. 11. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins Is this the only way you can Create a New post or Page? NO! You can also do it from the Navigation Menus!
  12. 12. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu One of most important options in the Navigation is the Settings Menu:
  13. 13. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - General Options
  14. 14. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - Writing Options
  15. 15. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - Reading Options
  16. 16. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - Discussion Options
  17. 17. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - Media Options
  18. 18. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Setting Menu - Permalinks Options
  19. 19. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Appearance Menu - Themes, Widgets & Menus
  20. 20. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Appearance Menu - Widgets
  21. 21. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Appearance Menu - Menus
  22. 22. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Appearance Menu - THE CUSTOMIZER
  23. 23. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins The Appearance Menu - THE CUSTOMIZER LIVE DEMO TIME!
  24. 24. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  25. 25. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins What are plugins? “Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs” — http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins
  26. 26. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins What are plugins really? Plugins are apps or programs composed of PHP scripts that extend the functionality of your WordPress site.
  27. 27. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins Some plugins are free and others you must pay for. You can find thousands of free plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ There are over 40,000 plugins there!
  28. 28. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  29. 29. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins Examples of Plugins: Backup Plugins Ecommerce Plugins SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Plugins Photo Gallery Plugins Analytics Plugins
  30. 30. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins How Many Plugins Can I Run on my WordPress Website? There is no definitive answer. It depends on how resource intensive those plugins you installed are.
  31. 31. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins How Can I Tell if a Plugin is OK to Install? Check how many active installs. Check the Ratings & Reviews. Check how many support requests have been resolved and how quickly. Check when it was last updated.
  32. 32. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  33. 33. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  34. 34. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  35. 35. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins What Out for Abandoned Plugins! Check the Last Updated Date!
  36. 36. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins Before Installing a Plugin Make Sure You have a Backup of Your WordPress Website! You should also have FTP (or SFTP) access to your website before installing a Plugin. FTP File access will give a quick way to disable the plugin if your site crashed and becomes unreachable.
  37. 37. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins What Can Go Wrong? Worst Case: A new plugin you install can conflict with another plugin or with WordPress itself and render your WordPress website unreachable. Not as Bad: Your website will slow down or act “Weird”
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  39. 39. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins
  40. 40. Exploring the WordPress Dashboard and How to Pick and Install Plugins How to Pick and Install Plugins LIVE DEMO TIME!
  41. 41. Questions? Rich Plakas Connected Systems @RichP on Twitter Rich@ConnectedSystems.US The WordPress Beginner's Guide To SEO

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