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This Austin WordPress Beginner’s class goes back to basics. WPATX has seen membership climb and most of our new members are just that — Folks new to WordPress.
Those of us who teach and mentor can often forget the level of confusion that comes with learning a new language, and no, I’m not talking about PHP or JS. I have been remembering how difficult it was for me to envision and understand what was happening when I was following the “simple instructions” of setting up and using my first WordPress site.
This WPATX Beginner’s class will be devoted to learning the vocabulary of WordPress, understanding the industry nomenclature that describes just how WordPress does what it does when you tap your keyboard.
The goal of this class is to help our community of WordPress Beginners really understand what is going on behind the screen when you are entering text into your pages and posts and adding plugins.

This Austin WordPress Beginner’s class goes back to basics. WPATX has seen membership climb and most of our new members are just that — Folks new to WordPress.
Those of us who teach and mentor can often forget the level of confusion that comes with learning a new language, and no, I’m not talking about PHP or JS. I have been remembering how difficult it was for me to envision and understand what was happening when I was following the “simple instructions” of setting up and using my first WordPress site.
This WPATX Beginner’s class will be devoted to learning the vocabulary of WordPress, understanding the industry nomenclature that describes just how WordPress does what it does when you tap your keyboard.
The goal of this class is to help our community of WordPress Beginners really understand what is going on behind the screen when you are entering text into your pages and posts and adding plugins.

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  1. 1. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How WordPress Works Austin WordPress Beginner’s Meetup October 17, 2016 Presented by Sandi & Nick Batik
  2. 2. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik WordPress is a Content Management System A Content Management System gives non-technical folks the ability to publish their content on the Web
  3. 3. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Understanding Some Content Management System Basics A Content Management System (CMS) is a Database-driven software application The CMS runs on a computer (server) connected to the web Website content is stored in the database The software queries (Asks) the database for the content to present on a web page
  4. 4. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How Does It Ask? Your WordPress theme A theme is a collection of templates Each template contains the programming code to get specific content from the database e.g. display the 5 most recent posts
  5. 5. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Content vs. AppearanceWordPress separates the content (database) from how it appears (theme) WordPress holds ALL Content in the Database How that Information is Presented on the web is the Job of the Theme With WordPress You can Change the Theme without affecting The Content
  6. 6. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Hosting WordPress In order for your site to be viewed / visited on the web, your site has to be “Hosted” on a Server The Hosting companies that manage these website servers charge a monthly fee The Internet as you know it ,is simply a network of of interconnected servers which share information with each other This interconnectivity gives us the ability to call up and view sites
  7. 7. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How The Internet Finds Your Site Your Site is identified by your Web Address: Your URL (Universal Resource Locator) Buying and Registering your URL is Similar To Registering Your Business Name With The Secretary of State
  8. 8. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How The Internet Finds Your Site Some Hosting Companies offer both Domain Registration and Hosting Some Just sell and manage Domain Name Registration and management
  9. 9. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How The Internet Finds Your Site Your Hosting Company provides you an IP Address The Domain Registrar Connects your domain Name to your IP Address
  10. 10. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik WordPress.Com vs WordPress.org What Are The Differences?
  11. 11. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik How To Get Into Your WordPress Site To you “Log-in” to WordPress you type: https://yoursitename.com/wp-admin
  12. 12. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik What is WordPress?WordPress Is an Application Your Hosting Server Is a Computer, the same as your desktop or laptop computer You have to install applications on your hosting server the same as on personal computer This is typically done with a “Control Panel” or a Dashboard
  13. 13. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik
  14. 14. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik They May Look Different …But They Work the Same
  15. 15. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Every WordPress Site Is Unique Each of the millions of WordPress Sites has Its Own Address and Password and it’s own install of WordPress files. Your Sites Dashboard is how you control the Words and Pictures that are part of your site
  16. 16. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Automated Install The following things happen during the automated install: A MySQL database is created WordPress files are copied to the web hosting server directory. A configuration file connects WordPress to your database. The installer prompts you for a site title, username, and password The installer adds starter information to the database
  17. 17. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik What Exactly is a MySQL Database?MySQL is The Database That Works With WordPress Functionally a database is way to organize information so you can find it when you need it It also connects related Information such as: Pictures with Captions Pictures with their Posts or Pages Related Posts or Pages
  18. 18. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik This Is What WordPress Does WordPress is a program Its written in a language called PHP It communicates with the MySQL database to retrieve and display your content in a web browser
  19. 19. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Understanding the WordPress “Dashboard” You Reach Your WordPress Dashboard by adding the /wp-admin to your site URL Working In The Dashboard is Referred to working in the “Back- End” of the site
  20. 20. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Understanding the WordPress “Dashboard”There are Two Parts To WordPress: The Public Part, and The Private Part This is similar to the public area and back office of any business The front end of the site is what the site visitor sees in their Browser
  21. 21. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik The WordPress ThemeThe theme you choose determines the look of your site. The theme consists of PHP files with HTML, CSS, and Javascript all working together to display your site in a unique way You can change your theme without effecting the content of your site.
  22. 22. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Theme Demo http://www.csszengarden.com/
  23. 23. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik WordPress Plugins WordPress Plugins are bits of code that extend the functionality of your WordPress site WordPress Plugins add functionality such as e-commerce, scheduling calendars, and site visitor analytics. Plugins help you upload, manage or manipulate images, documents, audio, video and much more
  24. 24. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Looking Under The Hood of a WordPress
  25. 25. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik WordPress File Structure Demo
  26. 26. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik
  27. 27. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Presenter Sandi Batik WordPress evangelist, consultant, trainer, curricula developer, author, unapologetic geek, unrepentant capitalist, lucky enough to do what I love everyday. I’ve served as Austin WordPress Meetup co-organizer since 2010. With my husband Nick Batik, co-founded Pleiades Publishing Services in 1992 and Hands-On WordPress Training in 2010. Follow me @sandi_batik / @WPATX Contact me at: handsonwp.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/hsandracheva lierbatik
  28. 28. HandsOnWP.com @nick_batik@sandi_batik Presenter Nick Batik Started in web development in 1994 and have been a WordPress consultant, and web developer since 2007. A WordPress evangelist, I’ve served as Austin WordPress Meetup co-organizer since 2010. With my partner, co-founded Pleiades Publishing Services in 1992 and Hands-On WordPress Training in 2010. Follow me @nick_batik / @WPATX Contact me at: handsonwp.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasbatik

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