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Warp Speed Wordpress

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Warp Speed Wordpress

  1. 1. Legal Disclaimer: This eBook comes with Master Resell rights. It may be resold provided its contents are not altered. Further your Master Resell Rights license allows you to do the following with this eBook: 1. Grant others the Master Resell Rights to this eBook. 2. Store it on a hard drive, web site, CD, or other storage medium. 3. Sell it on eBay 4. Include it on a membership site. 5. Include it with an eBook package. 6. You may print this eBook out for your own personal at-home reading. You may NOT do the following: 1. Alter the eBook in any way. 2. Give it away as a stand-alone gift. 3. Claim the copyright as your own. 4. Distribute for sale in any printed version. Any violations of these terms may result in the following actions, including, but not limited to: loss of your resell rights, inappropriate usage penalty resulting in fines, criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, and/or other penalties as dictated by the level of infraction(s). This eBook is supplied for information purposes only as experienced in the subject matter and the material herein does not constitute professional advice. This eBook is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the subject matter covered. Readers are advised to consult with an appropriately qualified professional before making any business decision. My Media Assist does not accept any responsibility for any liabilities resulting from the business decisions made by purchasers of this eBook. Copyright © 2011-13 My Media Assist All rights reserved. For more information write: PO Box 811 Venice CA 90294 http://mymediaassist.com contact@mymediaassist.com
  2. 2. Table of Contents Introduction ..........................................................................................................5 Website Planning ...................................................................................................6 Basic Setup ...........................................................................................................7 Basic WordPress Overview........................................Error! Bookmark not defined. Your First Post.....................................................................................................17 Your First Page ....................................................................................................26 Setting Up a Static Page .......................................................................................28 Menus.................................................................................................................29 Your Basic Installation Conclusion .........................................................................33 Advanced WordPress Configuration .......................................................................34 Adding Widgets ................................................................................................34 Adding Themes ................................................................................................35 Marketing Your Site..................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.
  3. 3. Table of Figures Figure 1: Install WordPress.......................................................................................................................................8 Figure 2: Successful Installation Screen .....................................................................................................................9 Figure 3: Login Screen ........................................................................................................................................... 10 Figure 4: Update WordPress ................................................................................................................................... 11 Figure 5: Update Now Button.................................................................................................................................. 11 Figure 6: Update WordPress Info Screen.................................................................................................................. 12 Figure 7: WordPress Update Success Screen ............................................................................................................ 12 Figure 8: Click Permalinks....................................................................................................................................... 13 Figure 9: Permalinks Settings Page.......................................................................................................................... 14 Figure 10: Discussion Settings ................................................................................................................................ 15 Figure 11: Reading Settings.................................................................................................................................... 16 Figure 12: General Settings .................................................................................................................................... 17 Figure 13: Categories Under Posts in Menu .............................................................................................................. 18 Figure 14: Update "Uncategorized".......................................................................................................................... 19 Figure 15: "Add New" Post ..................................................................................................................................... 20 Figure 16: Drop files to upload................................................................................................................................ 22 Figure 17: Add Categories to Your Post.................................................................................................................... 23 Figure 18: Add New Category Button....................................................................................................................... 23 Figure 19: Add Tags............................................................................................................................................... 24 Figure 20: Publishing Options ................................................................................................................................. 25 Figure 21: Add a New Page .................................................................................................................................... 26 Figure 22: Add New Page Screen ............................................................................................................................ 27 Figure 23: Reading Screen Menu............................................................................................................................. 28 Figure 24: Reading Screen Settings......................................................................................................................... 28 Figure 25: Menus................................................................................................................................................... 29 Figure 26: Menu Name........................................................................................................................................... 29 Figure 27: Menu Links............................................................................................................................................ 30 Figure 28: Menu Settings........................................................................................................................................ 31 Figure 29: Menu Settings........................................................................................................................................ 32 Figure 30: WordPress Widgets ................................................................................................................................ 34
  4. 4. Introduction I install and use WordPress quite often. If I already have the site structure, the articles and the graphics decided ahead of time I can easily toss up a 10+ page website in less than 6 hours. I have developed a system that allows me to always hit the basic settings quickly and efficiently, leaving me to tweak the rest of the site as I go. This aids in quick production while ensuring a quality foundation upon which to build a completely optimized website. The below steps will take you through the most important settings. If an area isn’t mentioned, it is either unimportant to the installation or will be updated later. This guide assumes you have some basic blogging, document formatting and software experience and/or knowledge. This guide is not designed to go into intensive explanations and recommendations on WordPress. It is intended to be a quick start guide for users who want to get their site up immediately and tweak it later. No coverage on navigating cPanel or installing the WordPress script to the server if offered, only the actual configuration of the software is explained. If your webhost doesn’t already have the scripts available on the server for installation and you are forced to do it yourself then please consult some of these recommended resources. Because so many webhosts offer as a standard accessory and service the WordPress software on the server as well as installation services, this guide is designed to start at the point after the installation. If you are curious about installing WordPress locally on your computer before publishing to the web, I recommend using the WordPress documentation on their Codex website. Many choose this option because it keeps their site private until the grand unveiling. You can build locally and upload (migrate) it to the server however be warned this is a time consuming process. Many hosts do not offer the service of migrating for free if at all. I personally work with InMotion hosting because they do not charge to do this service, though you will need to give them a couple of days to complete it.
  5. 5. Website Planning The biggest tip I can give on the installation of your WordPress site as quickly as possible is to have your content planned out ahead of time. You don’t realize how much time you will waste redoing things if you change your mind on something as simple as a font size. Start now sketching out a basic plan for items like these: Themes You can use free themes, however eventually you will want to invest the money into a premium theme. I suggest that you go ahead and find a premium theme now because the layout of all themes is different which will affect the way your articles and information display when you switch them around. This can lead you back to doing more tweaking again which you don’t want. This is why it is really best you choose now, however I understand sometimes you just want to get content up there now and I don’t blame you, so let’s get to the next thing. Branding You will need branded graphics for your website header. Some themes have a featured image that will show on the article preview in your blog and so you should have some of these planned out. Hierarchy Your blog will have a hierarchy for your articles. You will define this hierarchy by specifying categories later in the setup steps. Having these planned out ahead of time will make you much more efficient in setting up your blog.
  6. 6. Basic Setup 1. Install WordPress You may need to refer to your web hosts knowledgebase for instructions on how to access your cPanel and install WordPress. The following is a screenshot from a typical cPanel installation. It may not accurately represent your server’s GUI so please consult with your webhost for help with installing if you aren’t confident on this part. Follow the directions in the callouts in Figure 1. Leave the defaults where there is no instruction given.
  7. 7. Figure 1: Install WordPress
  8. 8. When your installation completes successfully you will be presented with a screen similar to Figure 2 below. If you get any errors please contact your webhost. Figure 2: Successful Installation Screen
  9. 9. 2. Login You will login by going to http://YOURWEBSITE.com/wp-admin. It may redirect you to a link similar to Figure 3 below, if so do not worry. Enter in your username and password. Figure 3: Login Screen
  10. 10. 3. Update WordPress You will likely be prompted to update WordPress when you first login. Go ahead and do so first thing by clicking the link as shown in Figure 4. Figure 4: Update WordPress Click the “Update Now” button. Figure 5: Update Now Button
  11. 11. The following information will load as the installation takes place: Figure 6: Update WordPress Info Screen When the installation completes you will be taken to a screen similar to this one below in Figure 7. Figure 7: WordPress Update Success Screen
  12. 12. 4. Settings > Permalinks Permalinks settings determine how the URL of articles display in the address bar. The majority of bloggers set it to “post name,” however if you want the URL to reflect the date you published an article you would choose either “Day and name” or “Month and name” depending on how you want the date formatted. Whatever you do set it to, be assured you can change it to something later without consequence. Figure 8: Click Permalinks
  13. 13. Select the link structure you want by placing a bullet next to your selection then click the “Save Changes” button. Figure 9: Permalinks Settings Page
  14. 14. 5. Settings > Discussion I always turn off the comments by default because otherwise you will get a lot of spam if you leave this on by default. You can manually turn on comments for articles you want them on which is much better. Figure 10: Discussion Settings
  15. 15. 6. Settings > Reading If you have already plotted out your design you should know right off if you want a static front page, or if you want to display articles. You can set your preference here. Some WordPress themes will allow you to display both and will override these settings. Regardless, you cannot set this to a page yet since you haven’t created one so leave the settings as-is for now. Figure 11: Reading Settings
  16. 16. 7. Settings > General Make sure to enter your site name in the Site Title field if you did not already when you configured WordPress initially. Enter your tag line in the next field below. Update your email address as necessary as well. If you do not want people to be able to register then untick the “Anyone can register” box. Figure 12: General Settings Note: All settings below these (not pictured) please leave with the defaults Your First Post 1. Posts > Categories
  17. 17. Before creating your first article you want to setup your categories. Start off by going to the Categories screen via the Posts link in the left-hand menu. Figure 13: Categories Under Posts in Menu
  18. 18. Click on the default “Uncategorized” link and update it as well as the slug to one of your categories and then click save. Figure 14: Update "Uncategorized" Create as many categories as you can while you are in this screen. You can easily create more categories while you are editing articles later. To arrange them by hierarchy select the appropriate one from the Parent drop down.
  19. 19. 2. Posts > Add New Now we are ready to create your first post! Click the “Add New” link in the menu to start a new post. Figure 15: "Add New" Post Next enter in your post title and then enter in your content below as show in Figure 16 below. You can use the tools in the menu above the text field to help with some editing of your post. You will later be able to install different plug-ins that can help you with other formatting options as well. Until you do install plug-ins to help with formatting, I recommend constructing your articles in Microsoft Word using the formatting you desire. Copy and paste in the article and it will keep most of the formatting for you. This is a good work around until you select a template.
  20. 20. If you want to add an image, click the Add Media button. You can drag & drop your images directly onto the “Insert Media” screen:
  21. 21. Figure 16: Drop files to upload If you have problems dropping in images then you also can choose the “Upload files” option and navigate to the image on your computer. You can also “Insert from URL” an image on the web (be careful with hot linking!) Depending on the theme you apply later you may have even more options. I use MySite MyWay for my themes and they offer a lot of neat features for articles. I’ll feature some of them at the end of the book.
  22. 22. 3. Categories Select your category or categories for your article. Don’t worry if you forgot to input one before on step 1. Just click the Add New Category link and type in the new category. If it has a parent category then select it in the drop down below, then click the Add New Category button. Figure 17: Add Categories to Your Post Click the “Add New Category” button when finished. Figure 18: Add New Category Button
  23. 23. 4. Tags Enter in your tags separated by commas in the tags field. This will help with the SEO of your article without having to too many categories to your website. As you build articles the WordPress software will suggest commonly used tags to save you time. Figure 19: Add Tags
  24. 24. 5. Publish Preview the finished article by clicking the Preview button. This will open a new window with the article in preview mode. If you are happy with the article and ready for it to go live then click the Publish button. If you rather save it to edit later click the Save Draft button. Figure 20: Publishing Options Congratulations! You have now made your first post. Now it is time to build your first page.
  25. 25. Your First Page Creating pages is not much different than creating posts at all. The main differences are that you do not have the categories and tags options to set with pages. Other than that, the process is completely the same for creating pages. To start a new page click the Pages link in the left-hand menu, then click the “Add New” option. Figure 21: Add a New Page
  26. 26. Figure 22: Add New Page Screen Then when you are done you can follow Step 2 (Posts > Add New) through Step 5 (Publish) in the Your First Post chapter.
  27. 27. Setting Up a Static Page If you wanted to setup a static page for your home page then we can now do that. Start by clicking the Settings > Reading menu. Figure 23: Reading Screen Menu Figure 24: Reading Screen Settings
  28. 28. Menus To create your custom menu go to Appearance then Menus. Figure 25: Menus Enter a name for your custom menu in the ‘Menu Name’ text box: something like ‘home’ is what I use. Figure 26: Menu Name Between the main panel and the sidebar you will see a column of panels displaying the things that you can add to the menu.
  29. 29. Figure 27: Menu Links To add any of these items to your menu simply click the box next to each link you want to add. Then click the “Add to Menu” button on each module to add them to the menu. To rearrange the order and the hierarchy of the menu links just drag and drop the items around in the main panel to get them ordered just how you want them.
  30. 30. Figure 28: Menu Settings If you want the label that appears in the menu to be different from the title of the page, just click the down arrow on the menu item in the main panel and enter a new name in the “Navigation Label” field.
  31. 31. Figure 29: Menu Settings
  32. 32. Your Basic Installation Conclusion This completes the basic installation & configuration process. As you can see it’s not that difficult to get your basic website up in a matter of hours if you already have the content planned out. Now that you are up and running it’s time to think about further optimizations to your site. This includes updating further settings on the site as it is now, plus also adding themes if you haven’t already as well as plug-ins to make your site even more efficient. Honestly your journey with WordPress has hardly just begun. There is a lot to learn about all of the features of WordPress. You can get really deep into the software all the way to the coding level if you want. If you prefer there are plenty of freelancers out in the world that will assist you if you come into issues that require actual modification of the coding. There are a lot of guides for you to choose from to help you learn about advance WordPress functionality. It can be very overwhelming trying to decide what the best instructional material to help you further configure your WordPress installation. IS it required that you purchase more eBooks and training materials to get a better understanding of WordPress? Not necessarily if you have a natural knack for coding and web design. However if you do not, finding a thorough system to help you understand WordPress better is a good idea. To help you out here is a list of the top 5 best WordPress instructional documentation and video training systems that are on the market for 2013. I have reviewed each of these personally and can recommend each one to help you. They are presented in no particular order below. Click the links to go to their websites to learn more about the products. 1. WP Starter Guide 2. Wordpress_Wiz_Ebook_Guide 3. Wordpress Tutorial Videos Course 4. Learn Wordpress Quickly With Video Tutorials 5. Digging Into Wordpress
  33. 33. Advanced WordPress Configuration Now that you have a basic WordPress site up and running it’s time to begin considering the second phase of your website production. There is much more to WordPress than this guide has shown to you. This is of course by design as this eBook functions more as a “quick start” guide and is not intended to be a full course explanation of WordPress and its functions. I will take some time to go over some of areas you need to work on next. Adding Widgets Widgets add features to the sidebars on WordPress blogs. WordPress comes installed with several basic widgets as shown below in Figure 25. You will of course want many more than what the software comes supplied with. You can shop for more at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ Figure 30: WordPress Widgets
  34. 34. Adding Themes Before you get too far into your blog, you should begin to consider purchasing a premium theme. I like MySite MyWay themes because they are really flexible and offer a bunch of cool features that most themes don’t. Earlier in this eBook I promised to showcase some of the features my current theme called “Modular” offers. The below is a screen capture from their website. As you can see you get quite a bit of functionality and most all of their themes only cost $35. Click the picture to go to the website, and then click the Features link in the menu to read details about the key features shown below.

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