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A Beginner's Guide to WordPress - WordCamp Toronto 2012


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Get to know how WordPress works: from posts and pages to themes, widgets, and plugins.

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A Beginner's Guide to WordPress - WordCamp Toronto 2012

  1. 1. WordCamp Toronto 2012A Beginner’s Guideto WordPresswith Shannon Smith & Kathryn Presner September 2012
  2. 2. Kathryn PresnerAutomattic Happiness EngineerWeb Designer@zoonini
  3. 3. Shannon SmithWeb developer at Café Noir
  4. 4. What We’ll CoverWelcomeIntro to WordPressIntro to the Admin PanelResourcesClosingQuestions
  5. 5. Intro to WordPress
  6. 6. Diving into WordPress What is WordPress? vs. What is it used for?
  7. 7. Blog
  8. 8. CMS+Blog
  9. 9. CMS
  10. 10. CMS
  11. 11. Magazine
  12. 12. Photo Portfolio
  13. 13. Video Portfolio
  14. 14. Audio Portfolio
  15. 15. Interactive
  16. 16. Some WordPress Basics Structure Presentation Markup Language ➜Database vs. filesPHP vs. HTML Dynamic Functions ScriptingDo I need to know Language ➜PHP? Data Database ➜
  17. 17. Posts vs. PagesPage
  18. 18. Posts vs. PagesPost
  19. 19. Posts vs. PagesPosts
  20. 20. Introduction to Themes A WP Theme is a collection of Template files - (X)HTML + PHP + CSS The CSS (aka stylesheet) usually controls the layout and design Only two template files are required: index.php, style.css Some are optional: sidebar.php, comments.php, etc.
  21. 21.
  22. 22. Get Started With Blank ThemesStarkers Blank Theme (underscores)http://www.underscores.meBluelime Media Boilerplate
  23. 23. Get Started WithA Pre-made Directory Magazine - Free WordPress Themes: 2011 Edition
  24. 24. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you get plug-ins?
  25. 25. Managing Plug-ins
  26. 26. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a widget-ready theme?
  27. 27. Intro to the Admin Panel
  28. 28. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!
  29. 29. WordPress Resources
  30. 30. (of course!)The Codex Forum
  31. 31. Cheat SheetsWordPress Template Tags Reference Guide Cheat Sheet for WordPress 3.0-Ready Cheat Sheets Cheat sheets need to be current
  32. 32. Theme Development ToolsOfficial Theme Development Checklist & Sample Data Digging Into WordPress and In-Person Classes & Resources
  33. 33. WordPress InspirationWP Showcase Love WP Float
  34. 34. Kathryn’s RecommendedPlugins WordPress SEO by DirtySuds - Embed Yoast or All in One YouTube SEO Pack Bad Behavior FeedBurner WordPress Database FeedSmith Extend Backup Subscribe to Secure WordPress Comments Reloaded WordPress File Obfuscate Email Monitor Plus Contact Form 7
  35. 35. Shannons RecommendedPluginsWordPress Database WP MinifyBackup WP Smush.itContact Form 7Jetpack (feedburner, googlePHPEnkoder analytics, wufoo forms, microformats)Limit Login AttemptsWordPress SEOWP Super Cache
  36. 36. Closing
  37. 37. What Next? Questions?Get the presentation at Slideshare Us Twitter @zoonini Twitter @cafenoirdesign