How to Jazz Up Your WordPress Site – without a lick o’ code


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Plugins included in the presentation:

Custom Post Widget

Restrict Widgets

Alfie WP Weather

Column Shortcodes

Social Media Tabs

YIKES, Inc. Easy MailChimp Extender

Jetpack by

Post UI Tabs

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  • Based in Montreal, Canada
  • You have a good friend – let’s call her Ruby. Ruby loves strawberries and has decided to organize a festival honouring her favourite fruit, in the town in which you both live called Rosyvale Meadows. Ruby’s even managed to get a feature article about this new festival into your local newspaper – to be published just a few days! This article will be fantastic publicity for the event. But there’s a problem. The festival has no website. The festival has no money yet because it’s brand new and doesn’t have any sponsors. And Ruby knows that you can’t seem to stop talking about this WordPress thing, which must have something to do with the web.And so - (you know what’s coming, don’t you - the email from your friend arrives….
  • You’re nice. (Maybe you’re Canadian.)
  • You know you can whip something up fairly quickly and easily. How?
  • 1. Plugins are awesome2.You don’t need to be a coder to make your site do cool things 3. Here are some plugins that are easy to use and do cool things
  • The list of plugins will be made available at the end, so don’t worry about writing them all down
  • Clean default theme, easy to make look like whatever you want, not particularly blogging-foccused
  • How do we get here from there? To get here we’re going to add 8 plugins that add some extra features and visual pizazz
  • Wholikes strawberries? Talk about goals of the website and how some plugins will help us achieve this. Get the word out about the event through social media, keep people interested in the event up to speed with ongoing news, all the provide info about the event in an easy-to-find way that makes people want to come, make it easy for people to find out where the event is happening, etc.
  • Two seemingly small things - but they make a huge difference – Background pattern, free from, strawberry graphic from iStockphoto.comRemember that poster? We used elements from it and laid it out as a header graphic.
  • Different ways to find a plugin – keywords, search, popularity.
  • How many of you have installed plugins? Basic instructions if needed.IMPORTANT: All of the plugins we’re going to look at have alternatives – if one doesn’t work well for you, test another. That’s what the plugin directory is for!
  • How many of you have installed widgets? Basic instructions if needed.
  • CLICK FOR VIDEO Choose our widget- Where do we WANT widget, or where do we want to EXCLUDE widget? Display widget ONLY on blog homepage
  • How to Jazz Up Your WordPress Site – without a lick o’ code

    1. 1. How To Jazz Up Your WordPress Site Kathryn Presner @zoonini WordCamp San Francisco 2013 #wcsf without a lick o’ code
    2. 2. Kathryn Presner NOW Automattic Happiness Engineer BEFORE Web Designer/Developer Support Forum Volunteer
    3. 3. “We need a website!” – your friend “Pretty please?”
    4. 4. “OK.” – you “You can pay me in strawberries.”
    5. 5. Your Secret Weapon = +
    6. 6. Code can be fun …but
    7. 7. No code was touched <in the making of this website> .no { not even css ! }
    8. 8. Twenty Twelve
    9. 9. Twenty Twelve Jazzed Up
    10. 10. The Adventure Begins
    11. 11. Custom header & background
    12. 12. Let’s go plugin hunting
    13. 13. Plugin selection & installation
    14. 14. Widget installation
    15. 15. Let’s create custom posts
    16. 16. The custom posts are content blocks
    17. 17. Anything can go in a content block
    18. 18. Add content block widget
    19. 19. No control – every page & post
    20. 20. Let’s restrict widgets
    21. 21. Choose where to show/hide widget
    22. 22. Content block widget restricted to blog
    23. 23. Restrict by user role
    24. 24. Let’s check the weather
    25. 25. Configure widget
    26. 26. Hot weather ahead
    27. 27. Let’s make columns
    28. 28. Schedule sans columns
    29. 29. Insert columns
    30. 30. Generate shortcodes
    31. 31. Schedule taking shape
    32. 32. Let’s add social media feeds
    33. 33. Widget options
    34. 34. More widget options
    35. 35. Optional configuration
    36. 36. Tabbed social media
    37. 37. Let’s add a signup form
    38. 38. API key
    39. 39. List ID
    40. 40. Signup shortcode in content block
    41. 41. Signup form widget
    42. 42. Start collecting signups
    43. 43. Let’s add tabs
    44. 44. Insert tabs
    45. 45. First tab
    46. 46. Second tab
    47. 47. End tab set
    48. 48. Finished tabs
    49. 49. Let’s add features
    50. 50. Jetpack dashboard
    51. 51. Let’s add Jetpack sharing tools
    52. 52. Configure sharing options
    53. 53. Share this post
    54. 54. Let’s enable infinite scroll
    55. 55. Infinite scroll settings
    56. 56. Scroll, baby, scroll
    57. 57. Let’s add a contact form
    58. 58. Insert form
    59. 59. Configure form
    60. 60. Put it all together
    61. 61. Form shortcode
    62. 62. Finished form
    63. 63. OK, I lied let’s look at a teensy bit of CSS
    64. 64. Let’s activate Jetpack Custom CSS
    65. 65. New h2 colour
    66. 66. You did it!
    67. 67. Take the next step do something for the plugin developer
    68. 68. Rate Vote Thank Donate
    69. 69. Plugins Used Custom Post Widget widget/ Restrict Widgets Alfie WP Weather Column Shortcodes shortcodes/installation/ Social Media Tabs tabs/ YIKES, Inc. Easy MailChimp Extender mailchimp-extender/ Jetpack by Post UI Tabs
    70. 70. Credits Big thanks to everyone who suggested plugins for this presentation! Special thanks to Valerie K. for everything Background pattern: Japanese Art 1 by Tzadkiel & Northern Dancer | Dick & Jane lorem ipsum by Duck Island Greeking Machine All other images: Fonts: Lobster Two & Archivo Narrow
    71. 71. Where to Find Presentation Screencasts Kathryn Presner Twitter: @zoonini