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1 Introduction to WordPress

2 Learning Outcomes Describe WordPress Compare and contrast the difference between a WordPress hosted blog and a hosted blog Create a WordPress hosted blog Create a blog post List two main methods to extend WordPress Change your blog’s template Identify WordPress plugins Build a WordPress hosted site Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

3 What is WordPress? An open source blogging tool and publishing platform that can be customized into a content management system (CMS) Powers over 60 million blogs* 22 out of 100 new domains are powered by WordPress** *Source: GigaOM **Source: WordPress.org Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

4 Example WordPress Sites CNN Time Magazine TechCrunch Spotify URB Magazine Lifehacker (Gawker Network) Lifehacker Teen Age Reader (My daughter's site) Teen Age Reader Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

5 wordpress.com / Hosting WP wordpress.com yourblog.wordpress.com 3 gigabytes of file storage Premium Domain names More storage Hosting Highly Customizable (Open Source) Access to server (MySQL and PHP) Sub-domain, directory, root Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

6 Creating an account on wordpress.com wordpress.com Click “Get started here” or “sign up now” 7 fields sign up Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

7 Your first blog post Posts Regular blog entry Entries displayed in reverse chronological order Pages Content Contact Us About Me Timeless Information Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

8 Extending Wordpress Themes (Templates) As of 11/21/2011 there are 1,451* (Free) Countless commercially available themes Plugins Not permitted on wordpress.com As of 11/21/2011 there are 17,094* Widgets Subset of Plug-Ins Limited availability on wordpress.com As of 11/21/2011 there are 2,477* *Source: wordpress.org Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

9 Templates Sources wordpress.com – Over 100 FREE themes wordpress.org – Over 1,400 FREE themes Google Search Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

10 My Default Plugins WP Security Scan - Performs security scans on your WordPress install. WP-DBManager – WordPress database manager. Contact Form 7 - Create contact forms. Akismet (Default - Registration Required) - Blocks comment spam. Google Analytics for WordPress – Site metrics. Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

11 Social Plug-Ins/Widgets Sociable - Adds links to your favorite social networking site. Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share – Top 5 Social Media Widget – Sidebar widget that adds links to your social networking page. Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

12 Hosting Build a WP site (DEMO) Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

13 Can you… Describe WordPress Compare and contrast the difference between a WordPress hosted blog and a hosted blog Create a WordPress hosted blog Create a blog post List two main methods to extend WordPress Change your blog’s template Identify WordPress plugins Build a WordPress hosted site Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya

14 Resource Copyright 2011 Richard Montoya


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