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WCTO 2012: Beginner's Guide to WordPress with Kathryn Presner and Shannon Smith

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September 27, 2012

WCTO 2012: Beginner's Guide to WordPress with Kathryn Presner and Shannon Smith

This introductory session is geared to bloggers, web designers and programmers who are new to WordPress. Even those who don’t know a Codex from a Cadillac will feel comfortable here. Delving into WordPress from a beginner’s point of view, we use unintimidating plain language to explain the fundamental concepts of WordPress, from themes, to widgets, to plugins. We go spelunking in the admin panel and show real-world examples of what WordPress can do.

The presentation is suited to complete beginners. No coding necessary!


Shannon Smith

September 27, 2012


  1. A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress with Shannon Smith & Kathryn

    Presner September 2012 WordCamp Toronto 2012
  2. Kathryn Presner Automattic Happiness Engineer Web Designer @zoonini

  3. Shannon Smith Web developer at Café Noir Design www.cafenoirdesign.com @cafenoirdesign

  4. What We’ll Cover Welcome Intro to WordPress Intro to the

    Admin Panel Resources Closing Questions
  5. Intro to WordPress

  6. Diving into WordPress What is WordPress? WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org What

    is it used for? http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
  7. Blog http://julienchung.com/blog/

  8. CMS+Blog http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/

  9. CMS http://mygirlfriend.ca/

  10. CMS http://www.thewittyoffice.com

  11. Magazine

  12. Photo Portfolio http://www.silviaphotography.com/

  13. Video Portfolio http://www.presner.com

  14. Audio Portfolio

  15. Interactive

  16. Some WordPress Basics Database vs. files PHP vs. HTML Do

    I need to know PHP? Database ➜ Scripting Language ➜ Markup Language ➜ Structure Presentation Dynamic Functions Data
  17. Posts vs. Pages Page

  18. Posts vs. Pages Post

  19. Posts vs. Pages Posts

  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. http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Templates http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
  21. None
  22. http://www.lonelythebook.com/emily-white-author/

  23. Get Started With Blank Themes Starkers http://viewportindustries.com/products/starkers/ DIW Blank Theme

    http://themeclubhouse.digwp.com/ Whiteboard http://whiteboardframework.com/ Roots http://www.rootstheme.com/ _s (underscores) http://www.underscores.me Bluelime Media http://www.bluelimemedia.com/2012/07/14/bluelime-media-stater-theme- now-in-3-flavours/ HTML5 Boilerplate https://github.com/iamamused/wp-theme-html5-boilerplate
  24. Get Started With A Pre-made Theme WordPress.org Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ WooThemes

    http://www.woothemes.com/ elegantthemes http://www.elegantthemes.com/ Press75 http://www.press75.com/ WPswitch http://wpswitch.com/ Smashing Magazine - Free WordPress Themes: 2011 Edition http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  25. Introduction to Plugins What is a plug-in? Where do you

    get plug-ins? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  26. Managing Plug-ins

  27. Introduction to Widgets What is a widget? What is a

    widget-ready theme? http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets
  28. Intro to the Admin Panel

  29. The Admin Panel Let’s go spelunking!

  30. WordPress Resources

  31. Official wordpress.org (of course!) The Codex http://codex.wordpress.org/ Support Forum http://wordpress.org/support

    wordpress.tv http://wordpress.tv/
  32. Cheat Sheets WordPress Template Tags Reference Guide http://www.dbswebsite.com/design/wordpress-reference/V3/ Optimization Cheat

    Sheet for WordPress http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization/Cheat_Sheet Various 3.0-Ready Cheat Sheets http://www.webanddesigners.com/11-extremely-helpful-wordpress- cheatsheets/ Remember: Cheat sheets need to be current
  33. Theme Development Tools Official Theme Development Checklist & Sample Data

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development_Checklist Book: Digging Into WordPress http://digwp.com/ Online and In-Person Classes & Resources http://zoonini.wordpress.com/wordpress-resources-wcto/
  34. WordPress Inspiration WP Showcase http://wordpress.org/showcase/ We Love WP http://welovewp.com/ WPInspiration

    http://wpinspiration.com/ WP Float http://wpfloat.com/
  35. Kathryn’s Recommended Plugins WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in

    One SEO Pack FeedBurner FeedSmith Extend Subscribe to Comments Reloaded Obfuscate Email Contact Form 7 DirtySuds - Embed YouTube Bad Behavior WordPress Database Backup Secure WordPress WordPress File Monitor Plus
  36. Shannon's Recommended Plugins WordPress Database Backup Contact Form 7 Jetpack

    PHPEnkoder Limit Login Attempts WordPress SEO WP Super Cache WP Minify WP Smush.it (feedburner, google analytics, wufoo forms, microformats)
  37. Closing

  38. Questions? What Next? Get the presentation at Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/zoonini Find

    Us http://www.zoonini.com Twitter @zoonini http://www.cafenoirdesign.com Twitter @cafenoirdesign