beer) and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. • WordPress celebrated its tenth anniversary on May 27, 2013. • Two ﬂavors: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. • WordPress.com is the cloud version of WordPress, supported by Automattic and is the simplest, most secure way to start web- publishing immediately. • WordPress.org sites are self-hosted, running on the site’s own server, and the site has complete control over the code and experience. Anyone can access and download the open source core software.
• On your own to ﬁnd a host. • Maintain everything yourself. • Full control over customizations, no restrictions. • No registration is required. • Install custom themes. Build your own with PHP and CSS. • Install plugins to extend your site’s functionality. WordPress.com WordPress.org • “Focus on your content, we’ll handle the rest.” • Free + paid upgrades. • Top hosting/security/backups/ updates included. • Personal support. • Register on WordPress.com and agree to ToS. • Choose from hundreds of themes (but not your own). • No plugins (lots built in). WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN .COM & .ORG?
a great blog post. (I’m here for that too!) • How to use WordPress. (Come chat with us!) • The ﬁner points of implementing what I discuss. (“Wisdom becomes knowledge when it is a personal experience” -a teabag told me that.)
stimulates your readers’ minds, giving them something more than text to dig through, and a reason to come back. • Media breaks up the text, improves the ﬂow, and makes a long post seem much shorter and more enjoyable to read. • “Show don’t tell.” “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” etc
MediaElement.js audio and video. • Consistent HTML5 *and* Flash fallback player. • Backﬁlls support for IE6-8 and adds extra media types for Firefox, Opera, & Safari. • Just pop in a link to your audio. • I recommend you embed!
content into your WordPress site. • Just paste a supported URL is on its own line. • For instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsXm5RqBztE or https://twitter.com/beerbloggers/status/481572820095623168
been built into the ‘Appearance’ menu. • New in WordPress 3.9 is a combo of a slick new all-in-one theme browser, theme previewer, and customizer. • Now you don’t have to commit to changing your theme until you’re 100% certain it looks awesome!
all themes are created equally. • Never, ever do a Google search for free themes (you’re inviting yourself to a malware party). • The best free themes are in the ofﬁcial WordPress.org repo. They’ve been vetted by a community committee. • The themes on WordPress.com are the cream of the crop and typically available in the .org repo as well.
design should project the image you want, be it professional or fun. There’s more to a theme than visuals, but it’s the only thing your readers will see! 2. Responsive. Mobile device usage is quickly becoming users’ primary reading device! Don’t lose readers to a bad mobile experience. 3. Functionality. A theme is functional if it does what you want it to do. Do you want to display a lot of images? Are you primarily news/text focused? Don’t think they’re interchangeable! 4. Regular updates. It’s important that designers update their themes regularly to ensure they work with the latest edition of WordPress. 5. Documentation. Should explain exactly how the theme can be used and point out common problems that arise for the theme.
networks automatically when you publish a new post. • Just publish the post as usual, and you’ll see it show up on the services you enabled. • You can opt-out from any of the Publicize services for any speciﬁc post you’d like. • Multiple authors can conﬁgure their settings individually on your site.
your content with Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other services. • Adding to your Sharing Enabled Services is as simple as dragging the button from the Available Services area.You can conﬁgure services to appear as icons, text, or both. • Some services have an additional option letting you display ‘Ofﬁcial’ buttons that show the number of times the post has been shared in real time.
modules for your site. (WordPress.com folks already have these features!) • We spend a lot of time developing sweet features for WordPress.com, this is our way of making sure everyone gets to use them. • Uses WordPress.com cloud to take load off your site. • It’s free! Connect it to your free WordPress.com account.
more of *your* posts they will be interested in. • Related content is automatically generated based on the content of the post and any tags or categories if they exist. (Must have at least 10 published posts for related content to appear.) • A post’s featured image will appear as the thumbnail.
goes ofﬂine — and when it returns. • WordPress.com servers will start checking your site every ﬁve minutes. If it looks like something’s gone awry, we’ll ﬁre off an email notiﬁcation. (This one has no image, so here’s a cool dog drinking a beer)
a subscription. (Starts at €5/mo) • Automated backups with easy restores. • Daily security scans with one- click repairs. • Help from the WordPress experts. • You can actually use VaultPress to transfer your site to a new host!