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WordPress For Beginners Lesson 3 JALC Fall 2015

WordPress For Beginners Lesson 3 JALC Fall 2015

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Michele Butcher

October 21, 2015
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  1. WordPress For Beginners Lesson 3

  2. Settings

  3. General Settings • Site Title: Name of Site • Tagline:

    Meaning of site • WordPress Address: Does not need “www” • Site Address: URL of site. Doesn’t need “www” • Email Address: Default email of website • Membership: Leave unchecked • New User Default Role: Leave as default to subscriber • Timezone: Will default to time on server or 0UTC time. Chose the timezone you are in • Date Format: How you want the date to be displayed • Time Format: How you want time displayed • Week starts on: Can be any day of the week • Site Language: What the backend of your site will be in
  4. Writing Settings • Default Post Category- Will be auto- default

    to uncategorized. Can choose any category made • Default Post format- (Theme Specific) Typically best to leave as standard and then change when making a post • Post via e-mail ◦ Mail Server (What email platform eg Gmail, hotmail, yahoo etc) ◦ Login Name- Typically your email address ◦ Password - for email ◦ Default Mail Category - what category the posts will go into • Update Services • Your custom content types- (Theme Specific) Can change custom post types
  5. Reading Settings • Front page displays- pick if you want

    your latest posts or a static page as the front page • Blog pages show at most- how many blog posts to show on page • Syndication feeds show the most recent- how many posts the syndication shows • For each article in a feed show- choose if you want a summary or full text • Search Engine Visibility- if you want search engines to index your site • Follower Settings ◦ Blog follow email text- gives a default email for when someone subscribes to your blog (Can be changed) ◦ Comment follow up email text-gives a default email to someone who makes a comment on a post or page (Can be changed)
  6. Discussion Settings • Default Article Settings ◦ Attempt to notify

    blog links ◦ Trackbacks and pingbacks (not recommended) ◦ Allow comments • Other Comment Settings ◦ Author must fill out name and email, registered, when to close comments • Email Me whenever- posts a comment or held for moderation • Before a comment appears ◦ Must be manually approved (Recommended) ◦ Comment author must have already had a previously approved comment • Comment Moderation - can tailor the moderation to go automatically depending on words or phrases • Comment Blacklist- block words, IP’s email, or name • Avatars ◦ Gravatar Hovercards- show picture or image ◦ Maximum Rating- what language you will allow ◦ Default Avatar- if email does not have a Gravatar account this will be used as a default picture
  7. Media Settings Image Sizes • Thumbnail Default is 150x150 •

    Medium Size default is 300x300 • Large size default is 1024x1024 Uploading Files By default is set to upload by month and year based folders. Please leave this to make things easier on you later
  8. Permalinks Settings Permalinks are what is found after the “/”

    on an URL. Your choices are: 1. Day and name 2. Month and name 3. Numeric 4. Post name (Reccomended) 5. Custom Structure Optional • You can build custom structure to your permalinks by adding a category base and a tag base.
  9. What is a theme? A theme is a collection of

    files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying design for a website. These file are called template files. A theme is what makes your website look is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files.
  10. Where can I find themes? • Free themes can always

    be found in the WordPress Theme Repository found at WordPress.org/themes • You can buy premium themes at many places. Some of my favorites are: ◦ StudioPress ◦ Elegant Themes ◦ iThemes ◦ WooThemes (for e-commerce sites) • Please remember to look at the ratings, when was the last time it was updated, where it has been tested to , and user remarks before choosing a theme.
  11. Installing a Theme 1. If Installing from the repository a.

    Click on Appearance-Themes b. Choose “Add New” c. Pick a theme in the respoitory d. Click Install e. Click Activate f. Your new theme will be live on your site 2. If buying from a third party site a. Click on Appearance-Themes b. Choose “Add New” c. Click on upload theme d. Choose the theme that has been downloaded to your machine e. Click activate f. Your new theme will be live on your site.
  12. The Customizer The customizer is where you can edit your

    theme, change colors, add the menu and much more. The customizer is located in Appearance-Customizer.
  13. What can the customizer do • Site Identity ◦ Title

    and tagline of your website • Header Image ◦ Image at the top of your site (Logo) • Menus ◦ Typically located at the top of a site with clickable words to take you to different parts of a site (Nav bar) • Widgets ◦ What is found in the sidebar of sites. Typically adds, subscription signups, login for membership sites, and more • Static Front Page ◦ This says whether you want a static front page or a blog as your front page • Color Scheme ◦ This allows you to change the colors of your site (Themes Specific) • Site Layout ◦ This allows you to change how the information is laid out (Themes Specific) • Breadcrumbs ◦ This gives a tab on the bottom to say where you are and what to click on to go back steps on the site • Comments and Trackbacks ◦ Comments are what readers leave on posts and pages (Can be turned off) ◦ Trackbacks are methods for alerting blogs you have linked to them • Content Archives ◦ This is a table of contents for your posts
  14. What is a plugin • A plugin is what gives

    the website functionality. • Popular Plugins ◦ Security ◦ Backups ◦ SEO ◦ Caching ◦ e-commerce ◦ Analytics ◦ and much more
  15. Where can you get plugins • Plugins will always be

    free at the WordPress Plugin Repository found at WordPress.org/plugins • Other places to find good plugins ◦ iThemes ◦ WooThemes ◦ CodeCanyon (Pay attention to what you buy from here) • Please remember to check when it was last updates, number of downloads, what it has been tested to and user remarks before choosing a plugin
  16. How to add a plugin 1. If Installing from the

    repository a. Click on Plugins b. Choose “Add New” c. Pick a plugin in the repository d. Click Install e. Click Activate f. Your new theme will be live on your site 2. If buying from a third party site a. Click on Plugins b. Choose “Add New” c. Click on upload plugin d. Choose the plugin that has been downloaded to your machine e. Click activate f. Your new plugin will be live on your site.
  17. Please remember before you start updating your site, please run

    a backup and save a copy to your computer.