Newspapers with WordPress from WordCamp Toronto 2012

Newspapers with WordPress from WordCamp Toronto 2012

How do you build a newspaper with WordPress, what steps do you need to take and how you can avoid some common pitfalls. This presentation came from WordCamp Toronto 2012.

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Christopher Ross

October 01, 2012
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  1. 3.

    About me - old school printing press operator (web and

    sheet) - worked as a stripper after university - 35 plugins in the WordPress repository - freelance contract developer / consultant ... the rest is pretty boring.
  2. 7.

    Layouts change based on device, but structure stays the same.

    Opening Primary Secondary Closing Branding, navigation etc. What you visitor is really here to read Support the real content Site wide support
  3. 9.

    Elements common across the entire site Login / Signup to

    capture visitor information Easy access to Privacy Policy Terms of Use etc. Signup Newspaper Name Clear branding Trending tags across the site Deep links to categories Easy navigation to categories
  4. 10.

    Elements common across the entire site List of popular stories

    from across the site. Include stories that are shared, commented, viewed etc. Most Popular Popular stories from across the site Shared, emailed, commented etc to help build traffic Search Never underestimate the power of a search Subscribe Offer multiple means to generate a dedicated audience Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.
  5. 11.

    Canada's privacy watchdog has issued a warning to 11 of

    Canada's leading websites to stop handing over their users' personal information to third parties without permission - or risk public exposure. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/websites+warned+privacy+breaches/7299471/story.html
  6. 18.

    Guide visitors and search engines - Feature content with powerful

    images - Highlight authors, build and brand them - Build clicks with easy navigation
  7. 19.

    Common to all archive lists Archive Title Clearly define and

    describe the section RSS Article Title Include a list of commonly requested articles to help your visitors find the content they’re looking for. Clearly identify the category Offer easy subscription options Featured images to help improve clicks Subscribe Article meta data to identify subjects, dates, category and author details Brand the author with powerful links & meta data
  8. 21.

    Common to all archive lists Include ‘drill down’ lists to

    child categories • Sub category • Sub category Show related content from this category or related categories Top Category Stories Stories from this category and related categories. Stories from this category and related categories. Stories from this category and related categories. Top Authors Related top authors for this category Twitter Lists Integrate powerful Twitter lists for this area Highlight recent posts by other authors A focussed social media list
  9. 22.

    Common to all archive lists Site breadcrumbs to provide deep

    linking and navigation Featured content placement to anchor the category
  10. 24.

    Branding the author content Author Name Bio for the author

    RSS Article Title Articles by the author, presenting the most recent with proper meta data Branding for the author to create authority Author specific subscriptions Articles by this specific author Subscribe Article meta data to identify subjects, dates, category and author details Articles by the author, presenting the most recent with proper meta data Article Title
  11. 25.

    Branding the author with powerful sidebars List of categories this

    author posts in • Common categories • Common categories Popular stories by this author Top Stories Stories from this author Authors Links • links to social media etc. Twitter Lists Integrate powerful Twitter lists for this area Links to the authors bio, social media etc. Recent social media posts by the author
  12. 28.

    Help visitors help themselves - Map old URL’s to new

    URL’s - Track the errors and improve your site - Suggest new content from popular articles
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    Help your visitor Not Found The content that you’re looking

    for can not be found. Search Top Articles Include a list of commonly requested articles to help your visitors find the content they’re looking for. Clearly identify the error Provide an easy to use search option Offer content suggestions to the visitor
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    Article pages within the newspaper structure Article content Article Title

    The excerpt for a story, which is basically a quick summary of the important facts to attract readers. Article excerpt Article meta data such as the author information and date details, categories included in, tags (subjects) etc. Article meta data The content of the story itself, along with all the nitty gritty details and stuff ... The article body Featured image Social sharing options Article sharing Article discussion Article discussion
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    The article sidebar Drive visitors to related content by subject

    Related Stories Related stories in the same category or by the same author Author bio A brief biography of the author Twitter Lists Integrate powerful Twitter lists for this area A bio for the author with links to their primary page Recent social media posts by the article author or category Subscription options RSS and subscribe options for the category / author Always give visitors the option to follow the uers
  16. 40.

    RSS Feeds for articles WordPress RSS feeds for single.php result

    in visitors subscribing to comments, not articles. The fix ...
  17. 43.

    SEO & Deep linking - SEO images, links, and urls

    - auto tagging plugins - remove /category/ from URL
  18. 44.

    Helper Plugins - Frame busters - Auto copyright - External

    link to new windows - Similar, popular, and related posts - JetPack
  19. 46.

    Publisher Plugins - XML sitemap feed for Google news -

    Extra fields for media uploads (credits etc) - User photo for authors
  20. 48.

    Helpful Shortcodes - external content such as Twitter, YouTube -

    lists of related articles - common items such as address or site name - contact and contest forms - stock quote lookups, api integration, etc.