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WordPress

WordPress Fundamentals presentation given on October 5 at the first Word Camp Tampa. Women Who Code is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Learn more at : https://www.womenwhocode.com/networks/19
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Transcript of WordPress

WordPress
Origins

First appeared in 2003
Powerful, simple tool based on existing product licensed under GPL
Built on MySQL open source database with PHP as the development platform
Stats
22%
of New U.S. Registered domains are run on WordPress

48%
of Technorati ‘s top 100 blogs are managed with WordPress

74.6 Million
sites depend on WordPress

WordPress accounts for
18.9%
of all websites

WordPress is most popular with
Business
Websites

*2013 stats
Key Points
WordPress.org
Free is never Free
Hosting

Domain Name

Themes

Plugins

WordPress.com
WordPress Fundamentals - WWC Tampa
Deployment
1. Local development environment (sandbox)

2. Staging/Testing environment

3. Deployment to live site

LAMP – Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP

MAMP– Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP

WAMP– Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP

XAMPP– Apache, MySQL, PHP

Hosting
Averages $10 a month

Most support WP with 5 minute install

Get familiar with your http docs folder!
Domain
Can purchase with hosting or separately

Requires basic understanding of DNS
Themes
Many are free

May need to purchase for extended function
Plugins
Free and Premium
or create your own.
Themes
Thousands to choose from - Both Free and Commercial
What to look for
...
Layout
Functionality
Extendability
Child theme template?
Reviews and Support!
Free
Simple Layout /Design
Fewer Options
Support may be spotty

Great if you just want to push out content (Blog or Personal)
Commercial
More complex layouts - Static home pages, advanced styling options (without touching the code)

Greater Support - Code is stringently checked
Framework
A "drop-in" code library that is used to facilitate development of a Theme

A stand-alone base/starter Theme that is intended either to be forked into another Theme, or else to be used as a Parent Theme template
Retrieved at http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Frameworks
Plugins
Don't go crazy - too many
plugins bog down your site

Can be unstable

Consider custom post types rather than multiple plugins

Create your own!
Wordpress.org
vs. Wordpress.com
Hosting
Deployment
Themes
Plugins
Server Stacks
Used to add functionality (i.e. calendar, form, gallery, etc.)

Written (mostly) in the PHP-language and stored in wp-content/plugins directory.
Widgets?
Widgets are placeholders or user
interface elements that present
data or an user interface to the user.
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