Class 1.31.13 WordPress Introduction Part II

Today we are going to learn more about how WordPress works both from a few different perspectives:

  • Content Creation
  • WordPress Administration
  • WordPress Development
We will look at some of the core WordPress resources along the way

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress itself is an open-source blogging and content management system. WordPress.org is the place you go to get the open-source files and it is also where you can documentation, help, community and free plugins and themes. In order to use the WordPress software in this way you need to have:
  • A Domain Name
  • A Server (usually through a hosting company)
  • PHP on the Server
  • MySQL database on the server
  • FTP access to the server
  • Install WordPress on the server (some hosts have one-click installs to make this easy)
WordPress.com is a commercial, for-profit site that hosts WordPress for you. You don’t need to worry about getting a host or domain or installing the files. However the downsides are:
  • You can’t upload your own custom themes.
  • You can’t even choose which themes are available
  • Same for plugins, you can’t write or install plugins, you have to use what they give you
  • They can show ads on your site
We are using WordPress.com to start the class but as of next week we will move away from it to custom WordPress installs where you will have control over everything. Things may change but right now it is most likely that we will start with this free hosting company and then possibly transition to a different host later in the semester:

In Class Project

We will do the following in class to help you learn your way around WordPress

  • Create an Image Gallery. You can use these images: images.zip
  • Change the Theme to Oxygen
  • Customize the Theme
  • Make an image slider on the home page. The theme homepage helps explain it: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/oxygen/. Here it is in a nutshell:
    1. Create a Page and set the Template to “Showcase Page” It doesn’t have to have any content (it does need a title).
    2. Create at least two posts.
    3. Each of the posts needs a Featured Image. Make sure they are at least 750px wide (all in images.zip are).
    4. In the All Posts view, use Quick Edit to make the posts “Sticky”
    5. Click the “Customize” button on your theme and under “Layout” select “A Static Page” then choose the page you created in step 1.
    6. View your site and you should see the slideshow.
  • Comment on a classmate’s blog
  • Manage the comment on your blog

Vocabulary

You should know what these parts of WordPress are:
  • Page
  • Post
  • Template
  • Sticky Post
  • Category
  • Tag
  • Theme
  • Plugin
  • Widget
  • Comment
  • Dashboard
  • These are terms you already know but have specific meaning in WordPress
    • Menu
    • Header
    • Footer
    • Sidebar

Administration and Content Creation/Editing

You should know how to do the following:
  • Create a Page
  • Create a Post
  • Quick Edit Posts and Pages
  • Change the Template of a Page
  • Set a Featured Image
  • Create new Categories and Sub Categories
  • Add Categories and Tags to a Post
  • Insert Images (and create a gallery)
  • Import Posts and Pages
  • Export Posts and Pages
  • Change the Tagline
  • Change between the Frontpage being a static page and a list of the latest posts
  • Create a custom menu
  • Manage Comments
  • Customize a Theme
  • Show Screen Options
  • Use Help

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