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  • 1. SoCal WordPress Meetup iWeb to WordPress a.k.a. WP99 October 2013 Apple Store, Santa Monica Third Street Promenade SoCalWP.org / l@SoCalWP / f/SoCalWP

2. Special thanks Apple Store and a word from our hosts Our usual sponsors: WP Engine WooThemes 3. Who are we? Noel Saw, Presenter Founder of Neochrome, Inc. Natalie MacLees, Founder of Purple Pen Productions, LLC + Lead Organizer, WordCamp LA 4. Who are we? Both our companies provide WP design/development services. Clients with WordPress projects have included Red Bull, Vons/Safeway, and Murad. 5. A Disclaimer I (Noel Saw) am not a CSS, HTML, or PHP expert - so if I can do this, so can you with some practice and research. I have my designers/developers to do the technical work for me I have been managing web projects since 2006 so I am familiar with web technology concepts. 6. Some notes Theres a lot to cover, so we will only take questions near the end. We apologize, otherwise well be here a long time. The slides will be available on SlideShare.net later tonight posted on SoCalWP.org, Twitter, and Facebook. 7. Questions for the audience How many already use WordPress?How many of you have iWeb sites? How many of you have have another web hosting account? 8. Questions for the audience How many existing WordPress users consider themselves as a Beginner Intermediate Expert 9. Assumptions on our part Were assuming you have some knowledge of: Domain name registration HTML/CSS code How web pages or iWeb works in general 10. What is WordPress? WordPress (WP) is a content management system that can be installed on a web hosting server account like on companies like: Dreamhost MediaTemple HostGator GoDaddy (we dont judge) 11. What WordPress needs Your web hosting provider needs to support PHP 5+ and MySQL. Youll install WordPress usually with a one click installer. Most web hosts support WordPress. 12. What can WP do for you? WordPress makes it easy for you to publish your web pages including the home page, contact page, and of course blog pages. WordPress democratizes web site publishing and up keep/maintenance. 13. WPs content - editable areas 1.) Posts: Blog or News but can also be other information snippets. 2.) Pages: Mostly static pages that are not frequently updated. Ex: Contact Us page 14. WPs content areas 3.) Widget Areas: Sidebar and Footers Usually built into the theme 4.) Navigation (Menu) Bar 15. Tonights demo site Example iWeb Site were using: www.nikkialexander.com 16. Tonights demo site We didnt have access to the iWeb example site user password. It was pure/copy paste operation. 17. Tonights demo site Alternatively, you may want to try a WP plugin to import text content into your site like this one: http://bit.ly/synplugin 18. Tonights demo site Were not going to be able to make an exact copy of the site but it will be close enough for you to see possibilities. 19. Tonights demo site At the end of the demo, Ill show you what an exact copy looks like with a bit more work and different method. 20. Header Navigation (Menu) Page (Body)Widget areaFooter area 21. Header Navigation (Menu) PageWidget areaFooter areaMore thorough anatomy - http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/ 22. Steps 1. Setup domain in cPanel 2. Setup WordPress and login 3. Install Theme (http://bit.ly/ostheme) 4. Setup header 5. Customize header 6. Setup widget areas 7. Setup pages with Bulk Creator plugin 8. Setup Home page slider 23. Real World Demo time! 24. WordPress Dos and Donts Do update WP core, themes, and plugins frequently Do run and download frequent backups ex: BackupBuddy commercial plugin Do change Permalinks to Month and Name in WP admin settings 25. WordPress Dos & Donts Do only install themes and plugins from reputable companies or from WordPress.org Buy subscription to WP101.com and Lynda.com or YouTube (get what you pay for)Buy subscription to Akismet.com to block spam posts 26. WordPress Dos & Donts And finally, do not edit WordPress core files via FTP or WP admin editor otherwise when WP core is updated, youll lose changes.Editing these files could also crash your site in seconds. 27. Demo links OpenStrap theme: http://bit.ly/ostheme PageLines theme Google Fonts plugin WordFence plugin Bulk Creator plugin Anatomy of a WP theme: http://yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/ 28. Learn more links WordPress.org themes and plugins WP101.com training videos Lynda.com general HTML/CSS learning videos Firebug extension Google it! Other awesome WP plugins: http://bit.ly/wwlakb 29. Thanks for Listening to Me!The End! Follow me: l@wpverse 30. Thanks again to:Apple Store And our other sponsors: WP Engine WooThemesSoCalWP.org / l@SoCalWP / f/SoCalWP