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WordPress: After The Install

  1. You've Installed WordPress Now What? March 20, 2012 | WPNYC Meetup | Rindy, Krista, Dana and Kevin | New York City
  2. Settings A Brief Overview
  3. Settings > General "Anyone can register" ● When unchecked, this "Register" link will disappear from the login page. ● Helpful for preventing bot accounts (spammers) ● Does not prevent commenting
  4. Settings > Writing XML-RPC Wha??? "Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols." Translation: Publish from your phone.
  5. Settings > Reading ● Front page: Latest posts or static page? ● Number of posts per page (applies to archive pages as well as front page ● Full or summary RSS - this only affects your feed
  6. Settings > Discussion ● Pingbacks and trackbacks - generally, turn these on if you are building a traditional "blog" ● Regulate comments, or turn them off
  7. Settings > Privacy ● Turn off search engine indexing for test sites, not-ready-for-prime-time, etc ● This does not hide your site - it's still online! ● Not all search bots respect this
  8. Settings > Permalinks ● Make your links readable and SEO-friendly vs ● Customize, but beware! Best to use one of the options. Details at http://codex.wordpress. org/Settings_Permalinks_Screen
  9. Pick a Theme ● Change themes without changing content ● Search from within the dashboard ● Change at will!
  10. Themes
  11. What is a theme? A group of files that affect how your site looks. Theme files are stored separate than WP core, plugins and your content.
  12. Free vs Premium Free Commercial/Premium · Try as many as you like · A good developer, will for free! provide good support. · Most are unsupported so · If building a niche website, you rely on community for some are built with industry- help. specific features. Is one better than the other?
  13. How do we find themes? · 1,518 free themes available in .org/extent theme repository · 65 commercial theme development companies listed
  14. Where else? · Developer websites - Elegant Themes, Themify, WPMU · Lots of developers sell their work on other marketplace sites such as (owned by Envato) and mojo- themes, as well as many others · Theme reviewers - WPCandy, WPTavern, Smashing Magazine.. BEWARE!! Do not use Google to do random non-specific theme searches, BUT instead use it to find a specific theme or developer by name that you may have heard about or read a review on.
  15. Things to look for and consider · Visual design · Fits your needs · Supports WP core features · Options and Features · Browser compatibility · Software compatibility · Last updated · Available Support · Comments · Price
  16. How do you choose? Know what you want, but be open to creativity and ideas.
  17. Plugins vs. Themes ● Plugin applies to all themes, it's not limited to a specific theme "Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine."
  18. Plugins
  19. How to search for Plugins ● Free ( ● Premium (links from ● WordPress Information Sites ○ WP Candy ( ○ WP Mail ( ○ WP Beginner ( ○ WPMU ( ○ WP Lift ( ○ Smashing Magazine (
  20. How do I know it’s a good Plugin ● Version Check ● Developer ● Downloads ● Changelog ● Conflicts ● Forums No Multiple Plugins same purpose
  21. Activation
  22. Must Have Plugins ● Backups ○ Backup Buddy ○ WP-DB-Backup ● Related Content ○ YARPP ○ nrelate ● Spam Control ○ Akismet ○ Anti-Spam Bee ○ SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
  23. Must Have Plugins ● Widgets ○ Display Widgets ○ Widget Logic ● Email ○ WP SMTP Mail ○ Better Emails ● Sharing/follow ○ Social Sharing Toolkit ○ Sociable ● Caching ○ Super Cache ○ W3 Total Cache
  24. Widgets and Menus
  25. Widgets Code free way to add options and features to your site Place to display content and bring forward functionality from your theme and plugins Widgets are placed in areas defined by your theme
  26. "Core" Widgets Widgets are theme dependent, but certain widgets come with the core install Search Recent Posts Recent Comments Pages Archives & Calendar RSS Text Widgets
  27. Manipulating Widgets Drag and Drop Recent Posts, Comments and Archives Re-order and change options Display Widgets Plugin Additional functionality in a code free way Removing a Widget Delete vs. Inactive
  28. Menus Main Navigation area of your site They tell your visitors where to find and access your content Style Old Style of Menus was hard coded in theme :( New Style is User configurable in the admin panel Theme Support is required for the new menus How Do I know? From Dashboard go to Appearance --> Menus
  29. Building Menus Start with Menu name Save and you should see 'Theme locations' Add the menu to the theme location Add Pages (5) Point out Top Level auto add Order them through Drag and Drop Special Home item (view all) Add Categories (3) Order them Custom Link
  30. Useful Links Widgets The Codex Article Creating Widget Areas (Advanced Topic) to-creating-widgets-in-wordpress-28 Menus The Codex
  31. Tips and Tricks
  32. Tips and Tricks Dashboard 101 Screen Options What do we want to see, columns Drag and Drop
  33. Tips and Tricks Post Screen Searching for posts Sorting Quick edit / Bulk Edit Add New and Review Screen Options Preview
  34. Tips and Tricks Drag and Drop Media Gallery Link URL
  35. Presented by Rindy Portfolio @portfola / Krista Gonzalez Dana Skallman Kevin Cristiano