Class Resources and Links

Introduction to WordPress Workshop Description:

Learn a high-level overview of why and how to build a WordPress website with discussion about tools, resources and important considerations for your website.

You will learn:

  • The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • The upsides and downsides of WordPress
  • An overview of the WordPress dashboard and important settings
  • Where to buy a WordPress theme and what the best themes are
  • How to add / edit widgets
  • How to install a plugin
  • How to make a blog post and use the WordPress editor
  • How to create a page
  • How to add a page to the navigation
  • How to use custom theme settings and layout builder tools to make beautiful pages without code
  • Brief introduction to search engine optimization

What are the requirements?

  • Basic computer skills (uploading/downloading, copy/pasting)
  • No prior experience with WordPress, coding or website building

What to Bring

  • A computer or laptop with a charger (this class might last longer than your battery will)
  • A web browser and Internet access via Wi-Fi
  • A mouse is highly recommended (there will be a lot of scrolling and moving around, which is easier with a mouse than a track pad)
  • If you have a WordPress website already, bring your login information for the dashboard (and any other website or online marketing accounts you have such as social media).
  • If you want to start building your WordPress website, you will need to purchase basic website hosting at Bluehost.com or another web hosting platform.

We will be going over the Enfold WordPress theme, which is a $60 premium third party designer WordPress theme. You need not purchase this specific theme, but we will be discussing why buying a premium theme will save you loads of time.  You can decide later if you want to use a free theme or a paid theme.

Tips, resources, and important links for our training.

Website Hosting:

Bluehost: http://www.bluehost.com

To watch a video about purchasing hosting from Bluehost, click here: http://youtu.be/UlV9DDWAjHg

WordPress Login

Normal WordPress login page:    
www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin

(We removed this login and plugin information until the next class)

WordPress Resources

Websites that have WordPress Tips, Tricks, Plug-in Reviews, etc.

WordPress Documentation – http://codex.wordpress.org

WPMUDEV – https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog

WP Beginner – http://www.wpbeginner.com

iThemes – https://ithemes.com/blog

Bizzy Bizzy – https://bizzybizzycreative.com/blog

Best WordPress Resources:

WordPress User Manual (a bit outdated)

Backing up Your WordPress Website 

Updating Your Website 

10 Things to Do After Your Website Launch 

WordPress Security: Important Things to Know 

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

Grow Your SEO: Search Engine Concepts Even Your Grandma Could Understand

Additional One-on-One Training or WordPress Support

Bizzy Bizzy offers one-on-one WordPress training.

Best WordPress Themes & Theme Repositories

Theme Forest

http://themeforest.net

The best WordPress Theme we have ever discovered: Enfold

Divi Theme Demos: http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Divi

Elegant Themes – 80 themes

http://www.elegantthemes.com

WPMUDEV

http://premium.wpmudev.org/projects/category/themes

iThemes

https://ithemes.com

WordPress Plugins

Most WordPress plug-ins are free for use, but others have paid options. Use your own judgment when vetting plug-ins and installing them on your website. Make sure they have been recently updated and have lots of downloads.

Ecommerce & Fundraising:

Woocommerce

The most popular e-commerce plug-in for WordPress with hundreds of extensions to make your online shop flexible and powerful.

http://www.woothemes.com/woocommerce

Fundraising

Adds the ability to do crowd funding and fund raising on your website.

https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/fundraising

Contact Forms

Gravity Forms

[license key needed]

Powerful form builder that has a drag and drop interface and options without have to look at code.

Personal License – $39

Developer License – $199

http://www.gravityforms.com

Contact Form 7

FREE form builder with good support to build standard contact forms.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Plug-Ins

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Helps you optimize your WordPress website for search engines

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo

Backing Up Your WordPress Website Plug-Ins

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

Just choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed and kick back and wait for your websites files and a SQL dump of its database to be dropped in your Dropbox!

Free!

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-backup-to-dropbox

Backup Buddy

Back up 2 sites – $80 / yr

Back up unlimited sites – $150 / yr

https://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy

Social Plugins & Email Integration Plug-Ins

Monarch –

Adds exciting social media integration into any theme.

Year membership $69 for all plug-ins and themes

http://www.elegantthemes.com/plugins/monarch

Blooms Theme for email pop-ups

Year membership $69 for all plug-ins and themes

http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/theme-releases/bloom

Discus

A comment system replaces built-in WordPress and allows people to log in using various social media accounts:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/disqus-comment-system

Facebook

Plug-in to comment using WordPress sites. This plugin also adds a few useful widgets including recent activity and recommendations.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/facebook

Other Helpful WordPress Plug-ins

Duplicate posts

Allows you to easily duplicate any page or post.

Free!

https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-post

Black Studio TinyMCE

Adds a WISYWIG editor to your widgets area so you can format text, add images and links without using html.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/black-studio-tinymce-widget

Ewwwoptimizer

The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog.

Free!

https://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer

Stock Photo Sources

https://us.fotolia.com/

http://www.istockphoto.com

http://www.dreamstime.com

http://deathtothestockphoto.com

https://stock.adobe.com

Photos & Editing Images and Files

Canva

Very simple graphic design with beautiful templates and free stock photos.

https://www.canva.com

Picresize

Easily crop, resize, and edit your images online for free.

http://picresize.com

Color Picker for Hex Codes:

http://html-color-codes.info

Inkscape

An open source vector and graphics editor.

https://inkscape.org/en/

PDF File Size Reducer

http://smallpdf.com/compress-pdf