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.
To watch a video about purchasing hosting from Bluehost, click here: http://youtu.be/UlV9DDWAjHg
Normal WordPress login page:
(We removed this login and plugin information until the next class)
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WordPress User Manual (a bit outdated)
Additional One-on-One Training or WordPress Support
Bizzy Bizzy offers one-on-one WordPress training.
Best WordPress Themes & Theme Repositories
The best WordPress Theme we have ever discovered: Enfold
Divi Theme Demos: http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Divi
Elegant Themes – 80 themes
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:
The most popular e-commerce plug-in for WordPress with hundreds of extensions to make your online shop flexible and powerful.
Adds the ability to do crowd funding and fund raising on your website.
[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
FREE form builder with good support to build standard contact forms.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Plug-Ins
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Helps you optimize your WordPress website for search engines
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!
Back up 2 sites – $80 / yr
Back up unlimited sites – $150 / yr
Social Plugins & Email Integration Plug-Ins
Adds exciting social media integration into any theme.
Year membership $69 for all plug-ins and themes
Blooms Theme for email pop-ups
Year membership $69 for all plug-ins and themes
A comment system replaces built-in WordPress and allows people to log in using various social media accounts:
Plug-in to comment using WordPress sites. This plugin also adds a few useful widgets including recent activity and recommendations.
Other Helpful WordPress Plug-ins
Allows you to easily duplicate any page or post.
Black Studio TinyMCE
Adds a WISYWIG editor to your widgets area so you can format text, add images and links without using html.
The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog.
Stock Photo Sources
Photos & Editing Images and Files
Very simple graphic design with beautiful templates and free stock photos.
Easily crop, resize, and edit your images online for free.
Color Picker for Hex Codes:
An open source vector and graphics editor.
PDF File Size Reducer