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WordPress 102

WordPress 102Shanta R. Nathwani WordCamp Toronto 2015

AgendaHostingBackupTheme selectionPlugin selectionMore on hiring someone

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1. HostingShared hostingGoDaddyBlueHost*Managed hostingWPEngineSiteground*

* - Im an affiliate

Now that youve decided to go to Self-hosted, which host to you go for?Shared is less costly in most cases, but they are becoming much more competitive.Managed hosting is more of a hands on approach from the provider. They look after the updates for you, as well as protect your interests. 3

2. BackupMost hosting companies will offer a backup system of some kindJetpack has oneWordPress.com doesn't need oneI recommend Backup Buddy by iThemes because of its options, it's easy to use and to migrate, especially those in the room hoping to do their own development businessAnother good solution (and free for the most part) is Updraft Plus

3. Contact InformationContact forms rather than publishing your email addressMailchimp signup form. Integrates with WordPress and can be done as a widget

4. ThemesThe Look and Feel of your websiteMight include some functionalityThe Front End or what people see

From Graph Paper Press

5. Theme SelectionStart with the repositoryCan be accessed through your Dashboard > Appearances > ThemesDirectly at wordpress.org/themesIf not, go outside and use the authors in the repository as a startDo not Google free WordPress themes!These could contain malicious code

Not an easy question as to who is reliable.7

5. Theme selection (cont)Where do I start?Ask yourself, What is the purpose of the website?. Many of the themes are categorized by purpose (i.e., photography/portfolio, business, blog, etc.)Ask yourself, What do I want it to look like? Do I want a big header? Do I want columns? Main content with sidebar?. A good way to familiarize yourself with these is to look in the repository.Make sure that the them you choose is mobile-enabled/responsive!

Not an easy question as to who is reliable.8

6. Plugins

Plugins extend the usefulness of your websiteSome examples are Backup Buddy and JetpackThe Back End or what people dont see

Other popular ones might be WordFence or Google Analytics9

6. Plugin SelectionJust like the themes, best to check the repository (http://wordpress.org/plugins)Dont overload your site. Choose your plugins carefully.First, by function. What do you need it to do?Is there a plugin that does multiple functions, such as memberships AND payments? This is such a wide area, you need to research it. It will depend on what functionality you need.

7. More About Hiring a Professional

Educate yourselfNot only about the terminology, but also have an idea of what you want. This saves everyone a good amount of time and effort.Expect to give a deposit of some sort, whether youre working with a student or a professional. Dont expect any of this for free.This is not a cookie cutter process, nor is it an overnight one.

Extra ResourcesWordPress.com: This is where you can learn almost everything Ive just talked about! There is also one for .ORG, but this will get you about 90% of the way there. Skip the Getting Started part if you are using the .ORGWordPress.tv: Most of the talks given at WordCamps are recorded and archived here. You can find my talks there!Marc Benzakein did a great presentation called: How to Rock a WordCamp Even if Youre a n00b at WordCamp Toronto 2014. (PS. Hell be here this weekend too!)

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