WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 4

Part IV: Plug it in, plug it in

So far in part one we installed configured the WordPress database on the server and uploaded the software. In part two we learned about WordPress Themes and installed Thesis and finally in part three we customized the Thesis theme and added a widget to the sidebar.

Today we will concentrate on some background information with plug-ins. These are additional coding treats that help you and your website perform better. You’ll install one that alerts you to broken links, one that creates forms, another to improve the editor, and the last that makes your site easy to read on mobile units. Below the presentation is my list of “must haves” and a few others. Continue reading “WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 4”

WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 3

Part III: Whatta’ Widget!

Now that you’ve successfully installed WordPress and a theme, you’ve probably started to have one of those obsessive thoughts like, “Dang, I wish my theme had another column,” or “It would be even better if I could change the color of that sidebar.” Well, today you will make some adjustments to the theme by changing colors and fonts. Continue reading “WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 3”

WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 2

Part II: Lookin’ Good

Yesterday in WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 1 we talked about the initial setup of the site, today you will review how to log in and then select a theme. One of the many benefits of using WordPress is that there are literally thousands of devotees out there who enjoy making templates. They range from the ordinary to the funky and you can spend HOURS cruising through the style choices available. Here’s one place to start: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

Before I continue, here’s a word about the free themes: FREE. See, I promise one word. Now remember that if something is FREE, there is usually a catch. In this case, free themes are not always updated, fully functional, or easy to use. You might happen upon one that is cool and free, but was created for a senior project in a graphic design class two years ago and still includes all of its goofy bugs.

At our workshop, I installed three for you, including “Thesis” which is actually not a free theme, but a worthwhile investment. It’s flexible, sleek, and professional.

Watch today’s slides and then spend a few minutes looking through some themes to see if you like anything out there.

The WordPress 3.0 Demystified series:

  1. Part 1: A Little Fairy Tale
  2. Part 2: Lookin’ Good
  3. Part 3: Whatta’ Widget!
  4. Part 4: Plug it in, Plug it in
  5. Part4A: Go (Con)figure
  6. Part 5: Give ’em what they asked for

WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 1

Part I: A little fairy tale

Once upon a time there was a mysterious code invented called “hypertext markup language” that allowed people from all around the world to post information for anyone else to see. But since it was a code, people had to learn the crazy symbols and know how to use them. The coders in the world were very happy. Continue reading “WordPress 3.0 Demystified – Part 1”