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Migrating content from WordPress.com to self hosted sites.

Here are the steps to migrate your content from your practice site on WordPress.com to your self hosted site with your own domain.  In class we discussed the limitations on free WordPress.com.

Things on self hosted sites not available on free WordPress.com:

  • use your own domain for your web address
  • install and use Plugins
  • install and use Themes
  • eCommerce – to sell products/services

Step 1: Export your existing content

The first step is to download all your content from your existing blog on WordPress.com.

My Site Menu

Log into your account, and from your website front page, click on the “My Site” menu in the upper left corner.

 

 

 

At the bottom of the menu, click on “Settings.”

Settings

 

From the menu at the top of the page, click on the rightmost option, “Export,” and then click the blue “Export All” button on the right:

Export All

Wait for it to generate your file (the bigger your blog, the longer it will take).

When it’s complete, you should see this message:

Export Successful

Instead of waiting for the email, you can just click the “Download” button to download the file now.

The file will include all your posts and pages. However, it won’t save your general blog settings, widgets, or other settings, so we’ll have to set those up in your new blog.

Step 2:  Import your blog content

Log in to your dashboard from www.yourblogdomain.com/wp-admin (replace with your actual domain).

Import

From your dashboard, navigate to Tools > Import near the bottom of the menu:

You’ll need to temporarily install a special plugin in order to upload your file.

At the bottom of the list under “WordPress,” click on “Install Now.”

Install Now

You’ll see a message at the top that the importer was installed successfully. Click on the “Run importer” link.

Run Importer

Click the “Choose file” button and select the file you downloaded from your WordPress.com blog. Then click the blue “Upload file and import” button.

Upload File

Now, the importer will give you a few options:

Import WordPress Options

Select your own username from the dropdown menu to assign the imported posts to yourself.

To make sure any images and other multimedia is also imported, check off the “Download and import file attachments” checkbox.

When you’re ready, click the “Submit” button.

Completion

Success!

Step 3:  Finish setting up your new blog

Be sure to double check your posts to make sure they all imported correctly, and fix any formatting issues that may arise.

You’ll be able to use any theme or plugin you want now, so take a look at the possibilities!  Check out these theme reviews and plugin reviews to get ideas and inspiration.   There are thousands of themes available for free in the Theme Repository on WordPress.org and plugins in the Plugins Repository on WordPress.org.

Here is a link to a good article on how to earn money from your blog, definitive guide to making money as a blogger to get started.

 

Anaconda Class 5 – Winter 2020

In this session Students will get their hosted sites up and running, moving content from phylliserck.net to their own domains.  They will learn how to install plugins and themes on their own hosted wordpress sites.

Install Plugin

  1. Go to your hosted wordpress site
  2. Logon to the dashboard
  3. Click -> Plugins -> Add New
  4. For plugins in the WordPress.org library
    1. type the plugin name in Search
    2. click Search
    3. click Install Now
    4. Click OK on the “Are you sure you want to Install” prompt
  5. For plugins obtained from a plugin developer
    1. click Upload
    2. Browse to the .zip file on your computer
    3. Click “Install Now” button

Install Theme

  1. Go to your hosted wordpress site
  2. Logon to the the dashboard
  3. Click -> Appearance -> Themes
  4. Click the “Install Themes” tab
  5. For themes in the WordPress.org library
    1. type the theme name in Search
    2. click Search
    3. click Install under the theme name
    4. click the blue “Install Now” button
  6. For themes obtained from a theme developer
    1. click Upload
    2. Browse to the .zip file on your computer
    3. Click “Install Now” button

More plugins

  1. All-in-one Event Calendar
  2. Dynamic To Top
  3. Theme my Login
  4. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart
  5. WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce
  6. s2member

Homework

Continue to develop content.

 

Anaconda Class 6 – Winter 2020

Getting your site ready to “go live”. Customizations, plugins, updates and backups.

Hosted Sites

Share your site with classmates by posting it in a comment to this page.

Customizing your Themes/Plugins

Use the editor within the dashboard or ftp (file transfer protocol) or hire a programmer or graphic designer.  There is a lot of expertise available at a reasonable price.  With your knowledge of WordPress you will be able to communicate your needs to your contractor.

e.g. Customized Comment Central Theme for Hot House Tomatoes

More Useful Plugins

See core plugins in Class 4.

All-in-one SEO (Google Analytics)

Additional plugins:

All in One SEO Pack, WordPress Database Backup (WP-DB-Backup)

Jetpack
  • Carousel
  • Enhanced Distribution (SEO)
  • Single Signon
  • Like, Jetpack comments (social)
  • Extra Sidebar Widgets (twiter, fb like box, image, gravatar, gallery, WP Post, social media icons)
  • gravatar hovercards
  • monitor (downtime)
  • Publicize (social)
  • Site Verification (Press This)
  • Tiled Galleries
  • Widget Visability
  • Vault Press (Backup $5/mth)

Turning on Search Engine access

Settings -> Reading -> Search Engine Visibility (uncheck the box)

SEO Pack configuration

Installing Updates for WordPress, Plugins and Themes
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GKd4-5j4IE&rel=0]

Text Widget

Get your html code here.

Other useful web design tools

  • Windows snipping tool
  • Browser Add-ons (measure it, color picker)

Montana WordPress meetup

A networking community of WordPress developers in Montana that meets monthly, 1st Wednesday’s at Ruby’s Inn.

Join to receive meeting announcements.www.meetup.com/MontanaWordpress

Revolution Slider Demos

Anaconda Class 4 – Winter 2020

In this session the students begin to work with  plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress. A demonstration of commonly used plugins such as “SEO- Search Engine Optimization”, “online forms” and “email subscriptions” will be shown. Students will learn to search and evaluate plug-ins for the specific functional needs of their own website.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonGaHVS340&rel=0]

Recommended Core Plugins

See phylliserckplugins.net for a demo of plugins and their shortcodes.

WordPress.org for documentation and other resources.

Right brain

Before you need a plugin, you need a creative thought, something that you want to do creatively on your website that isn’t built into the basic functionality of WordPress. You want your site to be unique. To create a unique website think about it on the right side of your brain. Or in other words, think creatively.

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1U_DB4UFmk&rel=0]
Suzi Blu – Art Journal Playshops

Adding features without plugins

Embed code using copy & paste into Page/Post editor in Text mode.

MONTANA SNOWBOWL

How to add a Google Map to your website

Goto Maps.Google.com

  1. Ensure that the map or Street View image you’d like to embed appears in the current map display.
  2. Click the settings gear icon in the bottom right.
  3. Click Share and embed map.
  4. In the box that appears, make sure the Embed map tab is selected.
  5. Choose the embed size you want, then copy the HTML and paste the code into the page/post editor in Text Mode.
Lab
  1. Activate JetPack in your phylliserck.net hosted sites
    Modify Contact form
    Add Sharing buttons
    Add mailing list subscription
    Embed a Youtube video in your site
  2. Activate Fourteen Colors plugin
    change colors
  3. Activate Styles:  TwentyFourteen
    change font size

phylliserck.net sites

If you’ve purchased a domain or hosting, post a comment here with your hosting provider and domain name.

Anaconda Class 3 – Winter 2020

In this session the student will learn to transfer content from WordPress.com sites to free hosted site on phylliserck.net and will begin to work with plugins.

Review

  • Phylliserck.net -> Class -> Winter 2014 -> Class 3 (Password:  instructor)
  • The Dashboard (pages, posts, categories, widgets)
  • Update User Profile and Gravatar
  • Manage Menu

Classmate WordPress.com sites

Post a comment to this post with your url:

e.g.  https://wordpressclass3.wordpress.com/

Themes

Look at the themes that students are using to see what type of configuration options they offer.

Widgets

Look at how the widget areas change from theme to theme.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

The core of what defines the design in a Theme.  User can edit to fine tune.  Changes will be over written when theme is updated.  Need to create a child theme.  See the advanced WordPress class for how to do this.

Screen Options

To customize your Dashboard with additional features such as the “Discussion” settings to allow the disabling of Comments.

Break

Lab time to answer individual questions about sites so far.

Phylliserck.net sites

  1. create site
  2. export content from a wordpress site
  3. import content into a wordpress site
  4. activate themes
  5. configure themes

Break

Plugins

Jetpack by WordPress – adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.

Domains

Choosing your web address/Domain Name

Domain Registration – approx $10/yr; Hosting approx $75/yr

Hosting Options

Requires database and PHP – choose a hosting vendor who provides quick install and managed wordpress hosting

I recommend GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting which includes:

  • 1 free domain registration for a year
  • Performance-enhancing caching
  • Automatic updates through WordPress’ built-in functionality
  • A plugin blacklist to make sure you don’t inadvertently install website-damaging plugins
  • Enhanced security through restricting file access (more info)
  • The latest version of WordPress automatically installed in the root directory
  • sFTP and phpMyAdmin access (more info)
  • 30-day storage of automatic backups (more info)
  • for $12 for the 1st year; $78/yr after the 1st year

For other hosting recommendations visit Wordpres.org

Homework

Working on your new sites on phylliserck.net

  1. Purchase your domain name  and hosting
  2. Continue to develop your Website content
  3. Add your social networking links to your site
  4. Upload a Youtube video to your Channel
  5. Upload images to your Facebook page and Instagram site

*Phylliserck.net is a multisite. For information on how to make your WP site into a multisite see my post on this topic.

Anaconda Class 2 – Winter 2020

In this class the student will begin to create websites on wordpress.com.  A thorough introduction to the WordPress dashboard including page/past editor, menus, appearance and general settings. domain name, sub-domain

Review – Terminology

  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • CMS (Content Management System)
  • BLOG (Binary Log)
  • CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • Themes
  • Dashboard
  • WordPress.com’
  • WordPress.org
  • Canva

WordPress – The Parts

Content

Design/Appearance

Administration


Break

step away from the computer – get a drink or snack – talk to your classmates


Class Picture

Inspiration

  1. Review sites found during market research
  2. class discussion about challenges and inspiration

Lessons

  1. Edit WordPress.com Profile
    Add Avatar picture (should show on comments on phylliserck.net)
    Add Mission Statement into bio
    First and Last Name
  2. Add your Mission Statement to the About Page
  3. Add your other Pages
  4. Activate several different themes to see how different they look with the basic content

Homework

Register your business name in Social Networking sites

Post your wordpress.com website page address here on this page as a comment.

e.g. my wordpress site address is  http://phylliserck.wordpress.com/

Anaconda Class 1 – Winter 2020

Demonstration of live websites showing the wide variety of ways it’s currently being used. This demonstration will help to stimulate the creative side of the brain as the student begins the process of planning their website. An overview of the current state-of-the-art social networking environment to show how free tools such as Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr may be integrated into WordPress website to leverage this powerful marketing engine.


headshot-2015Phyllis Erck, Instructor
phylliserck@gmail.com (please email your feedback)(406) 546-6327

Housekeeping:
Class cost $7 – If you haven’t paid, please pay today.
WIFI sign-on for laptops
username:  AHSGuest
password:  AHSsnake88

WordPress Overview & Demo

WordPress is a Content Management System
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=7W46dxG_R1U&rel=0]
With a BLOG component
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI&rel=0]

Demo of WP sites by me:

Demo of WP sites at large:

Break

Satisfaction guarantee.  If this class is not what you were expecting you may drop it after the 1st class.


Welcome and Introductions

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your website idea.
  • Do you have an existing website?
  • Previous experience developing websites?

Lab

  1. Register on the class website* (PhyllisErck.net) and login (see instructions here)
  2. Add your first & last name to your user profile (see instructions here)
  3. Post a comment on this class webpage with the Mission Statement for your website.

*Use Student Logon Datasheet to keep track of your logon info.

Beyond WordPress but covered in this class.

Your website is part of the bigger picture which is your Web Presence.  In this class we discuss the importance of of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how to leverage blogging and Social Networking tools to create organic search results.  We’ll also learn how to use WordPress Plugins to help with your website placement with Search Engines.

Social Networking
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwJSIHImB0o&rel=0]
Social Media
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE&rel=0]
Going Viral
 
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRH3iTQPrk&rel=0]

Separation of content and design.  The  CSS Zen Garden Website provides a live demonstration of the

WordPress Theme Library – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

Lab

  1. Create your first WordPress website on WordPress.com.  (instructions here).
  2. Post the URL of your wordpress website as a comment on this class webpage.  It will look something like http://phylliserck.wordpress.com

Homework

  1. Market Research
    Search the internet for websites in your same market looking  at the type of content that are on these sites and how it is organized.  Also, note any cool functionality (like the free campsites map) that you might eventually want to add to your website.
  2. Post a comment on this class webpage with your website menu items.
    e.g.   Home, About, Contact, Products, Photos
  3. Design Research
    Surf the internet looking at the overall design of websites that appeal to your taste.  Collect links to 3 sites that you like.
    Browse WordPress Theme Library – Collect names of 3 themes that you like and note why.
  4. Post a comment on this class webpage with links to the sites and/or themes you like and an explanation of what you like about them.
  5. Begin to draft the Content for your website Sections.  These will be Pages in WordPress.
  6. Collect at least one image for your website of you or your products or services

Change is challenging – try to go with the flow

Don’t be afraid of breaking things.  Explore and let your imagination go.

cookie

Anaconda Class 6 – Winter 2016

Getting your site ready to “go live”. Customizations, plugins, updates and backups.

Hosted Sites

Share your site with classmates by posting it in a comment to this page.

Customizing your Themes/Plugins

Use the editor within the dashboard or ftp (file transfer protocol) or hire a programmer or graphic designer.  There is a lot of expertise available at a reasonable price.  With your knowledge of WordPress you will be able to communicate your needs to your contractor.

e.g. Customized Comment Central Theme for Hot House Tomatoes

More Useful Plugins

See core plugins in Class 4.

All-in-one SEO (Google Analytics)

Additional plugins:

All in One SEO Pack, WordPress Database Backup (WP-DB-Backup)

Jetpack
  • Carousel
  • Enhanced Distribution (SEO)
  • Single Signon
  • Like, Jetpack comments (social)
  • Extra Sidebar Widgets (twiter, fb like box, image, gravatar, gallery, WP Post, social media icons)
  • gravatar hovercards
  • monitor (downtime)
  • Publicize (social)
  • Site Verification (Press This)
  • Tiled Galleries
  • Widget Visability
  • Vault Press (Backup $5/mth)

Turning on Search Engine access

Settings -> Reading -> Search Engine Visibility (uncheck the box)

SEO Pack configuration

Installing Updates for WordPress, Plugins and Themes
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GKd4-5j4IE&rel=0]

Text Widget

Get your html code here.

Other useful web design tools

  • Windows snipping tool
  • Browser Add-ons (measure it, color picker)

Montana WordPress meetup

A networking community of WordPress developers in Montana that meets monthly, 1st Wednesday’s at Ruby’s Inn.

Join to receive meeting announcements.www.meetup.com/MontanaWordpress

Revolution Slider Demos

Anaconda Class 5 – Winter 2016

In this session Students will get their hosted sites up and running, moving content from phylliserck.net to their own domains.  They will learn how to install plugins and themes on their own hosted wordpress sites.

Install Plugin

  1. Go to your hosted wordpress site
  2. Logon to the dashboard
  3. Click -> Plugins -> Add New
  4. For plugins in the WordPress.org library
    1. type the plugin name in Search
    2. click Search
    3. click Install Now
    4. Click OK on the “Are you sure you want to Install” prompt
  5. For plugins obtained from a plugin developer
    1. click Upload
    2. Browse to the .zip file on your computer
    3. Click “Install Now” button

Install Theme

  1. Go to your hosted wordpress site
  2. Logon to the the dashboard
  3. Click -> Appearance -> Themes
  4. Click the “Install Themes” tab
  5. For themes in the WordPress.org library
    1. type the theme name in Search
    2. click Search
    3. click Install under the theme name
    4. click the blue “Install Now” button
  6. For themes obtained from a theme developer
    1. click Upload
    2. Browse to the .zip file on your computer
    3. Click “Install Now” button

More plugins

  1. All-in-one Event Calendar
  2. Dynamic To Top
  3. Theme my Login
  4. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart
  5. WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce
  6. s2member

Homework

Continue to develop content.

 

Anaconda Class 4 – Winter 2016

In this session the students begin to work with  plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress. A demonstration of commonly used plugins such as “SEO- Search Engine Optimization”, “online forms” and “email subscriptions” will be shown. Students will learn to search and evaluate plug-ins for the specific functional needs of their own website.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonGaHVS340&rel=0]

Recommended Core Plugins

See phylliserckplugins.net for a demo of plugins and their shortcodes.

WordPress.org for documentation and other resources.

Right brain

Before you need a plugin, you need a creative thought, something that you want to do creatively on your website that isn’t built into the basic functionality of WordPress. You want your site to be unique. To create a unique website think about it on the right side of your brain. Or in other words, think creatively.

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1U_DB4UFmk&rel=0]
Suzi Blu – Art Journal Playshops

Adding features without plugins

Embed code using copy & paste into Page/Post editor in Text mode.

MONTANA SNOWBOWL

How to add a Google Map to your website

Goto Maps.Google.com

  1. Ensure that the map or Street View image you’d like to embed appears in the current map display.
  2. Click the settings gear icon in the bottom right.
  3. Click Share and embed map.
  4. In the box that appears, make sure the Embed map tab is selected.
  5. Choose the embed size you want, then copy the HTML and paste the code into the page/post editor in Text Mode.
Lab
  1. Activate JetPack in your phylliserck.net hosted sites
    Modify Contact form
    Add Sharing buttons
    Add mailing list subscription
    Embed a Youtube video in your site
  2. Activate Fourteen Colors plugin
    change colors
  3. Activate Styles:  TwentyFourteen
    change font size

phylliserck.net sites

If you’ve purchased a domain or hosting, post a comment here with your hosting provider and domain name.