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 3 – Winter 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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
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With a BLOG component
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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
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Social Media
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Going Viral
 
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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.

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Press This — Support — WordPress.com

Using Press This Let’s say you come across a cool photography post, and you want to share part of it on your own blog. Simply highlight the text you want to grab with your cursor, then click the Press This bookmarklet in your browser. A pop-up publishing window that will appear. To add images, click the picture frame icon below the title of the post and select the photos you want. You can also add your own commentary if you like. If you have multiple blogs, use the drop-down menu to choose where to publi

Source: Press This — Support — WordPress.com

This tools is one time when a video is a much easier way to see how it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0pNPfQ-BkU

For Phyllis Erck’s students