Date: 08/05/2020

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Background by Sarah Lloyd

✩ What is WordPress

  • Blog > Content Management System > Swiss army knife
  • Open Source – free beer and freedom
  • Automattic + community

 

✩ Important Concepts

  • Technology minimalism – KISS
  • Software as a service
  • Technology responsibilities
  • Don’t get distracted by graphic design
  • Freemium business model

 

✩ The two approaches

 

✩ Is WordPress too much for you?

 

✩ Is WordPress not good enough for you?

  • Developers – Best practice > specific use
  • Developers – Custom building
  • Developers – Love complexity > have skills
  • Developers – dependancy / who will manage upgrades
  • Developers – can be siloed
  • Is the criticism justified?

 

✩ Cons of WordPress

  • Targeted > hacking > spam
  • requires additional security
  • Becoming more complex
  • Lot of bad advise / suppliers (naive complexity) / themes /plugins
  • code bloat / conflicts

 

✩ Why use WordPress

  • flexibility and control
  • manage costs
  • scale > support /application / services
  • respected and used by big players
  • uses common languages and is well supported
  • diverse and quality plugins > themes
  • templating language
  • cheap to build (if done right)
  • can scale
  • still reasonably simple – if kept simple
  • drag and drop plugins
  • central hub

 

✩ Installing WordPress

  • Pre-installed
  • Click a button
  • Manual Installation
    • Download / upload / uncompress
    • Database username/password/permissions
    • Visit the Url> follow prompts

 

✩ WordPress Tour

  • WordPress Settings
  • Posts vs Pages
  • Categories, tags, authors
  • Media Library
  • Comments and spam
  • Managing website editors, authors and contributors
  • Introduction to themes
  • Theme customiser
  • Theme editor
  • Introduction to plugins
  • Widgets
  • Menus
  • Tools


Trainer

Glenn Todd
  • 20 years commercial website development experience
  • Extensive NFP, campaigning and NVDA experience
  • 6 years teaching experience including at RMIT university
  • Winner of 2019 Connectingup NFP Technology Lifetime Service Award
  • Helped launch ICANW, the campaign that won a Nobel Peace Prize
  • More details see glenntodd.net