Saturday, March 20, 2010

I'd rather live blog about Wordpress

Wordpress from .com to Self Hosted by @JimDoran
(slides can be found at: )

"The road to hell is paved with NON-intentions."

Blogging Landscape
  • Blogger
  • TypePad
  • LiveJournal
  • Tumblr
  • Easy to set up
  • 17th most popular webssite according to Alexa
  • Sub domain of, ie - jimdoran is the subdomain
  • They offer 82 themes - more than blogger
  • Upgrades - pay to... get rid of adds, custom css, etc. $239.82 to buy all of them
  • WordPress is open source software
  • Akismet - catches spam before it get to your blog.
  • Big Names are listed at CNN, New York Tims, CIA etc

Register you kids names as domains for the future!  Post their art work for now.

Put your brand on your own server - stop putting content on other sites!  Build your own brand on your own site.

Wordpress self hosted:

  • Can bring your blog over, from multiple sources too, ie - blogger and posterous, etc,
  • Hosting - recommended via GoDaddy, Bluehost, Dreamhost, etc.
  • Can install as many blogs as you want to.
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Wordpress is like playdough and no two themes are the same
  • Themes and plug-ins make endless possibilities
  • 1100+ free themes
  • Premium themes you must pay for.
  • Plugins
    • 8700+ plugins available
    • Favorites:
      •  All-In-One-SEO pack
      • Akismet (spam filter)
      • WP-Commerce (if your are selling anything - intergrate with paypal, etc.)
      • WP Super Cache (keeps your live if innundated with traffic) 
      • BuddyPress (social network for your website)
      • PollDaddy
      • Google Analytics
      • PODS CMS (build a website on your blog - posts AND pages)
      • bbPress
    • Some plugins are maintained - may need to go back and fix it later.
    • Plugins use code, theme's use code – some clash so be careful - don't use too many
    • You can't install plugins in
  • Other features:
    • Automatic Upgrades
    • Community support via Codex, Hackers List and IRC
    • WordCamps - self organized community events with user info and tech info 
    • Semantic Code (SEO, find-ability, accessibility)
    • Taxonomy - categories and tags (use different names for each, ie: Recipe tag, Recipes category) 
    • Non-destructive 
    • Change permalink directly
    • Past from MS word and remove goofy formating
    • Word Count
    • Paste pain text
  • Enhancements coming in June to Wordpress
"... pessimism robs ordinary people of their powers."  ~Colin Wilson

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