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These are the slides for the Introduction to WordPress Session at WordCamp Miami 2012 by Gary A. Bacon.

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  • Enjoy your WordCamp ExperienceThree Keys to Enhanced Enjoyment from your WordCamp weekend 1) Remember to grasp the big concepts and what you can do. You can learn the details later. Let the presentations broaden your knowledge of the goodness of WordPress.
  • Enjoy your WordCamp Experience Three Keys to Enhanced Enjoyment from your WordCamp weekend 2) Obtain the contact information of speakers who may be resources for you laterthrough training or their materials. Be inspired by their passion and experience with WordPress.
  • Enjoy your WordCamp Experience Three Keys to Enhanced Enjoyment from your WordCamp weekend 3) Network with other WordCampparticipants. They can be great resource people for you in the future. Establish lasting relationships which can be mutually beneficial for your and their continued success with WordPress.
  • Intro to WordPress Gary A. Bacon, Esquire Bacon Law Firm, P.C. [email protected] twitter: @gabacon Gary A. Bacon, 2012
  • Gary A. Bacon is an avid Wordpress fan. He is an attorney who has been practicing law for 29 years. He uses technology to advance his law practice. Wordpress, has been the platform for his Law Firm website,, for several years. Mr. Bacon uses Wordpress as a blogging platform as well as Content Management Software. He is eager to share this information with interested Wordpress beginners. Follow him on twitter @gabacon.
  • WordPress Cofounder Matt Mullenweg
  • WordPress Cofounder Other ambition of Matt apparently he would be a co- funder (start a bank) if not doing WordPress. See his essay at Caveat he said what he would do if not WordPress is subject to change on a daily basis.
  • Why WordPress? 60 million people have used it. Uses include: Blogging Website (Content Management Software) Membership Website
  • Who else is using WordPress?
  • Introduction to WordPress
  • Designed for the non-programmer WordPress was designed primarily for non-programmer in mind. The design makes it easy for people who are familiar with other software, such as Microsoft Word, to get started with their own blog. The options are set up in a format which does not require you to know html or php or other code to begin blogging.
  • Writing your post is easy to do. It amounts to entering the blog, or short article on your computer, and then posting it to the web. This is a very straightforward process to complete this task. One powerful feature of WordPress is that you can use it to develop your own personal website. Then when you need to make changes in the website, you do not have to contact a programmer and wait for a two week response; you can make the change immediately.
  • Server and CPU distinction It is important to understand the distinction between the server where WordPress is located and the CPU or computer where you are working. WordPress, the files and software, are stored on a server, usually on the Internet at a remote location, or on the WordPress servers managed by the company.
  • The installation that you choose will determine where the files and software are eventually stored. There are two formats of Wordpress:
  • Wordpress.Com is maintained by the owners of on their server. It provides for easy setup of a blog. The use of the blog provides for your files to be stored at the server owned by Therefore, your content and post are on their site. This does not require you to update your version of WordPress on the server information. It does not require you to host the service.
  • WordPress.Org It requires that you place WordPress on your host server. This does not have to be your own personal computer. It is usually hosted on a server at a remote location. To use this option, you will establish a server. Then, you down load the WordPress software. Once it is downloaded for the initial time, then you simply update it when a new free edition is released.
  • Dual function benefits of WP WordPress was originally developed as blog software. The founder still contends that the purpose of the software is for blogging. However, it has two powerful functions that should be availed of: its blogging capacity and its CMS abilities.
  • WordPress as a Blog WordPress was developed to enable you to easily setup a blog. The developer states that it is a five-minute set up process. For more advanced uses and depending on the server configuration, using it is more involved and requires more time. However, it is a very efficient method of getting a quick blog setup on the Internet to start attracting clients or publishing your message.
  • WordPress as CMS WordPress is also perfect as a CMS. CMS means content management system. This is a website which allows the user to easily change the information, content, of the website. This is helpful if want to change events related to your firm or change names of staff.
  • There are two basic type pages on a WordPress blog: static pages and dynamic pages.
  • Static pages Static pages are pages traditionally affiliated with a website. These are pages that do not change, i.e. the name Static. This would be information about the firm, location, practice areas, and other subjects that do not change on a week-to-week basis.
  • Static page changes Even though they do not change often, even static pages can be changed very easily with WordPress by the end user. Your staff or you could be easily trained to make these changes as needed. This avoids waiting for a programmer to get back in touch with you to make the changes you need.
  • Example of Static Page
  • Dynamic pages Dynamic pages are pages that change regularly. These are pages such as your blog post. These pages are changed regularly and often. WordPress makes it easy to change and add new content on a regular basis. This keeps your website current on the Internet and out before the search engine spiders. This improves your websites rankings increasing the probability that you will occur higher in the rankings that you would if your website did not have dynamic pages.
  • Example of a Dynamic Page
  • WordPress login To start WordPress, you must get to the login box. See illustration below for login box:
  • Login in box User Name this is the box where you enter your unique user name. Password this is the box where you enter your unique password. Login button this button when selected activates the start of the program.
  • Lost password option this gives you the option to recover a lost or forgotten password
  • Remember me option this is an option to have the computer you are working on remember your password. Do not use this option if you are working on a public computer or a computer which others may use. They could access your blog and post data.
  • Getting to the login box Entering this in your browser address bar will bring you to the login page for a site which has the name of
  • For, you enter in the address bar of the browser. This will send you to the homepage of At the top of the page, you will see the options for entry of your user name and password. Enter those and press the login button.
  • Main Navigation Menu On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu detail

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