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  • CC BY-SA 2.0 Jeff Vier @ Flickr

    From to Self-hosted WordCamp Vancouver August 15, 2015

    Luiza Libardi @luizalibardi


  • Roadmap

    What is WordPress Self-hosting Installing WordPress Understanding your site Migrating content Customizing

  • What is WordPress?

    Content Management System (CMS)

    Top Content Management Systems (August 2015)

    a.k.a. publishing platform

    50% 2% 2%9%


  • What is WordPress?

    Open Source


    The GNU General Public License is the most widely used, free

    software license, which guarantees individuals, organizations

    or companies the freedom to use, study, share, and modify

    the software. The GPL guarantees:

    the freedom to use the software for any purpose

    the freedom to change the software to suit your needs

    the freedom to share the software

    the freedom to share the changes you make

    CommunityDon't miss:Who Works on What in WordPress @ 4pm Room #280, downstairs

  • Create an account Free hosting Free subdomains Abide to their Terms of Service Restricted customization No access to FTP files or database

  • Self-hosting:

    WordPress CMS repository (no login required) Themes and Plugins repository (no login required) Information about WordPress (no login required)

    Forums (login required)

    Don't miss:Help Me Help You: The Art and Science of Getting Good WordPress Support @ 11am Room #820, here

  • Self-hosting: Filesystem and Database

    Files have a name and path (folders)

    Files have metadata associated with them (last modification date, media type)

    Content is accessed through an FTP software (such as Filezilla or Fetch)

    Content is a series of entries in a table

    Content can be "connected" to other entries in the database system

    Content is accessed through an online management system

    WordPress uses PHP (programming language) to store and retrieve data from a database.


    More about WP database:

  • Self-hosting: choosing a hosting company

    Minimum requirements to run WP: PHP version 5.2.4 or greater

    MySQL version 5.0 or greater

    The mod_rewrite Apache module

    Also good to check: Active 24/7 support


    Useful resources:

    Don't miss:Why Security Matters @ 2pm Room #820, here

  • Installing WordPress

    root wp-admin wp-content wp-includes index.php license.txt readme.html wp-activate.php wp-blog-header.php wp-comments-post.php wp-config-sample.php wp-cron.php wp-links-opml.php wp-load.php wp-login.php wp-mail.php wp-settings.php wp-signup.php wp-trackback.php xmlrpc.php

    If your hosting company doesn't provide a

    automatic installation:

    1. Download and unzip the WordPress package.

    2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.

    3. (Optional) Find and rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php, then edit the file and add your database information.

    4. Upload the WordPress files to the desired directory on your web server.

    5. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing the URL in a web browser. This should be the URL where you uploaded the WordPress files.

    Detailed instructions:

  • database username

    database password

    database name



  • [email protected]

  • Dashboard

  • Migrating: export from

  • Migrating: import to your site

    Your site Your site

  • Migrating: import to your site

    Your site Your site

  • Migrating: import to your siteYour site

  • Understanding your siteWhere are my posts stored? Why aren't they in the FTP? Post contents are stored in the database along with comments, users, links and relationships.

  • Understanding your siteWhere are my images and uploads?Everything you upload via Media uploader, on your

    Dashboard, goes to the uploads folder located under the

    following structure: root/wp-content/uploads

    The media is organized in subfolders named after the

    year-month of the upload date.

    root wp-admin wp-content index.php languages plugins themes uploads wp-includes index.php license.txt readme.html wp-activate.php wp-blog-header.php wp-comments-post.php wp-config.php wp-cron.php wp-links-opml.php wp-load.php wp-login.php wp-mail.php wp-settings.php wp-signup.php wp-trackback.php xmlrpc.php

  • Options

    Migrating: redirect the readers offers a Site Redirect service for $13 per year. See detailed instructions:

    Alternatively, you can write a post to let users know you have migrated to a different address.

  • Customizing WordPress: Themes

    What are Themes?Get them at

    Same content

    Different views

    More about Themes:

    Don't miss:Shortcut to choosing your WordPress Theme @ 1pm - Room #820, here

  • Customizing WordPress: Themes Your site

    Always work with Child Themes!

  • Customizing WordPress: Themes

    Where to learn?

    w3schools CSS Tutorials

    w3schools HTML Tutorials

    A Beginners Guide to HTML & CSS

    An Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS

    WordPress Masterclass on

    Don't miss:Debugging CSS @ 11amRoom #820, Atrium

  • Customizing WordPress: Plugins

    Plugins are pieces of code to extend the

    functionality of your site.

    More about Plugins:

    What are Plugins?Get them at

  • Customizing WordPress: Plugins Your site

    Always check Ratings and Support!

  • Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin released in 2011 that enables you to use features

    previously only available on on any WordPress website.

    Customizing WordPress: Plugins



    Email subscriptions

    Social networking comment system

    The URL shortener

    Automatic posting to social networks

    Grammar checker

    Embedded galleries

    Mobile theme

    Sign in using your log-in credentials

    And more...

    Download link:

  • Thank you!