September 18, 2011 · 1:00 PM
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So you say you want your own (self-hosted) WordPress website...
At our last meetup there was an overwhelmingly positive response that people wanted a workshop that walked them through setting up their own WordPress website...
This is your chance!
Who should attend:
People who want and do not have their own self-hosted WordPress website or blog. This is a good exercise for people who are considering moving from Blogger (or another platform). You will leave with a sandbox where you can play and explore WordPress without worrying about breaking things.
Developers and experienced users are also welcome. We can use more eyes and hands to help people work through stuck places. (I'm waiving the fee for local developers. Please email me if you want to help out.)
What you will do:
- Install WordPress "from scratch," not using the one-click install. This will give you a better understanding of how your website works.
- Learn to download and install themes and plugins.
- You will learn to create posts and pages.
- You will create menus.
- You will install widgets and create menus
- You will learn to configure a few key plugins.
What you should bring:
- Laptop (with power cord)
- Your own domain name (e.g. www.example.com). More information in Words to the Wise.
- FTP software (FileZilla works well on both PC and Mac)
- Content (words) for at least two blog posts
- Content (words) for an "About" page
- Content (images) to add to the blog posts
- A credit card (you may need it to buy a premium theme and/or hosting)
- A notebook and pen (you will want to write key pieces of information down)
- Wonder and excitement
Suggested Things to do in advance, have, or bring:
Words to the Wise
We will have three hours. There is a LOT of material. We will move quickly. I will do my best to keep everybody together. You will do yourself (and others) the most good by doing some preparation in advance.
DOMAIN NAME: You MUST have this before the workshop starts. Finding a good domain name can be a huge time suck. I burned 90 minutes looking last weekend and never did buy one. Possible sources: GoDaddy.com, NameSecure.com or NameCheap.com.
HOSTING: Do NOT buy hosting at GoDaddy. You WILL have problems later. Save yourself the headache. Avoid DreamHost, too. They are reputable, but the installation process has a few sticking points that I would rather not deal with in a large group.
THEMES: If you are considering using a commercial or premium theme, do the window shopping before the course. After selecting a domain name, this is the biggest time suck. If you have questions, watch my presentation about Theme Selection from WordCamp Detroit 2010. Possible sources: http://www.studiopress.com/, http://www.woothemes.com/,and http://headwaythemes.com/ are reliable. ThemeForest.net has some pretty themes, though the coding on them can be questionable.
Please post them to the message board so everyone can benefit from them.