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Tampa Bay Bloggers Message Board › Workshop: Getting Started with WordPress

Workshop: Getting Started with WordPress

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WordPress Workshop by Tom Johnson

Cost: $20 for chapter members, $10 for students and Franklin Templeton employees, $35 for non-members


Where: Franklin Templeton Investments, 100 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716. Park anywhere in the elevated parking area in front of Building 140. This is the eight-floor building with Franklin Templeton Investments across the top. The front of the building faces Ulmerton Road.

**It’s unlikely that we’ll have Wi-Fi, but you’re welcome to bring your laptop and tinker on your WordPress project as we go.

About the Workshop
WordPress, the most widely used open-source blogging software, gives you complete control over the design and display of your content. In addition to writing blog posts, WordPress allows you to create pages, add categories, customize your site design, define how posts appear, and more. However, with WordPress’s openly accessible code and advanced control over the design and functions, many people find themselves in over their heads quickly. This workshop will help you get started and posting regularly with WordPress. Here are some of the tasks and concepts we’ll cover:

Installing WordPress
Using FTP to work with WordPress files
Configuring general settings, such as permalinks
Importing your posts from Blogger or other sites
Writing posts and pages
Organizing content with categories and tags
Modifying sidebar widgets
Ordering pages
Choosing and implementing themes
Installing essential plugins
Routing your feed through Feedburner
Updating WordPress to the latest version
Understanding your theme’s files
Working with CSS
Modifying fonts and headings
Understanding template hierarchy
You can also bring any questions you have about your own blog.

About Tom
Tom Johnson is a senior technical writer for a non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, Utah. He writes an active technical communications blog at He also records podcasts, often interviewing technical writing luminaries around the world. And he started, a social news site where anyone can submit links to articles about technical communication. Tom is also a WordPress blog consultant.

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