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Getting Started – Installing WordPress and Understanding the Dashboard

This beginner’s presentation is aimed at new users who are not yet familiar with how to install WordPress, create a basic site, or understand the functions of the WordPress Dashboard. We’ll demonstrate each section and point out some recommended settings that will be helpful to content creators. By the end of the presentation, the attendees will be familiar with the WordPress installation process, and be comfortable using the WordPress Dashboard, understand user roles and how to set critical WordPress configurations.

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  • AW S.

    Sorry I could not attend meeting. How can I get basic information on how to download and begin to use WORDPRESS ? I am new to this and will appreciate information about getting started . Thanks AW Bill Smith

    July 16, 2013

    • Sandi B.

      There are notes and links to How to Install WordPress and Guide to Dashboard at wpaustin.com

      July 17, 2013

  • Sandi B.

    There are notes and links to How to Install WordPress and Guide to Dashboard at wpaustin.com

    July 17, 2013

  • Kai Lamb C.

    I agree with all the comments below - most business owners don't need their WP site locally hosted. But I do appreciate Nicholas volunteering his time last night to teach the class.

    For those looking to create their own WP site, I highly recommend that you get a domain name from GoDaddy ($18?), use the GoDaddy WP hosting option - I think $6/month. It's pretty intuitive to setup and use. Then start playing around and experimenting in the WP Dashboard. If you come across something you can't figure out, simply Google the issue - you'll be amazed at the knowledgebase out there and just how many people had the same problem.

    Good luck.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A "Getting Started" class should give me an understanding of getting started, right? I slogged through the class but was frustrated from the beginning, not understanding the topic since the instructor had skipped all the getting started info. It would have been nice to be taught step one and walk through that online. Most everyone in class had a laptop on their lap that was idle since many of us were lost. We could have followed along on our own laptop if we weren't lost. A syllabus would help, as would keeping it basic, and not assuming we have prior knowledge. For example, I was thinking I could install the software and begin creating, not knowing I had to first find a host, install WP there, and build in that environment. It's all very new and confusing. The class was like drinking from a fire hose, and like coming into a movie late. Hearing was also difficult since the presenter was not amplified. Overall, the class was frustrating, but I managed to draw some new information.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Brett

    My calendar is all messed up, I thought it was Tuesday night! Sorry I missed it. Brett

    July 16, 2013

  • david p.

    Nice presenter, good hints about different things, didn't understand anything about wordpress, left early

    July 16, 2013

  • Dan G.

    Presenter was very knowledgeable about the subject and enthusiastic about the topic. However, for beginners in Wordpress, I believe there was too much time spent on various installation options with servers and cpanels and other terminology that was out of context. I'd recommend that you make that a separate and more advanced topic on installation choices and spend more time on the Dashboard and its myriad of configuration options. For the purpose of this introductory class, the basic Wordpress hosted installation should be sufficient, takes 15 minutes with commentary, and would allow more time to be spent on the dashboard.

    July 16, 2013

  • Deidre S.

    too much time on "servers/hosting" and not enough time on dashboard. Better to have a short syllabus and use extra time at the end for specific questions & answers;

    July 15, 2013

  • Gene J.

    Hi Everyone,
    Sorry I won't be able to make it tonight. This should open up a spot for someone.
    Thanks,
    Gene

    July 15, 2013

  • brian s.

    Hello
    This is Brian Scarbrough. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the tonight at 7 pm, due to new job responsibilities. Sorry for the late notice. Please let me know of future meet up groups for the continued training for Word Press.

    July 15, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Will we have wifi access to actually do this while were being taught? Are there enough electrical outlets to plug in laptops?

    Many of my business seminars provide these!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Jessica Vidal H.

    This is going to be Mac-friendly, right?

    July 14, 2013

    • Sandi B.

      Yes. WordPress is friendly with all operating systems.

      July 15, 2013

  • Luci R.

    I'm sorry I cannot make it this time

    July 15, 2013

  • Miguel F.

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it this time. Hope someone else can use my spot. Miguel

    July 14, 2013

  • Natalie

    Procrastination, as usual, puts me on a waiting list.

    July 10, 2013

  • Betty J.

    the next time...

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I understand that knowing wordpress and dashboard will assist in creating a website, if so, will another website meet up be offered?

    July 9, 2013

  • david p.

    Hi, stark raving beginner here. Do we bring computers or what please?

    July 7, 2013

    • Sandi B.

      Yes. It is always good to bring your lap top. that way if you have questions one of us can address them.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect, I live < 5 minutes away. Horray for convenience!

    July 7, 2013

  • Louise

    Timing for this couldn't be more perfect. Looking forward to it!

    July 5, 2013

  • brian s.

    No guests just me for a total of 1

    July 2, 2013

  • Linda P.

    Looking forward

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live north if anyone would like to carpool too!

    July 1, 2013

  • Mariana M.

    anyone live southeast? want to carpool to this?

    July 1, 2013

  • AW S.

    Looking forwar to seeing everyone and getting underway with a word press initial project. AWSmith

    July 1, 2013

  • Lacey W.

    Wordpress :)

    July 1, 2013

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