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Gini Dietrich

WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

By: Gini Dietrich | March 21, 2013 | 
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The WizardDuring The Lies and Truths of Google Analytics with Andy Crestodina last month, Jennifer MacDonald asked if we could pleeeease do a webinar on WordPress.

Well, Jen, Lindsay Bell listened to you and invited Joe Hackman from Managed Solutions to help you (and Howie Goldfarb) and anyone else who needs it.

This webinar is for the muggles who need to get started with blogging, need a new website for their business or hobby, got started, but are stuck, or just need help with best practices.

There is a lot to cover so we’ve broken it down into two segments: WordPress Wizardry for Muggles and WordPress for Wizards.

The first half is the basics and helps you get everything set up for a website or blog using free, paid, or customized themes.

The second is more advanced and helps you add navigation, menus, pages, and plugins.

WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

Joe begins by telling you his six rules. I’m not going to tell you what they are…you have to watch to see!

He will teach you how to:

  • Select your domain name
  • Choose a registrar
  • Best practices for registration
  • Know the difference between .org and .com
  • Host the site: Choose the host, where to host, what to consider
  • Find help if you get stuck
  • Pick a theme and pros and cons for free, paid, and customized
  • Use plugins, when to be careful, and what to consider
  • Install WordPress
  • Use and FTP client to add your theme and plugin files
  • Perform basic tasks in the admin panel

WordPress for Wizards

I don’t think Joe realizes what he did here. There were a few things I still didn’t know how to do and now I do!

Watch out! I now can play in the Cpanel and add navigation, which means I’ll be messing on the WordPress sites we manage. Woo hoo!

He’ll also teach you how to:

  • Add things using your FTP access
  • Add a file
  • Use Softaculous, which allows you to easily add apps, scripts, and other neat things automatically to your site
  • Defend against hackers
  • Add menus and navigation
  • Add categories and use those in your menus
  • Change permalinks for SEO benefit
  • Archive your content
  • What to do with widgets and how to add or change them
  • Use basic HTML

The Details

The webinar with Joe is next Thursday, March 28, at noon ET. It’s the last in our three-month free trial package. Yes, it’s FREE.

I know some of you will be on spring break. Register anyway. That way you’ll get a copy of the video post-webinar and can watch it when you’re back.

For the rest of you, if you need help either getting started or advancing your knowledge with WordPress, we’ll see you at noon a week from today.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

99 comments
dbvickery
dbvickery

Crap, see what happens when I get behind in my reading?? I would have loved this webinar because I'm kicking around how difficult it would be to migrate our current corporate website over to self-hosted Wordpress. I moved my personal blog over to self-hosted Wordpress (courtesy of Sean McGinnis and 312 Digital), but I want to try my hand at actual Wordpress development.

kevinvandever
kevinvandever

@ginidietrich won't make it to the live event, but there are a few things I'd like to hear that so I registered to listen to later. Thanks.

Gini Dietrich
Gini Dietrich

Jaimie, make sure you register so we know to include you in the list to receive the recording. Aimee, probably a wizard!

Aimee West
Aimee West

YEA!! Wonder what group I'll be sorted into?

Jaimie Field
Jaimie Field

Thanks for letting me know there will be a recording of this sent (unfortunately I cannot make the live - wish I could).

NancyD68
NancyD68

I am going to register! What do you think about them apples? 

Tweet4OK
Tweet4OK

LOVE the title! Way to go!

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

I thought @hackmanj was a radio show host. Geez just when you thought you really knew someone.

 

I will be there. I am about to embark on building my own site/blog soon so this will be a great help!

aimeelwest
aimeelwest

I am so excited for this event! I know enough to be dangerous :)

kevinvandever
kevinvandever

@ginidietrich I could talk to most of the material listed in your 1st webinar, but there a couple in the 2nd I'd like to hear.

kevinvandever
kevinvandever

@ginidietrich cool. I muddled through lots if this stuff over the years, it'll be nice to learn the correct way to accomplish some of this.

NancyD68
NancyD68

 @ginidietrich Why? Apples are easier to throw, tasty and good for you. Bananas are mushy.

 

 

KaryD
KaryD

@ginidietrich @jsandford I have a love\/hate relationship w\/ Wordpress. It's the switch I'm not looking forward to. Once there, I'll be fine.