Gini Dietrich

WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

By: Gini Dietrich | March 21, 2013 | 

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, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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99 responses to “WordPress Wizardry for Muggles”

  1. belllindsay says:

    I wanted to add that it’s important that you MUST signup through GoToWebinar also – click the link in the email you receive after registering at Spin Sucks Pro.
    If you DON’T signup through GoToWebinar, you won’t get your reminder emails, and you won’t get your unique link for the day of the webinar. 
    Please don’t neglect this vital final step – we don’t want you to miss your chance to become a WordPress Wizard!!

  2. coffeewithjulie says:

    belllindsay who could resist that title!! Love it

  3. adammbsmith says:

    Perfect timing Gini! I’m just about to start work on 🙂

  4. Gini is messing with scripts? Oh boy – prepare for the rocket launch. 😉

  5. John_Trader1 says:

    A great idea for a Webinar GD. Can’t thank you enough for the help to master these tools. I’ll leave the thankful snark to @jasonkonopinski – he’s far better at it than I.

  6. I can’t make it for the live webinar but signing up to snuggle with the muggles. I just hope @howiegoldfarb ‘s  toes aren’t to cold by then.

  7. Justjeffpls says:

    ginidietrich Why b so new tech addictive. Seems counter productive n ur business. Hi how u doin?

  8. Will it be available to view afterwards? I have a conflict, but would love to watch it. I just hired someone to do this for me — overhaul my site and blog and put it all in — so it would be great to be more conversant when they talk plug-ins and other features.

  9. KenMueller says:

    Man, I read that one thing as Softalicious. I think that’s a better name anyway.

  10. lizreusswig says:

    This looks so good!  Can’t wait!

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lindsay! I am very excited for this webinar, if it’s anything like the Google Analytics webinar it’s going to be “off the chain.”  : )

  12. Sounds like it is chock full of useful information.

  13. DickCarlson says:

    The most important WP advice I can give anyone is to find a very, very competent WP guru and make them your friend.  When you start out as a “muggle” you make little bitty mistakes that are easily corrected.  As you get more confident (I found), you start making much bigger mistakes that are far more difficult to correct.  Sort of like working on your own car.  It’s hard to get in too much trouble changing your own oil, but once you start plugging in new performance chips, watch out!

  14. lrmhealy says:

    KaryD ginidietrich Thanks for sharing (and the reminder) – I need to do this too

  15. aimeelwest says:

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

  16. Looking forward to learning some of these advanced tricks.

  17. HowieG says:

    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!

  18. thedigitaldive_ says:

    RT ginidietrich: In which hackmanj gives you everything you need to know about using WordPress

  19. SpinSucks says:

    hackmanj The wizard himself 😉

  20. SpinSucks says:

    KATEaOConnor Woot!! I’m very excited for this!

  21. SpinSucks says:

    jennimacdonald Me toooooo!!!!

  22. Tweet4OK says:

    LOVE the title! Way to go!

  23. NancyD68 says:

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

  24. ginidietrich says:

    KaryD Oh dear. You’re on Posterous.

  25. ginidietrich says:

    StephanieFlo You’re welcome! Though I can’t really take credit. I’m just the shallow figurehead.

  26. SpinSucks says:

    AceConcierge Thanks for sharing our posts Suzie!!

  27. Jaimie Field says:

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

  28. Aimee West says:

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

  29. Gini Dietrich says:

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

  30. Jaimie Field says:

    Thanks Gini – already taken care of!

  31. SpinSucks says:

    CallMeDer Woot!!

  32. kevinvandever says:

    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.

  33. dbvickery says:

    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.

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