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, 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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belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

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!!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay Will there be a Horcrux?

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski A who-what?

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay  @jasonkonopinski There will not be a horcrux.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay <harrypotter>A Horcrux.</harrypotter>

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @belllindsay Clearly Lindsay hasn’t actually read Harry Potter.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @belllindsay And you hired her? Sheesh.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski Nope. 🙂

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  @belllindsay I have read the first book and am clueless about what a Horkucuss is. But I am a Muggle in Alien clothing.
 
BTW Gini I wonder how using Muggles will affect your SEO. Waiting for the 3rd graders to arrive to torch @hackmanj with advanced Potter questions.

aimeelwest
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay Check and Check! All done and ready to go.

coffeewithjulie
coffeewithjulie
3 years 4 months ago

belllindsay who could resist that title!! Love it

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

coffeewithjulie 😀

adammbsmith
adammbsmith
3 years 4 months ago

Perfect timing Gini! I’m just about to start work on adamsmithseo.co.uk 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@adammbsmith Oh good! This will be super helpful, then!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski WOO HOO!!

John_Trader1
John_Trader1
3 years 4 months ago

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.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@John_Trader1  I wish I could take credit for it. All I did was green light it.

John_Trader1
John_Trader1
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich It takes a green light for an idea to blossom.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@John_Trader1 If you worked here, I’d accuse you of brown nosing.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

@John_Trader1 *curtsy*

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@John_Trader1  you give@jasonkonopinski way too much credit John! He steals all his best lines from Benny Hill.

annelizhannan
3 years 4 months ago

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.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@annelizhannan I hope not, too! And we’ll send you a copy of the recording.

Justjeffpls
Justjeffpls
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

Justjeffpls Not counter-productive at all. This is what we do.

RobBiesenbach
3 years 4 months ago

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 wordpress.org — so it would be great to be more conversant when they talk plug-ins and other features.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@RobBiesenbach Yep! Just make sure you register so we know to send you the video.

RobBiesenbach
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Done and done. And I apologize — I see that info was in the post, and I even looked for it twice!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@RobBiesenbach LOL!! No problem at all!

KenMueller
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@KenMueller I think it is, too. I can’t figure out how to pronounce the other one.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @KenMueller It’s Soft-Tack-You-Less!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

What  @belllindsay said. Phonics are fun! 🙂  @ginidietrich  @KenMueller

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  It’s really not that difficult, is it Jason…? @ginidietrich  @KenMueller

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay  @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  @KenMueller so you get a massage and word press tips from Softalicious?

lizreusswig
3 years 4 months ago

This looks so good!  Can’t wait!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@lizreusswig You’ll get some good tips. And he’s a very good teacher in that he takes his time and really explains what you should do.

jennimacdonald
3 years 4 months ago

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.”  : )

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@jennimacdonald I hope it helps you!

jennimacdonald
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Gini it will, the FTP section is exactly what I’m looking for!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@jennimacdonald No pressure, right? LOL

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
3 years 4 months ago

Sounds like it is chock full of useful information.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I got some really good info in the second half. I was rubbing my hands together…I’m evil.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes *breaks out in cold sweat*

DickCarlson
DickCarlson
3 years 4 months ago

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!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@DickCarlson Great. I just put a new engine in my car. Now you tell me.

lrmhealy
lrmhealy
3 years 4 months ago

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

aimeelwest
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@aimeelwest Now you’re going to know enough to actually blow up a site, if you want!

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @aimeelwest I am so excited and Gini gave me the keys to her site. Soon I will be licensed!

aimeelwest
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Very nice *evil genius pose with hairless cat and black glove…

jasonkonopinski
3 years 4 months ago

Looking forward to learning some of these advanced tricks.

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@jasonkonopinski I heard @hackmanj is going to teach the 1260 boneless back flip mctwist in the advanced class..

hackmanj
3 years 4 months ago

@HowieG  @jasonkonopinski who let that leak? That is my signature move. Damn.

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

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!

hackmanj
3 years 4 months ago

@HowieG when @belllindsay asks you to do a Webinar, you don’t say “hey, I am a radio show host!” you say, yes ma’am. 
 
Glad to be of assistance to you, regardless Mr. House Muzak.

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@hackmanj  @belllindsay what is a webinar is that like a sham-wow but made by spiders?

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@HowieG  @hackmanj Howie, you really need some help. You’re not a muggle. *I’m* a muggle. You’re a….horcrux!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@hackmanj  @HowieG HAHAHA! You know that video killed the radio star!

NancyD68
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay  @hackmanj  @HowieG Great. Now I have that stupid song stuck in my head. This is YOUR fault Lindsay!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@NancyD68  @hackmanj  @HowieG Mwaaahahahaha!! (I do a killer karaoke version of that tune!)

NancyD68
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay  @hackmanj  @HowieG I am hitting karaoke tonight to sing The Bitch is Back!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@HowieG  This was designed specifically for you.

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich so when I finally have a beechin WP site up with glitter and fancy garlands and strobe lighting will @dannybrown @shonali and you finally visit for some Chai and a vegan cupcakes?

Shonali
3 years 4 months ago

@HowieG  @ginidietrich Of course!

thedigitaldive_
thedigitaldive_
3 years 4 months ago

RT ginidietrich: In which hackmanj gives you everything you need to know about using WordPress http://t.co/lTyyY8vbQbbQb

SpinSucks
SpinSucks
3 years 4 months ago

hackmanj The wizard himself 😉

hackmanj
hackmanj
3 years 4 months ago

SpinSucks 🙂

SpinSucks
SpinSucks
3 years 4 months ago

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

SpinSucks
SpinSucks
3 years 4 months ago

jennimacdonald Me toooooo!!!!

Tweet4OK
3 years 4 months ago

LOVE the title! Way to go!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Tweet4OK That was all @belllindsay !

NancyD68
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@NancyD68 I prefer bananas.

NancyD68
3 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@NancyD68 Bananas have potassium, which helps with sore muscles.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

KaryD Oh dear. You’re on Posterous.

jsandford
jsandford
3 years 4 months ago

ginidietrich KaryD <raises hand too>

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

jsandford KaryD Switch to WordPress! You’ll like it so much better.

KaryD
KaryD
3 years 4 months ago

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.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

KaryD It’s not as painful as you think. I promise.

KaryD
KaryD
3 years 4 months ago

ginidietrich jsandford yeah…blah. Not looking forward to this.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

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

SpinSucks
SpinSucks
3 years 4 months ago

AceConcierge Thanks for sharing our posts Suzie!!

AceConcierge
AceConcierge
3 years 4 months ago

SpinSucks You’re welcome. Always great posts to share

Jaimie Field
Jaimie Field
3 years 4 months ago

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

Aimee West
Aimee West
3 years 4 months ago

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

Gini Dietrich
Gini Dietrich
3 years 4 months ago

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

Jaimie Field
Jaimie Field
3 years 4 months ago

Thanks Gini – already taken care of!

SpinSucks
SpinSucks
3 years 3 months ago

CallMeDer Woot!!

kevinvandever
kevinvandever
3 years 3 months ago

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.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 3 months ago

kevinvandever We’ll get you the recording later today or tomorrow, at the latest

kevinvandever
kevinvandever
3 years 3 months ago

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.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 3 months ago

kevinvandever I’m surprised you aren’t already the expert!

kevinvandever
kevinvandever
3 years 3 months ago

ginidietrich wait! There’s no way to heckle you if I don’t attend live. Doh!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 3 months ago

kevinvandever HAHAHAHA! Your loss!

kevinvandever
kevinvandever
3 years 3 months ago

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.

dbvickery
3 years 3 months ago

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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