WordPress. How I love you! I’m not going to lie. It’s kinda disrupting my relationship and personal life. But it’s worth it. So lets talk WP shall we?
Lately I have been reading a lot of entries on a few sites that I wanted to share with everyone in the group. These sites can help anyone who is new to the WORDPRESS CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. I have learned more on these sites than anything else possible, besides the CODEX!
Getting started with WordPress could not be easier. Anyone who has used versions 3.0 and earlier knows that installing WP took a few minutes to install. The problem was remember the URL’s you had to visit to get the site up and running. Shortcuts help, notepads full of urls and etc start to stack up with the more sites you develop. So I wanted to share a few things I have learned over the last few years. Ready? GO!
WordPress, regardless of the site you are building, works the same way. You have your posts, pages, menu and settings tabs that handle just about everything. Your theme, is basically running its own admin panel inside WP, but it still calls (or uses) a lot of the core functions that WordPress has integrated (in most cases). WordPress does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to your site. If you want to have a login for users of your site to use, you can simply point them to yoursite.com/wp-login.php or yoursite.com/wp-admin and they will be redirected to a login screen. You can allow people to sign up as a user of your site and set the user role to subscriber until you bump them up or remove them. This can be done in the Users tab inside your Dashboard. When you see a theme with a login on the main page, usually in the header, they are basically pointing that form to use the scripts built into WP. Even if you have a Ecommerce plugin like Jigoshop or Woo-Commerce, they all point to the same location. So you do not have to know how to code that into your site like you would a basic HTML template. Pretty cool huh?
Everyday I learn something new about WordPress. Just yesterday, We learned in the meet up group that Buckets is a plugin that is going to help solve a simple problem: “Buckets are pieces of reusable content. This content can be placed in the middle of another content area or even inside another bucket.” With the current trend of WordPress sites popping up by the “Bucketfull”, see what I did there?, WordPress is here to stay. Sorry other CMS’s, you have been replaced.
I am going to end here, but I hope that the resources I have provided in this quick post help you to better learn WP and be prepared for the next meet up on JULY 31st 2012 at the Usr Lib!