Seacoast NH WordPress Meetup – Amp Up Your Admin

wordpress-developmentA Seacoast NH WordPress Developers Meetup took place on May 7, 2014 and Amanda Giles gave a presentation on some simple tricks to customize and improve the WordPress Admin pages.  Thanks to Alpha Loft in Portsmouth, NH for providing our venue.

The meeting was well attended with 10 WordPress developers.  Brief introductions from around the table spurred a conversation about the best WordPress plugin to use for backups.  BackupBuddy and UpdraftPlus were recommended, but we all agreed the wide variety of client  server configurations made consistency a challenge for backup plugins.

Tonight’s presentation was very PHP code-based and Amanda dove right in with some working demos.  The functions.php file and other data can be found on our Meetup page.

Amanda covered the following topics

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WordPress is Not Just For Blogging

wordpress-developmentIn the Beginning WordPress Was For Bloggers

WordPress has a reputation for being blogging software based on it’s history, and the current 60 Million+ bloggers on WordPress.com.

The open-source version of WordPress comes from WordPress.org.  The widely used blog engine is found on WordPress.com.  Confusing?  Read WordPress.org vs WordPress.com to understand the difference.  We’re discussing the open-source WordPress.org version.  This version has evolved into a flexible content management system (CMS) that is widely tested, supported, and secure.

Pages, Not Blog Posts

95% of my clients use WordPress to display static pages about their businesses or organizations.  There are no blog posts on these sites.  I encourage clients to have a business blog, showing their expertise, but blogging is not for everyone.

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Why Use WordPress Shortcodes?

wordpress-shortcodeWordPress shortcodes are a way of creating code macros within WordPress post and page content.  These simple codes, surrounded by square brackets, can be dropped into text within the WordPress Dashboard editor.  Shortcodes provide 2 solutions for web developers:

  1. DRY (don’t repeat yourself), i.e. write code once and re-use it in WordPress posts and pages. Future updates are in one spot.
  2. Shield non-tecnhical clients from arcane PHP/HTML code.

Here’s a talk that was created for the Seacoast NH WordPress Developers Meetup that took place on April 2, 2014.

WordPress Shortcodes PowerPoint

We always like to see working, live code, so here are the examples used in the talk:

functions.php

twitter-shortcode-plugin.php

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Problem: Your website is difficult to update, and your customers aren’t seeing new information. You need a content management system (CMS).

Solution

wordpress-content-managment-systemUsing a content management system (CMS), like WordPress, allows you to make updates to your website.  WordPress is a free, open-source system that is widely supported on the Internet.  If you can use a program like Microsoft Word, you’ll be able to update your site using WordPress, without needing to learn HTML.  It’s easy to use, secure, and allows for future growth of your website.  WordPress separates the content of your site from the technology.  This makes it easy to update without breaking your website.  Let me help you get a new site or an existing site on the Internet using the WordPress CMS.


Problem: Your customers aren’t finding you because your website needs to rank higher on search results pages. You need search engine optimization (SEO).

Solution

search-engine-resultsSearch engines, like Google, use equations to arrive at a page ranking score for search page results.   There are 2 basic tasks to getting better search page results.  The first is your website: the internal HTML tag fields of your website needs to reflect your content, and you need to have content containing the keywords for your business.  The second part is to have other sites on the Internet refer to your website because of the great content!  I’ve helped clients do this very thing.  Let me make the technical changes required and show you how to improve the content of your website and get your website linked on the Internet using proven, accepted techniques.  All of this is known as search engine optimization or SEO.