Balticon 47 Wrap up – Part 19, WordPress 101

by Doc Coleman on October 7, 2013 · 3 comments

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Time once again for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. This week, we’re looking at a subject that has come up year after year due to the huge level of interest. Whether you are a writer, podcaster, graphic artist, or some other type of creative, if you’re going to try to make your work available online, or just keep up an online presence to tell people about your works, you’re eventually going to want a content management system. While there are many good content management systems out there, for most people the best combination of power, flexibility, and control in managing your content leads to WordPress. To help you make sense of all these options, Balticon’s New Media Track put together this panel: WordPress 101

Pamela Gay is our moderator for this panel, as we try to lay out the most important basics for someone looking at setting up a new WordPress site. Joining Pamela on the panel are Allison Gamblin, Tim Dodge, Nuchtchas, and myself. There are a lot of different aspects of a site to consider when setting up your own online presence. WordPress allows a user to determine the level of depth they want to go to in order to pursue each of these elements. You can skim the surface and select themes and plug-ins that do most of the work for you, or you can go in-depth with other WordPress plug-ins, or you can take all that power into your own hands and dive into the php code underlying WordPress and customize the system to your heart’s content. How far you go us up to you, and your needs.

This panel is aimed at the complete novice, so it tends to keep to the surface most of the time, although we do occasionally dig a little deep into technical details in order to explain a few points. We do address the basics of securing your site so that it remains your site, some of the advantages and disadvantages of using plugins, how themes can help you customize the look of your site, the differences between a framework and a theme, creating your first posts, and a quick look at some of the more useful plugins that WordPress offers.

While there may seem to be a lot of different factors to take into account when setting up a WordPress site, the system really does make it easy to get started and create a good-looking site very quickly.

There are a number of questions from the audience on this panel, and we’ve done the best we can to make the audience questions audible. We’re sorry if you’re still having trouble understanding the questions.

Enjoy the show!


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