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WordPress overview

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WordPress is more than just blog software; it's become the standard publishing platform for millions of sites around the world, from celebrity sites like Kim Kardashian and Margaret Cho, to online publishing powerhouses like the Wall Street Journal magazine and CNN. WordPress is also a powerful publishing toolkit. It's robust. It's easy to use, and it's extremely extensible. In this movie, we were going to take a look at the basics of WordPress. WordPress allows admins and authors to create posts and pages. These are essentially the building blocks of blogs.

WordPress overview

WordPress is more than just blog software; it's become the standard publishing platform for millions of sites around the world, from celebrity sites like Kim Kardashian and Margaret Cho, to online publishing powerhouses like the Wall Street Journal magazine and CNN. WordPress is also a powerful publishing toolkit. It's robust. It's easy to use, and it's extremely extensible. In this movie, we were going to take a look at the basics of WordPress. WordPress allows admins and authors to create posts and pages. These are essentially the building blocks of blogs.

WordPress allows for the integration of all kinds of different media, for video, for plugging into sites like Facebook and Twitter, and for performing all kinds of different tasks. It can be installed locally, it can be hosted at WordPress.com, or it can be run in a hosting environment; it's all up to you. You can view sites through an RSS feed or through a traditional web site, via a browser or using a mobile device.

WordPress.org is the center for all things WordPress. Here you can find information about different versions of WordPress. You can find information about development. You can find information about how to use and extend WordPress. WordPress has an administrator where site administrators can add new plugins. They can create posts. They can edit the appearance and edit all the content inside of WordPress. In addition, the look and feel of WordPress can be changed by using themes.

There are over a thousand themes at the WordPress.org web site that can be downloaded for free. You can create your own custom themes, or you can start with these themes and add on and make them your own. In addition, the plugin API allows for the addition of tons of different functionality, for integrating with Facebook, for outputting an iPhone web site, for generating XML, for social networking, and literally thousands of other tasks. WordPress has become a powerful content management system for building more than just blogs.

Using the built-in features and extending WordPress with themes, widgets, and plugins, site admins can have full control over their web site, with little or no programming experience. In the rest of this course, we are going to show you how to use PHP, the open-source application development environment that WordPress uses to further customize WordPress to do exactly as you, your company, or your clients need.

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 23m 29s
    1. WordPress overview
      2m 32s
    2. Installing WPI for Windows
      3m 42s
    3. Installing MAMP for the Mac
      3m 25s
    4. Installing and configuring WordPress
      5m 51s
    5. Comparing WordPress 3.0 with previous versions
      2m 57s
    6. Setting up a PHP/WordPress development environment
      5m 2s
  3. 14m 47s
    1. Exploring WordPress plugins
      3m 42s
    2. Administering plugins from the WordPress admin
      5m 23s
    3. Exploring where plugins reside
      2m 51s
    4. Introduction to hooks
      2m 51s
  4. 39m 28s
    1. Creating the plugin PHP file(s)
      3m 12s
    2. More on hooks: Actions and filters
      3m 15s
    3. Installation and activation
      4m 6s
    4. Writing activation code
      3m 45s
    5. Writing an action
      5m 12s
    6. Writing a filter
      4m 15s
    7. About pluggable functions
      2m 1s
    8. Writing a pluggable function
      5m 30s
    9. Using template tags
      2m 46s
    10. Introducing shortcode
      5m 26s
  5. 26m 2s
    1. Widgets and the WordPress Widgets SubPanel
      2m 54s
    2. Comparing widgets and plugins
      1m 8s
    3. Using and customizing built-in widgets
      3m 18s
    4. Creating a new widget
      7m 21s
    5. Writing the constructor and registering widgets
      5m 20s
    6. Enabling configuration of widgets
      6m 1s
  6. 44m 59s
    1. Creating an admin interface
      5m 25s
    2. Saving data to the database
      5m 39s
    3. Securing form submission with nonces
      2m 25s
    4. Options editing post-WordPress 2.7
      4m 8s
    5. Integrating with the WordPress admin menus
      3m 34s
    6. WordPress admin dashboard API
      4m 5s
    7. Using existing options and option editing pages in WordPress
      5m 19s
    8. Using jQuery and AJAX for administration
      14m 24s
  7. 27m 13s
    1. Accessing the WordPress database
      5m 45s
    2. Using the built-in schema
      2m 21s
    3. Accessing data using $wpdb
      5m 15s
    4. Creating new tables
      7m 18s
    5. Inserting data
      6m 34s
  8. 26m 27s
    1. Introducing the Loop
      6m 22s
    2. Using WP_Query()
      3m 11s
    3. Custom filtering and sticky posts
      4m 58s
    4. Using jQuery and AJAX for posts and pages
      11m 56s
  9. 12m 9s
    1. Registering and promoting plugins
      2m 28s
    2. Creating an uninstall function
      5m 53s
    3. Backward compatibility issues
      3m 48s
  10. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding security issues
      11m 20s
    2. Internationalizing your plugin
      3m 43s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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