Beginning WordPress Discussion @ WordPress Houston Meetup

Jenia asked me to prepare some materials and lead a small group discussion at the Houston WordPress Meetup for some of the attendees who are newer to WordPress. Below is a summary of most of the items covered in the discussion.

By the way, I had to switch WordPress themes to post this information, so I will have to fix my website later.

Quick Overview of WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

Per participant request, we started the discussion with the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.  If total control over your site including no restrictions on themes and plugins is more important to you, go with the WordPress.org. WordPress.org is also sometimes known as the self-hosted version because you must have your own hosting account.  If ease of use including low maintenance is more important to you than complete control, I recommend WordPress.com. See what WordPress has to say about the difference.

Regardless of which version you go with, I recommend using your own domain name. You can always migrate from one version to the other later by the import/export functionality in the control panel.

First places to go for help

Ask google. Check the WordPress website including the WordPress codex which is the official documentation for WordPress.

Best WordPress Blogs to get you started

Useful WordPress Forums

WordPress Video Tutorials

  • WordPress 101 has a pay what you want price and occasionally announces via Twitter or Facebook that signing up is free.
  • Lynda costs $25/month and seemed to be recommended by a few other participants in the discussion.

WordPress Podcasts

Asking for Help

  • WordPress Questions — you can pay as little as $5 to get your question quickly answered if forums are not fast enough for you.
  • WordPress Answers — similar to WordPress questions but free. (Recommended by Chris)
  • Use the #WordPress hashtag on Twitter.

Other Links

First things to do after you set up a WordPress Site

Part of the discussion turned to the first things that you need to do once you set up a WordPress site.  Sure there are lots more things to worry about, but this will get you started.

Any other items you would recommend for people new to WordPress?

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