Category Archives: Beginning

– Welcome –

Welcome to WordPress-Saratoga

  • Attendance: / Sign-in Sheet / password
  • Survey 1: Macintosh, Windows, Linux?
  • Survey 2: Freelance, Startup Team Member, Corporate Employee?
  • Survey 3: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced User?
  • Fundamentals
    • Blogging
      • Write & post, categorize & tag; fresh content, from time to time.
      • Content consists of text, photos, and/or audio/visual media.
      • Accept comments from visitors.
    • WordPress.com
      • Free Hosted Service, Themes, and Widgets (limited)
      • Optimized Resource Utilization, Load Balancing
      • Automatic Version Updating
    • WordPress.org
      • Host a CMS* website on server of own choosing.
      • Unlimited Customization, Access to Code
      • Maintenance is your own Responsibility!
  • This Month’s Question?
  • Introduce Yourself
    • Name, Title, and Background
    • Tell us about your experience with WordPress so far.
    • Where do you plan to go with WordPress?
  • Next Month’s Topic?
  • Other Meetup Groups 

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* Content Management System (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content on a website as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.


Coding Format – Banner Ratlif Style – The closing control is indented as the last item in the list, and thus properly loses salience. This makes visual scanning easier since the headers of any block are the only thing exdented at that level so that the closing control of the prior block does not interfere with the visual flow of the next block header.


WordPress 5.0 Beta 4

1) Outline Beginning

CONTENTS

  1. Outline Beginning
  2. Communication
  3. Terminology
  4. Files
  5. Client Server
  6. Happy New Year – 2015!

  • WordPress-Saratoga <- our Bay Area Meetup Group
  • Automattic <- the company that manages WordPress.com
  • WordPress.com <- easiest way to start  blogging on internet
  • WordPress.org <- source of WordPress GPL source code
    • ZapMap.com <- WordPress.org installed on Apache at Hypersurf  ISP
  • Installation
    • ISP – Internet Service Provider
    • FTP – File Transfer Protocol
    • DNS – Domain Name System
  • Content
    • Posts/Pages
    • Visual/Text
    • Categories/Tags
    • Graphics/Images
      • raster/vector
      • jpeg, gif, png, svg
  • Themes
    • Display/Navigation
    • Layout/Structure
      • Header
      • Footer
      • Sidebar
  • Plugins/Widgets
    • contact form
    • ecommerce
    • photography
    • social network

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2) Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. -George Bernard Shaw

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WordPressers get together
every month in Saratoga, CA
to exchange information & ideas
concerning the rapidly evolving world
of internet communications.

4) Files

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Typical file structure of a WordPress installation. This image shows the contents of a homemade plugin.

 

6) Happy New Year – 2015!

Jan: New To WordPress?: Here’s How to Get Started
Feb: Creating and Using Posts, Categories & Tags
Mar: Creating and Using Pages & Templates
Apr: Using Themes
May: Using Plugins
Jun: Creating Child Themes
Jul: UX for Theme Development
Aug: Permalinks & Other Core Settings
Sep: The MySQL Database: Overview & Details
Oct: Blog Design and Layout
Nov: Writing Plugins: All about the API and Resources
Dec: Profit from Documentation & Development

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Glossary

archive page – a list of posts based on a category, taxonomy, post type.

category – to access a limited set of posts.

class – 1) identifies the style to use in the HTML markup.
class – 2) the uninstantiated object in object oriented progamming (OOPS).

directory – what you see as a folder in your GUI, can be referred to as a “directory” in your command-line interface.

footer – bottom of the web page.

GUI – Graphical User Interface, pronounced goo•ey.

head – the HTML tag inside a web page holding data not displayed.

header – the top part of a web page.

hook – a place in core code made accessible to themes & plugins.

id – an identifier in CSS like class, but unique within the web page.

index – 1) points to an element of an array.
index – 2) the first HTML (or PHP) file sought within a directory.

mapping – using a domain you own to access your wp.com blog.

masking – an extreme form of mapping.

menu – list of links to pages or a category of posts.

navigation – menus to other places in a web site.

page – a “post” of the post type page.

permalink – a custom url structure, the permanent link to individual posts.

plugin – a file added to a theme usually to provide widget(s).

post – 1) a single item of “content” stored in the wp_posts database table, which is one of the five types: post, page, attachment, revision, nav_menu_item.
post – 2) a “post” of the post type post.

sanitize – author name, category, and postname get sanitized in permalinks by having spaces replaced with hyphens.

selector –  – in CSS, the rule set with declaration blocks (property name & value) pointing to the HTML element to style.

sidebar – navagation links, to the right or left.

slug – a user-friendly short text used in a permalink.

style – in CSS, a rule consisting of selectors, and declaration blocks.

tag – 1) an element of the HTML markup language.
tag – 2) used like a category (but without hierarchy) to provide more detail to a post.
$tag – 3) the hook parameter in an action function.
tag, template – 4) PHP function that instructs WordPress to “do” or “get” something. Conditional tags are used in template files to change the content displayed on a particular page depending on what conditions that page matches.

template – a PHP file controlling the structure of part of the web page.

theme – a collection of templates creating the look & feel (design) of the website.

UTC – Coordinated Universal Time is a “time standard” and not a time zone like Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) but, in practice, share the same current time.

widget – provided by a plugin to give extra function & structure.

 

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