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Wordpress & Widgets

This presentation is from a workshop developed by Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media for the People in Your Neighbourhood project from the British Council in New Zealand, to enable young urban artists to produce, promote and sell their work.

Published by Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media, NZ under a Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (BY-NC-SA) License. You can share, remix and republish this work for non commercial use, as long as you give attribution and publish using the same CC license.

Hosted service

Can point domain name

Limitations, Customisation, Terms of Service constraints, Can't add widgets, Up to 50 MB hosting space

Set up

Create new Blog, Title, description

Add new admins

Create a page

First post

Add media files


Install new theme

Theme directory


Extra features in sidebars

Add some widgets

Paypal Widget


Extra functionality

Plugin Directory, Choose, Save File, Activate

Add Twitter Plugin

DIY Hosting

Softaculous once click install, ALT TV

Installation on own server space

Watch out for astroturf reviews

AN Hosting, Free domain name, Unlimited webspace, ftp uploads and bandwith - US$5.95 pcm, 20 cents a day, Server backups, Servers in US load faster, 24/7 Support, Mohawk Media Affiliate Link


Why Wordpress?

WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS), often used as a blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 13% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites.

Best practice publishing platform

Simple, scaleable, flexible, robust

Extensive support forums

Open source

Active development community

Easy to get going on hosted or own server space

Ranks well in Google search

Continually improving

Can embed widgets to add functionality

Wordpress Resources



Support Forums, Look for similar question or ask!

Free themes

Wordpress TV

Wordcamp NZ

Plugin - search 'jquery wordpress', 20 Excellent Plugins

Don't overload your site with plugins & widget - must add value

Nettuts Tutorial


Hypertext markup Language

Defines formatting of content

Basic HTML

Basic commands & nesting structure useful to know

Pop 'under the bonnet' to fix


Cascading style sheets

Seperates content from design

Introduction to CSS


Tagging & content strategy

What?, Topics? Themes?

Who?, Target Audience, Name, age, lives, drives, works, plays?

Why?, Outcomes, Purpose

How?, Activities, What tools

When?, Optimum times to publish

Where?, Home, Work, Mobile

Online ID, Namechk

Writing for the web

Multimedia integration

Host elsewhere and integrate

You Tube


Multiple doorways to content

Choose your address, topic, ten tags


managing feedback

un-moderated?, Spam issues

Use Creative Commons licensing to encourage remixes

Creative Commons is a non-profit making organisation founded in 2001, to provide an alternative copyright system for artists in the digital millennium. On the Wikipedia entry on Creative Commons their focus is stated as 'Expansion of "reasonable", flexible copyright'. The Creative Commons Information Flyer (pdf) explains that CC Licenses are not an alternative to copyright. 'They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs'. The end result is clearly defined terms of how a work is to be used, and a growing pool of legally remixable and mashable content.

CC is updating copyright for digital age

Updating copyright for digital age

Sits on top of copyright

Some rights reserved

Expresses how you want people to use your work

Publish some digital assets, Make it easy for fans, Run comps

CC Databases, Search CC, Free Music Archive, Jamendo




Blog RSS to Twitter


Linked In

Cross post links to social media

Put your site in the Wordpress Showcase

Social Media aggregation


Wordpress Community

Updating codebase

Keep plugins up to date

Antispam software

Monitor comments & stats (pageviews, most read, comes from...)

Use polls

Back up site regularly

Run security updates


1. Set up site

2. Publish a post

3. Change Theme

4. Add a Twitter widget

5. Add a Paypal Donations button

Merchant services page