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An Introduction to


Ian Krigsman

Melbourne ADUG August 18, 2014



I am a software developer

Target Audience

We will focus on technical aspects, not visual asthetics. A certain level of IT knowledge is assumed.

Nerd Assessment:
Q. Complete the following:
There is no place like http://localho _ _

http://localhome ?

Q. What is WordPress?


WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. - Wikipedia

Two flavours...

1. Hosted CMS


Hosted CMS

Hosted CMS

2. Roll your own CMS


Roll your own CMS

Design your site

What is your goal? ⇒ Site map

Tools you'll need


STOP PRESS: Does your hosting service provide a "One Click" WordPress install option?


Installation Demo

(Finally. I'll look interested now.)

WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard

Configuration Demo


Your /wp-login.php page will be a hackers magnet. Ignore basic steps at your peril.



<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /wordpress/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /wordpress/index.php [L]
<Files wp-login.php>
        order deny,allow
        Deny from all
        # Allow from this IP address
        allow from

Final Tips 1

Final Tips 2

Final Tips 3

Final Tips 4

Why WordPress?

"The best CMS is the one you'll use"

Q & A

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