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WordCamp Orlando 2012 talk given by Kai Armstrong. This covers WordPress best practices for novice users and sh*t they shouldn't do!

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  • 1.WORDPRESSBEST PRACTICESSh*t You Shouldnt DoBy: Kai Armstrong / @phikai / kaiarmstrong.com Confession: Its not WordPress

2. About Me!I direct customer happiness forI have a degree in Hospitality Management from the University ofCentral Florida and a Masters in Business Administration fromStetson University.Ive been supporting WordPressprofessionally for over two years nowand working with it for more than four.When Im not glued to a monitor ormy phone I love this 3. What are wedoing?!?An action packed,crash course, braindump, question/answer shenaniganfilled hour ofWordPress.There will be a test, sotake notes, listen well,and ask plenty ofquestions. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronschmidt/281619803/ 4. Sweet New Theme?Make a child theme!http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themeshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/5770429301/ 5. Sweet Vacation Photos? Make them smaller! Resize your images before you upload them to WordPress. If youre not providing high resolution versions of your images, make them as small as the largest place you use them.Courtesy: @nanpalmerohttp://www.flickr.com/photos/nanpalmero/8066874114/http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/https://github.com/zippykid/smushkid 6. SecuringWordPress Remove Themes Remove Plugins Secure Accounts Updates Updates Updateshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/7712545428/ 7. RemoveThemesUnused themes are asecurity risk.Delete any that yourenot using, or thatarent required byyour theme. 8. RemovePluginsUnused plugins are asecurity risk.Delete any that yourenot using, or thatarent required byanother plugin. 9. Username Change the default admin username Set a strong password 10. UpdatesUPDATE!UPDATE!UPDATE!There are a variety ofreasons to update asite: Security Bug Fixes Features 11. BackupsBackup your site on a regular basisWHY? Issues with updates Malware Server Failure Move SiteKeep your backups offsite: Backup to your local machine Use an offsite provider 12. WordPress Codexhttp://codex.wordpress.org/If you need to know anythingabout WordPress this is the bible.Plugin and Theme development.Basic help for you and how tohelp the community. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49889874@N05/5645164344/ http://wordpress.org/support/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/ http://wp.tutsplus.com/ http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/ http://www.meetup.com/find/ 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkn/3526522573/ 15. https://www.zippykid.comKai Armstrong / @phikai / kaiarmstrong.com