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2: A Tour Of The In My Garden Site

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This is a look at the model (I also call it the prototype) site I use for this course. I’ll be building it over the next five modules.

I explain the important differences between WordPress’s main content types, pages and posts.

I also show you a few of the plugins I’ll be teaching you in Module 5 – Plugins.

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What you’re looking at is a WordPress website that I call In My Garden. It’s my prototype site, and it’s the model site that I’m going to use to build this particular site during this series. What I like about this website is it shows off all the core features– Or at least, a lot of the core features of what WordPress can do.

Right off the bat, I want to tell you that WordPress has two different kinds of content. What you’re looking at here, yeah it’s the home page. Yeah, I’ve got a terrible picture of myself in my garden. But there are two different kinds of content. This content is called static content– That is, pages like this. I have a number of them over here. “Prep” where I prepare the garden, and “Plant,” and the “Harvest” page.

These four, they’re always going to be on the site, they’re always going to be accessible to my users or my readers. If it was a different kind of website, let’s say for a small business, I’d want pages to be things like “Our Team,” and “Testimonials,” and “Contact Us.” Maybe about our services and products and things like that.

So, “Pages,” also known as static content is information you always want to be on your site. I’ll be building the pages in this module, in the first module, which is where we are now. I’m going to skip over “Gallery,” we’ll come back to that in a second. The second type of content is blog content.

Blog content is generally information that is of a more timely nature, and it has a shelf life. That is to say, and it’s not necessarily information you always want your users to have access to. It fades over time, and it is like a diary. It doesn’t have to be, but if you think about it that way, it gives you a better feeling for what a blog is.

The articles, also known as “Posts,” are published in a certain chronology with the newest one being listed at the top. If you go down to the second post, it’s a little older, and so forth. There’s four different posts here. What you’re seeing is just excerpts of the posts. I will get way more into blogging– All about blogging categories, tags, all the core concepts of blogging in module 4, which is on blogging.

I think blogging is great for anybody or any business, small business and even large businesses use blogging, to update their sites with fresh content all the time. It’s very good for SEO, search engine optimization. It’s good for everybody to keep your sites up to date. Blogging is great for that.

Then if I go back to the gallery, I have three different image galleries here, because I figure people want to see “How do I display images that I have?” Let’s say I have a lot of images, which you might have as a photographer or as a creative of some kind, or a freelancer or a business. It doesn’t matter.

Here we go. This is a lightbox effect. I’m using a plugin for that, and plugins are the subject that I will be getting into in the fifth module, which is all about plugins. With plugins you can do all kinds of things with WordPress, not just do image displays like you’re seeing now.

Here’s another one, for example. I use a different plugin for this one. You can see over here in these little thumbnails, it opens up, and you can play the video, which I’m not going to do. I will take care of plugins, or talk a lot about plugins when we get into the fifth module. Speaking of plugins, here’s another one.

I use a plugin for this page that allows me to add a contact form. There’s many ways to add contact forms, or a form like this, the one I’m going to show is Contact Form 7, but like I said there’s many different kinds of forms. One other thing too, in this first module I’m going to build out the site, but I’m not going to organize the pages into links like this. The way you see across– That’s something I’ll take up in the second module, which we’ll be dealing with building out your site and setting up your main navigation like you see over here.

In fact, in the second module, I’ll talk about links of all kinds, which is certainly the topic of “How do you organize this so that you have some meaningful navigation?” OK, on to the next video where I’m going to show you a WordPress site fresh out of the box.

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