WordPress Boot Camp

What I learned at WordCamp:

  • For WordPress.com-hosted blogs, there is 1 theme for every 6,000 sites.
  • For self-hosted blogs, there is 1 theme for every 3,000 sites.
  • 31% of visitors post blog comments [source: Forrester Research]
  • 95% of WordPress blogs are hosted on Apache-Linux (vs. Windows IIS)
  • Include numerals in Permalinks (for PHP optimization)
  • Replace your default admin user (for security purposes)
  • Recommended plugins: Clean Archives Reload, Dashboard Scheduled Posts, Gallery2, Headspace, Maintenance Mode, NextGen Gallery, No Self Pings, Revelanssi, Twitter Tools, WP DB Manager, WP Open ID, WP Security Scans, WP Super Cache
  • Read How To Be a RockStar WordPress Designer by Rockable Press
  • Read Trust Agents by Chris Brogan
  • Read PHP Solutions by David Powers
  • Read Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel
  • Setup Feedburner (vs. RSS only)
  • Use Starkers Naked theme
  • Be Authentic
  • Blog

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One thought on “WordPress Boot Camp

  1. Great list, Scott!

    I’ll be putting together some of my notes and presentation stuff too.

    WP Security Scan is a wonderful tool and it will help you replace your admin user (it’s actually quite easy using phpMyAdmin).

    It’ll also:

    help you change your WordPress database tables to something that doesn’t start with the standard ‘wp_’
    audit your file/folder permissions to tell you if there are any security holes.
    Feel free to holler at me if there’s anything I can help with and, definitely, if you’re just getting into PHP as a designer, read David Power’s book, PHP Solutions – it’s terrific. 🙂

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