WordPress Fundamentals Notes 2-20-21
This is a reference post for the Seattle WordPress Meetup held on February 20th, 2021. WordPress Fundamentals. 10 am – 12 pm.
WordPress Fundamentals is an introductory class for users that are brand new to WordPress.
- Dash Buck (they/them): https://steadypixel.com/
(check out Dash’s page about pronouns – https://www.dashbuck.com/pronouns/)
- Cami MacNamara (she/her): https://webcami.com/ and here at WebCami Cafe!
After a round of introductions, we touched on the topics below:
Our Seattle WordPress Community:
- Seattle WordPress Community: https://wpseattle.org/
- Our Meetup Calendar: https://www.meetup.com/SeattleWordPressMeetup/
- Our Code of Conduct: https://wpseattle.org/code-of-conduct/
- WordPress.com: https://wordpress.com/
- WordPress.org: https://wordpress.org/
- The difference between the two: https://wordpress.org/support/article/wordpress-vs-wordpress-com/
- WordPress 101: https://www.wp101.com/
- Learn WordPress: learn.wordpress.org
- Lynda.com free access via Seattle Public Library: https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=spl.org
Demonstration – Cami – Block Editor, Classic Editor, and Page Builders. Different ways you can update your content in WordPress.
Cami walked through a quick screen share of a WordPress installation and what the different views are of WordPress are with the Block Editor, the Classic Editor, and Beaver Builder.
*Themes link Enfold can have their own native editor as well: https://themeforest.net/item/enfold-responsive-multipurpose-theme/4519990
*This setup can make it hard to switch themes later.
Some Q&A from the chat:
Q: Are 10 plugins too many? is there a number?
A: It really depends on what you’re doing! A few years ago I would have said that 10 was really a maximum, but things have changed and there are situations where >10 could be okay. So at this point, my recommendation is to be careful with your plugins and make sure you really need each one.
Q: Is there a block for adding buttons on a page?
A: Yep! There is a button block.
Q: Is Beaver Builder an alternative to Elementor?
A: Yep! Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, etc are all competitors.
Q: Are page builders an inherent part of WP?
A. What I said about not having plugins that do the same thing goes 10x for builders – they take over your entire website No, they aren’t. The traditional way to make your website look different in WordPress is a theme, which is a set of code that tells pages how to look.
Q: Where are page builders sourced?
A: Page builders are like all other WordPress software: they’re built by people on top of the WordPress core. Plugins and themes are all built by different people in a way that works with the WordPress core software.
Q: Is there a fee for them?
A: It depends on the builder – most plugins including builders use a “freemium” model, where there’s a free version and then an upgraded premium version-most plugins are a yearly licensing cost where you purchase the core software once and then you get access to updates for a year, but that’s not universal.
Q: If I want to add login functionality for certain content on the website, can that be done through the page builder or block editor?
A: That’s a core function actually! It’s available no matter which editor you’re using.
Q: Is the reverse also true, if you use Classic Editor and are asked to deal with a site that used a builder will you have problems?
A: When you’re looking at the Publish options, there’s the option to set it to Private.
We had a quick discussion about hosting and Cami and Dash mentioned these options:
Be aware of companies that fall under EIG. Our mutual experience has been that it’s not great when they take over a company.
Hosting should come with a free SSL:
If you are stuck and need help with something, this is a good list of resources:
The WordPress Fundamentals Meetup is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm on Zoom.
Thank you for attending!