I was at College of Engineering, Thalassery yesterday giving a talk on how to easily build websites using WordPress. Here are the slides and notes.
Content Management System
In the Web 1.0 ages, websites were dull. They came with the HTML code and a style sheet. The content was part of the page.
When Web 2.0 rolled out, Content Management Systems or CMS was introduced. CMS’s are softwares that helps publishing content online and managing their rights, permissions etc. CMS’s also makes publishing easy so even those without HTML knowledge could easily publish online.
Features of Content Management Systems included:
- Content Portability: Since the content was stored in a central database, it could be easily moved across design changes and software upgrades.
- Scalability: CMS’s allowed the dynamic growth of any website. Websites build on CMS’s are easily scalable. For e.g. If you wish to add a store along with your fashion website, it could be easily done without having to migrate to a totally new system.
- Design Flexibility: Since the content is separately stored in a database and not along with the page, it was easy to migrate between designs. We can change between themes easily, just like that.
A CMS have 3 main parts.The database at it’s centre, a template, and a style sheet. The CMS acts like a mixer and presents the mix to the user.
WordPress is one of the most popular CMS’s particularly optimised for Blogging. WordPress comes with:
- Awesome Documentation at the WP Codex.
- Community Support.
- Is very easy to learn and use.
- High Scalability with Plugins.
There are two versions or WordPress. The WordPress hosted, hosting-free system at WordPress.com and the Self-Hosted system at WordPress.org. You need a hosting to use the WordPress from WordPress.org
[ Rest of the slides included shots of how WordPress looks on the server. I also gave a demo by building a sample Website on local host]
Making Money with WordPress
Some of the ways I earn money from WordPress blogs. They are:
- Google Adsense
- Selling Affiliate Products
- Web Design, SEO and other Services
- Writing Paid Reviews (rarely)
This was one of the most interesting segment there.
Overall the experience was great. I think I could inspire some of them to get into blogging and try their luck. The college hospitality and event coordination was awesome.
Hope you enjoy the slides. Feel Free to use it anywhere you like.
That is really cool. Did you set it up of did the college? How did you make that connection with them?
I didnt do that blog, a friend (@NijuMohan) who is an alumni of the college, did it.
i was thier at the pgm,i really got motivated by ur talk..and i dont know much about the internet and all..this is ma first comment to a blog…anyway thanks for ur tips
Congrats on your first comment Muneer. I couldn’t stay after the lunch and on contrary to the BarCamp style, lunch was arranged separately for us. Show up for a BarCamp and lets meet again 🙂
fantastico installer …..something like that..wat is dat?…how can i install dat
Its a software for the server. Your host has to install it for you to use it, contact your host 🙂
how can i add the slide like in this post?..
i already joined in slideshare
Look for the embed code near the presentation of yours on slideshare, then copy paste the code in HTML view. simple as that 🙂
The website articles are great, only dropped in for a quick read and ended up reading a lot more. Thankyou and keep up the great feeds.