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  1. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am a brand new user to WordPress and I would love to get some hands-on help with getting started.

    My new office is in Granite Bay, CA - located in the Sacramento Valley Region.

    The WordPress book that I am reading says that there are users who are hoping to help "the next person who comes along". Well, I am that next person and I am humbly, please, calling for help.

  2. thisisedie
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    #1. What does your office location have to do with anything?

    #2. We'd be happy to help but you're gonna have to ask a question first.

    #3. Was this post just an advertisement for #1 which would make my response completely pointless?

  3. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    #1. It is so people know how close I am to them geographically.

    I want to hang out with people who are excited about WordPress and who are happy using it. Books and email is great, I just prefer face-to-face. HOWEVER! I was very pleased to see how quickly you replied. So, I am willing to give this FORUMS stuff a try.

    #2. AWESOME! Thank you. What is the question?

    #3. ABSOLUTELY NOT! I tried to be as vauge as possible so people wouldn't suspect that advertisement is my true goal. I just want to learn WordPress and everything else I need to learn as efficiently as possible.

    Thank you "thisisedie" for being so quick to help. I am encouraged by your "happy to help" comment.

  4. If you're just starting with WordPress, this is a great article to read through:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/First_Steps_With_WordPress

  5. thisisedie
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ah. Well. You might be interested in this website then:

    http://central.wordcamp.org/

  6. Saildude
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also check out the online social and meet up groups - most areas seem to have some sort of lets get together grouping - if you don't see a Computer or WordPress group meeting in your area, try posting a meeting in your area and see who shows up - my area has groups that meet for movies, sailing, walking around lakes and on and on - all ran out of the same base umbrella.

  7. weddingcakes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    hi kjolson, welcome to the wordpress forum, good to know that you want to learn wordpress know everything about it. The best way to learn wordpress is to start a blog on wordpress and keep experimenting with it and if you run into any problem, let us know and we will try to help you in fixing it.

    To start with, you can read the codex, macmanx has already given the link where you can start. wish you all the best and hope wordpress gives you a positive experience :)

  8. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    macmanx - I haven't been able to finish "5 Minute Installation of WordPress" yet. I'm having trouble with step 4 & 5 of "Things You Need to Do to Install WordPress". Especially with "secure password for your Secret Key". Am I supposed to create a fictitious Database Name, Username, Password, & Host? Or use a real one? My employer mentioned passwords for GoDaddy.com, Firezilla, and PayPal. Is that all that I need?

    thisisedie - I went to the website (http://central.wordcamp.org) and 1) used the contact form on the "About Us" page and 2) also filled out the submit form on the "Contact Us" page. Hope I get some feedback. Do you know of a video in WordPress.TV that is good for beginners?

    saildude - Awesome! You Rock! I just googled "wordpress online social and meet up groups" and found "The Sacramento WordPress Meetup Group". I became a member and signed up for the first Sacramento Meetup group on May 27. Also, I have ALREADY received confirmation for the event and a personal welcome from the organizer Geoff Sakala. Perfect! Thank you so much for the tip.

    weddingcakes - Hi, thank you. Hey, if my employer wants to stick with WordPress, my goal is to exceed his expectations. So, do you recommend I start a blog with WordPress.com before I try to fix the problems of my employer's current site? Thanks for being available if I run into any problems. I'll definitely let you know. Like I told macmanx, I'm stuck with having all of the Database names correct. Can you give me an example? I think that will help me get started.

  9. If your hosting is with GoDaddy, they should have an automatic installer for WordPress. I don't exactly know where to find it, but it's there.

  10. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sweet. So, I'll get the download from them? How does that work?

  11. You'll have to login to your hosting control panel at GoDaddy, but I don't know what to do from that point. There will be some sort of installer somewhere. You can contact their support department for help with locating it, and they may have an FAQ somewhere.

  12. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ok. With GoDaddy, can you use this with WordPress.com?

  13. wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG are two separate things.

    wordpress.ORG (where you are right now) is the free blogging platform that you can download and install with a hosting account that you pay for, though some hosting providers (like GoDaddy) also offer an automatic installer for WordPress.

    wordpress.COM are the free hosted blogs provided by Automattic, Inc.

    For more info, see this article:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    In short, you don't need hosting to use a wordpress.COM blog. If you are already paying for hosting (from GoDaddy, for example), then you can certainly install a wordpress.ORG blog. Please refer to my previous reply regarding that.

  14. weddingcakes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @kjolson - wordpress dot com is a free service where you can get a free blog at yourname.wordpress.com, This is wordpress dot org where you install the wordpress script on your own hosting.

    If you have purchased a webhosting at godaddy or hostgator etc. and have a domain name registered then you can create a blog with the help of the wordpress script available at wordpress dot org.

    Let us know if you already have a webhosting somewhere and a domain name. We can help you to get started with a wordpress blog.

  15. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    weddingcakes - I GOT A DOMAIN NAME!! now what?

  16. Now you have a choice to make.

    You could sign up for a free wordpress.com blog and map your domain to it for $9.97.

    Or, you could get full control over your blog by singing up with a hosting provider and installing WordPress. I recommend A Small Orange, the WordPress developers recommend these, and there are thousands more than can be found by just searching with Google.

  17. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    macmanx - I chose to stick with GoDaddy for now until I get the hang of the WordPress software. I'm using WordPress 2.9.2 and I am running the "sliding doors" theme.

    From here, I'm needing help with making all of the pages have the sliding door look like the parent page. According to, < http://mac-host.com/support/ > I need the ‘page links to’ plugin. Is it that simple? Or does it get complicated from here?

  18. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    P.S. What does this mean:

    Warning: Wrong parameter count for preg_replace() in /home/content/g/w/9/gw916/html/test/wp-content/themes/sliding-door/functions.php on line 10

    As soon as I changed the theme from the default to Sliding Doors, this message appears at the top of the page.

  19. justbishop
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Not sure, but this might be a good place to start:

    http://wordpress.org/search/Wrong+parameter+count+for+preg_replace()?forums=1

    ;)

  20. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    justbishop - very cool, I'm looking at:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/328615

    and this seems like it may work. I'll keep you posted

    Thanks!

  21. OMGIrene
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey kjolson! Welcome to the WP community. WP can do anything you want which is overwhelming at times. The community can really help you get started so just ask away

  22. leadsa
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    kjolson,
    Fistly, welcome to WP. If you have some previous HTML / XHTML, CSS experience it will help allot. As far as WP itself, I did have some hands on in an informal class which got the ball rolling. I then got the book "WordPress for Dummies" by Lisa Sabin-Wilson and took the time to learn it, which in a good investment in time. For the rest of it, the WP community ie. these forums are a wealth of information. The proof is the amount of responses you just got.
    Good Luck.

  23. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    OMGIrene - thanks for the welcome. Today, I'm debating whether or not I should upgrade to WP 3.0 with the sliding door theme. I wonder if it will fix the error message I mentioned in my post:

    P.S. What does this mean:

    leadsa - Thanks again. I love it how we all are so helpful on these forums. My brother said the same thing about learning HTML / HXTML, CSS. Are there any classes you recommend? Where are they taught?

    As far as WP for dummies, I am SUPER happy to tell you that I have already begun doing some "book work" out of the 2nd edition. Today, I just got started on Chapter 6, which is in part 3, and that section is dedicated to "Self-Hosting with WP.org". Finally, I am ready to start working on my employer's WP.org test site and start applying all of the lessons that I learned manipulating my personal WP.com account.

    P.S. I totally agree with you that taking the time to study the book it is a good investment of time. And yes, I love the amount of responses I have received.

  24. justbishop
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    kjolson: yeah, I've had to ask my host to update things before. It's pretty frustrating because it seems like something that should be done already.

    As for learning HTML/CSS, I've always found a combo of th W3 Schools site and simple experimentation to be the best way. Maybe consider opening your own hosting account somewhere and setting up a personal install of WP to just kinda go crazy and explore with? Good luck, and have fun!

  25. leadsa
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Oh, a tip for you (non-wordpress). I have found it very frustrating and a long painful lesson if your host is using Micro Soft IIS servers. I had to do a site with NO say as to what host we'd use and got stuck using that!
    Re: HTML / XHTML & CSS... I went to a local collage for that 10 years ago and had to hand code everything manually in "note pad" of all things. It was a great exercise, one which to this day still reaps rewards.
    BTW, WordPress is a global community. For instance I am in eastern Canada. Talk about a global village....

  26. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Leadsa - Which informal WP class did you take that got the ball rolling? I emailed my host to see if they use Micro Soft IIS servers. We'll see.

    justbishop - I upgraded my PHP to 5.x on my server and the error message went away. Also, I upgraded to WordPress 3.0 and the error message has not returned. Lastly, I went to http://w3schools.com and found a ton of FREE (very cool) Full Web Building Tutorials on programming languages but did not find anything on WordPress. Any other ideas?

  27. I went to http://w3schools.com and found a ton of FREE (very cool) Full Web Building Tutorials on programming languages but did not find anything on WordPress. Any other ideas?

    The Codex is your best source of all things WordPress:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

  28. kjolson
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    MacManX - I find the CODEX to be too difficult for me because I come up with more questions than answers. However, these forums are helping to "fill in the gaps". Also, I am going to check out a "Beginning php" class today at a local college so we'll see how that goes.

    THEME FIX! (sliding doors) I upgraded my php version to 5.x on my host and the error went away. YES! ALSO, I upgraded to WP 3.0 and the error message has NOT returned.

    NEXT UP: PLUGIN questions.

    1) PAGE LINKS TO - returning to the question above: Is it as easy as adding that plugin in order to make all of the other pages look like the parent page? or Does it get more complicated from here.

    P.S. It's good to hear from you again, MacManX.

  29. wildscribe
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi kjolson,

    I like your enthusiasm. Have you checked out the videos at http://www.lynda.com ? Many of them are free and the ones on beginning CSS and PHP are excellent. Unfortunately, they don't have any videos on WordPress.org.

    Good luck!

    - WiLD

  30. PAGE LINKS TO - returning to the question above: Is it as easy as adding that plugin in order to make all of the other pages look like the parent page? or Does it get more complicated from here.

    If you're talking about this plugin, I think you're confused on the functionality. All this plugin does is redirect existing page slugs to external sites. It's a simple way to include links to external sites within page menus for themes that have such a feature.

    Unfortunately, they don't have any videos on WordPress.org.

    You can find some great WordPress-specific video tutorials at http://wordpress.tv/

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