What is a theme? A theme is basically a skin or template for your content. Themes will contain different styles, layout options, and some other customizable features. Some of these features include: multiple column support, customizable headers, icons, and more.
Two themes that Mitchell recommend are:
- Atahualpa “is a good theme to start with and there are a ton of options.
- P2 “is another good theme – focuses on microblogging”
There was great discussion around canned themes vs. customizing vs. creating one from scratch. This decision will likely depend on the purpose of your blog, the desired branding, and the required functionality. Note: if a theme doesn’t have the functionality you desire there is probably a plugin for it.
Hint: If your WordPress site is “broken” try disabling all of your plugins, test the site, and enable your plugins one by one. If you’re a little savvy with your FTP client you can easily rename your plugin folder to disable all of your plugins at once.
Documents / Attachments – Is there a way to show the file size of a document? Mitch’s recommendation, use a thirdparty site like Scribd, Dropbox, Flickr, etc. A comment from the audience was, “more often than not, clients will want to stay within WordPress and not have to use/learn another service.” With that said, you can manually add the file size as part of the file name and then add the file URL manually through the WordPress interface.
Installing – In order to use the BuddyPress feature you must Install the BuddyPress Plugin. This can be done by going to the Plugins –> Add New –> Search for “BuddyPress”. Note: The plugin is named “BuddyPress”.
BuddyPress Forums – To use forums you’ll need to create a forum by creating a bbpress forum.
- Currently BuddyPress is not available on WordPress.com
- You cannot combine themes. You need to use the BuddyPress theme or a BuddyPress compatible theme.
- If you don’t know what you’re doing, go with the default theme.
- Toby’s tutorial can be found here.
How to move WordPress to a different server by Ray Champagne
– Long story short, use Ray’s tutorial. – Note: There are some references to WordPress MU… The doco will be updated with WordPress 3.0 information in the coming weeks.