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WordPress Level 1

Skill Level 1

$325 • one day (6 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

Not currently scheduled. However, custom training and consulting are available: contact us for rates and information.

Class Description

Learning how to convert WordPress as a blog instead WordPress as a site is something that would have taken me forever to figure out on my own and the instructor made it so easy.
WordPress student

WordPress is a free publishing platform that allows you to create a blog or website in a short period of time. Launched in 2003, WordPress has taken the web by storm, and it now runs millions of sites worldwide. WordPress is quick to set up, and highly customizable. This class is a practical, hands-on introduction to WordPress in which we will create a new account at WordPress.com, create a simple blog, customize its appearance — and by the end of the day, convert our blog into a functional website. This class is designed for people with little or no experience in WordPress who want to get up and running fast. Some knowledge of HTML and other web technologies is helpful, but not necessary.

who should take this class?

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students attending)

  • what is WordPress?
  • WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
  • domain name and web hosting
  • using WordPress to manage your blog
  • using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) for your website
Basics of Blogging
  • creating a new post
  • adding text
  • adding images
  • adding URLs and links
  • publishing a post
  • editing the HTML
  • categories, tags, excerpts
Customizing the Appearance
  • changing logo and tagline
  • changing the banner image
  • widgets
  • adding custom sidebars and footers
  • creating a custom menu
  • understanding posts and pages
  • creating a page
  • modifiying a page
  • creating page hierarchies
  • creating a custom menu
  • finding themes
  • switching themes
  • customizing themes
  • managing images and other media
  • adding video from sources such as YouTube and Vimeo
Shifting to self-hosting
  • thinking about self-hosting
  • requirements for self-hosting
  • transferring a WordPress.com hosted site to a self-hosted one
  • 10 powerful plugins every WordPress site should have
  • adding SEO functionality
  • adding a contact form
  • web stats at your fingertips
  • social media plugin for integration with Facebook, Twitter and others
  • image galleries
  • translating your site into other languages
  • searching for plugins that add powerful functionality with one click
Customization Beyond the Dashboard
  • limits to theme customization through the Dashboard
  • purchasing third party themes and installing them
  • creating your own themes visually using tools such as Artisteer

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This is a "Level 1" class

Level 1: For students new to the software or skill being taught, or with broad gaps in knowledge, but familiar with the concepts under discussion

Not required, but may be useful before taking this course:

All of our classes require basic computer skills.

Not currently scheduled. However, custom training and consulting are available: contact us for rates and information.


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