How To Take This Class

Course Overview

This WordPress Training course walks students through the essential parts of WordPress. Each lesson is streamlined to teach a specific aspect of WordPress, helping students to focus on just what they need in order to get the task accomplished.

Course Prerequisites

Familiarity with HTML or other web development technologies is helpful, but not required.

Course Audience

The course is designed for students who have little to no previous web development experience and are looking to get up and running quickly with their WordPress site.

What You'll Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare your site for WordPress
  • Install WordPress
  • Write, tag, and publish a post
  • Work with the text editor
  • Style paragraphs and create lists
  • Work with media files
  • Link, align, and size an image
  • Work with image galleries
  • Add video and audio
  • Name, schedule, and manage posts
  • Make your site stand out
  • Help others connect to your site
  • Become search engine friendly
  • Optimize your site
  • Back up your site
  • Install and activate plugins

Course Duration

3 Days

Course Outline

  1. Thinking Like WordPress
    • Dynamic vs. Static Websites
    • Content Management Systems
    • How WordPress Assembles Pages
    • How WordPress Manages Content
    • Try It
  2. Planning Your Site for WordPress
    • How Content Will Be Entered
    • How Categories Will Be Organized
    • How the Site Should Look
    • Try It
  3. Installing WordPress
    • Uploading the WordPress Files
    • Setting Up Your Database
    • Doing the Installation
    • Try It
  4. Admin Area Overview
    • Logging In
    • The Dashboard
    • Customizing Admin Screens
    • Getting Around the Admin Area
    • Try It
  5. Basic Admin Settings
    • Settings to Get You Started
    • Setting Your Personal Profile
    • Try It
  6. Adding a New Post — Overview
    • Anatomy of a New Post
    • Writing a Post
    • Categories and Tags
    • Publishing a Post
    • Try It
  7. Working with the Text Editor
    • Anatomy of the Text Editor
    • Sizing the Text Editor
    • StylingText
    • Working with Text Links
    • Importing Text
    • Try It
  8. Laying Out Text
    • Styling Paragraphs
    • Creating Lists
    • Tips for Laying Out Posts
    • Try It
  9. Advanced Post Options
    • Advanced Options Overview
    • Excerpts and the More Button
    • Discussion and Comments
    • Handling Revisions
    • Try It
  10. Adding a New Page
    • Pages vs. Posts
    • The Add Page Options
    • Creating Sub-Pages
    • Try It
  11. The Basics of Handling Media Files
    • The Media Library vs. Galleries
    • The Upload/Insert Menu
    • Inserting an Image into a Post
    • Try It
  12. The Upload/Insert Window Tabs
    • The From Computer Tab
    • The From URL Tab
    • The Gallery Tab
    • The Media Library Tab
    • Try It
  13. Image Options in Detail
    • Titles, Captions, and Descriptions
    • Linking Images
    • Choosing an Alignment
    • Choosing a Size
    • Insert vs. Save
    • Try It
  14. Editing and Laying Out Images
    • Align and Resize — An Overview
    • The Popup Image Editor
    • Moving and Resizing in the Text Editor
    • More Complex Image Layouts
    • Updating an Image
    • Try It
  15. Working with Image Galleries
    • Creating an Image Gallery in a Post
    • Adding and Removing Images from a Gallery
    • Changing the Order or Size of Gallery Images
    • Using Galleries from Other Posts
    • Try It
  16. Adding Video and Audio
    • Uploading/Inserting Video
    • The Embed Media Button
    • Adding Audio
    • Try It
  17. Adding Documents
    • Uploading and Inserting a Document
    • What Types of Documents to Upload
    • Updating a Document
    • Try It
  18. Managing Posts and Pages
    • Finding Posts and Pages
    • Renaming, Rescheduling, and More with Quick Edit
    • Using Bulk Edit
    • Changing Your Homepage
    • More Admin Settings for Posts and Pages
    • Try It
  19. Managing Media Files
    • Finding Files in the Media Library
    • Editing and Deleting Media Files
    • Admin Settings for Media
    • Try It
  20. Managing Post Categories and Tags
    • Managing Categories
    • Managing Tags
    • Converting Categories and Tags
    • Try It
  21. Managing Widgets
    • What Are Widgets?
    • The Widgets Screen
    • Activating and Editing Widgets
    • Moving or Removing Widgets
    • Try It
  22. Linking to Other Sites
    • Managing Links
    • Managing Link Categories
    • Displaying Links
    • Try It
  23. Managing Comments
    • Allow Comments or Not?
    • Admin Settings for Commenting
    • Finding Comments
    • Approving, Editing, or Deleting Comments
    • Dealing with Spam Comments
    • Try It
  24. Connecting to Content on Other Sites
    • Connecting to Your Social Media Accounts
    • Adding Content Feeds from Other Sites
    • Try It
  25. Helping Others Connect to Your Site
    • RSS Feeds of Your Content
    • Setting Pingbacks and Trackbacks
    • Setting Permalinks
    • Try It
  26. Having Multiple Site Users
    • User Roles and Their Capabilities
    • Adding a User
    • Changing a User's Capabilities
    • Users and Security
    • Try It
  27. Customizing Your Header Content
    • Built-in Header Customization
    • Using the Theme Editor
    • Adding a Logo
    • Try It
  28. Customizing the Look of Posts
    • Making Text Easy to Read
    • Coloring Links and Headings
    • Creating Special Text Areas with CSS
    • Try It
  29. Customizing Design and Layout
    • Changing the Background of the Header
    • Changing Theme Graphics
    • Moving the Sidebar
    • Try It
  30. Optimizing Your Content
    • Writing Useful Titles
    • Writing Useful Content
    • Linking Effectively
    • Tagging Images
    • Try It
  31. Optimizing Your Site as a Whole
    • Optimizing Admin Settings
    • Customizing Permalinks
    • Naming Categories
    • Using Meta and Title Tags
    • Try It
  32. How Is Your Site Doing?
    • Monitoring Pingbacks and Incoming Links
    • Monitoring Site Statistics
    • Try It
  33. Keeping Up to Date
    • Updating WordPress
    • Updating Plugins
    • Updating or Installing New Themes
    • Try It
  34. Backing Up Your Site
    • A Backup Routine
    • Backing Up Your Web Server Files
    • Backing Up Your Database
    • Some Database Backup Plugins
    • Try It
  35. Installing and Activating Plugins
    • What Is a Plugin?
    • Finding Plugins
    • Installing and Activating Plugins
    • Troubleshooting Plugins
    • Try It
  36. Example Plugins
    • Photo Gallery Plugin — NextGEN Gallery
    • Form Creation Plugin — Contact Form 7
    • Try It
  37. Ten Other Common Uses for Plugins
    • Social Networking
    • Mobile
    • Ad Managers
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Podcasting and Videos
    • Google Maps
    • E-commerce
    • Random Content
    • Comment Enhancement
    • Housekeeping
    • Try It
  38. Extending WordPress Even Further
    • Template Hierarchy
    • The Power of Custom Fields
    • Keeping Things User-Friendly and Flexible
    • LSome Final Thoughts
  39. Troubleshooting WordPress
    • Troubleshooting an Installation
    • Troubleshooting After Installation
    • Finding Help Online