Learn how to create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites—without any coding! WordPress is the world’s most popular website publisher, powering more than 25% of all sites on the Internet. WordPress is an easy-to-use solution that will help you put your site on the Web in far less time than by coding, and at a much lower cost than hiring a professional.
In these lessons, you’ll get hands-on experience with this powerful tool as you create your own WordPress.org site and blog. You’ll find out how to use WordPress to create pages and posts, add images and videos, change a site’s look and feel, and include user-friendly features. You’ll discover the ease of using WordPress design themes to express your creativity, and you’ll see how much fun it is to be part of the vibrant WordPress online community.
In addition to mastering the technical elements of WordPress, you’ll learn how to organize a blog or website, create appealing content, keep your site secure, and achieve better positions on search engine results pages. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently use WordPress to create a blog or a personal, business, or organizational website.
The WordPress.org version covered in this class is the platform the pros use. While it normally requires a paid hosting account, this course includes a totally free, no obligation SiteGround hosting account for three months, along with a private place on the Web for practice.
GETTING STARTED WITH WORDPRESS
This first lesson explores the magic of WordPress! You’ll discover how to use this WordPress to create an attractive, dynamic blog or website—without learning any special code. You’ll find out what the two “flavors” of WordPress are and why users use the self-hosted WordPress.org version. Then you’ll go online, sign up for a free hosting account, and tour the WordPress Dashboard.
CREATING A BLOG
What can a blog do that a website can’t? Blogging’s become a popular way to establish an online presence. This lesson focuses on how adding a blog can make a traditional website more effective. Then you’ll build a blog with WordPress—by creating, refining, and categorizing posts. You’ll also find out how to encourage and control visitor feedback.
MAKING A WORDPRESS WEBSITE
Get the best of both worlds by combining a blog with a traditional website. In this lesson, you’ll use WordPress to create and organize Web pages. And you will learn how to convert your blog to a traditional website—or vice versa—with the click of a button.
MAKING YOUR PAGES LOOK GREAT
This lesson’s all about WordPress themes—the templates that give your website its look and feel. You’ll discover how to choose a theme, install it, and tweak it.
WORKING WITH IMAGES AND MULTIMEDIA
Photos, drawings, charts, videos, and audio clips can make your website more appealing and understandable. This lesson teaches you how to use WordPress to upload and insert images and multimedia files.
PLUGINS: THE MODULAR SOLUTION FOR FUNCTIONAL WEBSITES
Plugins are little programs that add features to your WordPress website. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to find and use them.
MAKING A USER-FRIENDLY WEBSITE
If your online visitors have trouble understanding or navigating your website, they’ll go somewhere else. This lesson helps you pinpoint and eliminate usability problems.
POLISHING OUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE
This lesson takes a long, hard look at your class project and how to make it better. You’ll create a front page featuring both static and dynamic content; add links to pages, documents, email, and other sites; and repair typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes.
GETTING SEARCH ENGINES TO LOVE YOUR WEBSITE
What if you launched a website and nobody came? This lesson will show you how to keep that from happening. You’ll find out what makes search engines tick and how to get them to visit your pages.
MAKING THE MOST OF STATISTICS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
Statistics are just a bunch of numbers if you don’t know how to use them. This lesson focuses on how to analyze stats so you can improve your site. You’ll also find out how to tie your WordPress pages into social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
WORDPRESS SECURITY AND MONETIZATION
In this lesson teaches you how to protect a WordPress site against hackers and reviews money-making strategies for blogs and websites.
MASTERING YOUR DOMAINS
In our final lesson, you will take a tour of the hosting control panel, discuss domain naming strategies, and review where to get help after the course ends.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows Vista or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- WordPress.org requires a paid hosting account, which normally costs around $8/month. Included in the course is a free 90-day hosting account (US only) and temporary domain with SiteGround, one of the world’s most respected hosts. You’ll receive instructions for registering for and accessing your free account.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instructor-led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
Instructor-led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
Instructor-led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accesable at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.