Take the next with Intermediate WordPress Websites. After reviewing the system’s basic features, you will learn to use an online administrative area that makes creating and updating content as simple as composing an email. Your online visitors will be able to comment on your articles, fill out forms and applications, buy your products, and even make appointments.
While WordPress requires no coding, you will find out how to use simple HTML and CSS to customize a website’s appearance. You will take advantage of the dynamic features known as plugins, which add every imaginable function to your website. And you will explore how use plugins to turn a site into an ecommerce powerhouse and improve search engine page results.
To take this course, you should have at least some blog or website publishing experience and good computer skills. WordPress also requires a paid hosting account, but the class includes 90-days of completely free hosting with SiteGround, one of only four hosting companies that WordPress recommends.
GETTING STARTED WITH WORDPRESS
In this first lesson, you will find out why WordPress is the world’s most popular Web publishing platform and how it helps non-technical people create good-looking, dynamic websites. You will learn what it takes to set up a self-hosted WordPress site, including how to choose a domain name, find a hosting company, and access your piece of the World Wide Web.
SETTING UP YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE
It’s time to get your website set up. This lesson teaches you will learn how to manage website files, configure some basic settings, and take a tour of the WordPress administrative area. This lesson also covers how to organize your site so that your visitors will get the most out of it.
WORDPRESS THEMES: BRINGING YOUR WEBSITE TO LIFE
A WordPress theme gives your website a professionally designed look and installs with a single mouse click. Lesson 3 focuses on how themes work, where to find them, and how to install them. This lesson introduces the theme you will use for the class website project and also compares free and paid themes.
CREATING PAGES, POSTS, AND MENUS
Explore the basics of HTML and CSS coding language, and you’ll quickly discover how to change font styles, sizes, and colors; create lists; and work with margins. Then you’ll continue customizing your website by finding out more ways to change the way your site looks, creating a custom WordPress theme without learning the basic scripting language, and setting up widgets.
CREATING PAGES, POSTS, AND MENUS
This lesson is all about organizing written content. You will learn how to enter and organize the information your visitors are looking for, and how to create pages and posts. You will also find out how to put together a custom menu to guide your guests around the site.
ADDING IMAGES, VIDEOS, AND OTHER DIGITAL MEDIA
Now you’re ready to start adding to your website—the details that will give it that extra-special touch. This lesson focuses on adding photos, videos, and documents to your Web pages without leaving the WordPress application. You will also learn how to manage these files and create an image gallery to display your photographs.
THERE’S A PLUGIN FOR THAT
This lesson explores plugins, the features that you can add to WordPress with a single mouse click. You will learn where to find thousands of these free mini-programs and how to use them.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR WEBSITE, PART 1
You likely know a bit about HTML and CSS, but this lesson covers HTML and CSS coding in more detail. This lesson introduces to the basics of each language and how to change font styles, how to create lists, and how to work with margins. With this knowledge, you can customize your website, so it will look how you want it to.
CUSTOMIZING YOUR WEBSITE, PART 2
This lesson will introduce you to an application that will spare you countless hours of drudgery. You will learn how to change your site’s appearance and how to create a custom WordPress theme without learning the basic scripting language. Then you will learn how to set up widgets, which fill your sidebars with information and features.
MONETIZING YOUR WEBSITE
So how can you use your WordPress website to make money? That’s what this lesson is all about. You will learn how to create pay-per-click advertising, affiliate marketing programs, and how to set up PayPal, credit card processing, and a shopping cart.
SITE WORK AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
This lesson focuses on the details that make your website stand out. You will learn how to create a consistent style and set up an eye-catching slide show on your home page. This lesson also covers how to market your site using social networking plugins designed for WordPress.
WORDPRESS SEO, STATISTICS, AND ANALYSIS
Search engines love WordPress websites. This lesson focuses on getting higher search page results, collecting and analyzing data to ensure, and attracting and informing your target audience.
DIGGING DEEPER INTO WORDPRESS: TIPS, TRICKS, AND HACKS
Your final lesson focuses on using the WordPress Loop to customize your website. You will also learn time-saving tips and tricks about handling contributors, bolstering security, and making your pages look great in mobile browsers.
Prerequisites / Requirements
To take this course, you should have at least some blog or website publishing experience and good computer skills. Otherwise, we recommend the introductory course, Creating WordPress Websites.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP 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 software is free, but in order to use it, you must have a paid account with a hosting company, which costs approximately $100 a year. The course includes a free 90-day hosting account from SiteGround, which includes a temporary practice site (this is not available for students who took advantage of this offer in the introductory WordPress class).
- 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.