WordPress for Beginners
Course length: ½ day
Beginner WordPress users will learn the very basic steps to set up and develop a fully functional website. All instruction will be performed using a live WordPress website with hands-on activities. Time is allotted during each module for a student’s specific site questions and comments that are relevant to that content.
Basic understanding of Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, etc. Students should bring their own laptop to class with access to an existing WordPress website.
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Module 1: Setup and Configure WordPress
Section 1: What exactly is WordPress?
Section 2: What makes WordPress different from other website creation platforms/tools?
Section 3: Understanding WordPress.org vs. hosted a WordPress Website
Section 4: Differences in WordPress hosting companies
Module 2: Basic Administration
Section 1: Welcome to the WordPress Dashboard
Section 2: Media Library
Section 3: Comments overview
Section 4: Tools overview
Section 5: User Accounts
Section 6: Google is your friend
Module 3: Posts and Pages
Section 1: What’s the difference?
Section 2: Creating and Administering Posts/Pages
Section 3: Understanding Title and Content Areas
Section 4: Using the text editor
Section 5: Setting the featured image
Section 6: Saving a post/page and publishing
Module 5: Menus
Section 1: Creating Your First Menu
Section 2: Adding Pages, Post and Categories to Your Menu
Section 3: Enabling Advanced Menu Options
Section 4: Adding Custom Links to Your Menu
Section 5: Menu Locations
Module 6: General Website Settings
Section 1: Configuring General Settings
Section 2: Configuring Reading Settings
Section 3: Configuring Permalinks
Section 4: Configuring Discussion
Section 5: Configuring Permalinks
Section 6: Configuring Privacy
Module 7: Media Library
Section 1: Understanding Width, Height and File Size
Section 2: Understanding the Default Month-Year Folder Structure
Section 3: Uploading and Managing Media Files
Section 4: Caption, Alt Text and Description
Module 8: Themes
Section 1: Choosing a Theme
Section 2: Installing and Configuring a Theme
Section 3: Switching Between Themes
Section 4: Adding Menus, Media and Content to a Theme
Module 9: Plugins
Section 1: What exactly is a plugin?
Section 2: Browsing the plugins
Section 3: Choosing the right plugin
Section 4: Recommended plugins- SEO, backup, speed, security
Module 10: Troubleshooting
Section 1: Theme editor- Don’t go there!
Section 2: Site stops rendering correctly
Section 3: Site loads slowly
Section 4: Site doesn’t load at all