Free WordPress Dot Com for Beginners
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Free WordPress Dot Com for Beginners

Learn how to create a blog or website for free using WordPress
3.9 (8 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
36 students enrolled
Created by Barb Drozdowich
Last updated 9/2018
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Current price: $16.99 Original price: $24.99 Discount: 32% off
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Ultimately, you will have a functioning blog or website.
  • You will understand the difference between WordPress dot com and WordPress dot org
  • You will learn how to create a free WordPress dot com account and navigate what is often seen as a complicated dashboard
  • You will learn to put content on blog posts and pages and learn why to use one over the other.
  • You will learn how to create an optimize blog post
  • You will learn how to upload pictures for use on the site as well as access other free sources of graphics
  • You will learn how to moderate comments and ensure that you are notified properly of any incoming comments
  • You will learn how to put sharing and publicize functionality in place to help network with readers
  • You will learn the various roles of people on your site and the advantages of all groups of people from users to subscribers.
  • You will learn how to ensure that your site is set up to work with you instead of against you.
  • You will understand how to create a custom menu
  • You will learn how to assign widgets to sidebar and footer areas of your site.
  • You will learn how to change the fonts, colors and graphics for your site.
  • You will learn what paid functionality is available to WordPress dot com users
  • You will learn how to choose a theme that suits your needs and organize the content to suit the theme.
Requirements
  • Free WordPress Dot Com for beginners is truly for the beginner. You simply need a computer with a connection to the internet and a a desire share your thoughts on a blog or website.
Description

Whether you’re looking to start a blog or put together a website for your small business, figuring out how to actually get going can feel like a tall task.


But it doesn’t have to be.


In “Wordpress Dot Com for Beginners,” you’ll learn everything you need to know to get a website up and running on the free version of Wordpress. The course includes 25 easy-to-understand videos that guide you through each step, from creating an account to setting up your site to publishing your first post.


Your instructor is Barb Drozdowich, an author and consultant who has been teaching since 1986. She has published 18 books on a variety of techy topics and currently manages 8 different blogs. She has several online courses and 50+ YouTube videos, all focusing on making technology easier for beginners to understand.


When you sign up for “Wordpress Dot Com for Beginners,” you’ll get immediate access to more than 3 hours of content covering topics such as:

  • Setting up your Wordpress Dot Com account

  • The difference between pages and posts and how to publish content on them

  • A walk-through of 4 different themes and how to use them on your website

  • How to manage comments and give other people access to your website

  • What are widgets and how can they improve your site


There are even a few freebies and plenty of other resources along the way to set you up for success.


If you’ve made the decision to launch your own website, don’t let the technology scare you away. Sign up today and start publishing your content in no time!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who are interested in exploring the world of WordPress dot com
  • People who are interested in creating their own website or blog and want to learn more about using the free version of WordPress dot com
Course content
Expand 25 lectures 03:51:28
+ Introduction
25 lectures 03:51:28

Learn what you are going to learn and who is going to teach it to you! Find out if this course is the course for you.

Preview 08:51

Learn the difference between WordPress dot com and WordPress dot org so that you can make an educated decision regarding which you want to use to run your new website or blog.

Preview 12:02

In this video you will learn how to start at the very beginning and set up a WordPress dot com account, confirm the account and learn how to set up your account smoothly.

Registering at WordPress.com - Creating an account
08:20

Finding your way around the back side of a WordPress site is often the most frustrating thing for new users. This video gives a thorough navigation of what's where. For homework, take some time exploring the reader panel and dashboard of your developing WordPress site.

Navigation
14:27

Many new WordPress users have trouble figuring out when to use posts and when to use pages. This video walks through the difference. As homework, create a list of appropriate pages for your growing website.

Posts VS Pages
04:24

Themes are the way the look and feel of a website or blog is controlled. From the layout of content to the fonts and colors, choosing a theme is often seen as an overwhelming decision. In this video we take a high level look at the subject of themes. This should serve as an orientation. Your homework is to virtually wander through this section and explore the themes that are available.

Overview of Themes
08:39

Learn how to create a blog post, add text, pictures and links to share information with readers.

Create a Post
11:41

Learn how and why to create pages. Learn to add pictures, text and links to round out your content offering to readers.

Create a Page
06:36

This video demonstrates how to lay out information on a blog post or page to optimize what we know about reading habits. Graphic used in the video is available for downloading.

What is an Optimal Blog Post?
06:26

Learn how to add pictures and other graphics, documents, audio and video to your growing WordPress site. Learn how to access free sources of pictures to use in blog posts and pages. And for homework, practice loading pictures from your computer and if appropriate connect your Google account to access pictures from that location.

Media
08:31

Learn how and were to control comments on your new blog or website. Learn how to moderate and adjust the settings as necessary.

Comments
05:04

Sharing is an important, yet often overlooked, functionality of a blog or website. Learn how to harness the sharing and publicize functions that come with WordPress.

Sharing
05:50

Learn how to add other people to your blog with varying degrees of power to add content. Learn the importance of subscribers and how to see your lists of various types of subscribers.

People
05:24

Learn how to adjust the settings for your growing website or blog. Learn how to optimize the setting to make managing your site easier.

Settings
09:27

This video provides a high level view of the Customize section of your blog or website. Learn what functionality is available. The following videos describe how to use each of the subsections of the Customize area.

Customize Overview
03:59

Learn how to create a custom menu and how to put it in place on your developing website or blog.

Menus
07:45

What are widgets and what is a sidebar? This video explains how to add content to sidebar or footer areas of your developing site.

Widgets
11:14

Learn how to customize your theme by choosing fonts, colors and adding header and branding graphics to your growing blog or website.

Customize Choices - colors, fonts, header graphics and backgrounds
12:18

This video takes a detailed look at the available free and paid themes available WordPress users. We talk about how to look at the samples and how to judge which one to choose. This video is a continuation of the overview video on themes previously watched.

Themes
13:12

This video explores the paid functionality available to users of WordPress dot com. We explore why and if to chose one of the paid plans and what the money gets in terms of real functions.

Paid Functions
07:20

This video walks through - in a step-by-step way - the formatting of the free Radcliffe 2 theme.

How to set up the Radcliffe 2 Theme
18:32

This video show how to put the Dara theme in place and customize all aspects to look like the demo site.

How to set up the Dara Theme
17:42

This video demonstrates how to put the Independent Publisher Theme in place and customize it to look like the demo site.

How to set up the Independent Publisher 2 Theme
13:09

This video demonstrates step by step instructions to put the Publication theme in place and customize it to look like the sample site.

How to set up the Publication Theme
07:11

We bring the course to a conclusion and outline other places to get help with technical questions as knowledge and confidence increases.

Bonus lecture: Free courses and free downloads
03:24