Wordpress Essentials - How to Use Wordpress
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Wordpress Essentials - How to Use Wordpress

Build a website fast, learning Wordpress on a need-to-know basis!
4.2 (38 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.
259 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 6/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build a Wordpress website.
  • Comfortably navigate around the Wordpress Dashboard.
  • Add content to your website.
  • Create menus, install and use plugins, and change the look and feel of your site using themes.
  • If you are happy using a web browser, then you have the technical skills required for this course.
  • No previous knowledge of Wordpress is needed to take this course. We'll start off at the very beginning.
  • No special computer software is required, as you can download Wordpress for free from the internet.
  • You will need web hosting to install Wordpress.

Wordpress can be daunting for beginners.  There are so many options and settings built into Wordpress, even before we start adding plugins and themes which further complicate matters.

Wordpress Essentials is a course that strips Wordpress down to the bare essentials.  You'll learn the stuff you need to know about, while the more technical aspects of Wordpress are left for another day.  

This course will take you by the hand and show you how to buy your domain through a domain registrar, and link it to a separate web host.  This first step is critical, yet so many people starting their first website get it wrong and end up suffering further down the line.

Once the domain is set up, we'll install Wordpress and take a tour around the "Dashboard".  The installation process adds a few "samples" by default, so we'll look at them, and then delete them.

The next section of this course will look at the most important settings inside Wordpress.  Get these right, and you'll be ready to start adding content to your website.  It's easy.  Just follow along, making the changes I suggest.  Where I think it's important, I'll tell you why you are making these changes.  By the end of this section of the course, you will have set up Wordpress like a pro, and be ready to start adding content to the site.

Creating content is what a website is all about.  In this section of the course you'll learn how to use the WYSIWYG content editor inside Wordpress.  With it you can create posts and pages (you'll learn the basic differences between these).  Follow over my shoulder as we create the various "legal" documents you need on your website.  

You'll learn how to add web pages to your site, and how to categorize them to make your site more logical (and helpful) to visitors and search engines.  You'll see how easy it is to add images into the content, and what about adding Youtube videos?

Finally in the Creating Content section we'll discuss the homepage.  Wordpress likes to show recent posts as the homepage, but I'll show you a better option.  By the end of this section, you should have a website up and running.

The final section of this course will cover important topics that every Wordpress website owner should know about.  We'll look at how the commenting system works, so visitors can leave feedback on your webpages.  You'll learn to change the look and feel of your site with Themes, and extend the features of Wordpress using plugins.  Will finish off this section by looking at widgets, and the widgetized areas on your website. 
With this course you will learn:

  •  Wordpress terminology on an as needed basis. There glossary can be referred to at any time. 
  • The differences between the free Wordpress service, and the self-hosting Wordpress script.
  • All about web hosting and domain registrars and why you should not use your web host as your domain registrar. Don't worry, I'll tell you how to set all of this up.  It's really easy.
  • About the important settings inside the dashboard.
  • The best format for your permalinks.
  • Which discussion settings need to be changed.
  • How to optimize your reading settings.
  • How to quickly install a default set of "update services" so that new content on your site is quickly spidered and indexed by the search engines. 
  • About the sitemap, and how to set one up so that it is automatically updated every time you post new content to your website.  
  • How to use the WYSIWYG editor for posts and pages.
  • How to setup the important pages, like disclaimers and privacy policy.
  • How to use menus to create awesome navigation systems on your site that visitors will find intuitive, and search engines will use to spider your content.
  • How to use post categories effectively.
  • How to insert images into your posts.
  • How to insert Youtube videos into your posts.
  • How to setup two different types of homepage.  Firstly you can use a static homepage which will display an "article" of your choosing.  Secondly you can setup more of a blog homepage so that new posts are listed on the main body of the homepage.
  • How to deal with visitor comments, and why you must manually approve them.
  • How to install a Wordpress theme, and change it.  Changing a theme is like applying a new skin to your website.  Themes completely control the look and style of your website.
  • How to install plugins to extend the features and functionality of your website.
  • How to insert widgets into various areas on your web pages.
  • How to create a fully working website in as little as two hours.

By the end of this course, you will have all of the basic knowledge you need to build a great looking website.  You'll also have a fantastic foundation if you want to go on to become a Wordpress guru by taking further classes on the subject. 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is aimed at anyone that wants to build a website but doesn't know where to start.
  • If you've tried to learn Wordpress and failed, this course can help give you the essential skills to succeed this time.
Course content
Expand all 39 lectures 03:21:29
+ Introductions
3 lectures 06:44

This lecture introduces the instructor and the course itself.  You'll discover what the course covers, and what to expect.

Preview 01:21

Learning Wordpress does have a number of challenges.  One is the terminology used.  I have therefore created this lecture to explain the most important terms you may hear in this course, and when doing further study.

Wordpress Glossary
+ Getting Started
5 lectures 33:50

There are actually 2 distinct versions of Wordpress.  A free site building tool offered on wordpress.com, and an installable script available from Wordpress.org.  This lecture looks at the differences, and explains why we are using the .org option.

Wordpress.org v Wordpress.com

A lot of web hosting companies will offer to be your domain registrar as well.  In fact that is the "default" situation with most web host.  However, this is not the best way to set your website up.  This lecture explores why a separate web host and registrar is the best solution.

Hosting & Registrars

This lecture takes you step by step to setup registrar and host, and get them talking to each other.

Configuring Registrar and Web Host

In this lecture, we'll install Wordpress so that we can get started working on the site.  

Preview 06:15

When you install Wordpress, a few things are installed with it.  This lecture looks at those "extras".  

Preview 06:56
+ Wordpress Settings
6 lectures 22:08

Permalinks define how web page URLs are created.  The default permalink structure is not very helpful, so this lecture shows you how to change it, and what to use for your permalink structure.


Let's go in and delete everything that Wordpress installed by default, that we don't need.

Deleting pre-installed Stuff

The Discussion settings define how visitors can interact with you via the comment feature built into Wordpress.  This lecture sets up these settings.

Discussion Settings

The reading settings allow you to define what visitors (and search engines, spiders, etc) see when they visit your website.  This lecture looks at these settings.  We'll come back to these later when we consider the homepage of the website.

Reading Settings

When you post a new article on your website, wouldn't it be great if your site automatically notified Google, Bing, and other search engines?  Well that is what the update services feature is for.  We'll set this up in this lecture.

Update Services

A sitemap can be used to tell Google about the important content on your website.  Setting one up is as easy as installing and activating a plugin.  Let's do it.

+ Two different Post/Page editors
3 lectures 13:31

When WordPress 5.0 was released on 6th December 2018, it got rid of the WYSIWYG editor in favour of a page builder style editor. However, you can still use the older "Classic" editor if you prefer.  This video shows you how you can install the old editor and use either one when editing content.

Post & Page Editor(s)

The content editor built into Wordpress gives you a full What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.  This lecture looks at this editor.

The WYSIWYG "Classic" Editor

This lecture looks at the basics of the Gutenberg Editor that was introduced in Wordpress 5.0.

The Gutenberg Editor
+ The Gutenberg Editor
10 lectures 01:01:13

Learnt the principles of how Gutenberg works.

Gutenberg Principles

Let's take a look at the Gutenberg interface.

Gutenberg Interface

Let's look at blocks and how you configure them.

Anatomy of a Block

Let's create a post using some basic blocks.

Adding blocks to build a post

Wrapping text around images confuses a lot of students.  This lecture shows how to do this in Gutenberg.

Inserting Images & Wrapping Text

An interesting and versatile block that can create that Parallax effect you see so often on websites.

The Cover Block

How to use the column block to space things out horizontally.


How reusable blocks can speed up editing multiple pages on the site at the same time.

Reusable blocks

You aren't limited to the blocks that WordPress installs.  Third-party developers are also creating them for Gutenberg.

Finding more blocks

Some frequently asked questions about Gutenberg.

+ Creating Content
6 lectures 33:34

There are a number of important pages we should add to our website.  These include Terms, Privacy, Contact and possibly an About Us page.  This lecture shows you how to quickly add these to your site.

Important Pages

The homepage of a Wordpress site defaults to using the last 10 posts.  However, a better way to use the homepage in many cases is to have a unique, static piece of content.  This lecture shows you how to do this.

The Homepage

In the last lecture we created some "legal" pages.  However, visitors on the site won't be able to find these pages, so we need to display links to these pages.  We are going to use a Menu for this.


You need to assign a category to every post on your website.  This lecture looks at the content I am going to add to the site, and the category structure I have chosen.

We'll create categories in preparation for the content, and then add the content to the site.

Post Categories

Image can help break up blocks of content.  Inserting them into a Wordpress post or page is really easy.  This lecture shows you how.

Inserting Images

Inserting Youtube videos is really easy in Wordpress.  THis video shows you how.

Inserting Youtube Videos
+ Essential Wordpress Concepts
6 lectures 30:28

Allowing visitors to comment on your web pages is very important.  This lecture shows you how the commenting system works in Wordpress, and how you moderate comments from your visitors.

Visitor Comments

You can change the look and feel of your Wordpress website, quickly and easily.  It's a simple matter of installing a new theme and activating it.  This lecture shows you how to change themes, and where to find a lot of good free ones.


Wordpress has a lot of features out of the box.  However, if there is something you wished it could do, but doesn't, plugins will probably come to your rescue. This lecture looks at installing plugins and where to find them.  I'll also show you a few that you might like to install on your site.


Widgets are small "features" you can add into your web page in areas set aside by the theme.  Every theme is differe

Widgets & Widgetized Areas
Where To Go From Here
BONUS: Course Resources