This course (35 videos or approximately 5+ hours of content) will teach you all about creating a WordPress blog. You'll start with basic information such as you understanding what it's used for, to installing on a host, to editing the admin area and themes. I have included a few image files and a video file for you to work with. The course requires that you have a web host if you want to follow along. You can usually purchase web hosting for a few dollars a month.
This lecture covers what WordPress is typically used for today and how it works.
This lecture covers the difference between a WordPress site content (dynamic) and the content of a page you might create from HTML pages (static)—and what that means.
Most hosts have a simple install through your site admin—but not all do. If your host does not, you can go to the next video.
If your host doesn't have a simple install procedure (or you don't want to use it), this video will show you how to manually install WordPress.
Once WordPress is installed, you can go to the WordPress admin area and take a look around to see what you've got.
There are some settings in the admin area that are essential for you to change in order to both tailor your blog and secure it.
When you install WordPress, an admin account is created. You can edit that accounts settings if you like, and that's what we'll discover in this video.
You may have other people that need to access your WordPress admin area. In order for that to happen, you can create a new user and apply different levels of access.
There are so many settings that are important for your blog in the WordPress admin area. In this video, we will discover a host of them.
Permalinks can be important for SEO and other reasons, so in this video, we will discuss what they are and how to set them properly.
Themes are super important in WordPress since they control the look and functionality of your site. You will learn all about what themes are in this video.
Themes can be found everywhere on the web. In your WordPress admin area, you can search and install themes that are found on the WordPress.org website, and that's what you'll do.
Sometimes you come by a theme outside of the WordPress admin area and want to install and use it for your site. That's exactly what I'll show you how to do in this video.
Themes are infinitely editable—but depending on the theme you install, how easily editable using the WordPress admin interface depends on the theme creator. In this video, you'll discover some of the options avialbale to you when editing a theme.
It happens every time when someone starts learning WordPress—they want to take it further. In this video, I will give you a glimpse of some of those advanced changes that you can make.
Posts and pages are the main types of content that we can add to our WordPress site. in this video, you will learn the difference between the two and discover when you would use them.
In this video, you will create your first WordPress page to add something like contact information to your blog.
When you create a page or a post, you need to publish it for the world to be able to see it, and that's what we'll do in this video.
Each page can have a lot of different page attributes set—attributes that set it apart from other pages (besides the content). In this video you will learn about the page hierarchy, template options, and more.
Pages can have so many different settings like revisions, custom options, comments, and more—which is what you show and explore in this video.
Writing and adding content is usually why we create a WordPress blog. In this video, you will learn about the different editors and the difference between the two as you add some content.
There are a lot of easy ways to add images to your blog. In this video, you will see how to add images directly into your page and some of the editing options you have for them.
WordPress allows you to insert video from sharing sites such as YouTube.com and other really easily. In this video, you'll add a YouTube video and explore other methods for adding video.
Image galleries are simple image "slideshows" that you can insert using the media library option. These galleries were relatively recently added to WordPress (without the use of something called Jetpack).
The media library is a central location where you can discover all of hte media you have added to your pages and posts. In this video, you will explore all of the options for working direclty with media in the media library.
In this video, you'll explore the concept of adding posts (now that you know what they are).
There are a few ways to edit your posts once you add them to your site. In this video, you'll explore the different methods for editing and some of the options available.
Categories are a great way to be able to organize your blog posts and help with SEO (if done right). In this video, you will discover what categoires are, and how to work with them.
Tagging content can be another way for users to be able to more easily find content in your site (blog posts). In this video, you will learn what they are and how to create and apply them (as well as some best practices).
Commenting is a blessing and a curse (at times). In this video, you'll see how to do things like approve and reply to comments and discover some of the commenting settings in your WordPress admin.
Widgets are one of the better parts of WordPress because they add extra functionality to your site. In this video, you will learn about what they are and how they work.
in this video, you will learn how to search for a widget in the WordPress admin area, and install it.
The default menu that comes with a WordPress blog usually includes all of your published pages. In this video, you'll see how to edit the menu to include pages, posts, and manual links, as well as how to insert menus in different parts of your pages (if the theme allows it).
Plugins are where it's at. If you want to add a slideshow, SEO help, a form, or just about anything else, you can search for a plugin that allows you to "plug in" that functionality. In this video, you'll explore what plugins are.
There are several ways to install plugins—and in this video, you'll explore how to install them.
In this video, you'll discover why keeping WordPress and it's plugins up to date is important and how to do it.
What happens if you crash your site? Or overwrite something? It will happen at some point, if you work with WordPress enough. In this video, we'll explore the different methods for backing up your site content.
Brian Wood is a web developer and an Adobe Certified Instructor in Dreamweaver CS5, Acrobat 9 Pro, Illustrator CS5, and the author of seven training books (Illustrator, Muse, and InDesign), all published by Peachpit Press, as well as numerous training videos and DVDs on Adobe Muse, Dreamweamver & CSS, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, including Acrobat multimedia and forms, Expression Web and others. In addition to training clients like Nordstrom, REI, Boeing, Costco, Starbucks, Nintendo, NBBJ and many, many others, Brian speaks regularly at national conferences, such as Adobe MAX, CSS for Designers tour, The InDesign Conference, The Web Design Conference, The Creative Suite Conference, as well as events hosted by AIGA, GAG, STC, CASE and other industry organizations. Brian has a free tips blog at askbrianwood.com/tips.