Getting Started With WordPress
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WordPress is the perfect platform for anyone looking to quickly build a website or blog. But just how easy can it be to set up and use?
Designed for the non-technical, this course will show how to create a polished website or blog quickly and cheaply. In this course we’ll look at the basics. We’ll look at free templates as well as premium resources that require little to no coding knowledge.
In this course, you will see you can have a fresh, clean, and modern website up in running in no time. After walking through installation, we’ll look at how to maintain your blog or website using the WordPress dashboard.
This course also tackles common problems and pitfalls to avoid, looks at what it takes to customize WordPress themes to get the exact look you’re going for. Finally we tackle users, backing up and what it takes to keep your site up-to-date.
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|Section 1: Getting Started with WordPress Intro & Hosting|
|Hello. I'm Nate and I want to help you learn WordPress. In this introduction I'll give you some background on me and an outline of what we'll cover in this class.|
|In this lesson we discuss what hosting is and why it's important to building a website. In doing so we'll answer the question: "What's the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org"|
|In this lesson we'll discuss how to choose a host that is compatible with WordPress and how to register a domain name.
Note: If you do not have a host or are not ready yet to decide on a hosting plan or domain you can skip to Lecture 5.
|In this lesson we see how to sign up for a free WordPress.com site and discuss assigning a custom domain to your site.
Note: If you already have a self-hosted WordPress site you can skip this lesson.
|Section 2: Basic Navigation, Creating and Managing Content|
|In this lesson we discuss the two components of a WordPress site the front end and the dashboard. We'll also see two ways of logging into your WordPress site.|
In this lesson we'll discuss the difference between a blog and a website in order to understand the two WordPress content types Posts and Pages.
|In this lesson we'll dive deep into posts and pages, discuss how to organize them in the dashboard and options for publishing them.|
|In this lesson we look at uploading images into the Media Library within WordPress. We also discuss embedding videos from YouTube and other sites. In the supplemental lesson you can see how WordPress allows you to embed tweets very easily into your posts and pages.|
|Section 3: Appearance|
|In this lesson we'll look at how you can install themes to completely redesign the look of your site. What's a premium theme? What's a responsive theme? How can you find themes for portfolio sites? In the advanced material we'll discuss how to start to build your own themes.|
Most modern themes allow some basic customization right in the dashboard. This means that rather than needing to go into the code of the theme you can make choices by pulling down options from a menu or checking boxes.
|Menus and Widgets are a great way to personalize the functionality and navigation on your site. In this lesson we'll look at where to go to customize both.|
|Section 4: Plugins, Tools, Settings & Updates|
|In this lesson we'll look at two of my biggest pet peeves tips for ensuring your WordPress site doesn't get lost in the shuffle.|
|In this session we'll look through more of settings and, in addition, we'll discuss how to do updates for WordPress. We'll also look at backing up, importing and exporting and finish up with a brief look at creating additional user accounts.|
Conclusion & Thanks
|Section 5: Why You Should Be Blogging eBook|
|With purchase of this class on WordPress you receive a free copy of the eBook "Why You Should Be Blogging"|
Nate Cooper is a blogging strategist and writer. Through his private consultancy, he has led training for corporate clients including the Gap and NBC. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. He is a regular contributor to contently.com, and his writing has appeared on Mashable. Nate is also writing a comic book about how to build websites to be released in 2013. Prior to this, Nate worked in event marketing for Apple.