Introducing WordPress

Learn all the basics of how to use and implement a Web site using WordPress
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

This innovative product combines interactive video and a full-color printed reference to explain everything a beginner needs to know to create a blog from scratch using WordPress. Experienced instructor Joe Chellman presents 4.5 hours of exceptional quality video tutorials, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials Project files used in the lessons are included so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.

What are the requirements?

  • Wordpress

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To familiarize viewers with the features, tools, and techniques they need to master blogging with WordPress

Who is the target audience?

  • People interested in blogging
  • Bloggers interested in learning a more sophisticated platform

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to WordPress
This first lesson describes what kind of software WordPress is, and in what situations you might want to use it.
WordPress is offered in two versions: a hosted version and a self-installed version. This lesson gives an overview of the differences between the two.
When you work with WordPress, a great deal of your work will be done in your web browser. But there are some other software applications that will be helpful to have, if not now, then in your future work. In this video we'll look at a few of them.
This video goes over the modest technical requirements you'll need to meet in order to have WordPress run on your web hosting account.
WordPress can be installed in various ways to achieve different results. In this video, we look at some of the options, and select one to be used in this course.
Section 2: Installing WordPress Yourself
This video shows you where to download WordPress and covers the database settings you'll need to know to complete its installation.
Before you can run the WordPress installer code, you must make some edits to the configuration file, wp-config.php. This lesson goes over the settings you must configure and looks at a few more that are helpful but not essential.
This lesson will show you the basics of uploading your WordPress files via FTP or SFTP.
With the groundwork laid, this lesson demonstrates WordPress's self-described "Five Minute Install."
Permissions errors are a common source of problems with new WordPress installs. This video shows some of the symptoms of permissions errors and offers some strategies for finding and fixing the problem.
If your web host doesn't provide a preconfigured MySQL database, you will need to create your own. In this video, you will learn how to use phpMyAdmin to do just that.
If you are interested in creating more than one WordPress site, on a professional basis perhaps, you might look at building the sites locally, on your own computer, instead of remotely on a web server. This lesson will look at some of the options that are available, and specifically at how to configure MAMP on a Mac.
There are situations where you might want to move your WordPress installation from one location on the server to another. This lesson looks at a case where the installation needs to be moved out of a folder into the root level of the account.
Section 3: Initial Configuration
WordPress can hide various parts of its user interface to reduce complexity. This video shows you where to find those options, allowing you to choose which pieces you want to be visible on your site.
This lesson covers the Settings section of the WordPress dashboard, showing some of the options that are good to configure immediately after completing installation.
A popular piece of web software, WordPress is often a popular target of hackers. This lesson goes over a few simple changes that can make your WordPress site more secure.
This lesson shows you a way to "double-lock" your administrative dashboard, using web server authentication in addition to WordPress's built-in password protection.
Section 4: Writing and Managing Content
WordPress describes most of its content internally as "posts." This lesson introduces posts and looks at the Posts management dashboard, which allows you to work with many pieces of content at once.
The most important piece of any website is the content, and writing content is where the majority of a blogger's time is spent. This lesson explores the post-writing interface in WordPress.
Post formats let a writer mark a piece of content as one of a targeted set of types, causing that post to appear in a distinct format. This lesson introduces post formats and looks at how they are used.
WordPress keeps track of every edit you make to every post. This lesson shows you how to work with those revisions to restore a previous version of a post when something goes wrong.
Pages are static content that falls outside of the WordPress chronological timeline. This lesson introduces pages and shows you how to work with them.
In this lesson, we'll look at working with categories and tags, which allow classification and grouping of related content.
WordPress has offered authors the ability to create custom navigation since version 3.0. In this video, we'll look at custom menus and how to use them.
The media library stores all images, videos, music, and other files uploaded from WordPress. This lesson gives an overview of how to manage those media.
In this lesson, you will see that WordPress gives special treatment to media attached to specific pieces of content. You'll also learn how to create an image gallery using the built-in gallery function.
In this video, we'll look at using the built-in link manager to manage bookmarks to other websites.
Allowing comments on your website opens your site to the feedback of your visitors (as well as to spammers, unfortunately). In this lesson, we'll look at how comments work in WordPress and what tools it offers to manage them.
RSS feeds allow interested users to keep track of updates to your website without having to actually visit it and find out what has changed. This lesson explores the feeds WordPress offers and what they can do.
Section 5: Theming and Visual Design
A WordPress theme is the collection of files that determines how your website looks and feels, and potentially a lot of how it works. This lesson introduces themes and looks in detail at the built-in Twenty Eleven theme.
Every WordPress theme offers some number of configuration options, which can be very different in different themes. In this lesson, we'll look at the configuration options of Twenty Eleven and see how the options change if a different theme is chosen.
Widgets are little self-contained units of content that usually appear in the sidebars of your WordPress website. In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the built-in widgets and at the user interface for managing all available widgets.
The main website offers a repository of free WordPress themes. In this lesson you'll see how to find a theme that suits your needs and how to install it once you find it.
A child theme is a WordPress theme based on another theme, which allows a site builder to use an existing theme to create a new one without having to redo all the work of the original. This lesson introduces child themes and explains why they are a good idea.
Section 6: Customizing Your Site with Plugins
Plugins are bundles of code that can add, remove, or change – in small or large measure – how your WordPress website works. This lesson introduces plugins and looks at the free WordPress plugin directory where most free plugins can be found.
This lesson demonstrates how to install a plugin, both within WordPress itself and manually.
WordPress is fairly fast out of the box, but can break down quickly if your site becomes very popular. Cache plugins can go a long way toward helping your site stay fast and usable, even when experiencing heavy traffic.
As useful as comments are, they can quickly become an author's nightmare if (when) spammers start flooding the site with garbage. Fortunately, there are many plugins that can help stop the madness; several are introduced in this lesson.
WordPress offers a lot of useful tools for working with media, but there are some gaps that plugins can help fill. This lesson introduces two plugins that can help you make more flexible galleries and more usable media players.
WordPress itself does not offer capabilities for creating forms for polls, surveys, or email contacts. In this lesson, we'll look at some plugins that enable you to include forms on your website.
Although every web server logs every hit, to really understand who your visitors are, an analytics plugin is essential. This lesson looks at a couple of options for analytics and a plugin that helps with search engine optimization.
Section 7: Maintaining WordPress
Backups are an essential part of working with computers. In this lesson we'll investigate ways to back up your WordPress database and files.
Keeping your WordPress core current is very important for keeping your website safe, secure, and compatible with the latest and greatest features. This lesson will show you how to stay up to date, either by using the automatic updater or by updating manually.
In addition to updates to the WordPress core, you must also keep themes and plugins up to date. This lesson looks at automatic and manual updates of WordPress plugins and themes.
Updating an older, out-of-date installation of WordPress can be quite challenging. This lesson outlines a strategy for upgrading an older WordPress site to the latest release.
Section 8: Find Out More
The Codex is the WordPress documentation site. This lesson gives an overview of what you can get from this very useful resource.
WordPress is very popular, so there are many places to find help on the Internet. In this lesson, we'll look at the forums available on, IRC, and several other websites.
WordPress is not just software; it's a community of actual human beings! In this video, we'll consider some options for giving back to the community and some ways to meet up with other WordPress users in real life.

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