Learn WordPress 4.0 with this comprehensive course from TeachUcomp, Inc. Mastering WordPress Made Easy features 71 video lessons with over 5 hours of introductory through advanced instruction. Watch, listen and learn as your expert instructor guides you through each lesson step-by-step. During this media-rich learning experience, you will see each function performed just as if your instructor were there with you. Reinforce your learning with our printable classroom instruction manual, additional images and practice exercises. This course introduces the student to the self-hosted version of WordPress and will teach you how to maximize the powerful features of the program to create an amazing blog or website. You will learn how to setup WordPress, manage media, create dynamic content, attract visitors and much more.
Whether you are completely new to WordPress or upgrading from an older version, this course will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a proficient user. We have incorporated years of classroom training experience and teaching techniques to develop an easy-to-use course that you can customize to meet your personal learning needs. Simply launch the easy-to-use interface, click to start a video lesson or open one of the manuals and you are on your way to mastering WordPress.
Simply put, WordPress is a tool used to publish content to the web. It can be used to create anything from a basic blog to a complex website. What began as a simple blogging application in 2003, has grown into a robust content management system, or CMS, that powers over 60 million websites all over the world- including traditional blogs, magazines, newspapers, social media sites, national, and commercial sites. Today, nearly 1 in 5 websites in the world uses WordPress. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Before we begin to discuss how to use WordPress, it’s important to understand the different ways in which WordPress can be used. WordPress is a software application. As mentioned in the previous lecture, WordPress is open-source software and is free to download, install and use on any web server. WordPress.org is the site from which you can download the WordPress software, as well as themes and plugins that we’ll discuss later in this course. Learn this and more during this lecture.
It’s important to remember that you can install and use WordPress in different ways. This course examines installing and using WordPress in a self-hosted environment, as discussed in the previous lecture. But, you can also install and run WordPress on a local computer or server for development or training purposes so that you can use the software without actually having to post any live pages on the web. You can install WordPress on your Windows or Mac machine using BitNami, an open-source project that provides installers and software applications. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Once you have successfully installed WordPress on your hosting server and have logged in, you will see the “Admin Panel” of the WordPress software. The Admin Panel is where you will create the components of your site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In this lecture, you will examine the WordPress Admin Panel. Remember that depending on the version of WordPress you are running and the themes and plugins you are using, your Admin Panel may look slightly different. However, the majority of the functionality as well as the basic layout of the interface will be the same. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Any time you are logged into your WordPress site, the WordPress Toolbar will appear at the top of your screen. This toolbar is displayed in both the Front End and Back End of your site and provides links to common WordPress tasks. The functionality and appearance of the toolbar will change depending on where you are at on the site. Also, just like other parts of WordPress, the toolbar will change as you customize WordPress. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In WordPress, there are two main types of content you can publish- posts and pages. It’s important to understand the key differences between them prior to setting up the structure of your site and creating content. Posts consist of content such as articles, news stories and opinion pieces. Learn this and more during this lecture.
To create a new post in WordPress, select “Posts” in the Navigation Bar. When the menu expands, click the “Add New” command. You can also hover over the “New” command in the WordPress Toolbar and then select “Post” from the drop-down that appears. In either case, you will be taken to the “Add New Post” window. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The “Visual” tab of the Editor contains the Formatting toolbar. This toolbar, which is the same for both posts and pages, contains the tools to add and edit text, links, media and other elements. You will notice that the “Text” tab in the Editor also contains a Formatting toolbar, which looks different from the one on the “Visual” tab. Many functions are the same in both toolbars, such as “Bold” and “Italics.” For now, we’ll concentrate on the Formatting toolbar on the “Visual” tab in the Editor. Learn this and more during this lecture.
When creating pages, you can copy and paste existing content into WordPress so you don’t have to re-type existing text. It’s important to note that the styles applied to text, fonts, bold, italics, headings, etc., in other software applications, such as Microsoft Word,are formatted specifically for that application and not for web display. As such, if you simply copy and paste text from a program such as Word into the WordPress editor, you may experience unwanted results in the display of the text. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In WordPress, you use the Formatting toolbar, mentioned in an earlier lesson, to format the text in your posts and pages. Many of the tools within the toolbar will look familiar and perform the same functions as their counterparts in word processing programs. You can hover your mouse over the buttons in the toolbar and a screen tip will appear, displaying the name of that particular button. Learn this and more during this lecture.
One of the most basic features of web design is the ability to display selectable hyperlinks, also simply called links, which allow the user to navigate from one post or page to another post or page. By clicking a link, the user will then view the web page associated with that link in their browser window. Links most often take the form of underlined text, but you can also turn images into links. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Images add visual interest to posts and pages and provide information that improves a visitor’s experience. To add an image to a post or page, click the “Add Media” button above the toolbar in the Post Editor or Page Editor to open the “Insert Media” panel. Here you can select, upload, and edit images and other media. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Featured Image option in WordPress lets you to add a picture to your post that will be used as a thumbnail for that post and will be displayed in index pages or other places on the site. There are also some widgets or themes that require a featured image for posts in order to work correctly. Learn this and more during this lecture.
To add an image to a post or page by referencing an existing image’s URL address, click into the post or page where you want the image to appear. Next, click the “Add Media” button to open the “Insert Media” dialog box. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Another way to add images to a post or a page in WordPress is to add an image gallery. An image gallery is a group of images and their corresponding thumbnails. A user can see the list of thumbnails and then look at each image individually. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can save a draft of a post within WordPress to save the content of a page or post without actually publishing it to the Internet. To save the current draft of a post, click the “Save Draft” button within the “Publish” panel at the right side of the page when editing the post or page to save the current draft as a revision of the page. Learn this and more during this lecture.
WordPress automatically saves previous versions of posts and pages as backup files. These backup files are called revisions. When you save a draft of a page or post, that is also saved as a revision. Revisions can be restored at a later date, which can be useful for changing posts and pages back to a previous version after editing or after making a serious mistake. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Once a post has been created in WordPress, you can publish it. Publishing the post will make it “live” and allow others to see it online. It is important to review your post carefully before publishing. Once the post has been reviewed, you are ready to publish it. Learn this and more during this lecture.
WordPress allows you to put your posts into organized categories, making them easier to find. A post must belong to at least one category, however you can assign multiple categories to a post if needed. You can create as many categories as you like. Also note that if you do not assign a post to a category, it will be assigned as “Uncategorized” and found that way. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can use the “Read More” tag when writing posts to shorten the content to make it easier for viewers to read. This is a great tag to add when creating an index for posts. The “Read More” tag acts like a link and will link the viewer to the rest of the article in a new window when clicked. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Unlike pages, you can allow users to leave comments on your posts. This can be a great way to stimulate conversation and drive more users to your site. However, it is important to manage comments. Spam, negative, or inappropriate comments can have a negative effect on your posts. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Pages are similar to posts in that they have similar features. Pages have a title, body text, and associated metadata, but are different in that they are not a part of the chronological blog stream. Pagesare usually static or permanent fixtures on your website and are not listed by date. They usually contain and display the majority of the unchanging content on your site. Pages do not use categories or tags, but they can have a hierarchy. You can nest pages under other pages by making one the “parent” of the other. This will create an organized group of pages that makes it easier to organize your site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Creating a page hierarchy within your site can be a great way to organize your pages. You can use the tools in WordPress to create parent-child relationships between pages. For example, if your website has an “About” page, you could make this a parent page. You could then create another page called “Staff." The Staff page is “child” page to its “parent” About page. Organizing your website this way can make it easier to find pages to make changes in the future. It is essentially a behind-the-scenes index. There are no limits to how many levels you can have within the page hierarchy. Learn this and more during this lecture.
A page template is a customized set of page options or layouts contained within your WordPress theme that you can apply to pages on your site. Different themes will have different page templates available or they may have no templates. Any templates available for your currently selected theme will be displayed in the “Template” drop-down, located in the “Page Attributes” panel while in page editing mode. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Having a static front, or home, page on your site is critical. This page will usually be the first page users will see and should be the central navigation hub for the website. This page is static- meaning it does not change on a day-to-day basis. However, you can make changes quickly and easily whenever you would like. The look and feel of the home page will depend on your preferences and the options that come with your theme. In this post, we will discuss how to create a basic home page. Creative options can then be added as desired. Learn this and more during this lecture.
After creating posts and pages for your site, you may need to make changes to them. You can use the Page Index or the Post Index within the Navigation Bar in order to see a list of created posts or pages. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can use the “Quick Edit” feature to make small changes to your pages and posts quickly and easily. The “Quick Editor” allows you to make simple and fast changes to the attributes, categories, and other elements of a page or post. This can save time when making simple changes on your site. Because the “Quick Edit” panel opens in the same window, this tool can also be useful when making small changes to pages, as you won’t have to click back to the page index to return to the list. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The “Bulk Edit” option allows you to make changes to the attributes of several posts or pages at the same time. This can save time when wanting to change multiple posts and pages. For example, if you wanted to create a new category and place multiple posts within that category, it would be easier to use the “Bulk Editor” instead of editing each post individually and assigning them to the new category. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can use features in WordPress to organize media within the WordPress Admin Panel. Start by clicking the “Media” link in the Navigation Bar at the left side of the screen. Then select either “Library” which will take you to the Media Library, or “Add New” which will allow you to upload a new piece of media to the Media Library. Note that “Library” is the default view after you click the “Media” button. Learn this and more during this lecture.
As mentioned in the previous lecture, when you are viewing the Media Library, you can use the “Bulk Actions” drop-down that appears in the “List” view or the “Bulk Select” button that appears in the “Grid” view to delete multiple selected media items at once. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Media Library is not restricted to images. It can also contain files of almost any type you wish to upload. When a media item is uploaded, a new attachment page is created for the item that lets you view the media individually so you can read the content on that page, leave comments, and also edit the media as desired. This separate attachment page has a unique URL which points to the original uploaded file. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can edit the images that you upload to the media library to add captions, alternative text and descriptions before you add the images to your posts and pages. If you add it to the images in the media library, the data will already appear when you later add the images to the posts or pages, saving you the step of adding it at that time. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can edit the video information for videos that you upload to the media library to change the names of the videos and add captions and descriptions to the videos before you add the videos to your posts and pages. If you add it to the videos in the media library, the data will already appear when you later add the videos to the posts or pages, saving you the step of adding it at that time. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can edit the audio information for audio files that you upload to the media library to change the names of the audio files and add captions, descriptions, and metadata to the audio files before you add them to your posts and pages. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can edit the information for other types of files that you upload to the media library, such as PDF files or Word document files, to change the file names and add captions and descriptions to the files before you add them to posts and pages. If you add data to the files in the media library, the data will already appear when you later add the files to the posts or pages, saving you the step of adding it at that time. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can insert a video file encoded for HTML5 video playback into your pages or posts to allow users to watch the video file. Videos should be encoded for HTML5 browser playback. You can upload a MP4 version of the video and then edit the video after it has been inserted into the page to add alternate video file sources, such as an OGV and WEBM version of the file, or vice versa. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can insert a playlist of videos, encoded for HTML5 video playback, into your pages or posts to allow users to watch a playlist of videos. Just as when uploading a single video to the media library, these videos should also be encoded for maximum HTML5 browser playback. While you can add MP4, OGV, and WEBM videos to a playlist, you cannot currently (as of WordPress 4.0) add alternate versions of each video to the playlist. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can insert an audio file, encoded as an MP3 or OGG file, into your pages or posts to allow users to listen to the audio file. Audio should also be encoded for HTML5 browser playback, which is associated with MP3 or OGG files. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can insert a playlist of audio files, encoded as MP3 or OGG files for HTML5 playback, into your pages or posts to allow users to listen to a playlist of audio files. While you can add MP3 and OGG audio files to a playlist, you cannot currently (as of WordPress 4.0) add alternate versions of each audio file to the playlist. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Portfolios in WordPress are a separate type of content from posts and pages that are designed to visually highlight a selection of uploaded media content and display it to site visitors. These portfolios allow you to display images in a portfolio with a theme and their own customizable portfolio categories. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can create categories for your portfolios just as you can create categories for your posts. Portfolio categories are separate from post categories, however. To create a portfolio category, click the “Portfolio Items” button in the Navigation Bar within the Admin Panel. Then click the “Portfolio categories” link under the “Portfolio Items” section in the Navigation Bar to display the “Categories” page in the area to the right of the window. This page is used to create the categories you apply to portfolios. Learn this and more during this lecture.
To manage the portfolios you have created in WordPress, click the “Portfolio Items” button in the Navigation Bar within the Admin Panel. Then, if needed, click the “All Portfolio Items” link under the “Portfolio Items” section in the Navigation Bar to display the “Portfolios” page in the area to the right of the window. The portfolios you have created will be displayed within the rows in a list in this page. The two columns within this list are “Title” and “Date.” Portfolios that have not yet been published will appear in the list with the word “Draft” at the end of their portfolio titles shown in the “Titles” column within the list. Learn this and more during this lecture.
A plugin is a software component that is an add-on to, or extension of, an already existing piece of software. WordPress allows you to add plugins to your website to apply additional features and functions outside of the standard features that come with WordPress. On the WordPress website, there are over 30,000 free plugins available to download. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Contact pages can be used to capture data from viewers or for communicating with visitors and responding to questions or comments. An example of a contact page would be a page where a visitor can fill out a contact form if they have a question about a product on your website. In WordPress, you can create a contact page and then use a plugin to create a form that visitors can fill out. The form will consist of fields so that visitors can input information into it. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Adding social media buttons to your website can be a great way to generate traffic and link viewers to your site. Social Media Buttons can allow visitors to share your pages or posts on their social media profiles. You can also install social media buttons that will link users to your company or personal social sites. Learn this and more during this lecture.
If your site is an e-commerce site, there are many different plugins that can be useful. Some of these plugins can help with catalog organization or products while others can provide a shopping cart to help visitors purchase products. Learn this and more during this lecture.
A theme is a set of preset styles and functions that determine the layout and look of your website. In WordPress, you can select and change themes as often as you like. Themes can vary in functionality, look, feel, and style. It’s important to note that if you have one type of theme installed and decide to switch to a new theme, some features and functionality may be lost on your site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
After selecting a theme for your site, you can use the theme customizer to make changes to the menu area, the header area, the front page, and more. To access the theme customizer, click “Appearance” in the Navigation Bar and then click the “Customize" link under the “Appearance” section. This will open the theme customizer which allows you to make changes to your site’s theme to customize it. Learn this and more during this lecture.
A custom header image can be used to add decoration, style, and logo branding to your site. This is an extra feature found in the theme customizer that is only visible after activating it within the WordPress Admin Panel. However, not all themes support custom header images. If the theme you have chosen for your site supports custom header images, there is a specific size and position for the header image that is outlined in the theme itself. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Custom menus are also available in WordPress depending on the theme you are using. Menus are the navigation controls on your website. They allow users to have a clear and structured way to visit different pages and posts on your site. When WordPress is first installed, the only navigation available is the link to a Home Page. You will also have a link to each of the pages you’ve created within the site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Widgets are add-ons within a theme that can provide additional functionality and customizable options within your site. Widgets can be added and applied to any area that allows them or to any sidebar area within your theme. Different themes have different areas that allow widgets. Learn this and more during this lecture.
WordPress allows you to install and use many different themes for your site. This allows for greater creativity and functionality when creating your site. You can download or purchase themes from individual developers, or you can use themes from the WordPress Theme Directory. Learn this and more during this lecture.
If you wish to install a theme from a location other than the WordPress Theme Directory, you can use the WordPress Admin Panel to install it. You can also create your own themes and install them using the WordPress Theme Installer. Note that for this to work properly, you need to download the theme in a zip folder and then upload that zip folder directly to WordPress. Learn this and more during this lecture.
When creating a website with WordPress, it is important to think about how your site will look on a mobile or tablet device. Because of the sizes of mobile screens, menus and images may work differently than on a PC. It is also important to make sure the website will respond to a touch device. If your website is not mobile or tablet responsive, you could be missing out on a large portion of visitors. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In order to create a WordPress website you must first create a user account. A user account also comes with a user profile. WordPress lets you create multiple user accounts and user profiles to assign roles to give different users varying degrees of access to your website. User accounts can also be used to show website visitors the name and profile of each blog post author. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can add avatars to user profiles that will show up on your website next to your name. An avatar is an image that represents the author or user. You can use a system called Gravatar, which stands for “Globally Recognized Avatar,” to have avatars appear next to your username when using WordPress. WordPress integrates Gravatars into every WordPress site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can add multiple users to your WordPress site. Users are assigned roles which allow them to access different areas and perform different functions in the site.To add a new user, click the “Users” button in the Navigation Bar of the WordPress Admin Panel. Next, click the “Add New” link under the “Users” section of the Navigation Bar to add a new user in the “Add New User” page that appears to the right. Learn this and more during this lecture.
WordPress allows you set different general options for the WordPress site. To configure these general settings, click the “Settings” button in the Navigation Bar of the WordPress Admin Panel to display the “General Settings” page to the right. This page contains options for changing the general settings for your entire site. The fields on this screen also determine some of the basics of your site setup. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In WordPress, you can submit content in several different ways. The “Writing Settings” screen allows you to change settings for submitting content. To set options for writing on your site, click the “Settings” button in the Navigation Bar in the WordPress Admin Panel. Then click the “Writing” link under the “Settings” section in the Navigation Barto open the “Writing Settings” page in the area to the right. Learn this and more during this lecture.
To set options for reading content on your site, click the “Settings” button in the Navigation Bar in the WordPress Admin Panel. Then click the “Reading” link under the “Settings” section in the Navigation Barto display the “Reading Settings” page in the area to the right. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In WordPress, discussion settings let you customize comment and post communications on your site. Many of the options for controlling the management and display of comments and links on your posts and pages will be visible on the “Discussion Settings” page. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The “Media Settings” page allows you to control settings for the default sizes of images uploaded on your site and choose how to organize them. To set options for media on your site, click the “Settings” button in the Navigation Bar in the WordPress Admin Panel. Then click the “Media” link under the “Settings” section in the Navigation Bar to display the “Media Settings” page in the area to the right. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can use the tools in WordPress to import content to your site and to export content from your site. Importing content can be useful when moving from an old site to a new site on WordPress. If you have posts or comments in another system or another site, WordPress can import those into your new site. For example, if you have a blogging account on Tumblr and want to move your blog content to posts on your WordPress site, you can install and use the Tumblr importer to make this transition quicker and smoother. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Permalinks are permanent URLs that point viewers to your individual pages and blog posts, as well as your category and tag archives. The permalink is a web address, called a “URL,” which can be customized for easier linking. The URL to each post should be permanent and never change. Permalinks can also be useful because most WordPress created URLs for posts are generic or contain a set of characters and numbers that are difficult to remember. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Attracting an audience to your WordPress site is very important. Depending on your site’s purpose and goals, visitors can be crucial to the success or the visibility of your site. In order to make sure you are getting the maximum amount of visitors possible, it’s important to think about optimizing your site so that search engines will rank your site as high as possible in their search results. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Moderating comments on WordPress is also critical to the success of your posts. Most readers don’t want to view spam or other inappropriate comments in the discussion area of your blog posts. Keeping this area professional and respectful will help keep readers coming back to your site. Learn this and more during this lecture.
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