WordPress in 1 Hour: Quick & Easy Essentials For Beginners

Get started easily editing and managing your own WordPress website in 60 minutes or less. Save time, money, and sanity.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Course Updated: October 27, 2016.
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This quick and dirty course will get you up and running using WordPress in under an hour.

These clear and easy-to-follow lessons are ideal for complete beginners, anyone who has a WordPress hosted website that someone else made for them, or for someone tasked with having to edit and contribute to their organization's WordPress website who has no idea where to begin.

I start from the very beginning and show you the most essential and important features of the WordPress dashboard and interface.

I'll show you how to get started making posts, pages, and managing all aspects of your WordPress hosted website so that by the end of the day today you can already add a new skill to your CV or resume and be contributing or editing your WordPress site at home or at work.

These powerful, bite-sized lessons come directly from my larger (8+ hours long) Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes for Easy Website Design course which is a full web design foundations class that not only gets into WordPress, but also how to plan and organize websites, create online graphics and animations, HTML and CSS, adding Javascript, and making beautiful websites from scratch in a variety of ways using an intuitive right-brained method that requires little to no coding ability.

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What Students Are Saying:

"If you haven't started using WordPress for your site but would like to write content for it by yourself you should take this course. Excellent, no fluff explanations and perfectly presented." -Matt S. Rinc
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I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have over 16 years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.


Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this easy to follow WordPress course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your web design and content management skills today.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should already have their WordPress login information and a WordPress hosted website set up before taking this course. (* I still provide information and external resources in a text lecture if you need to still get set up.)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be up and running managing and editing your own WordPress hosted website.
  • Understand key settings, tools, and features of WordPress to enable you to control the look, feel, and function of your website.
  • Create and edit posts and pages, format text, add images, add categories and tags, and publish or schedule your website's content.
  • Easily create and manage menus and external links.
  • Manage subscribers, contributors, authors, editors, and administrators for your website.
  • Harness the power of the most useful plugins and widgets to extend your website's capabilties.
  • Develop a solid beginner's foundation in WordPress that you can use as a springboard towards more advanced web training or paid opportunities helping others get started editing and managing websites.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for complete beginners.
  • This course is ideal for people who have a website that someone else made for them who would like to know how to begin to edit and manage it themselves.
  • This course is ideal for those who have been tasked with editing their organization's WordPress hosted website and don't know where to start.
  • Please note this is NOT an in-depth WordPress course. Students looking for intermediate to advanced WordPress training would be better off taking a longer, comprehensive course. (*Do please have a look at my other course offerings to see if I have a different course that is a better fit.)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course and WordPress Starter Essentials
02:11

This lesson will introduce you to the goals and benefits of this course so you will know what to expect.

02:29

This lecture will discuss the difference between having a Wordpress blog and a Wordpress hosted website and what you need to get started creating both.

1 page

This course gets you started in WordPress from the moment you have a WordPress hosted site set up and WordPress login information. Just in case you still need to get set up, here are some helpful links and resources to point you in the right direction. Don't worry. Take your time. I'll be right here when you are ready to get started on your WordPress tour and crash course.

Section 2: Have a WordPress Account and All Set Up? Let's Start the Tour
02:28

It seems so simple right? I'll try to keep it that way. This lesson will start you from the very beginning and show you how to login to your WordPress website.

02:46

We're in! Let me take you on a tour of the WordPress dashboard and get you oriented so you'll know where to find everything you need to be up and running in no time.

08:27

In this lesson I'll show you how to make a new post (or easily edit an existing post) and how to format text, add an image, add categories and tags, and how to publish or schedule your post. Once you know how to do this, you'll be in a very good place indeed.

02:59

Learn how to make a page and why pages are different than posts and when you might decide to use each.

07:49

Plugins will be a very important part of your WordPress website. I'll go through where to find them, how to edit them or add more, as well as some of the most important plugins you should consider using right away for your WordPress website.

05:15

Themes control the look and feel of your site. This lesson explains how to change your theme or add a new one as well as how to preview all the options.

04:12

Widgets provide more functions for your website and often work together with plugins. I'll show you the most common widgets, how to edit or change them, and how to add more for your website's needs.

03:14

Learn how to create custom menus or edit ones your website may already have.

01:34

Learn what tools are available and how to transfer or export your blogs to and from your WordPress site.

04:15

Get the rundown on what settings are available to you in the WordPress dashboard and how to use them so your website functions and looks the way you want it to.

03:34

Learn how to create or edit custom links to external sites.

04:24

Learn how to control whether someone is a subscriber, author, contributor, editor, or administrator on your site.

Section 3: More Resources and Conclusion
7 questions

This quiz will cover the key takeaways from this course.

Article

This list will give you free resources you can use in your creative projects.

12:33

This is a case study of how I chose specific colors for my own personal website based on what I know about color psychology when I was redesigning it recently.

36:37
Online Learning Podcast: Episode 121 With Kristen Palana

This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.

The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.

From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:
  • Introductions and a brief rundown of some of the courses I teach on Udemy and their descriptions.
  • How imaging and color psychology can impact your business
  • What color psychology can mean across borders
  • How gender can affect color choices
  • How to use color to affect the way people think about you
  • How to use color to make your courses more effective
  • How to use color in your lectures/websites/presentations to have a positive impact
  • Where you should use color in your Udemy lectures or presentations
  • Why you should avoid rainbow colors in your text
  • Why you should NEVER (almost never) use pink in an online course or work presentation.
  • Why red and orange can invigorate your audience in the right doses.
  • The importance of hierarchy in your online text
  • Why you need to avoid lack of contrast on your webpage
  • Why its easier to read black text on a white background
  • How to make course images stand out
  • How to make your images stand out to get promoted by Udemy
14 pages

This is a step-by-step diary of the process of completely redesigning my website in August and September of 2015. Use it to help jumpstart YOUR process and see what you need to think about before, during, and after giving your website a makeover.

If you are thinking of using the Elegant Theme Divi or any Elegant Theme in Wordpress, it's also loaded with resources and links to tutorials, podcasts, articles and more that you will find helpful.

03:00

Thank you for taking this course. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have in the discussions area or in a message!

Section 4: Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
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Instructor Biography

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, & Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator recently based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded its Film and Digital Media Program. I have over 15 years of university teaching experience in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Since July of 2016 I live and work in Yangon, Myanmar and am a Visiting Associate Professor at American University of Myanmar.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students at Udemy and other online platforms, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. I'm currently researching 21st century learning methods and technologies and am enjoying exploring the world of online teaching and connecting with diverse groups of students from all over the world.

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