WordPress for Beginners 2016-Perfect for authors & bloggers

Learn WordPress with specific examples that are meaningful for your needs!
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  • Lectures 77
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course is aimed at authors and beginner bloggers. This course will teach the basics of how to create a WordPress site without any technospeak!

Are you an author or blogger. Are you tired of not understanding what your fellow authors or fellow bloggers are talking about. Do you struggle to do even the most basic things on your site? Let me show you how to use your site using common language, directly applicable examples, and easy to follow instructions.

As this course is meant for people with little experience in these areas, I will make the assumption that your knowledge base with WordPress is minimal and will build from the ground up.

We will learn all the things that you need to know as an author or blogger to have a functioning site to support your blogging activities in a professional manner.

Please note: If you are well trained in WordPress – this course is not for you!

***Updated to reflect the recent significant changes that have occurred in WordPress***

What are the requirements?

  • Although you should have a self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org) site in place to practice the examples on, there are instructions on how to install WordPress on hosting at the beginning of this course.
  • You will need a computer and a connection to the internet and I always suggest a good cup of coffee

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the difference between wordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • Understand the basics of choosing a theme for a WordPress.org site
  • Know what Mobile Responsive is and how important it is
  • Know how to customize the dashboard as well as all other pages
  • Know how to manipulate all the basic settings of a WordPress site
  • Feel comfortable creating content - either posts or pages - including the inclusion of hyperlinks, images and videos
  • Understand the importance of Categories and Tags
  • Understand how the ideal post is formulated
  • Be comfortable manipulating images in the Media Library as well as creating users
  • Understand the addition and manipulation of a wide variety of plugins
  • Understand what Widgets are and feel comfortable adding images, text or code to the sidebar areas of a blog
  • Are comfortable creating custom menus
  • Understand what stats are important how to read the information that various services provide
  • Understand how to update and backup their site
  • Understand the basics of SEO with regards to their site

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for beginners or people who are apprehensive about managing their own WordPress site.
  • This course material is slanted towards the needs of authors and bloggers
  • People who are well versed in WordPress should not take this course as they will find it too basic

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.


Section 1: Introduction to WordPress for Beginners
Introduction to WordPress for Beginners - Perfect for Authors and Bloggers

A short review of commonly used words that we will use during this course. A downloadable and printable PDF is also supplied for your reference.

Quiz for Definitions
Section 2: Introduction to WordPress

As the title implies, this video explains what Wordpress is and why you would want to choose it over other blogging programs.

Let's compare WordPress.org with WordPress.com

In this video we talk about what a Theme is, what id does and what to think about when choosing one for your site.

Quiz for What is a Theme

This video walks through the process of installing the WordPress program on hosting using GoDaddy as an example. Although I feel that it is necessary to show this process, there are a lot of hosting companies that do this step for you for no charge. If you are not comfortable with this, please see the resource list attached for help.


This video helps to understand how to find the log in screen for a WordPress site and the principles of logging in as well as the importance of loggging out.


Take a few moments to work your way through the quiz and then download the homework assignment PDF which contains some helpful hints on passwords!


We will review what's known as the dashboard of a WordPress site and how to navigate around. Please also find attached a downloadable/printable cheatsheet for the terminology.

Quiz for the WordPress Dashboard

Customizing your workspace specifically for your needs is important for your comfort level when working with a WordPress site. This video covers customizing the dashboard and other areas of the site.

Quiz for Customizing the WordPress Dashboard
Section 3: WordPress Settings

A WordPress site has all sorts of settings options. This video covers all of the major ones and why to make certain choices.


Download the PDF with the list of settings that can be adjusted and work your way through your homework :)


The User Profile is important to your author/blogger brand. This video covers the user profile parts and pieces as well as what a Gravatar is and why to use one.


Download the cheatsheet of information that can be filled in to complete your user profile and start this session's homework.

Section 4: WordPress Posts

A common question that confuses new users is "where can I put content and how can I find those areas?" This video explains the main content areas and how to access them.

Quiz for Places to put content on your site

This video walks through through the post summary and post edit sections of a WordPress site.


Please download a printable annotated screenshot of the Post Summary Screen


In this video we walk through the process of creating a new post and basic formatting of the text.

Quiz for creating a new post

Adding hyperlinks or links to text is a common activity. In this video we describe the process in a simple, straightforward manner.

Quiz for adding new hyperlinks to a post

This is a short video that explains the changes that have taken place because of the latest move to WordPress version 4.5. Some of this update changes the way the embedding of links appears.


The process of adding a picture or other graphic is one that is often the hardest thing to learn by new bloggers. This video outlines the processes of putting a picture in place and some simple manipulations. Suggestions of free/paid sites for pictures is attached.

Quiz for Adding Images and Manipulating

Hyperlinking or what we call 'Hot linking' pictures is a common action for authors and bloggers. This video walks through the process of attaching a link to a picture or other graphic.

Quiz for Hyperlinking Pictures

As you'll hear, Tiled Galleries is my favorite plugin for managing pictures. This video demonstrates the use of this plugin.

Quiz for Using Tiled Galleries

As authors and bloggers we commonly use videos in posts. This video shows how to use the embedding function that exists for all YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Quiz for Embedding Videos

It's often said that Categories and Tags are the key to findability of blog posts. This video explains what they are and how to use them properly.

Quiz for Categories & Tags

We all make mistakes when posting. This video walks through the Post Revision functionality that comes with the WordPress program to undo mistakes.

Quiz for Post revisions

In an organized world, it's nice to be able to create posts in advance and just have them appear when wanted. This video explains the power of the scheduling/publishing functionality of WordPress.

Quiz for Publishing & Scheduling a Post
Section 5: Comments

Comments - seen as important by so many. This video explains how to handle comments and the settings of comment notification.

Quiz for Comments
Section 6: The Ideal Post

We all strive to create the best environment for our readers. This video outlines the best organization for blog posts according to the experts.

Quiz for The Ideal Blog Post
Section 7: Pages

Pages are more of the static portion of a WordPress site. This video explains adding and manipulating content on a Page.

Quiz for Pages

What is the standard for information on an author/blogger blog? This video explains the basic requirements for most blogs and what content they should contain.

Section 8: Media Library

The media library is where all the media - pictures, graphics, documents & videos - are kept on a WordPress blog.

Quiz for Media Library
Section 9: Users

This video explains how to create a new user on a WordPress blog.

Quiz for Creating a New User
Section 10: Plugins

Plugins - one of the joys as well as one of the frustrations of a WordPress blog. This is an introduction to the topic of Plugins.

Quiz for Plugins what are they?

We move further into the topic of Plugins with this second video.

Quiz for Plugins Part 2

In this video we talk about special plugins that we use to display follow and share icons


In this video we continue the discussion of special plugins - ones that can be used to feature your Instagram, Pinterest and Mailchimp account for newsletter signup

Section 11: Widgets

In this video we learn about what Widgets are and where they are used.

Quiz for Widgets

Adding HTML or iFrame code to the sidebar of a blog is a common activity, yet one that many are apprehensive about. This video shows how straightforward this activity can be.

Quiz for Adding code to the sidebar of your blog

Adding images has never been easier. Let this video walk you through the process of placing an image on the sidebar of your blog.

Quiz for Adding an image to the sidebar

Many people feel that they can't have a WordPress blog because they can't code. This video shows you how to get your blog to create code for you - or what I like to call, The Cheater's Method of Coding.

Quiz for the Cheater's Method of coding
Section 12: Navigation/Menus

WordPress allows for the creation of a custom menu bar. This video walks through the process one step at a time.

Quiz for Menus & Navigation
Section 13: Statistics

Who reads our blog and where they come from are a source of worry for many. This video will walk you through how to find the important information that you want.

Quiz for Statistics
Section 14: Housekeeping

What is needed to keep your site safe and up to date? This video covers all the housekeeping aspect to maintaining a WordPress blog.

Quiz for Housekeeping
Section 15: Advanced

The word Optimized is often thrown around with regards to blog posts. In this video we will describe what makes up an optimized post.

Quiz for What is an Optimized Post

Affiliate links can make the blog owner some money, but more importantly, they can be prat of our stats program. This video covers the hows and whys of Amazon Affiliate links.

Quiz for Adding Amazon Affiliate links
Section 16: Conclusion

This is a final overview of what we've covered and some thoughts for going forward.

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Instructor Biography

Barb Drozdowich, Technical Trainer, Book Blogger and Published Author

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance – mostly Regency.

She is the author of 7 books and over 25 YouTube videos all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

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