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***
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.
As the title implies, this video explains what Wordpress is and why you would want to choose it over other blogging programs.
In this video we talk about what a Theme is, what id does and what to think about when choosing one for your site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adding hyperlinks or links to text is a common activity. In this video we describe the process in a simple, straightforward manner.
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.
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.
As you'll hear, Tiled Galleries is my favorite plugin for managing pictures. This video demonstrates the use of this plugin.
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.
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.
We all make mistakes when posting. This video walks through the Post Revision functionality that comes with the WordPress program to undo mistakes.
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.
Comments - seen as important by so many. This video explains how to handle comments and the settings of comment notification.
We all strive to create the best environment for our readers. This video outlines the best organization for blog posts according to the experts.
Pages are more of the static portion of a WordPress site. This video explains adding and manipulating content on a Page.
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.
The media library is where all the media - pictures, graphics, documents & videos - are kept on a WordPress blog.
This video explains how to create a new user on a WordPress blog.
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.
We move further into the topic of Plugins with this second video.
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
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.