WordPress for Beginners 2016-Perfect for authors & bloggers
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Learn WordPress with specific examples that are meaningful for your needs!
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Barb Drozdowich
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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***

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
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Curriculum For This Course
77 Lectures
Introduction to WordPress for Beginners
3 Lectures 16:03

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.

Preview 07:19

Quiz for Definitions
Introduction to WordPress
11 Lectures 51:13

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

What is WordPress?

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.

What is a Theme?

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.

How to Install WordPress

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.

Logging In/Logging 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!

Quiz for Logging In/Logging Out

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.

The Dashboard of a WP Blog

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.

Preview 02:54

Quiz for Customizing the WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Settings
4 Lectures 25:54

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

Settings Menu

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

Quiz for Settings

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.

Author Profile & Gravatar

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

Quiz for User Profile & Gravatar
WordPress Posts
23 Lectures 01:40:22

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.

Places to put content on your site

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.

Posts - Navigating the post and post edit system

Please download a printable annotated screenshot of the Post Summary Screen

Quiz for Navigating the post system

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

Posts - Create a post - adding & formatting 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.

Posts - Adding hyperlinks to posts

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.

Update for Embedding Links

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.

Adding Images and Manipulating

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.

Hyperlinking or Hotlinking pictures

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.

Using Tiled Galleries

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.

Embedding Videos in Posts

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.

Categories & Tags

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.

Post Revisions

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.

Publishing & Scheduling a Post

Quiz for Publishing & Scheduling a Post
2 Lectures 11:12

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


Quiz for Comments
The Ideal Post
2 Lectures 10:28

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

The Ideal Blog Post

Quiz for The Ideal Blog Post
3 Lectures 08:03

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.

Types of Pages
Media Library
2 Lectures 09:31

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

Media Library

Quiz for Media Library
2 Lectures 07:36

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

Creating a New User

Quiz for Creating a New User
6 Lectures 56:10

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.

Plugins - What are they?

Quiz for Plugins what are they?

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

Plugins Part 2

Quiz for Plugins Part 2

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

Special Plugins Part 1

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

Special Plugins Part 2
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About the Instructor
Barb Drozdowich
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
21 Students
1 Course
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.