Creating WordPress Websites

March 24, 2020

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Getting Started With WordPress

This first lesson explores the magic of WordPress! You’ll discover how to use this WordPress to create an attractive, dynamic blog or website—without learning any special code. You’ll find out what the two “flavors” of WordPress are and why users use the self-hosted WordPress.org version. Then you’ll go online, sign up for a free hosting account, and tour the WordPress Dashboard.

Creating a Blog

What can a blog do that a website can’t? Blogging’s become a popular way to establish an online presence. This lesson focuses on how adding a blog can make a traditional website more effective. Then you’ll build a blog with WordPress—by creating, refining, and categorizing posts. You’ll also find out how to encourage and control visitor feedback.

Making a WordPress Website

Get the best of both worlds by combining a blog with a traditional website. In this lesson, you’ll use WordPress to create and organize web pages. And you will learn how to convert your blog to a traditional website—or vice versa—with the click of a button.

Making Your Pages Look Great

This lesson’s all about WordPress themes—the templates that give your website its look and feel. You’ll discover how to choose a theme, install it, and tweak it.

Working With Images and Multimedia

Photos, drawings, charts, videos, and audio clips can make your website more appealing and understandable. This lesson teaches you how to use WordPress to upload and insert images and multimedia files.

Plugins: The Modular Solution for Functional Websites

Plugins are little programs that add features to your WordPress website. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to find and use them.

Making a User-Friendly Website

If your online visitors have trouble understanding or navigating your website, they’ll go somewhere else. This lesson helps you pinpoint and eliminate usability problems.

Polishing Your WordPress Website

This lesson takes a long, hard look at your class project and how to make it better. You’ll create a front page featuring both static and dynamic content; add links to pages, documents, email, and other sites; and repair typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes.

Getting Search Engines to Love Your Website

What if you launched a website and nobody came? This lesson will show you how to keep that from happening. You’ll find out what makes search engines tick and how to get them to visit your pages.

Making the Most of Statistics and Social Networking

Statistics are just a bunch of numbers if you don’t know how to use them. This lesson focuses on how to analyze stats so you can improve your site. You’ll also find out how to tie your WordPress pages into social sites like Facebook and Twitter.

WordPress Security and Monetization

This lesson will teach you how to protect a WordPress site against hackers and reviews money-making strategies for blogs and websites.

Mastering Your Domains

In the final lesson, you will take a tour of the hosting control panel, discuss domain naming strategies, and review where to get help after the course ends.

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When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

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