WordPress – An Introduction Online Class at FMC

To Future Media Concepts Students Taking My WordPress Online Class – This Is For You!

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Bud Kraus
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Syllabus

I have taught this course many times online and in class in NYC. You will be watching what I do to create a typical WordPress site and will be given time to build one yourself.

Day One

Getting Started

  • The difference between wordpress.com and wordprss.org
  • A tour of the key features of a WP site admin
  • Creating first pages with images and videos
  • Understanding the nature of a blog
  • Introduction to themes and plugins
  • How to get a domain name and web hosting service

Beyond The Basics

  • What to look for when choosing a theme
  • Exploring any theme’s key features – menus, customization, templates, and more
  • Adding pages and managing them in your site
  • Creating links to pages on your site and to other sites

Day Two

All About Blogging

  • Adding and removing widgets
  • Using categories and tags
  • Managing comments
  • Adding a featured image
  • Using blog formatting

Plugins

  • How to find and install any plugin
  • Plugins that do all kinds of things that WP does not do out of the box.
  • SEO and Social media plugins
  • Plugins that integrate your site with third party vendors who perform a wide range of tasks, such as e-commerce and email propagation

Note: This is the approximate order in which the material will be presented. I reserve the right to made adjustments based on your needs.

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WordPress Training at Future Media Concepts

Class Dates

  • Thursday,  November 19, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020

Both classes will begin at 10AM EST. We’ll have a one hour lunch break and 2 15 minute breaks each day. Class will end at 5:30 PM.

What You Will Need For This Class

Not much.

I will provide you with a WordPress site to practice what you learn.

Eventually you will want your own web hosting service to set up your site. I recommend that you use Bluehost, so let me tell you more about this service.

Demo Site

Circle America is the site I use to demonstrate many of the features of WordPress during the class. It may not look like much but it is loaded with goodies to get us started.

Course Material

Download this zip file which provides some the copy, images and videos needed to make the Circle America site.

Resources

My Super Duper Resources

The first two of these resources I have created so you know they are really good. πŸ™‚ The last two are services that I love and yes, I do get a small commission for making the recommendation. But I would make the recommendation even if I didn’t get any moolah for it.

The Standard Stuff

The net is choking with a gazillion WP resources. Here are a few that I picked for you and that I use too.

Free Themes

You hardly need to use the free theme I am using in our class.

These are the names of some great free themes you can use to experiment with:

  • GeneratePress (what I sue in class)
  • Responsive
  • Vantage
  • Amadeus
  • Oblique
  • Sydney
  • Vertex
  • Times Square
  • Moesia
  • Zerif Lite

And there are thousands more to choose from at WordPress.org Themes and elsewhere.

Free Plugins

These are the main plugins I’ll demonstrate or discuss during the class.

  • AddToAny/Share Buttons
  • Akismet Anti-spam
  • Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection
  • BackWPup
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Jetpack
  • Maps Block for Gutenberg
  • NextGEN Gallery
  • Ninja Forms
  • Per page ahed
  • Redirection
  • Title Remover
  • Update Notifier

All of these plugins are available at the WordPress Plugins Repository.

Books

These aren’t free unless you’re having a very lucky day.