To Future Media Concepts Students Taking My WordPress Class Via Webinar – This Is For You!
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- Thursday, January 9, 2020
- Friday, January 10, 2020
Both classes will begin at 10AM. 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
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.
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.
- The difference between wordpress.com and wordprss.org
- A tour of the key features of a WP site admin
- Creating first pages and posts with images and videos
- The difference between Gutenberg, the new WordPress page editor and the Classic Editor
- Understanding the nature of a blog
- Introduction to themes and plugins
- How to get a domain name and web hosting service
- The famous 5 minute WP installation
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
All About Blogging
- Adding and removing widgets
- Using categories and tags
- Managing comments
- Adding a featured image
- Using blog formatting
- 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 present. I reserve the right to made adjustments based on your needs.
Download this zip file which provides some starter copy and images to make some pages and posts.
In My Garden 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.
You have countless choices but you will need to pick on web hosting company to host your WordPress web site. For this class I continue to recommend BlueHost.
Here’s my video on how to install WordPress using Bluehost.
My Super Duper Resources
The first two of these resources I have created so you know they are really good. 🙂 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.
- My Plugins List
My more or less up to date list of plugins that I have used.
- Beginners’ Guide To Using The HTML Text Editor
I write this baby so you have to LIKE it.
The web hositng company I have used for over 5 years.
- WP Apprentice
Learn more WordPress beyond this class with high quality professional videos. I also work with the owner of this service, Kirk Biglione.
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.
The WordPress Mother Ship
- Getting Started With WordPress
A PDF doc that I did not create which is as good a starting point for learning WP as I’ve seen.
- WordPress.org Codex
The online manual for WordPress which is a must if you are serious about learning WP.
- WordPress TV
Sort of a YouTube site just for WordPress
THE place to go for WordPress Themes
- Elegant Themes
The name says it all.
- Bootstrap WP
The awesome theme that is the backbone of this web site.
- WordPress Security Checklist
A great PDF to help you practice safe WordPress.
- Child Theme
Here is how to create a Child Theme according to WordPress.
- Top 50 Best WordPress Plugins
Great WP site which includes this list of great plugins.
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 expirment with:
- Times Square
- Zerif Lite
And there are thousands more to choose from at WordPress.org Themes and elsewhere.
These are the main plugins I’ll demonstrate or discuss during the class.
- AddToAny/Share Buttons
- Akismet Anti-spam
- Broken Link Checker
- Cloud Blocks
- Gallery – Video Gallery
- NextGEN Gallery
- Ninja Forms
- Per page ahed
- Title Remover
- Update Notifier
All of these plugins are available at the WordPress Plugins Repository.
These aren’t free unless you’re having a very lucky day.