Introduction to WordPress
Course Number: CEDA 250 S001 / S002
|Number of Sessions||4|
|Day and Time||Sunday / 9:30 am – 4:30 pm|
|Start Date||February 29, 2016|
An introduction to web design using the WordPress platform, this four-day course offers an in-depth look at the technology and skills needed to develop a web site. Through the production of your own site, you will learn how to install WordPress and make posts, pages, and galleries. In addition, you will learn how to use WordPress templates, plugins, widgets, comment forms, and more. The course will demonstrate a variety of approaches that outline the easiest and most effective ways of designing and managing your personal WordPress site.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES + OBJECTIVES
Students will learn how to set up and maintain their own website using WordPress on their own domain.
SCHEDULE OF INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY
Note: like anything in life, this schedule is subject to occasional change.
- Day One:
WP.com vs WP.org vs Static Websites
Initial Site Setup
YouTube, Google Maps
- Day Two:
Comments ( and Comment spam )
Themes From WP Repository & Elsewhere
WP Security Pt 1
Backing Up WP
- Day Three
Some Exemplary Themes: Parabola, Verbosa, Fluida, Ryo, Hatch, Gridly, Graphene, & others
WordPress Security 2 & Performance
Domains & Hosting
Setting Up A Testing Environment: MAMP
- Day Four:
Introduction to Child Theming
Working on your own sites
Week One: Make A Website
- delete the posts and pages we have now
- delete the images
- make at least five posts
- add images to posts
- make an image gallery
- add two youtube videos to a post
- make a beautiful banner
- add a Vimeo video to a post
- make one image in a post link to another web site
- organize your content into categories
- make at least one menu
- Widget / Media Embedding Task: Spotify
- Get a WordPress.com account.
We will use it next day with two or three plugins or services.
Week Two: Theme Testing
- Test at least three themes from the theme directory
- Get a WordPress.com
- Set up a gmail account for backup
Week Three: Work On Your Own Site
- Get your own Domain (optional)
- Enter Content
- Decide on a Theme
After the Course
- Keep tweaking your site
If you have a Lynda.com account, the WordPress videos by Morten Rand-Hendriksen are excellent. If you don’t have a Lynda.com account, it’s $25 – $35 per month really well spent.
If you are a Langara student, or an ECUAD regular studies student, you can access Lynda.com for free via institutional login. Another option, if you have a Vancouver Public Library card, is via the link below:
Start with WordPress Essential Training, then move on to one of the many others, depending on your particular interests.
Rand-Hendrickson’s videos are highly recommended: he has expert knowledge of the subject, which he delivers in a very concise and well-organized manner. He also updates his content for each significant upgrade of the program.
For a good overview of most of the WordPress basics, consult this excellent article from the online repository of WordPress wisdom known as the Codex.
If you don’t have a way to access Lynda.com but still want a video review of the stuff we do in class, check out the free WPTuts Beginner’s Guide to WordPress series of videos.
Keep in mind, however, that because WordPress is updated on a very regular basis, content in some of the videos might appear different from how it appears in the software. That’s the price of progress, but most of the video content will still be applicable.
The files we need for class one:
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Discussion of Popular Plugins
Local Testing And Theme Development
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
Contact Form 7
W3 Total Cache
Ultimate Maintenance Mode
Simple Custom CSS
WordPress SEO by Yoast