WordPress Course Outline
This page describes the name of each video demonstration. Note that it progresses from basic navigational skills to user skills and ultimately Administrator skills. You might also like to know that new content is created for this course and existing students can gain access to this new content for no extra cost!
- WordPress Course – Pages and Posts
- WordPress Course – Administration Privileges and Settings
- WordPress Course – Themes and Design Options
- WordPress Course – Website Hosting Control Panel – email
- WordPress Course – Blogs, Posts and RSS Feeds
- WordPress Course – File Management and File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
- WordPress Course – Website Statistics and Google Analytics
- WordPress Course – Backing up your WordPress website
- WordPress Course – Features of Premium Themes
- WordPress Course – Social Media, Commenting and Engagement
- WordPress Course – Working with and Editing Images
1 WordPress Course – Pages and Posts
This part of the course takes you through the administration side of editing posts and page and inserting images. The image above shows you the screen shot of this very page being edited. Topics include:
- The WordPress Website Introduction
- Pages and Posts
- Administration Dashboard
- Page Information
- Modifying Pages
- Structuring Pages
- Page Order
- Inserting Paypal Button code
- Insert and Manage Images
- Post Categories
- Post tags
2 Administration Privileges and Settings
With Administrator priveleges you are now able to affect global aspects of your websites appearance. You can also arrange the website layout and user access permission. The image above shows the installed WordPress Plugins and you can see one allows your website to be re-sized automatically if the person viewing your website is using an iPhone or iPad.
- Understanding Administrator privileges
- General Settings including Page titles
- Writing and Reading Settings – including Home page formatting
- Writing and Reading Settings – Setting Home and Blog Pages
- Reading Settings – Number of Posts and RSS Feed intro
- Permalinks, page names and Search Engine Optimisation
- Managing Users, modifying roles and creating new users
- Deleting Users and allocating links and posts
- Introduction to Plugins – download WPtouch for iPads and iPhones
- Working with Premium Plugins like GravityForms
3 WordPress Themes and Design Options
There are potentially hundreds of thousands of themes available for Websites driven by WordPress. Some are free and others cost money, but either way you look at them, they enable you to have a professional website for one tenth of what you would pay to have someone design one from scratch! This image shows some of the Premium WordPress themes that are available for under $50.
Background colours, and header images are just the beginning. Learn to install free and premium themes and then customise them using widgets, plugins, custom menus and RSS newsfeeds
- WordPress Design – Changing the layout completely with different Themes
- WordPress Design – Finding the best theme and downloading it
- WordPress Design – Installing and activating a theme
- WordPress Design – Theme appearance options are specific to the theme
- WordPress Design – Background and Header appearance for default WordPress theme
- WordPress Design – Uploading your own background image
- WordPress Design – Working with widgets and the sidebar
- WordPress Design – Widgets in more detail – tag cloud, text, meta
- WordPress Design – Create alternate menus and apply them to your theme
- WordPress Design – Customising menus with external links and categories
- WordPress Design – Advanced Theme Appearance Options
- WordPress Design – Different Widgets for different Themes
- WordPress Design – Widgets and RSS newsfeeds
4 Website Hosting Control Panel – email
Your website hosting control panel provides you with stats about your website usage, but most importantly your email and other applications. Learn how to manage your email accounts and email access.
- Website Hosting – Control Panel Resource
- Website Hosting – Create an Email Account Resource
- Website Hosting – Setting up the Email Account on your computer Resource
- Website Hosting – Using your email address with webmail Resource
- Website Hosting – Email Catch-all, Forwarder and AutoResponders Resource
- Website Hosting – Website Statistics and logs Resource
5 WordPress Blogs, Posts and RSS Feeds
Syndication gives you the power to be many places at once. When you write a blog that article can be made to appear in your readers inbox, on other websites and of course at your blog.
Google have a range of tools to help you gain exposure on the world wide web and one of these tools is called Feedburner. This tool will enable you to have your own email list subscribers attached to your blog.
Nareev Bhatt was one of Australia’s top bloggers back in 2009 and he and other top bloggers like Karen Cheng use a simple website with Google Feedburner to deliver their news to anyone who wants to read it. This course will show you how to have your own newsletter using your WordPress Blog and FeedBurner.
- Signup to Google Feedburner
- Adding your blog to your Google Feedburner
- Integrating Google Feedburner & WordPress (subscription form)
6 File Management and File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
- Internet Beginners – Download and install Google chrome browser
- Internet Beginners – Download and install FileZilla FTP software
- Windows File Management, C drive and USB drives
- Windows File Management, C drive and USB drives – viewing image files part 1
- Windows File Management, C drive and USB drives – viewing image files part 2
- Windows File Management, C drive and USB drives – selecting & moving files
- Windows File Management and FileZilla – remote and local sites
- Themes and FTP – Finding and downloading WordPress premium themes – SimplePress
- Themes and FTP – Installing a Theme from Elegant Themes using WordPress
- Themes and FTP – Using FTP to move files to a website hosting account and install a theme
7 WordPress Website Statistics and Google Analytics
- Website Statistics – Website Hosting statistics in your domain administration area
- Website Statistics – Signing up for a Google Analytics Account
8 Backing up your WordPress website
- WordPress Backup and Upgrade – Upgrading your WordPress to the latest version
- WordPress Backup and Upgrade – Backing up your WordPress Data
9 Features of Premium Themes
- Getting Google Analytics code into your WordPress site
- Modifying the Navigation menu in Simple Press and other Elegant themes using the epanel
- Inserting Logo and Favicon at your WordPress site
- Activating the Featured Post feature
- Home Page Features for Premium Themes
10 Social Media, Commenting and Engagement
- Social Media – Handling website comments and comment spam
11 Working with images
So, you’ve worked out page and posts and had a go at your menuing system and some administration and navigation features and you’ve come to the image side of your project. It is important to understand that many company have a graphic designer and/or a photographer that they work with just for these type of images.
We’ll go through some free software programs and some great tips to show you how to find and how to edit image and get them into the featured areas of your website.
- Installing and navigating GIMP Image manipulation software
- Finding Professional images for featured slider
- Working with logo files
- Image pixel size
- Getting professional images for your website
- Image file details
- Changing the Canvas size and offset to scale image size
- Scaling the image down
- Inserting Featured images into blog posts for the feature slider
- Inserting Featured images into Pages – note about bmp, tiff, jpeg, gif and png formats
- Giving an image a transparent background – including image layers
- Inserting a logo into a WordPress premium theme from Elegant Themes
Can I make my own site?
Yes. We’ve thought of that too. When you enrol for the Online WordPress course, choose the option that provides you with a student website hosting account and we’ll organise to have one setup for you to work with.
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