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Introduction to WordPress

2 Days, 9:00-4:00

Course Overview

Softek’s 2-day course introduces students to WordPress -- a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog. This course is hands-on and instructor-led, with the instructor physically in the classroom. Users will learn how to use WordPress to implement and manage websites, add and manage content in an organized way, use and customize templates, add extensive functionality through the most-important plug-ins, work with multimedia, and more.

Course Objectives

  • Manage the website with the dashboard
  • Design the website and pages
  • Add and work with content
  • Create a menu
  • Manage multimedia with WordPress
  • Expand the website with plug-ins

Course Outline

Managing the Website with the Dashboard

  • Introduction to CMSs and WordPress
  • Overview of the Dashboard
  • Navigating the Toolbar
  • Updating WordPress
  • Creating Your User Profile

Designing the Website and Pages

  • Planning the Website Informational Structure
  • Add Titles
  • Add Header Images
  • Add Background Color
  • Understanding Widgets
  • The Power of Text Widgets

Adding and Working with Content

  • Working with Pages
  • Working with Posts
  • Copying and Pasting Content from Other Sources
  • Using QuickPress to Write a Post
  • Working with Categories and Tags
  • Understand Permalinks

Creating a Menu

  • Creating a Custom Menu and Why Use Them
  • Adding a Menu
  • Organizing Custom Menu Items
  • Creating a Secondary Menu
  • Customizing the Sidebar with Widgets

Managing Multimedia with WordPress

  • Using the Media Library
  • Where is the Media Library
  • Adding Files to the Media Library
  • Adding Images to Pages or Posts
  • Setting a Featured Image
  • Creating a Photo Gallery
  • Adding Video

Expanding the Website with Plug-Ins

  • Understanding the Power of Plug-Ins
  • Installing Must-have Plug-Ins
  • Enabling Comments and Starting Dialog with Visitors
  • Configuring and Working with Themes
  • Adding an RSS Feed
  • Adding and Managing Users
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Useful Resources