Creating WordPress Websites

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Web Design Essentials

Create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites without any coding! This course provides hands-on experience creating web pages and posts, adding images and videos, changing a site’s look and feel, and working with user-friendly features.

Creating WordPress Websites

Course Cost: $115

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs / 3 Month Access

Includes Certificate of Completion from Webster University

Self-Paced

Learn On Your Schedule

WordPress is the most commonly used content management system, powering more than 34% of all websites. You can easily learn how to create a user-friendly WordPress site — without any coding.

This course will give you hands-on experience with this powerful website building tool. Throughout the course, you will build a WordPress site, while learning how to design pages, add engaging content, and customize your site's look and feel. By course completion, you will be able to maintain a secure site that achieves high search engine rankings.

The WordPress.org version covered in this class is the platform the pros use. While it normally requires a paid hosting account, this course includes a totally free, no obligation SiteGround hosting account for three months, along with a private place on the web for practice.

How You Will Benefit

  • Confidently use WordPress to create a blog or a personal, business, or organizational website
  • Open the door to more career opportunities as a WordPress designer for small businesses
  • Create your own personal website to brand yourself and your business services online
  • Learn to use WordPress to create pages and posts, add images and videos, change a site's look and feel, and include user-friendly features
  • Learn how to organize a blog or website and create appealing content
  • Discover how to keep your site secure and achieve better positions on search engine results pages

Course Outline

  • Getting Started With WordPress

    This first lesson explores the magic of WordPress! You'll discover how to use this WordPress to create an attractive, dynamic blog or website—without learning any special code. You'll find out what the two "flavors" of WordPress are and why users use the self-hosted WordPress.org version. Then you'll go online, sign up for a free hosting account, and tour the WordPress Dashboard.

  • Creating a Blog

    What can a blog do that a website can't? Blogging's become a popular way to establish an online presence. This lesson focuses on how adding a blog can make a traditional website more effective. Then you'll build a blog with WordPress—by creating, refining, and categorizing posts. You'll also find out how to encourage and control visitor feedback.

  • Making a WordPress Website

    Get the best of both worlds by combining a blog with a traditional website. In this lesson, you'll use WordPress to create and organize Web pages. And you will learn how to convert your blog to a traditional website—or vice versa—with the click of a button.

  • Making Your Pages Look Great

    This lesson's all about WordPress themes—the templates that give your website its look and feel. You'll discover how to choose a theme, install it, and tweak it.

  • Working With Images and Multimedia

    Photos, drawings, charts, videos, and audio clips can make your website more appealing and understandable. This lesson teaches you how to use WordPress to upload and insert images and multimedia files.

  • Plugins: The Modular Solution for Functional Websites

    Plugins are little programs that add features to your WordPress website. In this lesson, you'll learn how to find and use them.

  • Making a User-Friendly Website

    If your online visitors have trouble understanding or navigating your website, they'll go somewhere else. This lesson helps you pinpoint and eliminate usability problems.

  • Polishing Your WordPress Website

    This lesson takes a long, hard look at your class project and how to make it better. You'll create a front page featuring both static and dynamic content; add links to pages, documents, email, and other sites; and repair typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes.

  • Getting Search Engines to Love Your Website

    What if you launched a website and nobody came? This lesson will show you how to keep that from happening. You'll find out what makes search engines tick and how to get them to visit your pages.

  • Making the Most of Statistics and Social Networking

    Statistics are just a bunch of numbers if you don't know how to use them. This lesson focuses on how to analyze stats so you can improve your site. You'll also find out how to tie your WordPress pages into social sites like Facebook and Twitter.

  • WordPress Security and Monetization

    This lesson will teach you how to protect a WordPress site against hackers and reviews money-making strategies for blogs and websites.

  • Mastering Your Domains

    In the final lesson, you will take a tour of the hosting control panel, discuss domain naming strategies, and review where to get help after the course ends.

Instructor

Instructor: Richard Mansfield

Richard Mansfield is a best-selling author and widely recognized expert on computer programming. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written numerous articles and columns on computer topics, and was the editor of Compute! Magazine. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 44 books, including the best sellers Machine Language for Beginners (Compute!) and The Visual Guide to Visual Basic (Ventana). His more recent titles include Creating Web Pages for Dummies (co-authored, Wiley), XML for Dummies: All-in-One Desktop Reference (co-authored, Wiley), Mastering VBA for Office 2019 (Sybex), and Programming: A Beginner's Guide (McGraw-Hill). Richard's books have sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into 12 languages.

More Course Information

  • Hardware Requirements

    This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

  • Software Requirements

    • PC: Windows XP or later.
    • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
    • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
    • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
    • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
    • Adobe Flash Player. Click hereClick here to download the Flash Player.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click hereClick here to download the Acrobat Reader.
    • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
    • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites to take this course.

  • Instructional Materials

    The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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We know balancing a family is challenging and we want to help you focus on your career too. Webster University is committed to empowering the spouses of those serving our country through our online courses.

Check out MyCAA and whether you qualify!

Offered through the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship is what’s known as a workforce development program. Its benefit is simple — it gives qualified military spouses up to $4,000 in tuition assistance, which they can apply to a variety of adult education programs aimed at helping them get ready for a successful portable career. So, who qualifies for the money and who doesn’t? Primarily, MyCAA was made for spouses of junior Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve members on Title 10.

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