28 Days to Your First WordPress Site

A simple guide to developing your first website.

You likely know it as a blogging platform, but WordPress has evolved into a full content management system. It’s been embraced by developers and designers all over the world, and now powers nearly 20% of the internet. Building your website on WordPress can be simple and quick, or it can push the limits of your creativity through thousands of plugins, themes and widgets available for use with the system. Join Jesse Friedman on a journey to create your first WordPress site, and in just 28 days, you’ll learn WordPress— and how to build a business, blog or personal site with nearly no out of pocket expenses.


Jesse FriedmanJesse Friedman is an experienced Web Developer, Professor at Johnson & Wales University and the Director of Web Development for Neal Advertising. When Jesse isn’t working he’s enjoying life with his family in Rhode Island. Look for Jesse’s book on WordPress coming out Aug 2012 by New Riders under their “Voices that Matter” series.
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Workshop Length:

4 weeks

Tuition:

$199  $59.99 (70% off)

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Objectives:

  • Learn about creating your first website in WordPress
  • Discover server requirements and hosting
  • Learn about selecting themes and functionality
  • Learn about choosing the right settings
Who Should Take This Workshop:
  • New web designers
  • Marketing professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
Prerequisites (or comparable experience):
Additional Information:
  • If students do not currently own a domain or have website hosting, resources to purchase these web services are provided in the course material. For ongoing website hosting, students can expect a fee of $5 or less per month.

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Outline:

LESSON 1
  • WordPress History
    • Difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
  • Signing up for WordPress.com
    • WordPress.com strategies
    • Activating a Theme
    • Activating Plugins
    • Creating Posts, Categories and Tags, Pages, Menus, and Comments and Discussions
    • Understanding WordPress.com limitations, and when to host yourself
LESSON 2
  • Server Requirements and Hosting
    • Choosing a hosting server
    • Learning about their system
  • Installing WordPress
    • Automatic install via Bluehost (server of choice)
    • Manual install for more advanced users
LESSON 3
  • Creating your first website with WordPress
    • Buying or Downloading Themes
    • Customizing Your Theme
    • Manual changes and creating a child theme
    • Using Theme options to make changes
    • When to hire a WordPress designer / developer
  • Buying or Downloading Plugins
    • Installing your first plugin & ensuring that your plugin doesn’t conflict
    • Manual install for more advanced users
LESSON 4
  • Settings Overview
    • Default, Plugin, Advanced Features, and Reading and Writing settings
    • Permalinks, Privacy, Users, and Roles settings
  • WordPress Community
    • Forms, Themes and Plugins