Introduction to WordPress

WordPress is a platform for creating, editing and maintaining websites that are based on existing themed templates, which use mobile-ready designs. You can choose from thousands of templates available on the internet which vary in price and with some even being free.

This course offers a solid foundation in the methods used to plan, build, maintain and customise a WordPress website.

In this one-day WordPress introduction course, you will customise WordPress, create pages and posts, insert images, video and PDFs, extend WordPress functionality with plugins and widgets, work with themes, customise site design, explore methods for keeping your site secure, manage user accounts, learn how to plan a site and choose web hosting.

Please note that as a public course with the limitations of being only 1-day, the focus is on using one specific ‘entry level’ theme that best demonstrates the ability and potential of WordPress. Time does not permit you to work on your own website or theme, although you will be able to apply many the concepts to your own site post training. Should you wish to work specifically on your own website, it is recommended you book a private training session. Similarly, if you have an existing WordPress site that uses a complex theme, and you have limited HTML & CSS knowledge, private training will be a better option.

While no previous coding experience is required to attend this course, an understanding of basic HTML & CSS is helpful – see our 1 day HTML course. This course is suitable for people who wish to start a new site or have been given the responsibility of running an existing site to the extent of what is in the course outline below. Please contact us if you are uncertain of the complexity of your existing site.

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Introduction to WordPress
    • Tour of the WordPress Admin
    • Site planning & configuration
    • Adding content
    • Managing accounts
    • Security
    • Managing comments
    • Choosing and installing themes
    • Changing site appearance
    • Introduction to Plugins
    • Next Steps
  • What You Get

    • Free Course Resit
    • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
    • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
    • Choice of Mac or PC*
    • 130+ Page Printed Course Book
    • Professional Training Environment
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)

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Price: 540 +GST
$486+GST
1 Day | 9am - 4:30pm

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Course Outline

Introduction to WordPress

  • What is a CMS?
  • Background & capabilities
  • WordPress powered site examples
  • Common WordPress terminology

Tour of WordPress Admin

  • Switching between admin & live view
  • Exploring faster workflows
  • Customising the dashboard
  • Navigating WordPress tools

Site planning & configuration

  • Planning considerations for a new website
  • Configuring WordPress for your needs
  • Apply home page settings
  • Apply regional settings
  • Create a privacy policy page
  • Create search friendly urls/permalinks

Adding content

  • Types of WordPress content – Pages vs Posts
  • Create & edit pages & posts
  • Create content using the Block editor
  • Create content using the Classic editor (as requested)
  • Create & manage post Categories & Tags
  • Create links to other pages, PDFs & other sites
  • Create links from images

Managing accounts

  • About WordPress user accounts
  • Managing your user account
  • Creating a new user account

Security

  • Delete the default admin user
  • Setting appropriate user permissions
  • Manage WordPress & plugin updates
  • Creating & ensuring secure passwords
  • Creating & managing website backups
  • Jetpack overview + pros & cons
  • Recommended security plugins

Managing comments

  • Comment considerations
  • Customise WordPress comment settings
  • Comment spam management using Akismet
  • Moderating comments
  • Disabling comment functionality

Choosing and installing themes

  • Choosing themes: Considerations
  • Sourcing themes: Free & premium
  • Installing free and premium themes
  • Designed themes vs page builders
  • Using child themes for site longevity

Changing site appearance

  • Creating and editing menus
  • Using the Customizer to format themes
  • Using the Customizer to edit themes
  • Working with widgets

Introduction to Plugins

  • Plugin considerations
  • Installing, activating & managing plugins
  • Configuring plugin settings
  • Recommended plugins
  • Child theme creator plugins

Next steps

  • Finding help online – recommended sources
  • Finding a suitable hosting provider
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