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Course Workbook

WordPress: Create a Website or Blog

Learn to Build & Manage a WordPress Site

Wordpress 2x
eBook $35
Print $45
Print + eBook $50

WordPress enables you to create and maintain a website, even if you have no web design background. Whether you want to create a new website or blog, or manage an existing WordPress website, this book is for you. This book is geared for anyone, so you do not need prior experience with computer graphics or coding.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
About WordPress, Domain Names, & Web Hosting
  • Domain Names & Web Hosting Explained
  • What is WordPress?
  • WordPress Features
  • WordPress.com versus .org
Section 1
Creating a WordPress Site (Installing WordPress)
  • Installing WordPress with a Web Host’s “1-Click Install”
  • Manually Installing WordPress
Logging Into the WordPress Admin & General Site Settings
  • Logging Into the WordPress Admin
  • General WordPress Settings
  • Editing Your Profile
  • Setting Your Profile Picture (Gravatar)
Writing Posts & Formatting Text
  • Posts versus Pages
  • Creating a New Blog Post
  • Using the Visual Editor
  • Pasting Without Formatting & Clearing Formatting
  • Formatting Headings
  • Formatting Bulleted & Numbered Lists
  • Formatting Blockquotes
  • Publishing a Post
  • Deleting a Post
  • Restoring a Post from the Trash (or Deleting it Delete Permanently)
Publishing a Post (Making it Live)
  • Publishing a Post (Making it Live)
  • Status
  • Visibility
  • Publish Date & Time
Adding a Read More Link to a Post
  • Adding the Read More Tag
  • Changing the Text in the More Tag
Creating Links (Hyperlinks)
  • Linking to Another Website
  • Opening a Link in a New Tab
  • Linking to a Page Within Your Site
  • Editing & Removing Links
Adding Images & Managing the Media Library
  • Adding an Image to a Post or Page
  • Editing Images (Manually Resizing, Cropping, & Rotating)
  • Media Settings (Customizing the Size of Thumbnail, Medium, & Large)
  • Adding a Featured Image
  • Uploading Images & Files Directly Into the Media Library
  • Editing & Deleting Images in the Media Library
  • Deleting Unused Images (Cleaning Out the Media Library)
Adding an Image Gallery
  • Adding an Image Gallery
  • Editing an Existing Image Gallery
  • Turning Galleries into Slideshows (with a Plugin)
Adding Video
  • Ways to Properly Embed a Responsive Video
  • Embedding Responsive Videos with a Plugin
  • Embedding Responsive Videos without a Plugin
  • Uploading a Video File
Section 2
Categories, Tags, & Reading Settings
  • Categories & Tags Explained
  • Creating & Editing Categories
  • Changing the “Uncategorized” Default Category Name
  • Setting the Default Category
  • Creating & Editing Tags
  • Changing Categories/Tags for Multiple Posts
  • Reading Settings
Widgets
  • Editing & Adding Widgets
Making Pages
  • Pages versus Posts
  • Creating a New Page
  • Publishing a Page (Making it Live)
  • Deleting a Page
  • Changing the Page Order
Menus
  • About Menus & Locations
  • Adding & Removing Links in Menus
  • Creating Submenus
  • Opening Menu Links in a New Tab
Installing Themes
  • What Are WordPress Themes?
  • Where Do I Get WordPress Themes?
  • Installing & Activating a Theme
  • Manually Uploading & Activating a Theme
  • Deleting a Theme
Customizing Theme Appearance
  • Customizing Appearance
  • Customizing the Site Identity (Logo, Title, & Tagline)
  • Adding a Site Icon (Favicon)
  • Customizing the Header
  • Customizing Colors
Changing the Template Layout for a Page/Post
  • Changing a Template Layout
WordPress Plugins: About, Installing, & Updating
  • About WordPress Plugins
  • Installing a WordPress Plugin
  • Updating Plugins
WordPress Plugins You May Want to Install
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Creating SEO-Friendly Permalinks (URLs) for the Site
  • Customizing the URL of an Individual Page/Post
  • Setting Titles & Meta Descriptions with an SEO Plugin
Bonus Material
Adding Downloadable Content (.pdf, .docx, etc.)
Adding Audio
  • Embedding Audio from SoundCloud
  • Uploading & Embedding an Audio File
Comparing & Restoring Revisions
  • Viewing & Restoring Past Revisions
  • Comparing Revisions
Comments & Discussion Settings
  • Managing & Moderating Comments
  • What Are Trackbacks & Pingbacks?
  • Disabling Trackbacks & Pingbacks
Post Formats
  • Post Formats Explained
  • Setting or Changing a Post Format
Adding Users & Assigning Roles
  • User Privileges Explained
  • Adding a New User
  • Changing a User’s Role
Logging Out Everywhere Else
Reference Material
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Examples of What You Learn

  • How to Install WordPress
  • Writing Posts & Formatting Text
  • Publishing a Post (Making it Live)
  • Creating Links (Hyperlinks)
  • Adding Images, Video, and Audio
  • Making Pages
  • Installing Themes
  • Changing the Template Layout for a Page/Post
  • Customizing Theme Appearance
  • Menus
  • Widgets
  • Categories, Tags, & Reading Settings
  • WordPress Plugins
  • SEO

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations commonly found in user manuals. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work. Our books are not a replacement for the manual, but manuals aren’t how you learn an app!

eBook $35
Print $45
Print + eBook $50