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Course Workbook

Wordpress org 2x
eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
Teacher Discounts

Interested in creating a dynamic website using WordPress? Not only is WordPress a powerful blogging platform, but it is also a great way to set up a Content Management System. By turning your site into a CMS, it will be much easier to maintain, update and add special functionality to. This workbook will teach you how to do a custom install of WordPress, develop your own themes and install plugins.

NOTE: This workbook requires rock solid HTML/CSS knowledge. It is NOT for beginners. Do not purchase this book unless you feel very comfortable with HTML/CSS. If you are looking for a resource to learn HTML/CSS, try our Dreamweaver Level 1 & Level 2 books.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-934624-72-2

Download Sample Exercise
Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Before You Begin
  • Supported browsers
  • Recommended software
Section 1
Setting Up the Local Server
  • Installing MAMP/XAMPP
Installing WordPress
  • Creating a database
  • Installing WordPress
  • Creating a wp-config.php file
Installing Themes
  • Downloading a theme from the WordPress Dashboard
  • Manually installing a theme
Creating a Child Theme
  • Adding a custom header with the theme name, author, etc.
  • Importing style sheets using wp_enqueue-script()
Modifying a Theme
  • Adding a header graphic
  • Customizing links
  • Changing the header background
  • Removing the categories menu
Section 2
Setting Up a WordPress Site
  • Creating a database
  • Installing files
Starting the MRP Theme
  • Setting up the theme
  • Creating index.php
  • Swapping static HTML with dynamic PHP
The WordPress Loop
  • Displaying posts
  • Adding/customizing posts
Continuing with the Loop
  • Displaying post time & tags
  • Displaying comments
  • Adding page navigation
  • Adding fallback content
Section 3
Splitting the Page into Templates
  • Creating header, footer, & sidebar templates
  • Adding header & footer functions
Creating a Page for Single Posts
  • Making the post template
  • Adding a comment form
  • Customizing the comments’ CSS
Creating Pages
  • Creating the page template
  • Adding the title
  • Adding new pages
  • Changing the site’s front page
  • Inserting images
Customizing the Nav Menu
  • Creating functions.php
  • Creating the menu
  • Customizing the menu order
Section 4
Customizing the Sidebar
  • Registering new sidebars
  • Adding widgets to sidebars
  • Installing an image widget
Creating a Custom Page Template
  • Creating a custom template
  • Creating a custom query in the loop
Adding a Contact Form
  • Installing the Contact Form 7 plugin
  • Adding the form to a page
Uploading a WordPress Site
  • Exporting a database
  • Modifying the SQL to use appropriate absolute URLs
  • Uploading a WordPress site
  • Importing a database
Bonus Material
Adding a Gallery
  • Installing the NextGen Gallery plugin
  • Uploading photos
  • Customizing gallery options
Optimizing with Plugins
  • Akismet
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • QuickCache
Database Backup
  • Installing the WP-DB-Backup plugin
  • Backing up & restoring
Uploading a WordPress Site (Home/Office)
  • Exporting a database
  • Modifying the SQL to use appropriate absolute URLs
  • Uploading WordPress
  • Importing a database
Adding Custom Fields
  • Adding Custom Fields
  • Installing a WYSIWYG editor plugin
Making Custom Post Types
  • Adding thumbnail support (post-thumbnails)
  • Creating a custom post type
  • Registering taxonomy
Creating Custom Loops
  • Displaying custom post types
  • Using custom taxonomies
  • Creating a custom search results page
Reference Material
Disabling OPcache in MAMP
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Wordpress isn’t just for blogs. You’ll learn how to create a custom template from scratch—turning your site into a powerful CMS.

  • Use custom templates to display your content any way you like.

  • We show you how to modify an existing theme to match your site.

  • Learn how easy it is to install WordPress on your own computer.

  • Learn to use some of the best “must-have” plugins available.

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 $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
Teacher Discounts