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WordPress.com

Blogging Basics

Interested in starting a blog? This comprehensive course will help you setup and manage your very own blog using WordPress.com. WordPress makes it easy to maintain a website, even if you have no web design background. This is probably why WordPress is the most popular blogging platform on the web today!

This class is geared for anyone and everyone, no experience with computer graphics or coding is required! At the completion of the course you will have a fully functional blog, web address and the skills required to run it. Your blog will be up and running!

  • Learn to apply and use themes to change the look of your blog.

  • Upload custom header graphics to give your blog a look of its own.

  • Organize your posts with Categories and Tags.

  • Themes can change the entire look of your blog in seconds.

  • No blog would be complete without comments. We show you some more advanced tips and tricks.

  • We walk you through all the initial setup options, so you’ll leave class with a real working blog.

  • Learn to use the many different options in the dashboard.

  • Link your blog to outside sites.

  • Learn to manage all your media content.

  • Create pages, and learn how they are different from posts.

  • We show you all the different options available when creating posts.

Upcoming Classes

  • No classes scheduled at this time.

Price: $325 Click for Discounts

  • 6 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Setting Up Your WordPress.com Account

Topics

  • Creating an Account
  • Logging Into Your Account
  • Writing Your First Post (using QuickPress)
Customizing Your Account

Topics

  • Updating Personal Settings
  • Updating Profile
  • Editing General Settings
  • Changing Themes (How the Blog Looks)
Writing Posts

Topics

  • Adding a Post
  • Using the Visual Editor
  • Adding Hyperlinks
Categories, Tags, & Reading/Writing Settings

Topics

  • Using Categories and Tags
  • Managing Categories and Tags
  • Controlling the Number of Posts That Are Displayed
Understanding Comments

Topics

  • Managing and Moderating Comments
  • Trackbacks and Pingbacks

Section 2
Making Pages

Topics

  • Adding and Deleting a Page
  • Pasting from Text Files
  • Changing the Page Order
Adding and Managing Media

Topics

  • Adding a Photo
  • Adding a Video
  • Adding Other Content (.pdf, .doc, etc.)
  • Managing Uploaded Content
  • Media Settings
Working with Link Lists

Topics

  • Adding Links
  • Managing Links
Appearance Customization

Topics

  • Changing the Header Image
  • Customizing the Sidebar with Widgets
  • Previewing Custom Fonts
Using the Dashboard

Topics

  • Managing Recent Comments
  • Tracking Statistics
  • Customizing the Dashboard’s Appearance

Why Train With Noble?

26 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.


Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.


We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.


We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.


Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.


Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you don’t absolutely LOVE your class, we’ll give you a full refund! Compare that to other "schools" that have a no-refund policy. Is that even legal? It certainly isn't right. At Noble we treat our students with respect and common sense.


We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.


Our Students Love Us! 2100+ Testimonials and Counting

We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2100 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.