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About this Course

WordPress is a free, open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. With WordPress, you can add and edit web pages from anywhere you have an internet connection.

With more than 60 million websites using WordPress, it has become the most popular blogging system in use on the Web. This class will get you started with WordPress, from a basic installation to customizing your first WordPress site.

Audience Profile

​This course is for students who are new to blogging and CMS concepts and want to build and administer their own websites.

At Course Completion

​Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have covered the following topics:

  • Installing WordPress on a local environment for testing
  • Understanding blogs, pages, posts, menus, plugins and widgets
  • Setting up user accounts, admin settings and social media buttons
  • Customizing your header, footer and sidebar areas
  • Using the media library to manage pictures and galleries


​1. Introducing WordPress

  • Anatomy of a WordPress Blog
  • Deciding on a WordPress Host

2. WordPress Setup

  • Using an Installer
  • Setting up the Database
  • Installing WordPress

3. Getting Familiar

  • Overview of How WordPress Works
  • The Dashboard
  • How to Upgrade WordPress

4. Settings

  • General Settings
  • Writing, Reading, Discussion and Media Settings
  • Permalinks

5. Managing Account Settings

6. Setting Up Your Theme

  • The Default Theme
  • Choosing a New Theme
  • The Theme Customizer
  • Custom Headers and Backgrounds

7. Widgets and Plugins

  • Adding and Activating Plug-Ins
  • Using Widgets
  • Updating Plug-Ins

8. Content

  • Adding Posts and Pages
  • Editing Posts and Pages
  • Using Categories and Tags

9. Menus

  • Setting Up and Editing Menus
  • Adding Menus to Your Site

10. Working With Media

  • Using the Media Library
  • Editing Images
  • Creating Image Galleries
  • Using Audio and Video Files

11. Managing Comments

  • Enabling and Disabling Comments
  • Moderating Comments
  • Fighting Spam

12. Customizing Your Theme

  • Using CSS to Customize the Theme
  • Adding a Favicon
  • The Functions File

13. Using Custom Content Types

14. Best Practices

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Setting Up a Sitemap
  • Backing Up Your Data and Files


​Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer's operating system such as creating folders, launching programs and working with windows. Students should also have basic knowledge of the web and how to navigate using their browser.