A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Getting Started With WordPress
In this first lesson, you will find out why WordPress is the world's most popular website building platform and how it helps non-technical people create good-looking, dynamic websites. You will learn what it takes to set up a self-hosted WordPress site, including how to choose a domain name, find a hosting company, and access your piece of the World Wide Web.
Lesson 02 - Setting Up Your WordPress Website
It's time to get your website set up. This lesson teaches you will learn how to manage website files, configure some basic settings, and take a tour of the WordPress administrative area. This lesson also covers how to organize your site so that your visitors will get the most out of it.
Lesson 03 - WordPress Themes: Bringing Your Website to Life
A WordPress theme gives your website a professionally designed look and installs with a single mouse click. This lesson focuses on how themes work, where to find them, and how to install them. This lesson introduces the theme you will use for the class website project and also compares free and paid themes.
Lesson 04 - Creating Pages, Posts, and Menus
This lesson is all about organizing written content. You will learn how to enter and organize the information your visitors are looking for, and how to create pages and posts. You will also find out how to put together a custom menu to guide your guests around the site.
Lesson 05 - Adding Images, Videos, and Other Digital Media
Now you're ready to start adding to your website—the details that will give it that extra-special touch. This lesson focuses on adding photos, videos, and documents to your web pages without leaving the WordPress application. You will also learn how to manage these files and create an image gallery to display your photographs.
Lesson 06 - There's a Plugin for That
This lesson explores plugins, the features that you can add to WordPress with a single mouse click. You will learn where to find thousands of these free mini-programs and how to use them.
Lesson 07 - Customizing Your Website, Part 1
You likely know a bit about HTML and CSS, but this lesson covers HTML and CSS coding in more detail. This lesson introduces to the basics of each language and how to change font styles, how to create lists, and how to work with margins. With this knowledge, you can customize your website, so it will look how you want it to.
Lesson 08 - Customizing Your Website, Part 2
This lesson will introduce you to an application that will spare you countless hours of drudgery. You will learn how to change your site's appearance and how to create a custom WordPress theme without learning the basic scripting language. Then you will learn how to set up widgets, which fill your sidebars with information and features.
Lesson 09 - Monetizing Your Website
So how can you use your WordPress website to make money? That's what this lesson is all about. You will learn how to create pay-per-click advertising, affiliate marketing programs, and how to set up PayPal, credit card processing, and a shopping cart.
Lesson 10 - Site Work and Social Networking
This lesson focuses on the details that make your website stand out. You will learn how to create a consistent style and set up an eye-catching slide show on your home page. This lesson also covers how to market your site using social networking plugins designed for WordPress.
Lesson 11 - WordPress SEO, Statistics, and Analysis
Search engines love WordPress websites. This lesson focuses on getting higher search page results, collecting and analyzing data to ensure, and attracting and informing your target audience.
Lesson 12 - Digging Deeper Into WordPress: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
Your final lesson focuses on using the WordPress Loop to customize your website. You will also learn time-saving tips and tricks about handling contributors, bolstering security, and making your pages look great in mobile browsers.