This is my 4th ed2go course and John was by far the most responsive instructor to date. He spends the time to address everyone's questions and to ensure that we become comfortable with a most daunting subject. I highly recommend this class to anyone that has a interest in the subject.
This class was extremely well done. The instructor, John, did and excellent job in teaching the material.
This was a great class!
John is one of the best online instructors I have ever had. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn. He is patient and quick to respond to students’ questions or concerns.
This was an excellent course, as it helped me to become familiar with WP -- something that would not be possible from just reading a book.
Excellent course, excellent instructor. This was my first online course and I didn't know what to expect. I was wondering, "How can you raise your hand if you have a question?" But John answered questions/concerns in a timely, constructive manner, which I appreciated. The course is well-organized. Probably one of the best organized courses I've taken and I've taken a plenty!
Thank you for creating a course that has given me valuable information and helped bring me back to educating myself. This has been an excellent experience and I will tell anyone interested in creating a blog pr website about the course.
I really want to let you know how great I think you've been as an instructor. The depth and length of your responses have been phenomenal. Your knowledge of the subject and your ability to put your students at ease with a subject that overwhelms most of us is exemplary. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am not now an expert - but I do have the confidence that I can get in there and tackle the world of web design.
This is really the best class Education To Go has to offer. You are the best instructor and you make it fun!
I definitely got what I needed out of this class. My primary objective was to learn how to work with a self-hosted WordPress website/blog that I took over for a client. Previously, I was intimidated by WordPress because I had never worked in it. This class gave me enough knowledge and confidence to dive into the existing WordPress site and start making changes to it, as well as set up my own self-hosted WordPress site which I am integrating with an existing, traditional website. Even though my objective was outside the scope of the class, the material you covered and the conversations in the Discussion area gave me what I was looking for.
Course Code: cww
Discover how to use WordPress to create an attractive, dynamic blog or website—without learning any special code. Then, build a blog with WordPress—by creating, refining, and categorizing posts. You'll also find out how to encourage and control visitor feedback.
Learn to use WordPress to create and organize Web pages as well as how to convert your blog to a traditional website—or vice versa—with the click of a button. Then, discover how to choose a theme, install it, and tweak it.
Discover how to use WordPress to upload and insert images and multimedia files including photos, drawings, charts, videos, and audio clips. Then, learn how to find and use plugins to add features to your WordPress site.
Learn to pinpoint and eliminate usability problems with your website. Then, get even more hands-on experience as you create a front page featuring both static and dynamic content; add links to pages, documents, email, and other sites; and repair typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes.
Find out what makes search engines tick and how to get them to visit your pages. Then, focus on how to analyze stats so you can improve your site and how to tie your WordPress pages into social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Learn how you can protect a WordPress site against hackers, and review money-making strategies for blogs and websites. Finally, you’ll tour the hosting control panel, discuss domain naming strategies, and review where to get help after the course ends.
John Agress has been active in the computer world since the 1980s and has been developing and designing websites for more than a decade. He was among the first designers to recognize that WordPress, which was originally created as blogging software, can also produce content management websites that can be updated as easily as sending an email. He loves helping his Web design clients take control of their WordPress blogs and websites. John graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and spent many years as a radio and television news anchor, writer, and producer.
No software purchase or installation is necessary. WordPress.org requires a paid hosting account, which normally costs around $8/month. Included in the course is a free 90-day hosting account (US only) and temporary domain with SiteGround, one of the world's most respected hosts. You'll receive instructions for registering for and accessing your free account. WordPress runs on any Windows operating system from Windows Vista to Windows 10 and on all versions of Mac OS X. No specific knowledge or skills are required, just a general familiarity with the Internet.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.