This course is extremely well written, step-by-step, with visual examples of before and after so the student knows what the change should look like. Questions were answered quickly and concisely. The course content gave a solid understanding of setting up and running a WordPress website which is exactly what I wanted from this class. I already have a four year undergraduate degree and took many classes, most in classrooms but several online. Therefore, probably the highest praise that I can give is to say that "I could hardly wait for each lesson to be released.” I looked forward to learning more about the subject and knew that the information would be presented in a way that it would be a pleasure to learn!"
This was an excellent course and I would recommend it to anyone. It has helped me become confident and able to manage my own professional website. The discussion area was very important and helpful. Even if I didn’t experience the issues and questions raised by another classmate, their issues and questions helped me think ahead and anticipate issues I might confront. The instructor was incredibly helpful and always around to answer questions quickly…Thank you for this course and thank you to the instructor for his excellence, patience, input and timely help to all of us."
I cannot say enough about the instructor's professionalism, support, and positive approach. I took his first WordPress course and always felt he cared that I learned and understood. This course was definitely more difficult and involved, yet John made it just as clear and he patiently helped every participant to grasp the obscure concepts. This course delivered above and beyond my expectations! A huge thank you to him and to ed2go!"
This course was fantastic! The instructor is obviously an expert on the subject, and his teaching style is superb. I will definitely recommend this course to others and I look forward to other courses that he might teach in the future. Thanks!"
The instructor was superb with a good writing style, great pedagogic skills, and is always willing to answer questions quickly and respectfully."
The instructor was so responsive (I've taken more than 20 courses via ed2go). I took two WordPress classes with him and he always answered my questions promptly -- usually within hours on the same day! His answers provided additional information and were easy to follow. When I hit a couple of "hard" patches which were harder to grasp, he took the time to patiently walk me through the procedures. If he ever teaches a new class, I'll be back."
This was the best online instructor I have ever had, and the privilege of taking a class from. The class structure is excellent and his interaction with students is way beyond excellent. This is my second class with him. The content this time was more challenging but he made it a clear and pleasurable learning experience."
This was an excellent class, very much up-to-date, and it contained information I'll be able to refer to again and again when working on my own WordPress based sites. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to get more out of WordPress and take their sites to the next level."
Outstanding course and outstanding teacher! I am extremely satisfied and grateful. The curriculum taught me far more than I ever thought I could learn in six weeks. The professor is amazing--unfailingly respectful, kind, and willing to go the extra mile to answer our questions and help us with our website projects. Every aspect was so thoroughly handled. I have already recommended this class to a friend."
This is the second course I have taken with this instructor and I cannot speak too highly of his excellent teaching methods. As a teacher myself, I understand the difficulties of teaching an online course where you have no direct personal contact with the student. His easy approach and rapid response to questions and problems made it so much easier. I highly recommend this course to others who are interested in web design."
Course Code: cw2
In this first lesson, you will find out why WordPress is the world's most popular Web publishing 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.
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.
A WordPress theme gives your website a professionally designed look and installs with a single mouse click. Lesson 3 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.
Explore the basics of HTML and CSS coding language, and you'll quickly discover how to change font styles, sizes, and colors; create lists; and work with margins. Then you’ll continue customizing your website by finding out more ways to change the way your site looks, creating a custom WordPress theme without learning the basic scripting language, and setting up widgets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Mansfield is a best-selling author and widely recognized expert on computer programming. He graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Master's degree in English. He has written numerous articles and columns on computer topics, and was the editor of Compute! Magazine. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 44 books, including the best sellers Machine Language for Beginners (Compute!) and The Visual Guide to Visual Basic (Ventana). His more recent titles include XML for Dummies: All-in-One Desktop Reference (co-authored, Wiley), Mastering VBA for Office 2013 (Sybex), and Programming: A Beginner's Guide (McGraw-Hill). Richard's books have sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into 12 languages.
To take this course, you should have at least some blog or website publishing experience and good computer skills. Otherwise, we recommend the introductory course, Creating WordPress Websites.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.