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 John'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!
John Agress is a superb instructor with a good writing style, great pedagogic skills, and is always willing to answer questions quickly and respectfully.
John Agress has got to be the most responsive instructor at ed2go that I've ever had (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.
John is by far, the best online instructor I have ever had 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 John as the 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. John's 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
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’ll learn how to set up a self-hosted WordPress site and choose a domain name, find a hosting company, and access your piece of the World Wide Web! You’ll also learn how to manage website files and tour the WordPress administrative area.
Learn how themes work, where to find them, and how to install them. Then examine how to enter and organize the information your visitors are looking for, and how to create pages and posts. You'll also find out how to put together a custom menu to guide your guests around the site.
Learn how to add photos, videos, and documents to your Web pages without leaving the WordPress application. Then, you’ll learn how to effectively use plugins.
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.
Learn ways to create pay-per-click, advertising, and affiliate marketing programs to use your website to make money. Then, you’ll find out how to create a consistent style and set up an eye-catching slide show on your home page. You’ll also learn how to market your site using social networking plugins designed for WordPress.
Learn how to get higher search page results, and explore ways to collect and analyze data to ensure you're attracting and informing your target audience. Finally, you'll learn to use the WordPress Loop to customize your website. You’ll also learn some time-saving tips and tricks about handling contributors, bolstering security, and making your pages look great in mobile browsers!
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.
WordPress software is free, but in order to use it, you must have a paid account with a hosting company, which costs approximately $100 a year. The course includes a free 90-day hosting account from SiteGround, which includes a temporary practice site. (This is not available for students who took advantage of this offer in the introductory WordPress class.)
You'll need a computer with broadband Internet access, running any recent version of the Windows or Mac operating systems. We recommend using the Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers.
If you don't have prior experience with either WordPress or any other Web publishing tools, you should have a strong familiarity with the Internet and good computer skills. Otherwise, we recommend the introductory course, Creating WordPress Websites.
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.