Intermediate WordPress Websites

Intermediate WordPress Websites

Discover how to add features to and customize websites built with WordPress, the world's most popular Web publishing platform. This course will help you build interactive sites where visitors can comment on your articles, fill out forms and applications, buy your products, and even make appointments.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Details

Take the next with Intermediate WordPress Websites. After reviewing the system's basic features, you will learn to use an online administrative area that makes creating and updating content as simple as composing an email. Your online visitors will be able to comment on your articles, fill out forms and applications, buy your products, and even make appointments.

While WordPress requires no coding, you will find out how to use simple HTML and CSS to customize a website's appearance. You will take advantage of the dynamic features known as plugins, which add every imaginable function to your website. And you will explore how use plugins to turn a site into an ecommerce powerhouse and improve search engine page results.

To take this course, you should have at least some blog or website publishing experience and good computer skills. WordPress also requires a paid hosting account, but the class includes 90-days of completely free hosting with SiteGround, one of only four hosting companies that WordPress recommends.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: cw2
Start Dates*Oct 16 | Nov 13 | Dec 11 | Jan 15
*Choose start date in cart
$115.00
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9220
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00

Syllabus

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. 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.

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.

Requirements

  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • 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 if you took advantage of this offer in the introductory WordPress class).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

To take this course, you should have at least some blog or website publishing experience and good computer skills. Otherwise, it is recommended that you first take the introductory course, Creating WordPress Websites.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

John Agress John Agress

Richard Mansfield is a best-selling author and widely recognized expert on computer programming. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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 Creating Web Pages for Dummies (co-authored, Wiley), XML for Dummies: All-in-One Desktop Reference (co-authored, Wiley), Mastering VBA for Office 2019 (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.

Reviews

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.

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 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.

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.