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WordPress is a free open source blogging tool and content management system.   WordPress can be used to create a traditional blogging site; however, it can also be used to create a standard website for business or personal use.   This course focuses on creating websites using WordPress.  No previous experience is needed.  This course is structured in a way to help all students, regardless of their experience, learn WordPress. 

Students will learn how to:

·    Set up a domain and hosting account

·    Set up a MySQL database on their server

·    Install WordPress on the MySQL database

·    Plan their website by choosing color schemes, fonts, layouts, and more

·    Search for themes in WordPress

·    Select, install, and activate a theme

·    Add posts to their website

·    Create website pages

·    Add images, photo galleries, and more

·    Create tags for SEO and categories to organize their posts

·    Use WordPress as a content management system (CMS)

·    Use widgets and plugins

·    Create an ecommerce site

·    Integrate WordPress with social media

·    Customize a WordPress site using PHP, CSS, and HTML

·    And more.

Each lesson covers a different aspect of WordPress and contains sections to teach students what they need to know.   Step-by-step instructions, along with screenshots and HD video demonstrations, make learning to use WordPress a breeze.  By the end of the course, all students will be able to successfully create their own customized and effective website using the information they've learned.   

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Lesson 1: Introduction to WordPress

WordPress is a free open source blogging tool and content management system. You can use WordPress to create a blogging site where you will create and publish blog posts to share with visitors. However, you can also use WordPress to create a traditional w 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Video: What is WordPress?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Gathering the Right Tools for the Job

The preparation we?re going to help you with in the next few lessons will save you the time, error, and aggravation that a new user may face when using WordPress for the first time. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Coding Basics: A Guide to Choosing Your Optimal Text Editor or IDE; 12 Rules for Choosing the Right Domain Name
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Setting up for WordPress

Before you can start creating your WordPress site, you must first acquire a domain and hosting for your site so that WordPress can be installed on your server. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 13 Essential Tools to Check Cross-Browser Compatibility; How to Register Your Own Domain Name
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Installing WordPress

Once you have registered your domain and purchased a hosting plan, you are ready to install WordPress on your server and upload your files. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Download WordPress; What is a MySQL Database?
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Exploring Graphics and Images

Graphics and images are a very important part of your website. In fact, they are a very important part of any website. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Paint.net; GIMP; PhoXo
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Understanding Fonts and Colors

Although content is very important, the way your website looks will determine whether visitors stay to look at the content--or leave your site just as quickly as they can. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Free RGB color wheel
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Planning the Layout of Your Website

In this lesson, we?re going to focus on planning out the important aspects of your site?s design. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 10 Rock Solid Website Layout Examples; Site Design and Layout
  • Review Video: How To Set Up A Professional Website Layout Using Wordpress
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Selecting a Theme for Your Website

In this lesson, we're going to talk about choosing a theme, as well as how to work with the default theme. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Using themes; Widgets in Wordpress
  • Review Video: How To Install WordPress Themes
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Adding Content to a WordPress Theme

It?s the content that you add to your site that will get your visitors? attention, make them want to read (or watch), and compel them to visit all of your pages. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Writing Posts
  • Review Video: How To Edit Your Wordpress Category Menu
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Making a Blog Look Like a Website

What if you want your WordPress site to look like a regular, traditional website? We?re going to teach you how to do that in this lesson. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Exploring WordPress Plugins

You can use a plugin to turn your website into an ecommerce site; to add photo galleries and portfolios; to integrate web forms and social networks; and much more. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Exploring the World of Templates

We're going to provide an overview of PHP and MySQL so you gain a basic understanding of both in regards to how they function with WordPress. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: An Introduction to CSS and HTML

In this lesson, we're going to introduce you to CSS, as well as HTML. This will help you if you want to further customize your website. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
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  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Creating WordPress Websites
Course Number: 8900285
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Computer Skill
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what WordPress is and what it can do for you.
  • Identify the right tools for the job.
  • Demonstrate installing and setting up for WordPress.
  • Demonstrate graphics and images usage.
  • Demonstrate fonts and colors usage.
  • Demonstrate planning the layout of your website and selecting a theme.
  • Demonstrate adding content to a WordPress theme.
  • Demonstrate WordPress plugins use.
  • Demonstrate using templates in WordPress, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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