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WordPress – Easy Web Development

WordPress is one of the most popular open source blogging and content management systems in existence today. This course will help save you from many hours of trial and error frustration in building your first custom WordPress site.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our spring or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Wednesday 5 October – Wednesday 7 December 2022

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

John Gridley

Fee

£329

Class capacity

14

Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

John Gridley

Fee

£329

Class capacity

14

Course details

The popularity of WordPress is largely due to its user friendliness and flexibility, and as such allows anyone to build great looking sites without the need to be hugely tech savvy or possess formal digital credentials.

WordPress can be used as both a blogging platform and as a content management system, enabling you to be able to update their site whenever you want to.

It's also possible to turn your WordPress site into an e-commerce store with shopping cart or even a portfolio site with gallery.

Each lesson in this hand-son course will build upon previous subjects or themes covered. At the end of the course you'll have the chance to use your newly developed skills to build your first custom WordPress site.

  • Introduction to WordPress
  • Hosting requirements
  • Installing theme and demo content
  • Site layout – planning the layout of your site
  • Working with pages and posts
  • Adding content, using revisions
  • Drip feeding blog posts
  • Trackbacks and pingbacks
  • How to insert a link
  • Users, author bio and tools
  • Creating a navigation menu and managing comments
  • The WordPress loop
  • Working with media elements – images, audio, video
  • Post taxonomies – categories and tags
  • Determining what cookies your site uses
  • Adding legal documentation to your site – terms and conditions, privacy policy
  • Working with themes and plugins
  • Working with widgets and shortcode widgets
  • Customising your WordPress site: theme options, custom CSS
  • Customising admin
  • Branding site
  • Importing Google fonts
  • Working with custom post types
  • Working with page templates, shortcodes and page builder
  • Adding Google maps
  • On-page SEO and blogging
  • Image optimisation
  • SEO friendly versus optimised
  • Improving site speed
  • Using social share and follow buttons
  • WordPress security
  • Ecommerce (optional)
  • Adding calls to action and contact forms
  • Setting up a newsletter
  • Mini project
  • Move WordPress (on request)

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with the skills to competently manage a WordPress site
  • Develop your skills to enable you to enhance the functionality of the site via plugins and widgets
  • Guide you to work with the selected theme to obtain the desired look
  • Give you an overall understanding of how WordPress works and hosting requirements

  • Demonstration understanding of topic/s covered in session
  • Successful completion of session exercises
  • Completion of mini project
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

As this is an introductory course, it is assumed that all students have not used WordPress before and so will be starting from the beginning. Suitable for budding web developers aged 18+.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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FAQs

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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