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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

Dates
Autumn term: Wednesday 7 October – Wednesday 9 December 2020
Spring term: Wednesday 13 January – Wednesday 17 March 2021

Duration
10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Tutor
TBC

Fee

£319

Course details

The popularity of WordPress is largely due to its user friendliness and flexibility, as well as making it possible for non-technical people to build great looking sites. It can be used as both a blogging platform and as a content management system, enabling any individual to be able to update their site whenever they want to. It is also possible to turn your WordPress site into an e-commerce store with shopping cart or even a portfolio site with gallery.

Each lesson will build upon previous subects or themes covered, at the end of the course participants will get to use their increased knowledge and skills developed to build their 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 & 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 & conditions, privacy policy, etc…
  • Working with themes and plugins
  • Working with widgets and shortcode widgets
  • Customising your WordPress site – Theme options, custom css, etc…
  • Customising admin
  • Branding site
  • Importing Google fonts
  • Working with Custom post types
  • Working with page templates, shortcodes & 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 Form
  • Setting up a newsletter
  • Mini Project
  • Move WordPress (on request)

The course aims to:

  • Provide the student with the skills to competently manage a WordPress site
  • Enhance the functionality of the site via plugins and widgets
  • Work with the selected theme to obtain the desired look
  • Have 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 detailing course contents, and study hours

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.

All course materials are included in the course fee.