WordPress Training Materials

Windows 10 and Office 2016 ManualsCourse Outlines – WordPress Courseware

This WordPress course is designed to be run as a seminar

01 – Introduction

  • What you will learn on this course

02 – Advantages of using WordPress

  • WordPress is free
  • Easy to install
  • Easy-to-use
  • Impressive professional looking websites
  • Easy blog creation
  • Social media integration
  • Manage your own website
  • Easy customization
  • Easy SEO
  • Free WordPress updates

03 – Two types of WordPress

  • WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
  • CPanel WordPress installation
  • Advantages and disadvantages of self-hosting vs. Cloud hosting
  • WordPress.com
  • WordPress.org

04 – Domain names & webhosting

  • Think about your domain name
  • Domain names and SEO
  • Register variants of your website domain
  • Consider international versions of your domain name
  • Remember that your domain name needs to be periodically renewed
  • Domain naming tricks

05 – Planning your WordPress site

  • Think about your content prior to creating pages
  • Map out your page content prior to creating your website
  • Consider creating website content within a Microsoft word document

06 – Installing WordPress

  • Default web hosting pages
  • Using the cPanel to install WordPress
  • Customize your login and password

07 – Instant WordPress

  •  Using Instant WordPress

08 – A first look at WordPress

  • Public vs. Admin WordPress views

09 – Creating pages

  • Logging in to WordPress
  • Creating a new page
  • Entering a page title
  • Entering body text for a page
  • Pasting text from a Microsoft word document
  • The publish panel
  • Previewing a page
  • Bold text formatting
  • Italic text formatting
  • Text alignment formatting
  • Bullet and numbered list formatting
  • Text indenting
  • Text color formatting
  • Heading formatting
  • Heading formatting and SEO
  • Themes and headings
  • Block quote formatting
  • Distraction free writing mode
  • Using ‘paste as plain text’
  • Remove formatting icon
  • Insert custom character icon
  • Using the ‘view page’
  • Text vs. Visual tabs
  • Viewing pages using ‘all pages’
  • Option to edit a page – edit, quick edit, trash and view
  • Deleting a page
  • Restoring a deleted page from the trash bin
  • Quick edit
  • Default menu creation by WordPress

10 – Advanced page options

  • Specifying a home page
  • Change the template used by the home page
  • Some templates do not display the widget area down the right side of the page

11 – Images and WordPress

  • Logging in without using the ‘log in’ link in the meta widget section
  • Adding new media – pictures
  • Uploading images
  • Editing images
  • Alternative text for images and SEO
  • Inserting an image into a page
  • Image ‘attachment details’
  • Resizing images using drag and drop
  • Using the ‘edit image’ icon to edit an image
  • Resizing an image using percentage resizing
  • Image alignment options
  • Applying alternative or ‘alt’ text to an image
  • Applying a picture caption
  • Adding a link to an image
  • Specifying an exact image height and width size
  • Specifying image border and spacing

12 – Linking pages & posts

  • Removing a text hyperlink
  • Adding a hyperlink to text
  • Inserting text links to other websites
  • Creating links that open in a new window or a new tab
  • Image links

13 – Documents & WordPress

  • Uploading Microsoft word or pdf documents to your website
  • Inserting a document link into a page

14 – YouTube videos

  • Inserting a YouTube video into a page
  • Getting the YouTube video embed code

15 – Posts

  • Creating a new post
  • Entering a post title
  • Entering post text in the body area
  • Using ‘paste from word’ to copy text from Microsoft word to a past
  • Publishing a post
  • Viewing a list of your posts
  • Deleting a post
  • Deleted posts are moved to the trash bin and can be ‘un-deleted’
  • Editing existing posts
  • Inserting text hyperlinks into a post
  • Formatting text within posts
  • Differences between pages and posts
  • Creating a home page for posts
  • Recent posts widget display
  • Editing existing posts
  • Inserting an image into a post

16 – Categories and tags

  • Viewing a list of posts and associated categories
  • The ‘uncategorized’ category
  • Creating a category
  • Slugs and SEO
  • Assigning an existing post to a different category
  • Assigning a new post to a category when you create the post
  • Do not create too many categories
  • Tags
  • Assigning tags to posts
  • Adding a new tag

17 – Using installed widgets

  • The widget area
  • Displaying installed widgets
  • Active widgets
  • Removing a widget
  • Adding an installed widget to the widget area
  • Displaying the ‘recent posts’ widget
  • The text widget
  • You can embed html code into the text widget
  • Use the ‘text’ tab to get html code for the text widget

18 – Finding WordPress plugins

  • Viewing installed plugins
  • Deleting a plugin
  • Searching for new plugins
  • Checking out plugins

19 – Contact form

  • Installing a contact form plugin
  • Configuring your contact form
  • Cattcha

20 – Backup

  • Installing a backup plugin
  • Configuring the backup plugin

21 – Sliders

  • Installing a slider plugin
  • Uploading images for the slider
  • Reordering your slider images
  • Using short codes
  • Slider image file sizes

22 – Social media sharing

  • Installing the addthis plugin for social media sharing

23 – Broken link checker

  • Installing a checker for broken links

24 – Mobile phones & WordPress

  • Using responsive themes
  • Installing the wptouch plugin for mobile phone website display

25 – Comment spam

  • Comment spam
  • Activating the akismet plugin
  • Disabling comments using a plugin

26 – Embedding a Google map

  • Embedding a Google map into a page or post
  • Embedding a Google map into the sidebar widget area

27 – Menus

  • Creating customized menus
  • Re-ordering menu items

28 – Appearance customization

  • Customizing appearance options
  • Customizing the header options
  • Custom background options – colors or images

29 – Settings

  • Customizing WordPress settings
  • Customizing the site title and tagline
  • Customizing your WordPress URL
  • WordPress writing options
  • Setting the default category for new posts
  • Customizing the WordPress update services
  • Customizing the WordPress reading options
  • Customizing the front page to use a static  page
  • Controlling search engine visibility
  • Customizing WordPress discussion options to control comments
  • Customizing media settings
  • Customizing permalinks for better SEO

30 – SEO & WOrdPress

  • Onsite vs. Offsite SEO
  • Installing an SEO plugin
  • Using an SEO plugin

31 – Google XML sitemaps plugin

  • What is an XML sitemap?
  • Installing the Google xml site map plugin

32 – Updating WordPress

  • Keeping WordPress up to date
  • Updating WordPress

33 – WordPress themes

  • Searching for new themes
  • Previewing themes
  • Installing a theme
  • Deleting themes

34 – Installing premium themes

35 – Using premium themes

  • Installing a premium theme
  • Activating a premium theme
  • Custom theme options

36 – EXTRA – Making rounded image corners

  • GIMP – free graphics program

37 – WordPress keyboard shortcuts

 

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