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What you will learn on your 1 day WordPress course

No fancy images on here, just straight to the nitty gritty of your day ahead.

A pad or notebook is essential so you can jot down guides outlining the topics we will have covered as reference.

This course is designed for those who are new to web design and development and want to develop skills to use WordPress to build great looking and accessible websites and blogs. My Course runs between 10am and 4pm in the comfort of your own home or office, usually with a half hour break for lunch. A typical 6 hour (1 day) course will include the following itenary:

1. Buying your Domain Name

This is the first step to creating your fantastic, shiny new WordPress website. Choosing a domain name for your business used to be easy, at least compared to the kinds of things you need to think about today what with SEO coming into play in domain names, especially as it relates to your company’s web page. In this module we will discuss what , how & who to register your domain name with.

2. Setting up WebHosting

Module 2 goes on to explain what web hosting is, who should you choose. You could buy your domain name and have it hosted with the same company but there are some very good hosting companies out there in the USA & UK. We will look at some of the pros & cons of differing hosting companies. It’s not just about the uptime a company provides, it’s the aftermarket technical support your going to need too.

3. Changing Nameservers

(if applicable) Don’t be daunted by the title, it’s a fairly simple process. All hosting companies have what’s called ‘Nameservers’. This stage is only relevant if you buy your domain name from one company but have it hosted with another. But a brief explanation will be given if you decide one website just isn’t enough for you and you want world domination. 🙂

4. Installing WordPress

Ok so we have a domain name and we have hosting. This part can become technical so we will go over it a number of times until it’s second nature. What you will learn is to install a new WordPress database through your hosting companies cPanel. A cPanel is just a dashboard where the initial database for your website is created. From there you can see all your files, create email accounts amongst numerous other applications. Failing that we can upload via FTP.

5. How To Create Your Navigation Menus

The ability to create menus easily in WordPress makes it a powerful tool. Depending on your theme, you may have 1 -2 navigation bars. But in addition to that you can easily create custom menus for sidebars, footers, or any widgetized area. In this lesson I walk you through how to create menus using pages, posts, categories and custom links for both your navigation bars and other customized menus.

6. Creating Pages & Posts

Module 6  is where the fun starts, creating your first page or post for your new WordPress website. Initially we will look at the main dashboard of WordPress, have a play around and generally get the feeling of all its features. Getting to know the text editor and all its functions, saving your first draft until your satisfied with the layout and design, then on to publishing your first page or post.

7. Uploading Images/Using the Media Library

Images are a great way to enhance your blog, and adding and managing them is easy. There are a lot of things you can do with images, so in this section i will show you how to upload and manipulate your images to look great on any blog or website.

8. Playing with Plugins & Themes

One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install.

There are many Free WordPress Plugins out there, too many to mention here but plugins come in a variety of categories. You will see when we delve deeper into what plugins are and what they can do for your website.

9. Understanding & Installing Widgets

Widgets are an extremely useful enhancement to a WordPress site. Originally widgets were a very easy way for the non-technical blog owner to add code, text and images to a blog’s sidebar.

Now developers have produced a fantastic range of widgets to increased possibilities of your blog and the same time many themes now incorporate areas for widgets in all sections of their blog design, including the header, footer and even in a post layout .

10. SEO Implementation

Module 10 looks at implementing Search Engine Optimisation on your website. You created a website that any developer would be proud of, but whats the point of having a great new site if it’s not going to be seen by anyone? I will give you insight into the basic guidelines for optimising your website for search engines such as Google, Yahoo & Bing. The do’s and dont’s. Last thing you need is getting your site banned by Google.

11. Sitemaps & Webmaster Tools

Creating a sitemap helps search engines better crawl and categorize your site. You can easily create and verify a sitemap for any of your publicly viewable Google Sites through Google Webmaster Tools. Verifying your site with Google Webmaster Tools. Before Google Sites will generate a sitemap, you must verify your site with Google Webmaster Tools: A brief tutorial will show you how to do this.

12. Tracking your Visitors

How exciting it is when your website is completed, indexed in the search engines and you get that first visitor looking at your work. I will show you how to install Google Analytics into your website so you can see in realtime who visits, how long they stayed on your site, what country they were from and hopefully see if they eventually go to your all important contact page. This a must piece of info for any Webmaster.

13. Finally, FAQ’s

On completion of all modules you have the chance to fire any questions you may have my way. Even if its to go back to a module you think you need to improve on. I’m a very patient person by nature so don’t feel awkward if you have to ask a few times about anything. I started the same as you, but as is life, practice makes a damn fine website and the knowledge to carry that into your next venture 🙂

If you have read this far and find this is for you please feel free to get in touch for a brief friendly chat or any advice. Free email support service for 3 months after course included in the price. £250.00 Fee Payable at the end of course. I’m sorry but i do not accept cheques. Bank transfer or cash is my preferred payment method.