The following are descriptions for the blogging classes we currently offer. Please note that clicking on the registration links will open a new window and take you to our online registration system. Please be sure to disable any pop-up blockers you might have running to complete our registration process.
Blogging Basics: Hands-On Training
In three hours, gain a basic introduction to blogging and complete the following tasks: sign up for a practice blog via Blogger, create a first post, and become familiar with Blogger’s customizable features. Class is perfect if you have blog topic already, but want to see a hands-on, step-by-step instruction. But those who are completely new to the concept of blogging are welcome, too; we will explore the reasons for and benefits of blogging such as personal online journaling, increasing business traffic, sharing your thoughts on politics, exploring spirituality, or writing movie and book reviews. This is an interactive class that is personalized in class depending on students’ needs.
Getting Started with WordPress: Content Management
Take charge of your website or blog by learning how to navigate the state-of-the-art publishing platform that is WordPress. This course will help you become proficient in managing your site content and basic functionality. You will learn how to find a host and setup your WP site; navigate the WP dashboard; configure your blog and web pages; use categories and tags to organize content; upload and manage media files; personalize your site with widgets; install and configure plugins; develop custom menus; manage users; and install and configure new themes. Class is appropriate for both WordPress.com sites and self-hosted WordPress.org sites. Prerequisite: Basic computer and Internet skills
Moving Ahead with WordPress: Under the Hood
Now that you know how to create a WordPress site and manage blog posts and static pages, go under the hood to add additional functionality to your site with WordPress plugins. We will cover the installation and setup of many popular plugins and explore how you can use them to deliver a superior user experience to your visitors. Additionally, we will take a look at how WordPress is structured behind the scenes, how to setup and manage user accounts, and optimizing settings for improved usability and security.
WordPress for Developers: Custom Themes
Now that you have a handle on managing your WordPress site, this course will take you behind the scenes and show you how to build a custom WP theme. Using HTML5/CSS3 you will learn how to develop a custom theme; setup custom loop queries for your log, pages, and archives; add custom post types to manage additional content; create custom page templates; add a site search; familiarize yourself with the WP codec; and more. Leave class with a fully functioning custom theme you can immediately use or easily customize to meet your needs.