October 21, 2017

WordPress Skill-Building Series

The following are descriptions for the WordPress classes we currently offer. Classes are meant to be taken a series in order to build skills, but you may register for any that you feel suit your needs based on the Prerequisites.

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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

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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. Prerequisite: Getting Started with WordPress: Content Management or equivalent knowledge

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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. Prerequisite: Getting Started with WordPress: Content Management and It All Starts with HTML5/CSS3 or equivalent knowledge. Interact with JavaScript is helpful but not required.

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