Blogging with WordPress

16 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Blogging is a great way to get the word out about your product, expertise or anything that's on your mind. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging applications, readily available on a lot of web hosts. In this course you will configure WordPress options and customize its appearance. We explore options for blog topics and getting the word out about your blog. You will write blog entries, publish them and then set up accounts for allowing access to your blog.

Students will:
  • install and configure WordPress.
  • write and publish a post in their WordPress blog.
  • configure page settings and links.
  • manage comments on their WordPress blogs.
  • create themes and install plug-ins for their WordPress blog.
  • look back at what they have learned and build a plan for working with WordPress.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Getting Started

In this lesson we are going to start the dirty work of starting a blog on WordPress. We are going to discuss options for hosting your blog, whether on WordPress or on your own domain. If you will be hosting on your own domain, then we will go through the process of installing the site. Then we will look creating user accounts and the screens we can use for configuring the blog and the way it works.

Lesson 2: Creating a Post

Now that our blogs are up and running and configured, in this lesson we are going to take a look at creating our first real post. We'll look at the tools we'll use for creating a post -- the Visual and HTML editors. We'll also look at adding pictures, movies, audio and other media to our posts. We'll discuss tags and categories and why you want to add them to a post. We'll end the lesson by clicking the Publish button and making the post available to world. We will also look at how to make posts private and managing posts, media, tags and categories.

Lesson 3: Pages and Links

In the last lesson we looked at the most commonly created content on WordPress - posts. In this lesson we will explore the other two kinds of content - Pages and Links. Pages are good for content that you want to always be around. An "About Me" page is a good example of a page you can create. Links allow you to create links to your own content or to pages that you want send others to. 

Lesson 4: Managing Comments

One of the cool things about blogs is the possibility of having a two-way conversation with your audience. That can be accomplished by allowing users to post comments to your blogs. But allowing comments can open yourself up to spam attacks. In this lesson we will explore how to moderate and manage comments and deal with the possibility of content spam.

Lesson 5: Themes and Plug-ins

Now that we have our blogs up and going, we are going to go behind the scenes and look at ways we can customize our blogs, from the way they look to the kinds of things the blog displays or can do. We will also look at ways of keeping the blog up to date.

Lesson 6: Putting it All Together

This lesson will give you a chance to show off what you have learned in this course. There is no new content, just a review of what has been covered.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.

** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **