WordPress Courses

Choose from the topics below, or design your own course!

WordPress Basics – 5 Sessions

This course is for those who  already have an existing WordPress website installed and provides a general overview of how to work efficiently with WordPress, including how to:

  • create and edit pages
  • edit page layouts (incl. sidebars, widgets)
  • add/delete navigation menu items (pages)
  • create a blog and add posts
  • categorize and tag posts
  • add still images and video
  • know your options for backing up site files and database
  • update plugins and WordPress core
  • create PDFs and upload them to your site

(Please email for current pricing.)
If you would like to learn your way around a specific theme (including the default WordPress themes) please let us know upon registration.

WordPress Security & Maintenance – 3 Sessions

This course can save you the pain of dealing with a crashed or hacked site and save you money hiring someone else to do the following:

  • Web Hosts and Security – not all are created equal
    • What does “daily backups” actually mean?
    • You could have a hacked copy of your site backed up.
    • How long are the backups kept?
  • Security at the WordPress Installation phase
  • Security Plugins
  • Updating Your Site – Plugins and the WordPress Core
  • Site Backups & Backup Monitoring

It is possible to explore these topics more deeply depending on your familiarity with blogging, website design and/or photo editing. If we cover all of these topics quickly, we may have time to begin one of the topics below.

Customized Topics

Please note: some of these topics have prerequisites.

  • Setting up a responsive WordPress website from scratch
    • Understanding and Creating a “Child Theme”
    • Customizing Your Site’s Appearance
    • Plugins (Why, How and When not to use Plugins)
  • Creating and managing website email & spam
  • Website Security Options
    • What does your web host offer?
    • Free Options
    • Premium Options
    • Hired Services
  • Backing Up Your Website
    • What does your webhost offer?
    • Manual Backups
    • Automated Backups
    • Backup Services
    • Backup Storage Options
  • Photoshop Basics
    • Preparing images for websites
    • Preparing images for social media
    • Preparing images for slideshows
    • Preparing images for photo galleriesPhotoshop Specific Classes:
    • Creating a slide show
  • Photo Galleries
  • Social Media Specific Classes:
    • Introduction (choosing and setting up social media accounts)
    • Preparing your brand (profiles, images, etc.)
    • Social Media Integration with your site (share and follow buttons, etc.)
    • Social Media – Getting Started with Facebook
    • Social Media – Getting Started with Twitter
    • Social Media – Getting Started with Google+
    • Social Media – Getting Started with Linkedin
    • Social Media – Getting Started with Pinterest
  • Lead Generation using “call-to-action” features
  • Conversion responses for “call-to-action” features
  • SEO Basics (Search Engine Optimization)
  • SEO Advanced (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Events calendar
  • Event registration
  • Google Calendar
  • Forms
  • Paypal integration
  • E-commerce
  • QR codes

  • WordPress Training – Design A Course

    Pick and choose from all of the topics above according to your priorities. We will consider your level of competence with blogging, website design and/or photo editing and build a curriculum together to fill the number of sessions you require.
    Please email for current pricing.

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