WordPress Training Program

Are you interested in learning WordPress? These articles are from the presentations I give to my college students learning WordPress.

Part 1: Introduction to WordPress

These first three articles provide you with a background on WordPress. When I teach this material, I have students study this content before they begin doing lab assignments in WordPress. While in most cases it is easier to learn by doing, WordPress is not terribly intuitive, and by starting with a focus on the bigger picture, my goal is that the pieces will make more sense.  If you prefer to learn by doing, skip to Part II below and come back to Part 1 later.

If you prefer studying in a slideshow format, the content of the Part 1 articles are in this slideshow:

Introduction to WordPress

Lesson 1

Why are most websites made with WordPress?

As of this writing, WordPress powers 43% of the World Wide Web. And, of websites using a content management system, market share is 64%. Why are so many websites made with WordPress? This article explains why WordPress dominates the web development marketplace. A strong understanding of WordPress is critical for students of web development.

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Lesson 2

How WordPress Works

If you only know the web languages, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, it can be challenging to wrap your head around how WordPress works. With HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you create and publish files to a hosting server. With WordPress, the website content and settings are not stored in the website files. Instead, the content is…

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Lesson 3

WordPress 101: Logging In, the Dashboard, Editing, Themes, Plugins, and Customize

While WordPress is easy, it isn’t at all intuitive. This article describes at a high level some WordPress concepts that you will need to master as you learn WordPress, including how to login and navigate to the dashboard, how to edit a post, how themes and plugins work, and how to edit your overall website…

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Part 2: WordPress Content Editing

In this section of the course students learn how to add posts and products to WordPress. Unlike Part 1, Part 2 is about hands-on exercises.

In addition, I have students complete a lab assignment in a Page Builder. For my courses I use Beaver Builder, but if you are working on this on your own you may want to try the free version of Elementor.

If you are in a job that requires you to add and edit WordPress websites, this section will teach you the basics.

Lesson 4

How to Add Content with the WordPress Block Editor

In this article we will learn how to add and edit a WordPress Post (Article) with the Block Editor. You need access to a WordPress website in order to go through the steps in this slideshow. In my college courses, I provide access to students to a WordPress website, WebDevPortfolios.com. If you are in one…

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Lesson 5

Search Engine Optimization with Yoast

What is search engine optimization? Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is the process of making your website come to the top of search results. When you create a new website, the next step is to get website visitors. There are three ways to do that: Option 1. Tell potential visitors about your website; for example,…

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Part 3: Create a Blogging Website

In this segment of the course students create a blogging website called, Gaming with Grandma. By learning how to create a blogging website first, students get a feel for how a posts and pages work together in a website.

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Part 4: Create an E-Commerce Website

In this segment of the course students learn how to make an e-commerce website. The name of the website is Extreme Vacations. Learning how to make an e-commerce website is a very valuable skill in the freelancing marketplace.

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Part 5: Advanced Skills

There is a lot more to learn about WordPress. This section includes articles that cover specific topics you will run into with WordPress.

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Lesson 8

How to Add Additional CSS in the WordPress Customizer

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that is open source and highly customizable with a knowledge of CSS and how to add it in Customize -> Additional CSS. Many of my clients know WordPress well. A few of my clients know more about WordPress than I know! Since I know how to code and…

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Lesson 9

SEO 1-2-3: A Simple Explanation of how SEO works

Thinking of search engine optimization (SEO) through the eyes of your customer will help you understand how SEO works and improve SEO on your own website. Let’s step into the shoes of your customer. For example, let’s pretend you have a pet store and you sell axolotls. Your typical customer wants to buy an axolotl….

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Lesson 10

Keyword Strategy Tool

The most difficult part of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is deciding on the right keywords for your SEO copywriting. Before you begin copywriting, your first task is to find your keywords. Don’t know where to begin? We have created a Free Keyword Strategy Tool that you can use to develop your strategy. Keep reading to…

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Lesson 11

Planning Your E-Commerce Website

What you need to know before you hire a developer When you decide that you want to make an e-commerce website, there are a lot of decisions to be made. You need to know what you want to sell and be prepared to present your products to the world. In addition, you need to make…

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Lesson 13

Price Promotion Options with WooCommerce

There are many free price promotion options with WooCommerce, the plugin that is used in combination with WordPress for e-commerce. With WordPress and the WooCommerce plugin you are able to run an e-commerce website at a very low cost. WordPress and WooCommerce are both free. Without adding paid plugins to WooCommerce, you can run the…

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