The countdown is on. You have 24 hours to deliver a professional-looking website and you have no idea where to start. This course will give you the tools you need to get on track for your first site launch.
Building a website can be a daunting and scary task, especially if you've never done it before. WordPress can help make that task easier, but even so, all the settings and terminology can be confusing. This course will strip WordPress down to the basics, showing you what you need to know to get up and running quickly without having to worry about what every single setting does.
Chris is a freelance WordPress theme and plugin developer, one half of the design studio Arcane Palette Creative Design, lead developer of WordPress theme shop Museum Themes and Project Manager for the event management plugin Event Espresso. In his free time, he makes electronic music.
Setup So, you've got a fresh WordPress installation, now what? WordPress is one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use Content Management Systems around, but that doesn't mean it can't also be overwhelming to new users. In this module, we'll be taking a look at the WordPress Admin. There are a lot of parts and settings. I'm going to show you the things that you'll be using the most and the things that you'll want to make changes to right off the bat. For a more comprehensive look at the WordPress Admin and all other parts of WordPress, check out my course, Introduction to WordPress. One thing I see a lot when I'm working with people who aren't familiar with WordPress or have never used it before is trouble navigating back and forth between the Admin the frontend of your site, something you'll want to do pretty frequently in the beginning as you're setting things up, so I'll show you some quick tips for navigating your WordPress backend and frontend. I'll also walk you through some initial configuration and setup. We'll get rid of the default content that you get automatically with every new WordPress installation, and I'll show you the first 5 settings you'll want to change after installing WordPress. Last, I'm going to talk about updates. WordPress has a built-in update system for WordPress core updates, as well as plugin and theme updates. I'll talk about how this works and what you need to know to keep your site up-to-date, and why you should. Ready? Let's get started.
Publish You've got your site set up with everything you want and it looks great. There's only one problem, you have no content. In this module, I'll talk about different types of content, how to work with your content, how to add images, galleries, and other multimedia elements, and other content types like quotes and asides. But first, I'm going to show you how to hide your site behind an Under Construction or Maintenance Mode plugin or theme.
After You Go Live... A website is not a work of art that sits behind glass in a museum. After it's done, it's not set in stone. You can, and probably will, make changes constantly, such that your site becomes more of a malleable thing. Like wet clay, your site can be something that you're constantly working with and refining and it will probably never actually be fully done. In this module, I'll share some ideas for ways to extend the functionality for your site through plugins, adding social components, ecommerce, and more. We'll start by looking at some plugins you should be aware of when you start working with WordPress. These are some of the de facto plugins that people go to for the respective functions, so you can have a head start in knowing what's out there before you start searching for something. I'll also talk about ways to integrate social media onto your site, both allowing others to share your content, as well as sharing your content on your own networks. Finally, we'll talk about allowing other people to use your site, how you would go about granting access to other people, and what you should be aware of. During this process, we'll be taking a sidequest to talk about search engine optimization and the most important things you need to know for your site.