Introduction to WordPress

WordPress is a platform for running websites.  Begun as a blogging platform, WordPress is currently the worlds most popular CMS (Content Management System), being the basis of over 25% of websites.

This introductory course is the foundation for creating and maintaining a successful website.  We look at prelaunch considerations such as finding a host, the structure of your site, and its functionality.  There is a detailed overview of the WordPress interface, setting up and keeping your installation up to date, and an exploration of security and search engine optimisation.

The course offers methods to build and customise your site. Topics explored include: Pages vs. Posts, formatting text, adding images, sound and video, customising the look and feel of your site, and adding functionality through plugins and widgets.

While no previous coding experience is required to attend this course, an understanding of basic HTML & CSS is helpful. It is suitable for people who wish to start a new site or have been given the responsibility of running an existing site.

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Professionally written and approved courseware

Free course refreshers and workshop days

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Course outline - WHAT you’ll learn

Introduction to WordPress

  • What is a CMS?
  • Background & Capabilities
  • Planning your site
  • Examples of WordPress-powered sites
  • Posts vs. Pages
  • Plug-ins vs. Widgets
  • Other common terminology

Tour of the WordPress Dashboard

  • Settings & Navigating the Dashboard
  • Moving, hiding, adding, and removing widget panels
  • Updates – Increments vs. full versions
  • At A Glance
  • Quick Draft
  • Recent Comments

Configuring Settings

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalink

Managing Accounts

  • WordPress User Accounts
  • Configuring Your Account


  • Adding a new user
  • Removing the default admin user
  • Keep it up to date
  • Passwords & Password Managers
  • Akismet
  • JetPack
  • Security Plugins
  • Backing up Site Data and Files

Adding Content

  • Adding & Editing Posts
  • Adding & Editing Pages
  • Setting up Categories
  • Using Tags
  • Links & Linking


  • Exporting & Importing Site Content

Working with Media Content

  • Using the Media Library
  • Uploading & Managing Audio Files
  • Uploading & Managing Video Files

Managing Comments

  • Comment Considerations
  • Enabling and Disabling Comments
  • Moderating Comments


  • Themes
  • Customize
  • Widgets
  • Menus
  • Header
  • Background

Free and Premium Themes

  • Elements to consider when choosing a theme
  • Installing a free theme
  • Adding menus to the new theme
  • Adding widgets to the new theme
  • Child Themes

Introduction to Plugins

  • Plugin considerations
  • Finding, installing, activating, and maintaining plugins
  • TinyMCE
  • Child Theme Creators

Next Steps

  • Local testing
  • Basic HTML in the Text Editor
  • Basic SEO
  • Finding help – the WordPress Codex

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