Getting your site ready to “go live”. Customizations, plugins, updates and backups.
Share your site with classmates by posting it in a comment to this page.
Customizing your Themes/Plugins
Use the editor within the dashboard or ftp (file transfer protocol) or hire a programmer or graphic designer. There is a lot of expertise available at a reasonable price. With your knowledge of WordPress you will be able to communicate your needs to your contractor.
In this session Students will get their hosted sites up and running, moving content from phylliserck.net to their own domains. They will learn how to install plugins and themes on their own hosted wordpress sites.
Look at the themes that students are using to see what type of configuration options they offer.
Look at how the widget areas change from theme to theme.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
The core of what defines the design in a Theme. User can edit to fine tune. Changes will be over written when theme is updated. Need to create a child theme. See the advanced WordPress class for how to do this.
To customize your Dashboard with additional features such as the “Discussion” settings to allow the disabling of Comments.
Lab time to answer individual questions about sites so far.
In this class the student will begin to create websites on wordpress.com. A thorough introduction to the WordPress dashboard including page/past editor, menus, appearance and general settings. domain name, sub-domain
Demonstration of live websites showing the wide variety of ways it’s currently being used. This demonstration will help to stimulate the creative side of the brain as the student begins the process of planning their website. An overview of the current state-of-the-art social networking environment to show how free tools such as Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr may be integrated into WordPress website to leverage this powerful marketing engine.
Your website is part of the bigger picture which is your Web Presence. In this class we discuss the importance of of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how to leverage blogging and Social Networking tools to create organic search results. We’ll also learn how to use WordPress Plugins to help with your website placement with Search Engines.
Search the internet for websites in your same market looking at the type of content that are on these sites and how it is organized. Also, note any cool functionality (like the free campsites map) that you might eventually want to add to your website.
Post a comment onthis class webpage with your website menu items.
e.g. Home, About, Contact, Products, Photos
Surf the internet looking at the overall design of websites that appeal to your taste. Collect links to 3 sites that you like.
Browse WordPress Theme Library – Collect names of 3 themes that you like and note why.
Post a comment on this class webpage with links to the sites and/or themes you like and an explanation of what you like about them.
Begin to draft the Content for your website Sections. These will be Pages in WordPress.
Collect at least one image for your website of you or your products or services
Change is challenging – try to go with the flow
Don’t be afraid of breaking things. Explore and let your imagination go.