WordPress for Beginners - How to Run Your Own Site/Blog

Characteristics Of This Class:

If you want an easy, powerful way to update your website/blog, you want WordPress, a flexible, highly customizable content management system (CMS)! Once you have WordPress installed on your web host, you need to learn how to add and manage content on your website.

If you've finished installing WordPress (or had a web developer do it for you), this two-night workshop will teach you the ins and outs of the WordPress interface so you'll be comfortable updating your site on your own.

And if you don't have it install yet, no worries, you can play with a test version shared with the other class participants.

Though this is a lecture style workshop, the instructor provides a test site for the class to follow along on - and maybe even play around on for 2-weeks following the class.

Bring your laptop, or just listen along. Whatever style of learning works best for you!

Who Is This Class Designed To Help?

People who will be adding and managing content on a WordPress site, and web developers who need to train their clients.

This workshop is IDEAL for Non-techie Folks:

Website Owners/Content Managers who need to add content (copy, images, videos) to their site. You will learn about the powerful tools associated with making WordPress easy to use.

This course is NOT about Coding/Developing:

We will not be getting in to much code - if you are looking for a designer, development course, see other courses taught at BDA, including a WordPress specific one taught by Angela Bowman.

Though we do hope this workshop is right for you!

The focus is on WordPress.ORG.

If you happen to be using WordPress.com, you can still learn from this class, but you are using a more limited version of WordPress. You will not be able to use plugins, scripts, and 3rd party tools.

Come join us for this fun overview of what makes WordPress one of the most popular tools for running your own website.

Class Agenda

Day One will cover:

  • Introduction to WordPress
    • Glossary of terms
    • Suggestions for Hosting Service Providers
    • Quick sample of a WordPress 1-click install option
    • Getting around the Admin Section of WordPress
    • Logging in - where to go
    • Best Practices for User Name and Passwords
    • Customizing your Dashboard
    • Finding help and inline documentation
  • Adding Your Content
    • Visual Editor Tools
    • Visual vs. Text viewing
    • Inserting external and internal links
  • Publish Section
    • Previewing before going live
    • Save Draft, Publish, and Schedule
    • Parent/child pages
    • Page templates (different depending on theme)
  • Adding Your Images and Video
    • Best Practices
    • Uploading/Inserting images
    • Title, caption, alt text and descriptions
    • Align, link to and size
    • Cropping, rotating and flipping
    • Simple gallery option
    • Uploading vs. Embedding Videos
  • Pages vs. posts
    • How posts differ from pages
    • Adding a post
    • Categories and Tags
  • Action Step Ideas

Day Two will cover:

  • Widgets
    • What are they
    • How to add them
  • Plugins
    • What is a plugin?
    • How to find them, install them, & what to look out for
    • Jetpack and my must-have plugins
  • Security
    • A quick overview of why to back up, keep updated
  • Appearance
    • Custom Menu
    • Themes, themes, themes
      • Default themes
      • Looking for themes - what's important
      • Where to find free and paid (premium) themes
      • How to install and activate themes
      • Why to pay for a theme
      • Theme-specific options
  • Action Step Ideas

Other WordPress Workshops at BDA:

Who Should Take This:

People who will be creating and managing content on a WordPress site, and web developers who need to train their clients.

Bethany Siegler

Bethany Siegler

Bethany Siegler of UniqueThink helps build your complete online presence and find cost-effective marketing solutions. Bethany has created online marketing campaigns for musical artists as distinct as Frank Black (Pixies) and David Wilcox, software developers as diverse as Wild Divine and OfficeTime, and local independent businesses like The Video Station and Boulder Weekly. She has represented major corporations like SONY and Budweiser, yet prefers to find solutions for smaller companies, often by building sustainable websites and blogs in WordPress.

The instructor was very intelligent and in the field.

Kristina, 11/21/2014

The instructor was very clear and well prepared. She answered individual questions or referred to resources/classes if it was too in-depth.

anonymous, 11/21/2014

Bethany is very patient, thorough, organized, and clear.

Chris, 11/21/2014

This was a great class! I would 100% recommend it to anyone new to WordPress. The class was well-paced and the instructor, Bethany, provided very useful notes and resources to help users get started.

Emily, 10/24/2014

Very easy to apply - demystified WordPress and site building - A lot of info yet easily digestible.

Deborah, 10/24/2014

Tremendous. Invaluable.

Jeff, 10/24/2014

Bethany is super nice & on top of the topic. Just what I needed.

Tim, 10/24/2014

Bethany was engaging and easy to ask questions of.

Lauri, 10/21/2014

I took this class with Bethany a few weeks ago. It was well organized, thorough, and provided an OUTSTANDING foundation to WP - I would highly recommend it.

karen, 10/6/2014

The instructor was incredibly knowledgable and responsive.

david, 9/17/2014

Great course. Very valuable and useful for anyone from beginner to intermediate. Bethany did a great job of addressing everyone's questions and her handouts alone were worth the price of admissions. I would highly recommend this course.

Joelle, 6/30/2014

Bethany was great! Just what I needed to get started with WP.

Dara, 6/25/2014

I'll be building sites for several clients & this course helped create a strong base. My family has worked with Bethany in the past & she lived up to my expectations.

Meghan, 6/25/2014

I really enjoyed this class. Even though I am a web designer and front end developer I found this class very useful in getting a high-level view of the capabilities of the software and how best to use it in my toolkit. The instructor did a good job answering my technical questions and encouraged me to reach out after class for additional guidance.

John, 5/16/2014

I really enjoyed this class. Bethany was great at really making us feel comfortable in the wordpress admin area. She showed me some tools that I had not been using and gave me some tips on ways to ensure websites I am involved with have better security, backups and updates.

Tanya, 4/12/2014

This class is great for people coming from a wide variety of perspectives. Whether you are a small business owner looking to put together or maintain your own site, a marketer looking for a great tool to have in helping your clients, or a designer looking to add to your software knowledge. I am print designer who has taken several web design/development courses. While this is neither a design-oriented class nor one that delves into modifying the code, I found it extremely helpful. WordPress seems to be a great tool for getting sites up quickly and modifying them as far as you wish to take them.

Greg, 4/7/2014

One of the best classes I've taken at BDA - Bethany is an awesome instructor. I learned so much more than I expected to.

Marlisa, 4/6/2014

"exactly what i needed...mike was great & excellent presenter." class could be "narrowed down..."

Sara, 1/14/2014

"great intro...friendly, knowledgeable," instructor.

Emily, 1/14/2014

"Bethany was great...very valuable...she was clean and down-to-earth..."

Teresa, 1/9/2014

"Bethany is an amazing force of knowledge...goes the extra-mile...more helpful if broken down into sections."

Melody, 1/9/2014

"1 on 1 advice was most helpful" from the instructor. Workshop "filled many gaps...increased confidence."

eric, 1/9/2014

"exactly as described."

anonymous, 1/9/2014

"not really" helpful "...slower than expected" instructor was "great."

amy, 1/7/2014

liked instructor "very much."

Satya, 1/7/2014

Our instructor, Bethany, was great â€" very patient and informative in what amounts to a vast amount of subject matter that is barely getting touched upon in 6 hours. I feel that I now have a good grasp of all the WP offerings and features, and that I can confidently go where this man has never … well, you get the idea. Many thanks to Bethany and BDA for a great, worthwhile experience!

Robert S., 10/24/2013

This was a valuable workshop for me as it introduced most of the components I need to manage a WordPress site. And I really enjoyed this instructor.

Jackson, 10/22/2013

I am new to digital communication and this class saved me the time and frustration of sitting through online forums!!! Our instructor was so patient and thorough!

Sarah, 10/22/2013

Great intro for a beginner (me).

Anita, 9/11/2013

I'm new to Wordpress. This class explained it perfectly.

Ray, 9/11/2013

Exactly what I needed. I already had a Wordpress site I had set up, but since I stumbled through it myself, I had a lot of 'black holes' in my knowledge. Bethany's class was just the ticket to fill them in.

Daniel, 9/11/2013

Bethany was wonderful. She has a great teaching style.

Audrey, 8/1/2013

Very friendly, helpful, explained material well, enjoyed handouts and links.

Hannah, 8/1/2013

I really enjoyed Bethany's presentation style and delivery.

Serge, 8/1/2013

Very knowledgeable, helpful allowed for questions, made sure you kept up with class.

Maria, 8/1/2013

[The instructor was] easy to follow and understand.

Scott, 6/13/2013

I think [Bethany] pointed out her hard-learned lessons and gave good examples.

SuAnna, 6/13/2013

I needed to learn the basics - this class was very helpful. The instructor taught at a great pace and did a great job of answering questions. I would recommend her to my friends and co-workers.

Matt, 6/13/2013

I attended Bethany's beginning WordPress class this week and thought it was great! She covered a lot of ground, which I appreciated, and explained it very clearly. I highly recommend it as a good overview of this tool.

France, 5/9/2013

Whoo! On FIRE!! It clicked!! Like a fuel injection engine. I learned SO much for immediate benefit to 1) my new creative project, 2) my current job, and 3) I now feel able to get REALLY hands-on creating websites for potential future clients (freelance) and/or friends and family!! Yesss! Bethany is SO tolerant, generous, thorough, patient, and absolutely BRILLIANT. I really admire her and learn so much in her classes. She is a great educator and super good with people!

Nadia Eve, 5/9/2013

Fabulous instructor with an energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable teaching style.

Suzanne, 4/9/2013

A good overview of what WordPress can do. Good pace, good knowledge, good resources.

Sarah Paz, 3/14/2013

I am a true beginner and I could follow well and I learned what I needed to.

Margaret, 1/9/2013

I learned a lot of practical steps. Very good instruction!

Erika, 7/25/2012

I learned the details of managing my WordPress blog.

Julio, 5/10/2012

I will use what I learned for three websites.

Vivian, 3/15/2012

The instructor was very knowledgeable, easy to understand, and explained well.

Ruth Roslyn, 3/15/2012

Bethany was great! Knowledgeable, helpful and patient.

Linda, 10/27/2011

The instructor was great!!!

Peter, 8/3/2011

The instructor was very helpful! I was very impressed with the facility, snacks, etc.

Brenda, 8/3/2011

It rocked! I own my business and it helped!

Jeff, 5/19/2011

Thanks for a great class! As a newbie to WordPress, the WordPress - Managing Content class gave me the confidence to dive in and explore all the options.

Betty, 9/7/2010

Great overview of the basics of WordPress management.

Michael, 9/7/2010

I learned more than I came for. Instructor was very sensitive to individual goals and questions.

dana, 9/7/2010

Very great follow up from the Intro to Wordpress class.

Chelsey, 5/18/2010

This class will not only help me better serve our clients, it will help me with my blog.

Annie, 5/18/2010

I've used ModX CMS - very similar - so I found this familiar and easy to follow the way Bethany presented. Lots of great tips/shortcuts & how-tos offered and demonstrated.

Alyson, 2/24/2010

Just started to use WP and felt clueless about managing it. Now I feel VERY comfortable!

Annie, 11/19/2009

Great introduction for Developers looking to offer an inexpensive CMS to clients. The support doesn't end when the class does - Angela has sent several follow-up emails with even more information!

Mary, 7/15/2009

I learned a great deal about how to apply WordPress to my personal and freelance web development efforts. The included PowerPoint was a wealth of well organized knowledge that was easy to understand and consolidated.

Ryan, 7/14/2009

Knowledgeable & entertaining.

Alex Miles, 2/19/2009

Right at my level & well-presented.

Bob, 2/19/2009

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