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 create 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.

Day One will cover:

  • Introduction to WordPress
    • Glossary of terms
    • History and understanding of expansion from blogging to full site
    • Visitor vs. admin
    • Logging in - where to go
  • Getting around the WordPress Dashboard
    • Navigating the menu options
    • Customizing your Dashboard
    • Finding help and inline documentation
  • Publishing Your Content
    • Pages vs. posts
    • Creating pages
    • Parent/child pages
    • Page templates (different depending on theme)
    • Creating posts
    • Categories and Tags
  • Visual Editor
    • Reviewing the Tool Bar options
    • Copying from Word
    • Inserting images
    • Inserting links
  • Exploring Settings
    • Reading settings (creating a static home page and specifying a "page" that will show the blog)

Day Two will cover:

  • Appearance
    • Themes - finding them, installing them, and what to look out for in a theme
    • Widgets - what they are and a quick look at default widgets
    • Custom Menu
    • Theme-specific options

  • Plugins
    • What is a plugin?
    • How to find them, install them, and what to look out for
  • Comments and Spam (discussion)
    • Akismet - spam comment control
  • Links List - creating 'blogrolls'
  • Media (images, video, audio, PDFs)
    • Media settings under Settings
    • Cropping
  • Managing Users
    • User roles
    • Changing default 'admin'
    • Nicknames and publically displayed name
  • Security - a quick overview of importance of backing up, keeping updated

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.

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

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

Emily, 1/14/2014

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

Sara, 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

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

[The instructor was] easy to follow and understand.

Scott, 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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Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($149.00 for BDA members and $169.00 for non-members).

Registration Fees

BDA Members: $139.00

Non-Members: $159.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 5/9/2014. Standard registration fees for this program are $149.00 for members and $169.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

May 13, 2014 - May 15, 2014

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5/13/2014 | 6pm - 9pm
5/15/2014 | 6pm - 9pm

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June 25, 2014 - June 27, 2014

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6/25/2014 | 1pm - 4pm
6/27/2014 | 1pm - 4pm

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July 16, 2014 - July 18, 2014

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7/18/2014 | 1pm - 4pm

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August 12, 2014 - August 14, 2014

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8/14/2014 | 1pm - 4pm

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September 17, 2014 - September 19, 2014

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9/19/2014 | 1pm - 4pm

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October 21, 2014 - October 23, 2014

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10/21/2014 | 1pm - 4pm
10/23/2014 | 1pm - 4pm

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November 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014

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January 06, 2015 - January 08, 2015

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1/6/2015 | 1pm - 4pm
1/8/2015 | 1pm - 4pm

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