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

What You'll Learn

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-afternoon 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 WordPress installed yet, no worries! You can use our test installation.

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.


No computer is required for this class. Please feel free to bring your own laptop, or just listen along. Whatever style of learning works best for you! BDA can rent you an iMac computer (subject to availability) if you would like one, but it is not necessary for the class. If you have begun developing your own WordPress.org website already, make sure to bring your WordPress log-in information AND your web host/domain host log-in information & corresponding URL.

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. We do expect students to have a foundational knowledge & enough digital literacy to navigate their own computer, utilize search engines, and access their own files. This workshop is IDEAL for Non-Techie Folks.

This course is NOT about Coding/Developing:

We will not be getting into much code. If you are looking for a designer, development course, please see our other WordPress-specific classes taught by Angela Bowman. This course is NOT about building a website during class.

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, or 3rd party tools.

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, as well as web developers who need to train their clients.

Presented By 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.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $149.00

Non-Members: $169.00

Available Dates

June 24 - 26, 2019

In Boulder Location

Complete Schedule:
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 1pm - 4pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1pm - 4pm

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September 17 - 19, 2019

In Boulder Location

Complete Schedule:
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1PM - 4PM
Thursday, September 19, 2019 , 1PM - 4PM

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January 28 - 30, 2020

In Boulder Location

Complete Schedule:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6PM - 9PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6PM - 9PM

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Customer Comments

"great intro...friendly, knowledgeable," instructor.Emily
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Comments For: WordPress for Beginners - How to Run Your Own Site/Blog

I just want to say that what I found particularly helpful was the extra hour of personal instruction before class on the second day. And Bethany's handouts and links to resources were extremely helpful.Ann on 9/24/2018
Bethany is a great instructor! She provides lots of valuable info without overwhelming students. I walked away with confidence in my ability to maintain my own site.Janet on 9/23/2018
I learned a lot in the class and Bethany followed the agenda. She was kind enough to offer up more time to answer questions and make sure we were all following along.Carole on 9/21/2018
Excellent orientation to de-mystify WordPress and get me started on this new adventure. I will definitely sign up for more classes, BDA is a wonderful resource with high quality instruction and affordable prices!Debbie on 1/19/2018
Bethany is a fantastic instructor! She is very knowledgeable, organized and professional. She treated everyone with respect and answered all questions. She gave extra time beyond the class period to help folks with individual Wordpress or website questions. I will definitely take another course from her. Also, BDA is conveniently located and had plenty of parking. I found the staff (I met Donna) helpful, pleasant, and professional. Nice, comfortable classroom setting. Snacks and coffee were a welcomed treat. Thanks BDA!Annie on 7/21/2017
I got exactly what I wanted and needed from this class. Bethany is well-prepared, patient, thorough, and easy to follow. Thanks!Abigail on 7/23/2015
Good slides/resources, good pacing, positive tone, and good listening!Rosemary on 1/6/2015
Good entry class for understanding website creation. Bethany KNOWS HER STUFF!Martin on 1/6/2015
Bethany is great. She's very knowledgable and extremely approachable!John on 1/6/2015
Bethany is very patient, thorough, organized, and clear.Chris on 11/21/2014
The instructor was very intelligent and in the field.Kristina on 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 on 11/21/2014
Very easy to apply - demystified WordPress and site building - A lot of info yet easily digestible.Deborah on 10/24/2014
Tremendous. Invaluable.Jeff on 10/24/2014
Bethany is super nice & on top of the topic. Just what I needed.Tim on 10/24/2014
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.Cami on 10/24/2014
Bethany was engaging and easy to ask questions of.Lauri on 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 on 10/6/2014
The instructor was incredibly knowledgable and responsive.david on 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 on 6/30/2014
Bethany was great! Just what I needed to get started with WP.Dara on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 4/6/2014
"exactly what i needed...mike was great & excellent presenter." class could be "narrowed down..."Sara on 1/14/2014
"great intro...friendly, knowledgeable," instructor.Emily on 1/14/2014
"Bethany was great...very valuable...she was clean and down-to-earth..."Teresa on 1/9/2014
"Bethany is an amazing force of knowledge...goes the extra-mile...more helpful if broken down into sections."Melody on 1/9/2014
"1 on 1 advice was most helpful" from the instructor. Workshop "filled many gaps...increased confidence."eric on 1/9/2014
"exactly as described."anonymous on 1/9/2014
"not really" helpful "...slower than expected" instructor was "great."amy on 1/7/2014
liked instructor "very much."Satya on 1/7/2014
Our instructor, Bethany, was great — 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. on 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 on 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 on 10/22/2013
Great intro for a beginner (me).Anita on 9/11/2013
I'm new to Wordpress. This class explained it perfectly.Ray on 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 on 9/11/2013
Bethany was wonderful. She has a great teaching style.Audrey on 8/1/2013
Very friendly, helpful, explained material well, enjoyed handouts and links.Hannah on 8/1/2013
I really enjoyed Bethany's presentation style and delivery.Serge on 8/1/2013
Very knowledgeable, helpful allowed for questions, made sure you kept up with class.Maria on 8/1/2013
[The instructor was] easy to follow and understand.Scott on 6/13/2013
I think [Bethany] pointed out her hard-learned lessons and gave good examples.SuAnna on 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 on 6/13/2013
I attended Bethanys 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 on 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 on 5/9/2013
Fabulous instructor with an energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable teaching style.Suzanne on 4/9/2013
A good overview of what WordPress can do. Good pace, good knowledge, good resources.Sarah Paz on 3/14/2013
I am a true beginner and I could follow well and I learned what I needed to.Margaret on 1/9/2013
I learned a lot of practical steps. Very good instruction!Erika on 7/25/2012
I learned the details of managing my WordPress blog.Julio on 5/10/2012
I will use what I learned for three websites.Vivian on 3/15/2012
The instructor was very knowledgeable, easy to understand, and explained well.Ruth Roslyn on 3/15/2012
Bethany was great! Knowledgeable, helpful and patient.Linda on 10/27/2011
The instructor was great!!!Peter on 8/3/2011
The instructor was very helpful! I was very impressed with the facility, snacks, etc.Brenda on 8/3/2011
It rocked! I own my business and it helped!Jeff on 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 on 9/7/2010
Great overview of the basics of WordPress management.Michael on 9/7/2010
I learned more than I came for. Instructor was very sensitive to individual goals and questions.dana on 9/7/2010
Very great follow up from the Intro to Wordpress class.Chelsey on 5/18/2010
This class will not only help me better serve our clients, it will help me with my blog.Annie on 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 on 2/24/2010
Just started to use WP and felt clueless about managing it. Now I feel VERY comfortable!Annie on 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 on 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 on 7/14/2009
Knowledgeable & entertaining.Alex Miles on 2/19/2009
Right at my level & well-presented.Bob on 2/19/2009


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