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WordPress Fundamentals (Two-day class)

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Class Description

Get the practical experience necessary to design a WordPress site or blog which is both highly-usable and visually impactful. Learn about widgets, plug-ins, content and menus, best practices, and more.

- Ability to write HTML code.
- Some familiarity with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Topics include:
Getting Started with WordPress
- Set up a WordPress site and connect it to a database
- Use the installer tool to install WordPress
- Navigate the Dashboard and set default content
- Upgrade WordPress to take advantage of expanded features

Work with Settings and Accounts
- Specify WordPress settings for writing, reading, discussions, and media
- Handle permalinks effectively and efficiently
- Configure administrative accounts and manage user accounts

Set Up a WordPress Theme
- Overview of the default WordPress theme
- Select a new theme and tweek it with the customizer tool
- Customize a theme using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
- Create custom headers and backgrounds
- Create and add favicon

Add Widgets and Plug-ins
- Differentiate between widgets and plug-ins
- Add, activate and update plug-ins
- Learn how to use pre-built widgets

Work with Content and Menus
- Add and edit pages and posts
- Learn how to setup and use categories
- Add tags and discover other ways to add content
- Set up, add and edit menus

Media and Comments
- Use the media library to embellish the user experience
- Create and manage custom image galleries
- What to understand about audio and video files
- Enable, disable and moderate comments
- Prevent comment spam with the Akismet tool

Best Practices in WordPress
- Promote organic hits with search engine optimization
- Increase loading speed and evaluate site traffic
- Back up your data and files
- Set up a site map for more efficient navigation
- Prevent comment spam with the Akismet tool

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Additionally, some of these programs are open to interested individuals not affiliated with Stanford, allowing for broader community engagement and learning opportunities.