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WordPress for Website Owners

WordPress powers a large percentage of websites in the world. From business and e-commerce sites to blogs and community sites. Owning a WordPress site lets you easily edit your content and extend the functionality and design of your site. In this project we will cover all of the basics of getting a site, managing it, and growing your community. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work through our live example WordPress site to practice and demonstrate what you learn. Upon completion of the course you will feel comfortable owning your WordPress site so you can focus more on your goals for having it.

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Getting a WordPress Site

Getting a WordPress Site

Hosting companies that support WordPress make it easy to install and get up and running with a WordPress in just a few clicks. While you can setup a site on your own, more commonly, web site owners work with a WordPress developer to design and build their sites. Over the course of the next few videos we will examine the pros and cons of the most common ways of getting a WordPress site.

Adding and Editing Content

Adding and Editing Content

Content lies at the heart of your website. Learning how to manage posts, pages and custom posts will likely take up the majority of your time while logged into WordPress. The process is quite simple and once you learn the admin navigation and basic options for content fields you’ll be all set.

Working with Media in WordPress

Working with Media in WordPress

Media makes as much if not more of an impact on visitors as text. Often WordPress sites have images or videos as the primary type of content being displayed. WordPress lets you upload media to your site as well as embed or link to media hosted elsewhere, like on YouTube or Pinterest. WordPress also offers some built in tools for editing images that we will look at.

WordPress Community Management

WordPress Community Management

The people who visit or and interact with your site are your community. There is a lot you can do to encourage a happy and interactive community around your WordPress site. In this section we will look at the technical capabilities WordPress has for allowing users to interact on your site. We will also look at how to setup website analytics on your site to better understand your community behavior.

Owning a WordPress Site Long Term

Owning a WordPress Site Long Term

When you own a website, it’s important to think about how the site will serve you and your community in the long term. To do this you want to have clear goals for your site that you can monitor and assess over time. You will also want to keep the content fresh and the look and feel up to date. Finally, you will want to set yourself up so that when you don’t understand something related to WordPress you know where to turn to find the answer yourself or get help from the right WordPress professional.

Instructor

  • Zac Gordon

    Zac is the WordPress teacher at Treehouse. He has an extensive background in web design and WordPress education, having taught and help run college and high school web programs. You can often find him attending and speaking at local WordCamp meetups.

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