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okay so I just subscribed to treehouse and I started the track for wordpress, however, this is soooo weird. when I started the track for wordpress it said that I dont need any knowledge of programming however, the guy zac then says that he will assume after video # 2 that we already know what links and other word press things are and he said that you need to complete course from the library called "wordpress for owners". okay, so my question is how should I learn on treehouse? should I complete the track first or the courses in the library? and what is the difference between the track and the courses in the library?

Hayden Taylor
Hayden Taylor
5,076 Points

What did you come to learn on treehouse.

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almost everything team treehouse has to offer however, my immediate need is to learn wrodpress and the reason for this is because is that I am part of a club at my university and I need to update their website. their website sucks and its on wordpress, so I was thinking maybe treehouse would allow me impress the people who use the website on a daily basis and possibly get a promotion next year. I want to totally edit the theme of the website and change its outlook. the domain of the webiste is http://www.wlumsa.com

Hayden Taylor
Hayden Taylor
5,076 Points

I wouldn't recommend starting with wordpress. It might be better for you to start with Web Design or Front-end Development.

And that website could be worse lol

will I be able to work on the website(i.e improve it) even without the knowledge of word press? and could you answer my question about the difference between the tracks and the courses in the library and how to I access the code challenges and quizzes?

Hayden Taylor
Hayden Taylor
5,076 Points

I depends what you mean by improve the site.

I would start here: WordPress for Website Owners can be found in the library.

Then move into Web Design track or Front-end Development Track.

Because... the first course will give you experience with updating and managing a wordpress website (this is probably only valuable if the website is currently running wordpress)

Now wanting to improve a website kinda means understanding how it works and learning how to build them. This also includes designing them. What I am trying to say is its going to take a long time and your best bet would be to complete both tracks.

As for the difference between them.... Tracks are stringed together courses. A track is made of many courses. The course option allows you to explore different areas well in another track. Now honestly I think courses are there for bonus stuff not covered in the tracks and to give experienced users the choice to search for what they want to use rather then start from the beginning each time.

Courses and tracks both have code challenges and quizzes as you progress through each lesson. ( I can't speak for every track or course because I have not taken them but im sure there is at least quizzes in all of them). And really you will discover all this if you just start a track and progress through it.

and thanks a lot for the help

Aisha Blake
Aisha Blake
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Okay, so in order to complete the "How to Make a Website with WordPress" project, you really don't need to know any programming. If you just follow the videos, you'll be able to make a website with WordPress. The features of the admin panel that you'll need are very intuitive anyway (and you'll see where he clicks). After that initial course and before you really delve into anything too advanced, you'll go through "How to Make a Website". This will take you through the basics of HTML and CSS as well as covering the practical details you need to know like how to serve up your website so people can see it.

Personally, I like going through the tracks because I always feel prepared for what comes next. Treehouse makes sure I've at least gone through any prerequisites before I take on something new. That being said, some tracks are definitely more specialized and more advanced than others. If you don't know what links are, you might be better served starting with the Web Design track.

edit: Sorry, I got distracted in the middle of writing this and Hayden said a lot of what I'd meant to convey (and more). Definitely just dive in somewhere (sounds like Web Design or Front-end Web Development would be good choices) and start learning! Ask any questions that pop up along the way here in the forum and I think you'll be surprised how quickly your skills improve.

Thanks a lot for all the help in answering my questions