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Wordpress Fundamentals

Learn the basics of using and customizing a Wordpress website.

Upcoming Classes

Saint Paul, MN

  • Sep 19 - Sep 208:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Oct 28 - Oct 298:30am - 4:30pm$995Register

This course is also offered as a Private Training. Please contact us to customize and schedule your individual or group event.

Course Outline

Anatomy of a WordPress Install

  • The Basic Install
  • Moving the WordPress Install to a Different Directory
  • Hacking the Database
  • Backing Up
  • Switching Hosts
  • How to Make Your WordPress Install More Secure

The WordPress Syntax

  • WordPress and PHP
  • The WordPress Codex
  • About the WordPress Core
  • Themes and Template Files
  • Using the Template Tags
  • Conditional Tags

The Loop

  • Understanding the WordPress Loop
  • Using the Loop
  • Multiple Loops
  • Using Custom Fields
  • Getting More Comfortable with the Loop

WordPress Theme Essentials

  • Theme Basics
  • Walking Through the Notes Blog Theme
  • Understanding Template Files
  • Using functions.php
  • Understanding Widgets and When to Use Them
  • Making Comments Look Good
  • Adding Custom Fields
  • Developing a Core Theme 110
  • Releasing a Theme
  • Moving Onward with Themes

The Child Theme Concept

  • The Brilliance of Child Themes
  • The Flipside of Inheritance
  • Common Issues to Keep in Mind
  • Managing Several Sites Using Child Themes
  • What about Theme Frameworks?

Advanced Theme Usage

  • Outlining the Theme
  • Individual Styling Techniques
  • Fancy Custom Features
  • Mastering Action Hooks
  • Using Taxonomies
  • Theme Option Pages
  • Multiple Language Support
  • Conditional Design
  • Working with RSS Feeds
  • Basic SEO Implementations
  • Trimming WordPress on the Theme Side
  • Themes versus Plugins

Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin

  • Plugin Basics
  • Methods for Incorporating Your Plugins
  • Must-Have Functionality for Plugins
  • Adding Widget Support to Plugins
  • Plugin Considerations When Using the Database
  • Backward Compatibility for Plugins
  • Plugins and WordPress Multisites
  • Hosting Your Plugins on wordpress.org
  • A Final Word of Warning about Creating Plugins

Plugins or functions.php?

  • When to Use a Plugin
  • When to Use functions.php
  • Solve It with Child Themes
  • Planning for Extended Functionality in Your WordPress Site

Essential WordPress Plugins

  • Content-Focused Plugins
  • Media Plugins
  • Administrative Plugins
  • Spam and Comment Management Plugins
  • Social Networking Plugins
  • Subscription and Mobile Plugins
  • SEO and Search Plugins
  • Code and Output Plugins
  • A Final Caveat: Do You Really Need That Plugin?

Is WordPress the Right Choice for Your CMS?

  • WordPress CMS Checklist
  • Trimming WordPress to the Essentials
  • The Perfect Setup for a Simple Static Website
  • Doing More Than the Basics
  • Managing Menus
  • Custom Shortcodes
  • Integrating Non-WordPress Content
  • Don’t Forget to Include a Manual
  • A Final Word on Using WordPress as a CMS

Integrating the Social Web

  • Integrating Facebook/Twitter
  • Lifestreaming with WordPress
  • Getting Your Content Out via Social Web Submit buttons
  • Using a Hosted Comment Solution
  • Using Unifi ed Logins
  • The Importance of the Social Web

Design Trickery

  • Adding More Control Over Your Posts
  • Improving the Menu
  • Placing Ads Within the Loop
  • Creating 404s That Help the Visitor
  • Using JavaScript Libraries with WordPress
  • Making WordPress Your Own
  • Polishing Your WordPress Site

Fun with Images

  • Working with Image Galleries
  • Styling the Gallery
  • Randomizing Image Elements
  • Making the Most of Image-Sharing Services
  • Beware the Clutter

Extra Functionality

  • Tabbed Boxes
  • Displaying RSS Feeds
  • Sending e-Mail with WordPress
  • Adding a Login Form

Uncommon WordPress Usage

  • Working with User-Submitted Content
  • Using WordPress as an FAQ-like Knowledge Base
  • WordPress and E-Commerce
  • Building a Product Directory
  • Building a Links Site
  • Exploring the Gallery
  • Short and Sweet: Other Uses for WordPress