Fall 2016 self-hosted WordPress Classes at Sierra College

Through my hands-on workshops, you can harness the power of the free, open-source WordPress software to host, build and design your own website and take control of your online presence.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced website developer, I can take you through the process of registering a domain name, purchasing hosting, installing WordPress securely, backing up your site, keeping it secure and choosing a reliable theme and plugins to give your site the functionality you need to accomplish your internet marketing goals.

WordPress Level I: Thursdays, September 15-October 6, 6:30-9pm

Course Description: Learn the pros and cons of using the self-hosted version of WordPress to build a website as well as register a domain name, purchase web hosting and install WordPress correctly and securely on a shared hosting server. Bring a credit/debit card and at least three domain name choices (i.e. www.mydomain.com) for your website. Then building upon Session 1, students will learn about security and backups and installing a premium theme and core plugins in Session 2. Session 3 will cover adding a navigation menu, editing content and adding a video from YouTube. Also, students will learn how to customize a child theme for custom styling. In Session 4, add social sharing buttons, contact forms and stats, and sync blog posts with prominent social media website profiles.

Bring your wifi capable laptop or use the Mac in the Sierra College computer lab (tablets are not ideal devices for website development). Upon completion, students will have a working self-hosted WordPress website to continue building upon during WordPress Level 2. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet skills, web browsing, word processing, email and password management. Please bring: a credit/debit card and your login for your primary email account. I also recommend that you take my free e-course as a complement to this class.

Session 1: Intro. to WordPress, buy domain name & hosting, install WordPress, core settings
Session 2: Backups & Security, install and customize a theme, block spam
Session 3: Custom menus, format content, add video, theme customizer
Session 4: Integrate your blog with Social Media, Contact Forms and Stats

Word Press Level 2: Thursdays, October 13-November 3, 6:30-9pm

Course Description:  Install and setup up the iThemes Builder theme, install and setup an SEO plugin to optimize search engine results, connect an email list (such as MailChimp, AWeber or WordPress.com), integrate with Google Analytics, setup a basic shopping cart and other advanced topics upon request. Bring your wifi capable laptop. Students must have completed Level 1 in order to take Level 2. Prerequisites: WordPress Level 1 (or equivalent), basic computer and internet skills, web browsing, word processing, email and password management. I also recommend that you take my Level 2 and Level 3 e-courses as complements to this class.

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Session 1: iThemes Builder, Email Marketing
Session 2: SEO & Google Analytics
Session 3: WooCommerce Shopping Cart
Session 4: Advanced topics upon request from Level 2 students

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