Course Content
What is WordPress?
History and Evolution WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
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Why WordPress?
Popularity and Community Versatility in Web Development Case Studies: Examples of WordPress Sites
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Setting Up a WordPress Site
Domain Registration and Hosting Solutions Installing WordPress
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Dashboard Overview
Navigating the WordPress Dashboard User Roles and Permissions
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Posts vs Pages
Creating and Editing Posts Adding and Managing Pages
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Media Management
Uploading and Managing Media Files Best Practices for Media Optimization
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Themes and Templates
Choosing the Right Theme Customizing Themes
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Plugins
Essential Plugins for Beginners Installing and Managing Plugins
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Basic SEO for WordPress
SEO Plugins and Tools On-Page SEO Best Practices
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Analytics and Performance
Integrating Google Analytics Monitoring Site Performance
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WordPress in the Medical Marketing Field
Tailoring WordPress for Client Needs Case Studies: Successful WordPress Sites in Medical Marketing
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Security and Maintenance
Keeping WordPress Secure Regular Maintenance Tasks
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Hands-On Session
Building a Simple WordPress Site Applying What We've Learned
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WordPress Essentials for Beginners
About Lesson

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and manage your website through a user-friendly interface. It’s highly customizable, with thousands of themes and plugins that make it possible to create virtually any type of website.

Step 1: Planning Your Site

  • Define Your Purpose: Determine the primary goal of your website. Is it to share information, showcase a portfolio, or sell products?
  • Sketch a Layout: Plan the basic layout of your site, including essential pages like Home, About, Contact, Blog, etc.

Step 2: Setting Up WordPress

  1. Choose a Hosting Provider and Domain Name:

    • Select a reliable hosting provider. Many offer easy WordPress installation.
    • Choose a domain name that reflects your website’s purpose and is easy to remember.
  2. Install WordPress:

    • Most hosting providers offer a one-click WordPress installation. Follow the instructions provided by your host to install WordPress.

Step 3: Selecting a WordPress Theme

  • Choose a Theme: WordPress themes dictate the visual appearance of your site. Select a theme that fits the style and functionality you need. There are thousands of free and premium themes available.
  • Customize Your Theme: Use the WordPress Customizer to personalize your theme. You can change colors, fonts, and layout settings.

Step 4: Adding Content to Your Site

  1. Create Basic Pages:

    • Start by creating essential pages like Home, About, Contact, etc.
    • In the WordPress dashboard, go to ‘Pages’ > ‘Add New’ to create each page.
  2. Add a Blog (Optional):

    • If you want a blog, WordPress automatically creates a blog page where your posts will appear.
    • Create posts by going to ‘Posts’ > ‘Add New’.

Step 5: Enhancing Functionality with Plugins

  • Install Necessary Plugins: Plugins extend the functionality of your WordPress site. For a simple site, consider plugins for SEO (like Yoast SEO), security (like Wordfence), and performance (like WP Super Cache).

Step 6: Configuring Basic Settings

  • Set Permalinks: Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Permalinks’ to set your URL structure. The ‘Post name’ option is usually the best for SEO and readability.
  • Configure General Settings: Set your site title, tagline, and timezone under ‘Settings’ > ‘General’.

Step 7: Previewing and Going Live

  • Preview Your Site: Make sure to preview your site and check functionality on different devices.
  • Launch Your Site: Once you’re satisfied, it’s time to make your site public. Your hosting provider will typically provide instructions on how to go live.