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