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

Plugins in WordPress are applications that integrate with the platform to add new features or enhance existing functionalities. They can range from simple interface tweaks to complex solutions for e-commerce, security, and performance optimization.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

  1. Accessing the Plugin Directory:

    • In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the ‘Plugins’ section and click on ‘Add New’.
    • You will be taken to the WordPress Plugin Directory, where you can browse or search for plugins.
  2. Installing a Plugin:

    • You can install a plugin by simply clicking the ‘Install Now’ button next to the plugin’s name.
    • After installation, you’ll need to activate the plugin by clicking the ‘Activate’ button.
  3. Uploading a Plugin:

    • For premium or third-party plugins not listed in the WordPress Plugin Directory, you can upload the plugin files.
    • Click the ‘Upload Plugin’ button at the top of the ‘Add New’ plugins page, select the plugin’s ZIP file, and then click ‘Install Now’.

Managing Installed Plugins

  1. Activating and Deactivating Plugins:

    • You can activate or deactivate plugins from the ‘Plugins’ page in your dashboard.
    • Deactivating a plugin turns it off without removing its settings, in case you want to use it again.
  2. Updating Plugins:

    • Regularly updating plugins is crucial for security and functionality. WordPress notifies you when updates are available.
    • To update a plugin, click the ‘Update Now’ link beneath the plugin’s name.
  3. Configuring Plugin Settings:

    • Many plugins add a new menu to your dashboard or an item to an existing menu where you can configure their settings.
  4. Uninstalling Plugins:

    • If you no longer need a plugin, it’s best to delete it to reduce security risks and declutter your site.
    • Deactivate the plugin first, then click ‘Delete’ to remove it completely from your site.

Best Practices for Plugin Management

  • Quality over Quantity: Avoid using too many plugins, as this can slow down your site and pose security risks.
  • Compatibility Checks: Ensure that plugins are compatible with your version of WordPress and with each other.
  • Regular Backups: Maintain regular backups of your site, especially before installing or updating plugins.
  • Review Ratings and Support: Check user ratings and reviews, and ensure plugins are regularly updated and supported by the developers.