How to Make a WordPress Site in 21 Days

Though it began as a blogging platform, WordPress now powers everything from personal pages to campaign websites to major news portals. Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to build a website, you’ll learn how to use WordPress in these daily lessons on how to use WordPress. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

Can’t wait for the rest of the lessons? Want all the steps to build your first WordPress blog in one handy download? You can get a PDF download of 21 Days to Your First WordPress Blog at MyDesignShop.com now. Each day includes one action item to take care of, along with helpful tips for navigating WordPress. It includes all the steps to make your first WordPress blog, plus screenshots and resources for learning web design.

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Learn WordPress

Need more help with your WordPress website or blog? Get expert advice on how to use WordPress in Jesse Friedman’s HOW U course: 28 Days to Your First WordPress Site. The four-week class for beginners includes helpful videos and hands-on advice on tasks including domain hosting and custom builds. In just 28 days, you’ll learn about WordPress server requirements and hosting, customization, resources available inside and outside of the WordPress community, functionality—and at the end you’ll have a site of your own.

Advanced WordPress

HOW Design University Advanced WordPress classIf your WordPress skills are more advanced, consider taking Jesse Friedman’s Advanced WordPress HOW U course. You’ll learn how to develop WordPress template files, best practices for WordPress theming and get into dynamic sidebar creation. Students should have taken 28 Days to Your First WordPress Site first, or have prior WordPress experience. A good understanding of HTML, CSS and some JavaScript is necessary to take this course.

 

 

Responsive WordPress

HOW Design University Responsive  WordPress classIn this course you’ll learn how to manage and maintain a responsive WordPress website. WordPress guru Jesse Friedman will teach you about responsive web design best practices, technology and how to design dynamic and responsive WordPress sites using pre-made themes. You’ll also learn how to implement tools and strategies that will give you and your clients greater control over content.


WordPress Video Tutorial

Jesse Friedman shows you the specific advantages and sticking points that come with using WordPress in the DesignCast Designing for WordPress: What you need to know to create amazing websites. You’ll learn:

  • What WordPress can do
  • How featured images can work for you
  • How to build custom menus, post types, fields and values
  • Whether WordPress is the best CMS for your web project


What is WordPress?

WordPress is a robust, user-friendly content management system that powers more than 70 million websites. More than a fifth of all new websites created this year will be powered by WordPress—and it already powers more than 14% of the top 1 million websites. You can build everything from a simple blog to a Fortune 500 company website if you know how to leverage the tools available through system.

About Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman built his first website in 1999. Today, he’s a professor at Johnson & Wales University and the lead developer at Neal Advertising, where he builds web environments powered by WordPress. Jesse is passionate about the WordPress community and contributes online as a developer and offline as an organizer of WordPress meetups and as a speaker at conferences. Follow him on Twitter @professor.