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.
- Day 1: Signing Up
- Day 2: Navigating WordPress
- Day 3: Setting up a Domain
- Day 4: Adding Users
- Day 5: Choosing a Theme
- Day 6: Installing Your Theme
- Day 7: Customizing Your Theme
- Day 8: Site Planning
- Day 9: Organizing Your Posts
- Day 10: Writing Your First Post
- Day 11: Comments and Discussions
- Day 12: Creating Pages
- Day 13: Navigation and Menus
- Day 14: Widgets and Sidebars
- Day 15: Plugins and Addons
- Day 16: Installing Your First Plugins
- Day 17: Plugin Best Practices
- Day 18: WordPress Settings
- Day 19: Reading and Writing Settings
- Day 20: Permalinks
- Day 21: WordPress Community
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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.
In 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.