WordPress Web Development
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In this introductory session we go over what WordPress is and what it can do. At the end of the session you should be prepared to continue with the other sessions, which go into more depth in how WordPress works and what it can and can’t do.
How Content Management Systems Work
Content Management Systems like WordPress let you build and manage websites without having to interact with the code that is doing all of the work behind the scenes. When you understand how Content Management Systems work, you can see why they are such popular tools for building and maintaining websites. In this session we go illustrate how CMS work.
When and Why to Use WordPress?
In this session we go over the reasons for using WordPress on your next project. We start with explaining how to make sure that WordPress will work with your content and then explain how to search for plugins or themes that can give you the functionality you need.
When is WordPress Not the Best Solution?
It is important when determining whether or not to use WordPress for a project that you understand when WordPress is not a good solution for your project. In this session we go over some instances of when WordPress would not likely serve as the best solution.
Introduction to Local WordPress Development
In this session we talk about the two ways you can install WordPress, on your computer or online. We also go into the pros and cons of each way and introduce the application DesktopServer to help setup WordPress locally on our computers.
How to Install XAMPP on a PC
In this video we walk through how to download and install XAMPP which is a local development enviornment
Installing WordPress with XAMPP
In this video we walk through launching XAMPP Server and installing a copy of WordPress.
The WordPress Setup Wizard
In this session we walk through the WordPress setup wizard that we have to fill out in order to finish installing WordPress.
Logging In to a WordPress Site
To login to the admin area on most WordPress sites you can add /wp-admin to the end of your site URL. In this video we go over how to login to your WordPress site.
Default Content in WordPress
WordPress comes with two types of default content: Posts and Pages. In this video we introduce these two types of content and discuss their similarity and differences.
Pages in WordPress
In this video we look at how to add and edit pages in WordPress as well as choose custom templates if they are available.
Posts in WordPress
Now that we have looked at how to work with pages in WordPress let’s take a look at how to work with posts.
Categories and Tags in WordPress
When you work with posts in WordPress you can provide categories and tags to help group related posts on your site together. Categories are high level, generic ways of grouping posts and tags are specific, more unique ways of identifying topics the post relates to.
An Introduction to Media in WordPress
In this session we do a big picture overview of how to work with Media in WordPress, how it can be added, edited and inserted into pages.
Adding Images to a Post or Page
In this session we go over the steps for adding an image to a Post or Page in WordPress.
Image Galleries in WordPress
Now that we have looked at how to add single images to a post or page, we turn our attention to how to create image galleries in WordPress.
Native Audio File Support in WordPress
In this video we look at how to upload and embed audio files into WordPress as well as embed audio files from external sites.
Native Video File Support in WordPress
In this session we look at how to upload and display videos in WordPress as well as how to embed videos from external sites.
An Introduction to the WordPress Customizer
In this session we introduce the WordPress Customizer, a live edit view that let’s you change various things about your site including the style, widgets, and menus.
Common Customizer Options
In this video we look at some of the basic options available in the Customizer that will likely be the same regardless of what theme you are working with. These include things like the Site Title and Description, as well as some basic styling options.
The Customizer also gives us the ability to manage menus on our site, including adding and removing links or working with multiple menus.
Introduction to WordPress Themes
In this session we introduce what WordPress Themes are and how they work.
Installing and Activating Themes
In this session we demonstrate how to search for, install and active themes from the WordPress.org repository.
Introduction to Plugins in WordPress
In this video we look at how WordPress Plugins can help add additional functionality to a WordPress site.
Finding and Installing Plugins
In this session we look at how to search for and install plugins from directly in the admin area. We also show how you would upload a plugin you found elsewhere.
Common Types of WordPress Plugins
In this session we go over the different types of plugins you commonly find on WordPress sites. We also go over a few specific examples from each of these categories.
An Overview of WordPress Admin Settings
In this session we introduce and briefly go over each of the sections of the Settings area in WordPress and what type of settings each section contains.
General Settings in WordPress
In this video we go over the settings found under Settings > General in the WordPress Admin area.
Writing Settings in WordPress
In this session we go over the settings found under Settings > Writing in the WordPress Admin area.
Reading Settings in WordPress
In this session we go over the settings found under Settings > Reading in the WordPress Admin area.
Discussion and Comment Settings
In this video we go over the settings found under Settings > Discussion in the WordPress Admin area.
Media Settings in WordPress
In this session we go over the settings found under Settings > Media in the WordPress Admin area.
Permalinks Settings in WordPress
In this video we go over the settings found under Settings > Permalinks in the WordPress Admin area.
An Overview of User Roles in WordPress
User Roles in WordPress determine what level of access you have to manage content and site settings. In this video we list out the five default roles and discuss what you will need to work through this course.
Default User Fields in WordPress
User fields include things like username, first and last name and email address. WordPress comes with default user fields, which we will look at how to edit from the admin area and view on the front-end of the site. We will also look at how plugins can add additional user fields.
Super Admins and Administrators in WordPress
The admin role in WordPress is the most powerful role and has the ability to edit both content and settings. In this video we will look at the capabilities of this user role and when to use it.
The Editor Role in WordPress
Editors in WordPress have the capability to edit and manage all or most of the content on a WordPress site, but not the site settings or customization features. In this video we look at when and how to use the Editor role.
The Author Role in WordPress
The author role in WordPress lets users edit their own content and add new content on their own without approval from an editor or admin.
The Contributor Role in WordPress
Contributors in WordPress have the ability to write content and submit it for review from an editor or admin. In this video we look at how to setup and use contributor roles in WordPress.
The Subscriber Role in WordPress
Some WordPress sites make use of the very limited subscriber role, which basically let’s someone edit their profile and login to do things like post comments on sites that require membership. In this video we look at how subscriber roles work.
Custom User Roles in WordPress
Custom User Roles are possible in WordPress with the help of plugins. In this video we look at setting customizing user roles using the Advanced Access Manager plugin.