Course Content
Overview of WordPress
This intro topic quickly talks about why Wordpress is the #1 CMS, as well as what that means for security and other topics.
Setting Up WordPress
In this segment, we discuss and understand web hosting and domain names. I also show you the #1 web host (from my years of experience) and why it's the best (custom plugins, great customer support, ease of use).
Creating Posts
In this topic, we cover detailed instructions, tips, and strategies on creating and editing Wordpress blog posts (and Pages!)
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Hands-On: Create a Sample blog post
To track a Measurable Outcome for this Lesson, we test your knowledge about the basics of Wordpress. Test yourself by making a sample blog post and adding different types of media to it!
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Creating Pages
Now that we know how to make Posts, we can make Pages too.
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WordPress Basics
    About Lesson

    Learn the WordPress Dashboard

    The WordPress dashboard is your website’s command center, where you can efficiently manage various aspects of your WordPress site. Let’s take a closer look at its key sections:

    The Admin Bar

    The admin bar, situated horizontally at the top of the dashboard screen when logged in, provides quick access to essential shortcuts, including:

    – The **Home** button, which takes you to your website.
    – The **New** button, facilitating the creation of new content.
    – The **Comments** button for managing comments.
    – Your user profile area on the right, enabling profile editing or logging out.

    Custom buttons from plugins may also appear on the admin bar, enhancing its functionality.

    The Main Menu

    Running vertically on the left side of the screen, the main menu offers access to crucial sections:

    Dashboard

    The main home screen that displays:

    – Your WordPress version.
    – Site health status.
    – Various informational widgets.

    Updates

    Highlights available updates for:

    – WordPress core.
    – Plugins.
    – Themes.

    Posts

    Your go-to section for managing blog posts. Key features include:

    – The **Add New** button for creating new posts.
    – **Bulk Actions** to edit multiple posts simultaneously.
    – Filters for viewing specific subsets of posts.

    Media

    Upload and manage all media files, such as images and videos.

    Pages

    This section lets you manage your core website pages (about, contact, etc.), resembling the Posts section in functionality.

    Comments

    View and manage comments made on your posts.

    In summary, the WordPress dashboard streamlines site management by providing shortcuts, tools, and views to handle all aspects of your website efficiently!

    Appearance

    This allows you to manage the design and appearance of your site. Key features:

    – Switch between different themes
    – Customize your current theme
    – Manage widgets
    – Menus – Control your site navigation menus

    Plugins

    Add new plugins and manage any you have installed. Plugins extend the functionality of your site.

    Users

    Set up and manage any other users you give access to your site, like writers.

    Tools

    Some handy tools including:

    – Importing content
    – Exporting your site
    – Site Health to troubleshoot issues

    Settings

    Configure your general site settings here like:

    – Site title, tagline
    – Admin email address
    – Date and time formats
    – Privacy settings

    That covers the major sections of the default WordPress menu. Many plugins will also add their own sections to this menu.