What is WordPress:

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.WordPress is infinitely extensible. One of the core philosophies of WordPress is to keep the core code as light and fast as possible but to provide a rich framework for the huge community to expand what WordPress can do, limited only by their imagination.

Topics covered in this Programme

How to Find and Buy a Domain
Web Site Hosting
Installing and Implementing WordPress
Designing your web site
Finding and implementing a WordPress Template
Making Changes to your Template Design
Pages and Posts – what are they?
Writing Blogs
Adding Images and Video
Tags and Categories
Web Site Security
Optimising your Web Site for Google.


An Introduction to WordPress
A brief history of WordPress
WordPress as a blogging tool
WordPress & Ecommerce
WordPress as a Social Network (e.g. BuddyPress)
WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)
WordPress & Ecommerce
Other uses for WordPress

Installing WordPress

Hosting considerations: PHP, mySQL and the other things you need to know
Downloading and uploading WordPress via FTP
Installing WordPress: running scripts and installing databases
Installing WordPress in five minutes!
Upgrading from earlier versions of WordPress

First look at WordPress

New features of WordPress 3.0
Configuring your WordPress website
The WordPress dashboard
Updating Your WordPress profile (includes changing your password)
User accounts & managing WordPress users
Permission levels and logins
Configuring your general, discussion, permalink, privacy, reading, writing and miscellaneous settings

WordPress in action

Using the WordPress content management system (CMS)
Blogging with WordPress
Writing and managing WordPress posts
Creating Content: Posts & Pages
Writing and managing WordPress pages
Creating and managing WordPress tags & tag clouds
Setting up and managing WordPress comments
Creating and managing WordPress links
Managing files
WordPress categories and how to use them
Managing the WordPress media library

WordPress marketing techniques

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO): how to ensure your WordPress website is search engine friendly
Refining your content to be search engine friendly
Adding Facebook and Twitter links and buttons
Using Google analytics to track your users and traffic
Next steps to WordPress