Week One – Introduction and Basic WordPress Structure
This week will focus on introducing you to the basic concepts and structure of WordPress and a WordPress site. You will be asked to help create a site to explore the content and design elements and content organization basics of WordPress. You will start the planning of your own student site on WordPress.com. All students will create a test site on WordPress.com.
- Getting Started
- How to Register for a WordPress.com Blog
- How to Log Into Your WordPress Site
- The History of WordPress
- What is the Difference Between a Website and a Blog
- What is WordPress?
- Differences Between WordPress Versions: WordPress.org, WordPress.com, and WordPress MS
- WordPress.com and WordPress.org — Support — WordPress.com
- Why Choose WordPress?
- Who Uses WordPress and WordPress Stats
- How to Get Help with WordPress
- The Basics You Must Know About a WordPress Theme
NOTE: During the first few weeks of the class you will be required to use the Twenty-Eleven (2011) WordPress Theme. This will ensure you will be able to meet the objects and homework assignments of the class. You will have a chance to explore other WordPress Themes and change your Theme choice later in the course.
Homework Week One
Do the following:
- Complete the Site Categories Brainstorm form per the instructions.
- Create or find 5 copyright free photographs, graphics, or images and bring them to class on a thumb drive/flash stick.
- Find 3 YouTube videos, save the links, and bring the list to class. It is recommended that you email the list to yourself.
- Review all the material listed in the What You Most Need to Know section.
- Check off the tasks you’ve accomplished on the Blog Checklist.
On Your Blog
The following are your homework assignments you need to do on your site. They are typically due by the end of the following week, if not specified.
- Write one blog post minimum per category.
- Write your About Page.
- Complete Your Profile.
- Set your Gravatar.
To review this week’s outcomes and tutorials, click the links in the class outline and review the following in preparation for next week’s work. Most articles can be read in 3-15 minutes each, sometimes less. The following are recommended readings to review the week’s lessons and prepare you for next week’s classes.
- WordPress Basics
- The Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org — Support — WordPress.com
- Web Browser Tips for WordPress, HTML, and Web Design
- Learn WordPress.com Tutorial | one cool site
- WordPress.com beginner’s guide | one cool site
- Getting Started with WordPress
- New To WordPress – Where to Start
- First Steps With WordPress
- WordPress Semantics
- The WordPress Logo
- Introduction to Blogging
- WordPress Multimedia
- WordPress Themes
- Web Writing
- Copyright and Plagiarism