Introduction to WordPress

Introduction to WordPress

WordPress is one of the most widely used open source blogging platforms and content management systems in the world.  Accelebrate’s WordPress course teaches students how to create a fully-functional and well-designed WordPress web site.



All students will:

  • Set up WordPress and install a database
  • Get familiar with the dashboard and the settings
  • Manage different WordPress accounts
  • Use the Theme Customizer
  • Work with Widgets and Plug-ins
  • Use custom headers and backgrounds
  • Add and edit content
  • Post from a desktop or mobile device
  • Import content from another WordPress blog or other blogging services
  • Edit images, use video and audio, and create image galleries
  • Work with menus
  • Troubleshoot WordPress
  • Learn best practices and search engine optimization for a WordPress site


No prior WordPress familiarity is presumed.


All attendees receive comprehensive courseware and a copy of Peachpit Press’ WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide (3rd Edition).


  • Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux with at least 3 GB RAM
  • PHP 5.2.4 or later
  • MySQL 5.0 or later
  • A web server such as Apache httpd or Nginx
  • A robust text editor with line numbering
  • A modern web browser
  • WordPress 3.x or later
  • If you have purchased this course, please contact us for detailed setup instructions.
  • For classes delivered online, all participants need either dual monitors or a separate device logged into the online session so that they can do their work on one screen and watch the instructor on the other. A separate computer connected to a projector or large screen TV would be another way for students to see the instructor’s screen simultaneously with working on their own.


  • Introduction
  • First Steps
    • Setting Up WordPress
    • Using an Installer
    • Setting Up a Database
    • Installing WordPress
    • Putting It All Together
  • Getting Familiar with WordPress
    • How WordPress Works: An Overview
    • Finding Your Way Around the Dashboard
    • Default Content
    • Upgrading WordPress
    • Putting It All Together
  • Settings
    • General Settings
    • Writing Settings
    • Reading Settings
    • Discussion Settings
    • Media Settings
    • Permalinks
    • Putting It All Together
  • Managing Accounts
    • Configuring Your Account
    • Managing User Accounts
    • Putting It All Together
  • Setting Up a WordPress Theme
    • Using the WordPress Default Theme
    • Choosing a New Theme
    • Using the Theme Customizer
    • Custom Headers and Backgrounds
    • Putting It All Together
  • Widgets and Plug-ins
    • Widgets versus Plug-ins: What’s the Difference?
    • Adding and Activating Plug-ins
    • Using Widgets
    • Updating Plug-ins
    • Putting It All Together
  • Adding Content
    • Adding Posts
    • Adding Pages
    • Editing Posts and Pages
    • Setting Up and Using Categories
    • Using Tags
    • Other Ways to Add Content
    • Putting It All Together
  • Menus
    • Setting Up Menus
    • Adding Menus to Your Site
    • Editing Menus
    • Putting It All Together
  • Working with Media
    • Using the Media Library
    • Editing Images
    • Creating and Managing Image Galleries
    • Using Audio and Video Files
    • Putting It All Together
  • Managing Comments
    • Enabling and Disabling Comments
    • Moderating Comments
    • Fighting Spam with Akismet
    • Putting It All Together
  • Getting Fancy with Themes
    • Customizing Your Theme with CSS
    • Adding a Favicon
    • Editing the Functions File
    • Putting It All Together
  • Advanced Theme Development
    • Anatomy of a WordPress Theme
    • Building a Theme from Scratch
    • Working with Template Files
    • Working with Template Tags
    • Using the Loop
    • Putting It All Together
  • Custom Content Types
    • Setting Up a Custom Post Type
    • Using Custom Taxonomies
    • Putting It All Together
  • One Installation, Multiple Blogs
    • Setting Up a Network
    • Administrating a Blog Network
    • Putting It All Together
  • More Ways to Customize WordPress
    • Setting Up and Using Jetpack
    • Monetizing Your Site: Ad Integration
    • Using Google Fonts
    • RSS Feeds
    • Putting It All Together
  • Best Practices
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Setting Up a Sitemap
    • Speeding Up Your Site
    • Using Stats to Evaluate Traffic
    • Backing Up Your Data and Files
    • Putting It All Together
  • Troubleshooting
    • Nothing Happens
    • Overwriting Changes
    • Updates
    • Admin Access
    • Commenting Problems
    • Where Do I Go for Help?
  • Online Resources
    • WordPress Information
    • Other Resources
  • Conclusion

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  • Course No : WDPS-100
  •  Theory : 40%
  •  Lab : 60%
  • Duration : 12 hours
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