How to Learn WordPress
- Published on September 19, 2018
WordPress is used for creating, managing and hosting websites. It is a content management system (CMS) that runs on a server, whether connected to the wider Internet to display a website, or internally within an organization’s network to display pages privately to users on an intranet. WordPress makes it possible for non-technical users to easily add content to a website, or edit existing website content such as text and images. While WordPress allows non-technical users to edit content, the overall setup, maintenance, and administration of WordPress sites does require some technical skills which are covered in WordPress classes. Options for learning WordPress include public classes, private training, online training, as well as books and video tutorials.
Learn WordPress in the Classroom
Public classes to learn WordPress are offered on a regular basis in many major cities. WordPress classes generally occur on a regular schedule, and typically require 10 or more hours. This can occur as quickly as two consecutive days for some classes. A significant advantage of WordPress classes is that most are held with a live instructor in the same classroom. Take a WordPress class with a live instructor affords participants with immediate feedback and answers to questions. Introductory WordPress courses tend to cover skills involved with setting up a WordPress site and adding content to the site such as text, images and multimedia. Advanced WordPress classes cover topics associated with website customization, the use of common WordPress plugins, and tailoring a site’s appearance using themes. In-person WordPress classes are available in Boston, as well as New York City, and also in Philadelphia.
Learn WordPress Online
It is possible to learn WordPress without leaving home or office with live online WordPress classes. Online classes are often led by the same instructors who teach WordPress in a classroom, yet the classroom moves online. Online WordPress classes are typically small groups sessions, like in-person classes. This allows instructors to devote more time to each student and address individual questions. Instructors demonstrate WordPress concepts, provide exercises, and answer questions. In many cases, students can communicate directly with the instructor and share their screen with the instructor should they need assistance. Online WordPress classes are offered on a regular schedule and are a good option for those who are unable to travel to a classroom location or who are comfortable learning online.
Learning WordPress with Private Courses
Private WordPress training is available for both groups and individuals. An instructor can travel to the location of the company or individual receiving training, or held off-site in a classroom. A significant advantage of private training for a company or individual is that the classes can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants, and scheduled to meet their needs rather than following the set schedule of public classes.
No matter which option that is selected, learning WordPress helps participants to build sites more efficiently, to maintain sites so they are stable and secure, and customize sites to meet their needs.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute. He is the co-author of Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies and more than 10 other books on design and digital publishing. He served as publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which has sold more than one million books on topics relating to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Cloud apps. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers designers, and large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he also delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for more than 20 years.