WordPress training course for beginners, teaching everything you need to know to start creating professional-standard, responsive websites.
WordPress is the world’s most popular website and blogging content management system and blog, powering over 30% of the world’s websites. WordPress is easy-to-use and flexible, allowing you to create and manage websites and blogs without any programming knowledge.
Introduction to WordPress training introduces the powerful capabilities of WordPress. You learn everything you need to create a WordPress site from scratch, and maintain existing sites. Sessions include:
- Installing WordPress on a web server or local server (PC or Mac) so you can continue to learn without having to pay hosting or domain fees.)
- Building a fully-functional website.
- Using the key features available.
- Creating pages and posts.
- Adding content, images and videos.
- Creating a unique site design – using themes, widgets and plugins.
- Creating structure and navigation that visitors and search engines will find useful.
- Essential HTML and CSS coding skills.
- Getting people to your site using SEO and by providing a first-class User Experience (UX).
- Adding contact forms, maps and taking payments.
This course is ideal for new and novice website designers.
Introduction to WordPress training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.
Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on gov.uk.
In-class or online
In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.
You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.
WordPress courses are hosted by Andrew Moreton, a long-established consultant and trainer with expert knowledge of web development using WordPress.
How will I learn?
Our WordPress training is hands-on and practical. You learn by creating your own fully-functioning website from scratch, covering all related topics along the way.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for WordPress, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a WordPress training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following WordPress training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their WordPress trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
No prior WordPress, HTML, CSS or other coding knowledge is necessary. Everything you need to know is taught in this course.
Training can be based on any version of WordPress to suit you.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for WordPress training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Introduction to WordPress course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Introduction to WordPress course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Andrew has been working in all areas of digital publishing for most of his life.
He’s an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver and has worked as a Designer, Art-worker, Production and repro person, trainer and mentor.
When he’s not doing digital things, he cooks, listens to loud music, reads and runs a kids comics club at his local library.
Introduction to WordPress and website development
- A brief history of WordPress, and why it’s the market leader
- Responsive websites
- Why mobiles matter more and more
- Logging in and out
- The WordPress menubar
- Navigating and orientation
- The Dashboard
WordPress installation and setup
- Planning your site
- Understanding the WordPress framework
- Hosting considerations
- Creating a site at wordpress.com
- Setting up a local server
- Page loading speeds
- The proper way to set up WordPress
- Keeping your site safe and secure
- SSL (https) certificates and why you need them
- The importance of backups
- Understanding posts – the difference between a post and a page
- Creating a post
- Using the post editor
- Adding media content
- Categories and tags
- Saving a draft
- Previewing your post
- Publishing your post
- Understanding pages
- Creating a page
- Page hierarchy – parent/child
- Page templates
- Optimising your page
Customising the page components
- Customising the header
- Customising menus
- Customising the sidebar and footer
Using themes to changing your site’s appearance
- Understanding themes
- Choosing your theme – free themes and premium themes
- Installing a theme
- Previewing and activating themes
- Customising a theme
- Choosing the home page
- Changing banner images
- Adding logos and text elements
- Changing colours
- Type considerations
- Linking to posts and pages
- Linking to other sites
- Linking to a section on the same post or page
Working with images and videos
- Adding images and videos
- Add from the Media Library or a URL
- Titles, ALT and properties
Menus, categories and navigation
- Understanding menu items
- Adding pages, posts and categories to menus
- Menus and theme options
- Introduction to plugins
- Essential plugins
- Shopping sites with WooCommerce
- Online appointment systems
- How to find plugins you can trust
Making use of widgets
- Understanding widgets
- Adding widgets
- Positioning widgets
- Finding additional widgets
Essential HTML tags
- Block tags: <p>, <ul>, hx, blockquote
- Inline tags: <strong>, <em>, <a>
- <img> tag
Essential CSS tags
- Overview of CSS
- Tag Selectors
- Class and ID Selectors
- WordPress users
- User profiles and privileges
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and User Experience (UX)
- Marketing your website
- WordPress and social media
- What Google thinks and how to please it
- What Google rewards and punishes
- SEO tips and tricks
- Using search console and sitemaps
- Why UX matters, and will matter even more in the future
- The importance of proper navigation structures
- How long should pages be
- What should pages contain
- Contact forms
- Google maps
- Social media integration
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a WordPress course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the WordPress training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online Introduction to WordPress courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using WordPress.
- If you don’t have access to WordPress software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.