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:
- Introduction to WordPress and website development
- Hosting, installation and setup
- Getting around WordPress
- Planning your site
- Images, audio, video
- Using themes to change your site’s appearance
- Customising your page
- Menus, categories and navigation
- Coding essentials: HTML
- Coding essentials: CSS
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- User Experience (UX)
- Finishing touches
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.
In-class or online
In-class courses are proceeding as normal at all centres during the lockdown that started on 5 November 2020. To read more, see Training during lockdown.
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
Introduction to WordPress training courses are hosted by:
Dan has been designing and building digital experiences for over 15 years, working with clients including HSBC, Boots and Shell to create modern apps and websites for their customers.
A mentor to junior designers, Dan has been training people in user experience (UX/UI) design, website design and app prototyping since 2016, on platforms like WordPress, Adobe XD and Figma.
When he’s not training or designing, Dan loves to travel, eat, and learn new languages.
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
- What is WordPress and its history?
- Why mobile matter more and more
- Responsive website design in WordPress
- The pros and cons of WordPress
Hosting, installation and setup
- Local vs. remote servers
- Hosting considerations
- Self-hosting vs. WordPress.com
- Setting up a local server
- Keeping your site safe and secure
- SSL (https) certificates
Getting around WordPress
- Logging in and out
- Navigating WordPress and the admin bar
- The Dashboard
Planning your site
- Case study project
- Selecting content for our website
- Read-only vs. interactive website features
- Understanding posts – the difference between a post and a page
- Creating a post in the classic editor
- Categories and tags
- Drafts, previews and publishing
- Creating and editing pages
- Page hierarchy – parent/child
- Page templates
Images, audio, video
- Introducing the Media Library
- Preparing content for upload
- Uploading and labelling content for Accessibility and SEO
Using themes to change your site’s appearance
- Understanding themes
- Free vs. premium themes
- Find, preview and install a theme
- Choosing the homepage
- Changing banner images
- Adding logos and text elements
- Changing colours
Customising your page
Menus, categories and navigation
- Understanding menus
- Adding pages, posts and categories to menus
- Menus and theme options
- What’s a plugin and why do we use them?
- Paid vs. free plugins
- Popular plugins
Coding essentials: HTML
- Understanding HTML
- The Text editor
- Block tags
- Inline tags
Coding essentials: CSS
- Understanding CSS
- Tag selectors
- Class and ID selectors
- Making tweaks to your theme
- Understanding users
- User profiles and privileges
- Restricting access based on user role with Adminimize
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- Understanding SEO
- Marketing your website
- WordPress and social media
- How to work with Google
User Experience (UX)
- Understanding UX
- Why UX matters, and will matter even more in the future
- Essential UX patterns and trends
- Contact forms
- Google Maps
- Additional embedded content
- Dealing with orphan pages and broken links
- Why use analytics
- Adding analytics tools to your website
- Google Analytics, Simple Analytics and Hotjar
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.