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WordPress in 1 Hour: Quick & Easy Essentials For Beginners

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15 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Course

    • 2. Meet Your Professor: Kristen Palana

    • 3. All Installed? Login to Your New Wordpress Site.

    • 4. The Grand Tour: Your Dashboard and Helpful Buttons

    • 5. Crash Course: Making Your First Post

    • 6. Making Your First Page

    • 7. All About Themes: Controlling the Look and Feel of Your Site

    • 8. Fun With Widgets

    • 9. Make Your First Navigation Menu

    • 10. Manage Your Wordpress Site Settings

    • 11. How to Use Your Tools

    • 12. Adding or Editing Links

    • 13. Managing Users and Permissions

    • 14. The Rundown on Plugins

    • 15. What Now? Conclusion

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This quick and dirty course will get you up and running using WordPress in under an hour.

These clear and easy-to-follow lessons are ideal for complete beginners, anyone who has a WordPress hosted website that someone else made for them, or for someone tasked with having to edit and contribute to their organization's website who has no idea where to begin.

I start from the very beginning and show you the most essential and important features of the WordPress dashboard and interface.

I'll show you how to get started making posts, pages, and managing all aspects of your WordPress hosted website so that by the end of the day today you can already add a new skill to your CV or resume and be contributing or editing your WordPress site at home or at work.

Please note, this WordPress course comes from a much larger, 10+ hour FULL web foundations courseĀ available in full from my website called Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes For Easy Web Design. You can find other sections of Web Snax here on Skillshare by taking the following companion courses:

Web Design Do's and Don'ts: Evaluate Your Web Site

HTML Hero: Quick and Easy Essentials For Beginners

Create Quick & Easy Web Images in Photoshop: Photos, Transparencies, & Animated GIFS

Give Your Wordpress Website a Makeover: Divi Theme Spotlight

I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have over 15 years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Let's get started building your web design and content management skills today.

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Kristen Palana

Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder


My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm an award-winning artist and educator helping empower ordinary people around the globe to communicate effectively and tell their own extraordinary stories through a variety of media. I have created dynamic content for clients including UNICEF, The United Nations Population Fund, The World Food Programme, Children International, The Aid Myanmar Society, The B-52s, and The American University of Myanmar.

I have 19+ years of experience teaching digital media and creating innovative programs and courses for secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate students as well as adults and children with no formal education in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I've also been teaching tens of thousands of onl... See full profile

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1. Introduction to the Course: Hi there. Welcome to this quick and dirty course that will get you up and running using WordPress in a matter of minutes. This introductory course is ideal for anyone who has a WordPress hosted website that someone else made for them, or for someone tasked with having to edit and contribute to their company's or organization's website, who has no idea where to start. This chorus recreates the exact tour that I give my university students and colleagues so that they can begin to contribute to the American University of Rome's website or their own new WordPress websites that they have just set up. I usually have only about an hour to get them started, So I also tried to keep this online course brief, clear, simple and to the point. I start right from the beginning and take you by the hand as I show you the most essential and important features of WordPress, and I'll show you how to get started making posts pages and managing all aspect of your website so that by the end of the day today, you can already add a new skill to your C V A resume and be contributing two or editing your WordPress site. These lessons come directly from a larger course that I created back in December called Web Snacks, which of which is a full Web design foundations course. It not only gets into WordPress, but also html CSS Web graphics, JavaScript and making beautiful websites from scratch. So if you think you might be a budding Web designer or developer, that might be another course you would check out. Otherwise, I am looking forward to helping you right now. Easily connect with the world through your website so that you can stop paying other people to do it for you. And who knows, you might eventually get so good at it. Other people may start paying you to help them with their websites later on. So I hope you enjoy this many WordPress starter course. Enough of the introduction. Let's get started right away. Getting you connected and up and running in WordPress 2. Meet Your Professor: Kristen Palana: Hi there. My name is Kristen Polana. I am your online professor, and I have been teaching offline in the university world since 2000 since the ripe old age of 23. And now, if you do the math on 38 working mother, I teach full time. I'm an associate professor of digital media at the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy, and I've taught every pretty much every possible kind of offline student you can imagine. Um, I've taught really, incredibly talented our design students at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, when I was a graduate student, also in equally talented individuals in the art department at William Paterson University and Wayne, New Jersey It's Ah, Public University, and most of the kids were working class kids. They were some many of them, the first in their families to go to college or from immigrant families or from the inner city. And I especially connect with this demographic because it's similar to my background as well. I've taught students with little to no formal education in the developing world who live on less than $1 a day, and I've taught the Children of the rich and the famous Children of diplomats, Children of sultans. So I've also taught students that are much younger than myself and decades older than myself. So I'm really looking forward to sharing my expertise. And if there's anything that you'd like to know about me that I can't cram into a little Web video, please come visit my website at cape Alana dot com. You can find my teaching philosophy, my artist statement, a whole bunch of my work. Um, student work my resume, my blogged. Pretty much everything. Aziz. Well, as other ways to contact me besides here on you, Demi. So I look forward to working with you and please do feel feet feel free to ask me questions and to pick my brain. And I'm more than happy to help. In fact, that's why I'm here to help others through technology. I love technology. All right, thanks a lot. Take care 3. All Installed? Login to Your New Wordpress Site.: already. So I'm assuming that now you have your domain name and you have your web host, and you've already installed WordPress. First of all, I just wanted to point out this really great resource at wordpress dot or codex dot wordpress dot org's. And I'm actually on the page called First Steps with WordPress. So everything that I'm showing you, you know, there's much, much more here, provided already by wordpress dot organ. Everything's fairly intuitive and easy to follow. All right, so now that you are all hooked up in so many ways now, um, we're going to start setting up your WordPress, your WordPress hosted website. So the first thing you need to do is you should type in. You should go to your domain name, so I might go to cape Alana dot com or or his house dot com, and then in a minute, and then you need to log again so that you confined your dashboard and I just scroll down here so you can see what a typical wordpress log in window looks like. So basically, all you need to do is log in tow. WordPress with your new user name and password, And what you can do is you can go to your domain name slash WP dash and men right here. And they also say that you can now place the word log in after your domain name with the later versions off WordPress. So let me show you what that looks like. OK, so here's what I'm gonna do. So I'm just gonna go to one of my existing websites, and I'm gonna type it in. Http colon slash slash Boris house dot com slash WP admin. And in a moment, it will load, and I will find the WordPress symbol here. Okay? And it's asking me for my user name and password. So if you're doing this along with me, just put in your user name and your password, and it's also helpful if you're using the same computer all the time that it remembers you , and that's it. We le Guin. And then in a moment, it should take us to our dashboard. I'm gonna give you the grand tour in the very next lesson. 4. The Grand Tour: Your Dashboard and Helpful Buttons: All right. So here we are in our dashboard. Our dashboard is exactly what you think it is. It's our control panel that allows us to modify and tweak all aspects of our new website. So right now, your new website probably doesn't have all that much going on. It probably has a default WordPress theme. If you would actually go to your domain name without log again, you would see something that looked really difficulty looking. Um, so, basically, let me just give you the rundown. So up in the upper left hand corner, this is where your website is, and from here, hang on. It'll actually just show you what it will basically just take you to your site, as is, um, And when you're logged into your site, obviously, this is, um, a WordPress hosted site that I've been working on for a long time, so yours will not look like this just yet, but if you go to your site, you will see that you have all of your little goodies up here. So here's all the help in the upper left hand corner about wordpress wordpress dot org's documentation, support forums and feedback. So that's Oh, stuff that you wanna have on hand and then under your domain name, whatever you've named your site, you'll have your own personal dashboard, your themes, which is of something I'll get into in a little bit. That's how you control the look in the field customized, which is another way that you control the look in the feel of your website widgets, which are our little add ons. The ad dynamic functions to your website and menus, so all of these things air here. I actually have quite a few plug ins that I need to update, which I will do later. And that's another thing that will get into comments if you have any. And then there's a little sort of quick but in here that will allow you to make a quick post to add media such as images or videos, Whatever it is, if you want to add a new link, a new page or a new user, um, we'll get into those in just a little bit. And then in the upper right hand corner, it's just showing me because I'm logged in. You know, it's greeting me. Um, and there's also the little search function. So if we go back into our dashboard, it will take us to our control panel. And you can actually customize all the things that you see in front of you here. But in general, I'm going to just ah, go run down the list with you here and we'll get into customizing are different settings. 5. Crash Course: Making Your First Post: Okay, So maybe before we fuss too much with the look in the field when we just get a little bit of content going now again, you know, this is a established website already, but to create your first post, you go under your site name and then dashboard, and then we are going to go in the little panel over here, so you probably won't have thes because these air plug ins So the first thing you should see is posts, and what we can dio is we go under posts and we say add new and we'll get a little area where we can make a new post. So, um, let's do you know this is a sample post. So you want to give your post a title, and then you'll notice that. And here you have a visual editor and a text editor. The text editor is for HTML. Remember, HTML um and then here's the visual editor. So here you can star, you know, typing in. Hello. This is my first post. So you just add text the way that you think you would You type it in or a copy and paste it in and then you in your little dashboard. Here you have different settings. Kind of similar to Microsoft Word or anything else. And if we wanted to add a link that a link you just put in your text, you highlight it. And then over here we can insert a link. Well, just, um, it actually gives me a whole bunch of other links. I'm just gonna type in a new link or is house dot com. Oops. Auras house dot com as my link. And then you can decide if you want it to open in a new window or not. Um, yeah. Okay, that's it. So, Ed Link, there's my link. And actually, I find that in this theme, it's easier to see links when you bowled them. Um, by the way, this is not how it will look when we go to the regular site, because I've customized in my theme the colors and everything else. Okay, so anyway, so you have all of these different things Bulleted list, numbered list, black quotes, etcetera, um, which you can play around with. So here's my text. Here's my link. And if I would like to add media, if I go under here under and media. It will give me my media library and actually have a whole bunch of images already in here . But I can also go under upload files and choose something from my computer. And I'm just gonna grab something from our glass site that we're playing with. That was what? My apple menu. Just something that we were working on before in this class, and it will show up in here, and then you have options here. So if you wanted to have a caption alternate text and a description and remember, our alternate text is very important. Okay, so that's it. Um, and it also gives you different options for sizes. I'm gonna put in the full size just for now, insert into post, and it's gonna be gigantic. Just school down here. Okay, that's pretty big. So, um, when your images in here, if you click on it, you'll see an option to delete it or edit it. I usually go back in and edit it, So I'm gonna click on it, and, um, here we can decide Scroll up here. Here. We can decide if it's going to be left justified, right? Justified if the text gonna flow around it or if there's not gonna be text on either side of it. And here you can choose your different sizes and you can decide if you want a link to another file or if it's going to go to its own. You are L Page. And you would type that in here and then a sui go town here. Trouble scrolling here. Um, you can also decide if you want your image to have a border, you would put it here. You can choose the border color margins. Sometimes you have to get a word press plug in to have this option. This used to be ah, standard WordPress thing, and then some of the recent versions they took it out. So actually have a plug in. That added this option here. But we'll get into plug ins and a little bit, but anyway, so I'm just gonna add some margins around my image, and that's it. So I had update and there's my image. It's quite a bit smaller, actually. And if I were to start typing because I remember made it left left justified, it's also giving me this margin of 20 pixels so that my text isn't right up against my image. Okay, so now we have an image. We have text, we have a link. We pretty much have a post. Um, just so you know, if we go under text, you'll see that everything is it's sort of like fake html. It's text. But then you have these HTML tags in here. So if you wanted to modify those or just do more with code, you can do it in text mode. I'm gonna go back to visual mode, and then, um, that's a pretty good sample post. The other thing is, you can choose a category for your post. I have my categories already. Let's say I wanted this to go under community and then actually of sub categories of people . But if I wanted to, it could also create a new category here so you can create categories from within the post page. But for now, we'll just leave that one alone, and then it's always a good idea. Also, to put tags on your posts, I recommend not more than five or six. You would probably think that having 20 tags is a good thing but it actually makes it harder for the search engines to find your page. So we'll put some tags in here. Will say post. Okay, so we can add the's here. I'm actually not gonna add new tags, because that's going to affect Orr's house dot com. But if you want to put new tags in here, you just put the men and you have add or I already have existing tags so I can choose from existing tags. So let's say for whatever reason, that this post is related to income generation Guatemala and Central America. So they come in here and then we're pretty much all set and ready to go. So over here on the right hand side, you have published you can save a draft, you can see a preview. I'm gonna just click on preview. So this shows me what my post will look like And how 144 tweets who? That would be nice. Anyway, So this is our sample post, and this is what it would look like in the site. So that's just a preview. It hasn't been. Nothing has been published yet. You can save a draft if you want to work on it later? You don't want to commit to it. That's fine. Um, you can also, you have all kinds of visibility setting. So you could make this private password protected, etcetera. And then finally you hit. Um, OK, right now we have this says public. I'm gonna make this private because this is just a sample someone to say, OK, and then publish immediately. You can also make changes here if you don't want to publish it right now, but you want to schedule it to be published. You can do that here. So if I wanted this to actually published on January, I don't know, 15 a certain time. I could do that, but, um, let me cancel. Okay? So publish immediately. Okay? And that's it. So that's it. We are doing our new post, and let's publish it. Okay, so now it's publishing, and let's see what it looks like. So I'm gonna go over here under view post, and this is what it looks like. Okay, if you know, not all those tweets. Okay, So anyway, so here's a sample post, and now we have something to work with. So that was your making a post crash course 6. Making Your First Page: already. So we made our first post. So let me show you, Let's go into the dashboard and let me show you how to make your first page. So under the pages tab. So we went under posts. And here you can also find where you can add categories and tags as well. So we did it from our own create a post page. But you can also do it here. Um, and under the pages tab, we can we can actually see all pages, or we can say add new. I'm gonna click on add New. And creating a page is exactly the same as creating a post my new page. Okay. And then you just put in everything that goes on your page here. So, as you can see, I'm just putting in some gobbledygook. I'm gonna go and add media. I'll just grab something from my media library because you already know how to do all of this stuff now, okay? And pretty much it's the same exact thing as making a post. So you have all the same settings over here for saving a draft and for preview. There is one difference, though, and that is under page attributes. So So you have your page attributes here. And you can decide, for example, if this page is going to be a child of one of your other pages, like I had in my menu drop down bar. But let's say you wanted this to be a main menu. I don't remain Page. Then you would choose no parent here. But you see, actually, I have all these other pages on the site that I could choose from. You can also choose which order they're going to be in. So you noticed in my menu that I had, um you noticed that the or is house main menu. There's a certain order. There's I think about us, um, how you can help donors list etcetera. So they're in a certain order, so you can give your pages and order. So if you wanted this page that we were creating to be the 1st 1 you would give it the number zero for the 2nd 1 It would be number one. Number two. Number three, etcetera. Okay. Um, here you can do a feature image if you want to, and that's pretty much it. So we're making a page, and there's some other things down here that will get into later search engine optimization . But that's it. So we can save a draft. We can also preview let's to a preview to see what our page would look like. And it looks like this isn't that beautiful. I know you're jealous. All right, But anyway, so here's our new page, and, um, now we can go in, and if we want to, we can publish it. We can play around with the visibility. Um, so that's making a new page very, very simple. 7. All About Themes: Controlling the Look and Feel of Your Site: Okay, so we've made our first post on our first page. You can also adjust the appearance of your entire site. So under appearance here you have all of these different things. We have appearance themes, and, yes, I want to go there so I can show you. So we're gonna go, and here you'll find, um this is actually my theme that I'm using right now. And there's all these other themes from WordPress that are available. Um, and just ignore those. If we scroll down here is the default. Um, this is the default WordPress theme, and you can do a preview of what your site would look like within this theme. Take a look at what are his house would look like in this default WordPress theme. So you'll see there's my sample. Post is here, and actually, all my other posts air down here, so this gives me a bit of a preview, but I'm not gonna save inactivate. I'm gonna hit cancel, because I'm quite happy with the theme that I already have. There's a WordPress classic, etcetera, so I'm gonna just close this for a minute. So you have a couple of themes that are WordPress is going to give you that. You can try on if you'd like. And you can also under add new theme. Click here and it's gonna give you, um, it's going to bring you to a place where you can look at featured themes, popular themes, latest etcetera. So let's say we want to go to popular. Okay, so let's say we go and we look at popular themes. It will show me some really interesting themes. And so let's say for whatever reason, we wanna we like the look in the feel of virtue or even this is a nice 12 spacious. Okay, so some of these are very visuals. Others might be better. Um, you know, have more space for lots of posts. So basically, you just find a theme that you like, You click on it, you hit preview to see what your site would look like. You also get additional information ratings, etcetera. And this is the theme preview. This is actually not giving me a preview of my sight. It's just giving me what the basically how it set up. But if I were to install this theme that I would be able to preview it just like I was doing before. And yeah, basically, what I do when I'm looking for a theme is again. I don't fuss too much over the colors or anything else. I just look more for the general layout. Does it suit my purposes? Is it gonna, you know, do what I want my blood or my website to do? And then once you have your theme, every theme has on area where you can customize it and make little changes. Okay, so anyway, that was under appearance themes and has promised if we want to go under appearance, customize just to show you So remember, I'm using the theme rt mia right here. And there's all these little things that I can customize right from in here. So it gives me some some different things for my title and tagline aesthetic in front page , etcetera. So it gives me these little options as well. But, um, there's also when you install your themes, sometimes you'll find that, um, you need to go under this category here called Editor. So there were some ways that I could customize my theme, but if I go under editor then. Oh, no. What is that code? No, I'm just kidding with you. Um, yes. So this is where your knowledge of HTML and CSS will start to come in handy Because here's my Arthuis me a style sheet style dot CSS. And in here, let me scroll down just Okay, So as I scroll in here, you'll see that you know, there's different things, you know, ailing, actively uncover link, etcetera. You'll notice there's color codes here so I can change my colors here. If I'm familiar with Hexi decimal color values, I can just to go in and, um, find anything that I want to customize, whether it's a color or the text or the front. It's all in here in the style sheet, and that is connected to my entire website. So it basically will modify everything in that theme. So, under everything over here, these are just pages, PHP pages. But the one that you want to use, the one that you're most likely gonna be using for customizing is the last one under styles . And this is my style dot CSS peach. But we won't get into that right now. This is just again a bit of a tour. So anyway, so these air something's in your appearance tab, and in the next lesson, I'll get into widgets and menus, which are quite useful to know about. 8. Fun With Widgets: Oh, right. So I know you want me to get away from the scary code. What? It's really not scary. I promise. Um OK, so let's go back to our appearance tab and let's take a look at widgets. So this is where I put in all those things in my footer and in my sidebars. And, um, how it works is you have on the right hand side, you have, um, basically all the things that are connected to your site. So I have the sidebar on the top. I basically have a sidebar and my footer here. So these are all the things on the right hand side of my website. And, um, basically, there's available widgets that automatically come in. So we have, you know, um, kiss minute archives categories, email, etcetera. I just basically dragged them and drop them into my various areas. So this is the top of my sidebar. This is sidebar left and right. This is, like two sections right below that. And then there's the bottom of the sidebar on. If I open these up, you'll see that And this one. I just have polls. And this one, I have the calendar and then on the bottom we have. But we have, um, an area where I've put in some custom text archives, the gallery, and then a little ed. So this text bars are just, ah, place that you can plop in others code. So this is actually the good search. Um, good. Sit. Good search graphic. And what I did is I just grabbed the code from good search, and I put it in this text box, and so it displays as an image. So it's just a little areas where you can put in custom html code. Okay, so that's in my sidebar bottom and that side bar top again. I prioritised. You know what I wanted people to see 1st 2nd and third, etcetera. So these are my social media buttons here. Okay. And then this is my log in area. This is ah, subscribe button links. And then ah, slideshow. Anyway, So what you can do is you can play around with the widgets that you already have. So if you decide that you want to have a recent posts or recent comments or whatever, you just grab that. So let's say if for whatever reason, I wanted to put another polls. You just drag it so I'll just put it in the sidebar bottom just to show you. So we have polls. And then, um, this is connected to a widget called polls, which you have settings for in this menu over here. But anyway, let's say I've created a pole and it's called You know how cool use WordPress. Let's say it's called that. And then, um, you can you basically have settings for all of these. So these air, actually all the polls that that I have, But you can also do display lead this pool anyway so you can hit save. But if you decide, Um oh, horrible. I just realized that I put that Poland, and it's live on ourselves. What? Anyway, if you do that, you can get rid of it just as easily. Just drag it over to the left and you think it's gone. No problem. And you don't even have to save anything. It's just gonna automatically come out off your sidebar bottom or wherever you've put it. So anyway, so, um, WordPress will give you existing widgets. But later, when you start playing room with plug ins, Many of those plug ins also come with widgets. So if you do installed, for example, maybe you want to do, Ah, twitter widget where people can follow your Twitter website. Then you would install a Twitter plug in, and if you go under widgets, it should show up under available wicket widgets. And then you can just drag it toe wherever it goes. Okay. Anyway, so that was the run down on widgets. 9. Make Your First Navigation Menu: Okay, so the last thing that we should play around with the last thing that we haven't gone over yet is the menu. So I'm gonna click on menus under appearance, and this is where we set up our main navigation menu. Very important where we put all our pages that we've set up. So, um, at the moment, I hang on a minute. Okay, So this is where we would create a new menu so we can edit existing menus. And I have, you know, something's going on already here, But let's say I wanted to create a new menu because you're gonna want to create a new menu . You just click the button and first it wants to know our menu name. So we'll call this mean ah, home menu, for example. And we say create and it will create our menu. And then it will want to know exactly which pages are going to go into it so you can add menus from the column on the left. So let's say we want to add the donors list. Had to menu. Okay. So, again, you need to have your pages first before you can do this. Um, Let's say I want to also have about us in the menu to menu, and I wanna have frequently asked questions had been you. So you just choose from your existing pages and pretty much that's it. It allows you. Oh, this is actually a new feature, which is better. You can drag it in the order that you want. So about us would probably make more sense to come first, maybe frequently asked questions. Um and oh, that's nice, too. So it actually allows you to make frequently as questions a sub item of about us. This is a new feature as well, or you can just drag it and these will be three things and that's it. And then you just save the menu, and that will be showing up and displaying in your new website. So you also have some settings as well automatically add new top level pages to this menu, so I would leave that unchecked, and that's pretty much it. You save your menu and you're ready to go, so making menus is very easy. I'm not going to save this menu, because again, I'm just giving you a demonstration. But this is where you would set up your menu, and as long as you've created your pages first, this should be very easy to do. And then once you're done, you should test it and take a look at your site. I'll pretend that I made a menu, which I did in the past, and then you want to go to your site and you just want to make sure. Try that again, and you just want to make sure so your new menu, once you've saved it, should be showing up here. And if you have sub items than they would be showing up underneath whichever parent menu item that you've given it so in my about us frequently as questions, statistics, etcetera. So your menu will show up here and you can control everything under appearances menu. 10. Manage Your Wordpress Site Settings: All right, so we're back in the dashboard and let's go underneath. We'll get to plug ins. Probably in a little bit, but let's take a look at, um, probably the most important thing you want to start with would be setting. So this is where you modify everything to do with your site. So if we go under general settings, General, it's gonna ask you, you know, your site title, your tagline, your wordpress address, etcetera, email address all of these things. So these are just a generic settings. Okay, um, if you want your web page to have a membership where people can register than you want to make sure this is checked off and default rule will be subscriber time zone, etcetera, etcetera. So all of these things are here, and you just save the changes. So those are the general settings underwriting. You have default post category default, put post the default post format and default link category, and you know these air just all of your writing options. These are, if you wanted to, for example, make, um, make a Web post from an email. You can set that up here. Um, nothing too exciting in here. But anyway, your writing settings air here. I think the more important one is the reading settings, because here you can control how your front page displays, so I have. Or is house set up where the latest posts show up? But you can also do a static page kind of like a more traditional website, and then you just would have to choose the page that would be showing up there. And then you can choose how many posts and pages are shown. Um, so five posts maximum on my site. Syndication feeds show the most recent 10 items on you can decide if you wanna have full text or summary. So there's all kinds of options for how people view and read your website. Search engine visibility. If you want to be picked up by the search engines, I recommend, don't check off this button. So that's reading. You have options for if people are going to leave comments or not under discussion. So comment settings, you know, allow allow people to post comments on new articles, etcetera. Um, I have it set up. Just a minute. Scroll down here, email it. Can you can set up whether that's going to email. You, um comment, Moderation, etcetera. So these are all the little, um, settings related to comments. And you see, you have all of these different settings under setting So, media, you have options for your images as well. And as you can see, it's all pretty straightforward. Perma wings, custom anti spam. Some of thes um, come in here after you have added a plug in. So this anti spam one is related to a plug in that I have that discourages spam. Um, all of these other ones are related to plug in, so you should probably see these. And I think hold on a minute. There should be just a minute. Okay? Yeah, actually, so you should probably see just thes main ones. All of these other ones are related to plug ins that I have. So do you know that as you add plug ins to your website that you will get more and more options in your control panel and there will be in different places so sometimes you'll find them in widgets. Sometimes you'll find them in settings, so settings is where you are going to tweak and tweak till your hearts content 11. How to Use Your Tools: all right, we're back in our dashboard, so we were just playing with our settings In the last less lesson, let's take a look at tools so you'll see there are little tools here under available tools , and this is really not too exciting. It's just, you know, press this and categories and tags converter. You can add more to your tools through plug ins, but does not really much going on here. But if you go under import, for example, um actually says that if you have a blog's somewhere else, post our comments in another system, WordPress can import those into the site, so this could be really useful if you have a tumbler page. Ah, we're a regular WordPress Blawg Live journal. I used to use that one memories blogger, etcetera. So, yeah, you don't have to create everything from scratch if you're moving over from another system that's under tools import. If we go under export, it will give us, um, a ways that we can export all of our content and usually wants to know what we want to export posts. Pages actually have albums and galleries in here, but that's through the next Gen. plug in, and that's it. You can download the export file, so just a couple of things to be aware of under the tools palette. 12. Adding or Editing Links: all right, we were just playing with tools. Let's go and play around with our links. So if you want to add links to your site or have recommended links than this is the tab for you and we can go under all links actually have links already. They were in my right sidebar, and I just have them from this list here. Children, international project stats, gift cards, etcetera. And these are all different links that are available on my home page. But if you want to add new links, then we just go under. Add new the add new button, and then it wants to know the name of our link. So let's say we want a link to I don't know, for whatever reason is pumping in my head. Nike, the sneaker company, for whatever reason, and then, um, here we put the link for it. Thank you dot com again not affiliated with Nike dot com. Um, description. If you want to great shoes and then you have categories for your links as well. And so, actually, all of my, um, links that are displaying on my home page are under the category recommended links by default. WordPress calls this blag role so you can actually change that in the link categories setting up here. But, um, let's see, I'm just gonna add a new category for now. We'll call this test, and we'll add it there, okay? And that's pretty much it. And then you have targets for your links if you want them toe open in a new window or tab etcetera, and then you have some other settings down here. But I really don't normally bother with those, and that's pretty much it. So, Well, say, I'm gonna just keep this link private for now, and I'm gonna say ad link, and that will go into my new link categories that I've created under link categories here I should see to now I have recommended links, and there's eight links in there, and I have, um my test links here. Um, if I were to let's go back into our widgets for a moment. So let's say that you have recommended links or they call it by default blogged rule. And you wanted to show up on your home page, then you would have to go under. Hang on a minute. Uh, you would have to go under appearance widgets that we were just playing with before. And you'll notice that, um, in my in my sidebar top. I have my links here. So this was a widget. And here's my link category, and actually, it says all length here, but I only used to have just that one. So recommended links sort link by link title. Ex cetera see have all of your options here. You hit save, and then you should find on your website. I'm just gonna go visit or his house for a minute to show you where my links show up. So this is my sidebar, and they show up right here. Recommended links. So that's how links work we're getting there. 13. Managing Users and Permissions: Okay, We're back a Taurus house. I'm gonna go into my dashboard and let's have a look at users. Now, Your website maybe won't have users. Or maybe it will. Maybe you'll have people subscribing. That would be great. Any way you can manage all of your users under the users tab here. And here we go. Um, actually, under the all Users tab here and these air all my users I have 366 subscribers. I have two editors Those air were students from the American University of Room that we're working with me. Last semester I made them editors, which just meant that they could author posts and pages, but that, um they weren't able to delete other things on the site. It was just a, you know, training wheels on sort of thing. And then there are six administrators. So the administrators on this site are my whores, house partners. And that means they're able to come in and edit things and author content freely. And then all of my subscribers are here 366. So let's say for whatever reason and oh, I'm gonna have to blur out thes email addresses, but all of the users are here. Okay, so all of my users air here. Let's say for whatever reason, I wanted to change the role of someone. So let's say I wanted to make this person, um, an administrator and editor. You just click on them, and then over here, you can say change rule to let's say we want to let this person become an author. Change, and I'm not gonna actually do that. But you can change it here. Oh, I think it did it anyway. My most Pettus. So sensitive. Okay, well, I accidentally made an author here, so let's go back, and we'll get rid of him and will put him or her back to subscriber. So we just select that person again, changed the role to subscriber, and we hit and we say change and it goes back to subscribers so you can change all of these things. I just want to show you here. Um, the least amount of control is a subscriber. They're only able to read, write. Um, the most amount of control is the administrator, and then it basically goes in order from least amount of control to most control. So if I remember correctly, you confined definitions of this. If you go and look on WordPress. But a contributor can create content, but they don't necessarily get to publish that content or edit that content. The author can create content and publish their own content. I believe an editor can do everything that an author can do, and they can edit other people's posts. And then finally, an administrator can control everything that everyone's post publish or not publish anything. All right, so that's pretty much it. If we wanted to add a new user, let's say that we are working with someone and we wanna give them control toe work on the site. Then you just go under. Add new over here, Um, or you could actually do it from here is well, so under add new. Then you'd have to know what their user name and email is before you can add the new user. But then they would come in as, ah subscriber, or however they come in, and then you can change those settings later. So all of those settings air here and then finally, assuming that you're a user, you have a place called your profile here and not a minute. It's getting getting lots of I'm getting yelled at because I do have to update my plug in. So forgive me, but anyway, so here's my control panel for updating my own profile. So it's, you know, different information is here, etcetera, etcetera. Oh, right. So that is that, um So now you know how to go in. You need You can look at and change the rule of your users. You can add users and you can modify your own profile. We're getting there. 14. The Rundown on Plugins: all right, so now it's time to talk about plug ins. I have a whole bunch of plug ins, but hopefully not too many already installed at Laura's house. And probably the best way to show you what a plug in is is to take you to the site and so that I can show you all the extra features that it's allowed me to give. Okay, so if you take a look at the site, first of all, you'll notice that at the bottom of the post, there are all these little social media share buttons that as a plug and so that allows people to share my posts if we go into the post. There are other features as well. So, for example, ah, one plug in that I have allows me to see how many views that a particular post has gotten. And if I scroll down, let's see, you can see my social media share buttons here is well, I also have a plug in its anti spam word. So believe it or not, this'll doesn't come automatically with WordPress. So if people are going to be leaving comments and you want to make sure they're not spam robots. Then they need to, um, basically type in the text that they see in the picture and this is up. I think it's called Peter's custom anti Spam, so you can put your own words in their etcetera. So that's another plug in that's added dynamic features to my site. Um, I also have a plug, and just that allows people to know if people have followed up on comments that they've made through email. So that's another plug in, you know, little things. Um, other plug ins that I have are in the come with their own widgets. So, um, this is actually, um, a image that I have set up to go to our donation button over at Children International site . This is a plug in that allows people to follow our social media pages for his house, Facebook, Twitter and the RSS feed. I also have a plug in that gives people a customizable log in window, the subscribe feature for people who want to subscribe and then, um, other plug ins. I use the next Gen Gallery for managing my galleries, but that gives me a widget that allows people to look at past projects through the form of a little slide show. Here. I'm just clicking on it so you can see some of our past projects and let me see to have any other plug ins in here. Let me see on then, as I believe I was explaining before I have in my widgets plug ins that allow me just to add text, which allows me to grab code from other sites. That gives me these customized I give dot com and good search buttons. Okay, anyway, so those are some examples of plug ins, but on those of the things that you can actually see going on in the site. But one of the beautiful things about plug ins is that there's a lot going on behind the scenes to, So I'm going to go under plug ins and I'll show you some of the installed plug ins that I have, and I will be giving you a resource of the most important plug ins to add to your new site that you can have a look at. But if you take a look at my let's go to my active plug ins, okay? So just to go through here. Basically, there's a description after each one. So this advanced image styles plug in is the one that allows me to add borders and margins around my images. When I'm posting images, kiss Mitt is a must must must. This is, um it protects your blood from common and track back spam. You'd be surprised how How many spam messages you will get the moment that you lunch your website. So this just keeps you from having to deal with thousands of spam comments every day. A kiss mitt, all in one s CEO pack is also very important. This allows you to add keywords and descriptions at the bottom of every post so that search engines confined you better. These are my social media plug ins. This is the capture that, um, is the little anti spam word. Comment, reply notification, custom metadata manager. So anyway, so there's a whole bunch of plug ins. Let me show you some of the more important ones. Google XML site maps is ah, wonderful one, because it generates a special XML site map and that helps the search engines find your website. Jet Peck is sort of a standard one. I don't really use it that much. To be honest, I like next gen Gallery. It's a really good gallery. Plug in. Um, I have to say, though sometimes it slows down your entire site. Which is why I have next Gen Gallery optimizer a Z you can see. Here's the Peters Anti Peters custom anti Spam profile. Picture sidebar log in. Ah, smart YouTube pro is good for adding videos. Subscribe buttons. Some of these ones from WordPress are really, really useful. WP Ban allows you to ban people if by I p ah address etcetera if you've got no not nasty people that you need to keep away from your site. This, um, WP email allows people to recommend your site from your posts. Polls is a good one. Post fuse. That was the one that showed all the views. This is a useful one WP print and allows people to just simply print out your Web page, which again you would think would be automatic. But it's not. This is a really good one. WP Touch Mobile Plug in. This allows your site to be a much better Web site on devices on tablets and smartphones and excl owner is a great website for backing up your database. So this was the introduction to plug ins. Um, and I've showed you how they worked. I've showed you some of the ones that I use. Let me just very quickly before we go any further here, let me just show you how you can add a new plug in. So here is where we add new plug in. So we go under. Add new, and this is kind of fun. It's almost like window shopping. Okay, so this is the installed plug ins page, and you can do a search. Let's say for whatever reason, you want to, um, you want to find a plug in? I mean, it gives you actually a bunch of tags here, so there's no image plug ins, sidebar, plug ins, photos, media, widgets, whatever. Let's say you wanted to make ah Progress bar for Let's say you're doing like, a fundraising thing and you want to do like a little progress bar something. Whenever people donate, we just do search plug ins, progress, and here's Progress bar a custom progress bar, etcetera. So what you can do is you can search the plug ins that you like. And, um, Wordpress is great because if you like what you see and it's well raided and it seems like a good plug in, you can just click. Install now and it will automatically be installed and then you'll find it easily in your installed plug ins. So I encourage you to explore plug ins further, and I will give you that resource so you'll know which ones are best for your new website. I hope you enjoyed the plug ins crash course. 15. What Now? Conclusion: All right. So, um, creating a website with wordpress is rather large topic, and I've only scratched the surface. I've only kind of gotten you started, and I given you the grand tour, but you pretty much have everything you need now to make a beautiful WordPress hosted website. But it is beyond thescore Ope off this course to go really in depth because it is such a big broad. Ah, Web design foundations course. But this is a new area that I often helped my students with who have already taken a web design. One with me one semester, usually the second semester they may do, Ah, Web independent study with me where we, um you know, I let them work on or is house. We work on the American University of Rome website and then by halfway through, they create their own ah wordpress hosted site. Just to show you Let me go. I wonder if it's still in my web browser here in my, um, student featured work, Um, I featured ah, former student of mine Jenny Lynn Sharps. This is her WordPress hosted site. But what's fun about this is it's very similar to the site that she made from scratch and Dreamweaver when she was learning with me. Um, So anyway, I just want to show you that, you know, it is easy to make the transition from you know, your own basic static website to a dynamic WordPress hosted site. And once you have done all the groundwork, you know, even if you've made everything already in Dreamweaver and you've done your plans and you you've decided you know the look in the feel and the content, it's really easy to just go into your old stuff copy and paste and bring it into WordPress . So I don't think that any of her work was wasted. And she has her pages here, and she basically made this where her first pages a static page, and then her portfolio links air here. And then you can go in and look at her gallery. So this is actually from a plug in in WordPress and conduce, a beautiful light box galleries as well. And yes, So there's so much potential for making websites. I really hope that you you're finding all of these lessons useful. Some of you may have started with the WordPress section of this course and then want to go back in and learn some of the fundamentals of Web design? Maybe many of you started from the beginning with me and then got to this WordPress section at the end. So I do encourage you just to keep exploring these topics further. There are many other specific toward press courses and tutorials out there. But if you do have questions about any of anything, do let me know. And I'm happy to help. And I'm happy to help you troubleshoot. Do you remember that? Wordpress dot org's has that great resource that can answer your questions, and there are forms and everything else. All right, so I hope that you are well on your way to making a great WordPress hosted site. And if you have some beautiful links, I would love to see them. Thanks.