Create and Publish a WordPress Website
At the end of this Workshop you will walk away with a good understanding of your WordPress Dashboard (Admin Area)! This training is for anyone who already has access to his/ her WordPress Admin Area and wants to learn how to customize and manage the website’s Admin Area, add/ edit pages and posts, photo galleries, widgets, menus, download and configure essential plugins and more.
Please note that during this training we will be downloading important plugins to your WordPress website – this training is therefore for all those who already have a (non-free) WordPress website (self-hosted WordPress website) hosted by a hosting company such as BlueHost, AfriHost, Hetzner, or any other hosting company or individual. There are over 500 000 plugins in the WordPress repository – in this training we cover the important ones.
Should you not yet have a WordPress website and should your objective be to learn how to create a free website on WordPress I recommend you attend the Training Course ‘Create Free Website‘ >
Update your Website to the Latest WordPress Version
Configure Settings in the Admin Area
Download, Activate and Configure Jetpack
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Configure the following plugins within Jetpack:
Carousel – With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments
Contact Form – A contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your personal email address.
Gravatar Hovercards – Hovercards enhance plain Gravatar images with information about a person: name, bio, pictures, their contact info, and other services.
Likes – Likes allow your readers to show their appreciation for your posts and other published content using their WordPress.com accounts. Your readers will then be able to review their liked posts from WordPress.com.
Mobile theme – There’s a good chance that visitors to your site will be using a smartphone, and it’s important to provide them with a great reading experience while on the small screen.
Omnisearch – Search once, get results from everything! Currently supports searching posts, pages, comments, media, and plugins.
Related posts – “Related Posts” shows additional relevant links from your site under your posts.
Sharing – Let visitors to your site share your pages and posts with their friends.
Subscriptions – Easily allow any visitor to subscribe to all of your posts via email through a widget in your blog’s sidebar. Every time you publish a post, WordPress.com will send a notification to all your subscribers.
Tiled Galleries – Create elegant magazine-style mosaic layouts for your photos without having to use an external graphic editor. When adding a gallery to your post, you now have the option to select a layout style for your images. WordPress added support for Rectangular, Square, and Circular galleries.
WordPress.com Stats – There are many plugins and services that provide statistics, but data can be overwhelming. WordPress.com Stats makes the most popular metrics easy to understand through a clear and attractive interface.
Download, Activate and Configure very important Plugins
Resize Image – Simple plugin to automatically resize uploaded images to within specified maximum width and height
Photo Album – Easily create and manage photo albums
Login Redirect – Redirect users to different locations after logging in – this is important as you don’t want to confuse users by getting them to the admin area after logging in. You want users to land on the homepage after they login.
Embed Document – this plugin lets you upload and embed your documents easily in your WordPress website without any additional browser plugins like Flash or Acrobat reader.
User Role – Change/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities
Akismet – Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.
Colours – Customize the colours of the Twenty Fourteen Theme
The best calendar for your WordPress site. Lots of incredible useful features. It works and does not conflict with other plugins:
- Create New Calendar
- Create Events
- Embed Calendar in a Page or Blog
- Embed Calendar in a Widget on the sidebar
- All Users
- Add/ Invite New
- Your Profile/ Personal Settings
Appearance – Themes
Choose a theme – you can change the look of your blog with over 380 attractive WordPress themes ranging from professional to fun to crazy, and you can switch themes instantly with just a click of a button. Each theme allows you to customize your sidebar using widgets, and several themes let you upload your own photo or image for the header bar.
Add/ edit/ pages: Home, Gallery, Contact us
- Screen Options
- Save Draft/ Publish
- Page Attributes
- Featured Image
- The difference between ‘pages’ and ‘posts’
- Screen Options
- Save Draft/ Publish
- Featured Image
Photos, Galleries and Photo Albums
How to quickly search for a photo in the media library: it enables you to search by ‘item’, ‘date’, ‘keyword’.
Image Attachment Details
- Alt text – let images help your Search Engine rankings
Image Attachment Display Setting
- Media File
- Attachment Page
- Custom URL
- Thumbnail Grid
- Tiled Mosaic
- Square Tiles
- Tiled Columns
Wrap text around Image
Embed a YouTube Video to a Page or Post; Embed a Video as a Widget
Easily add, customize and embed Google maps on pages and posts and… in widgets
Download a PDF file
Easily download any document s.a Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF, a Power Presentation and more.
Add a Nav Bar, Menus and drop-down Menus
- Gallery – display a photo gallery or slideshow as a widget
- Top Posts & Pages – shows your most viewed posts and pages.
- Top Rated – a list of your top rated posts, pages or comments.
- and more…
Time: 09h00 – 14H00
Refreshments: There will be a tea break.
What to bring: a lap-top and a mouse (a tablet is useless for this type of training). There is high speed WiFi at the venue (but bring your 3G as backup).
Hands-on: This is a hands-on Event. During this workshop you are going to create your own website.
Meet new friends and learn how to create and publish a website.