What is the course about?
Learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog using WordPress. WordPress allows you to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with others from home, at work, or in a classroom. Create a blog using the free web-based tool called WordPress.com, and learn how to start blogging effectively.
The course will examine some existing blogs and figure out what makes them successful. You'll learn the best ways to find blogs on topics that interest you and how to use blogs to express yourself, teach or even promote a product.
The course is hands-on and over the day you'll learn to use WordPress by building a blog.
Note that this class looks at the process of setting up a blog and in using Wordpress as a tool to achieve this. If you would prefer to use Wordpress to create a website you may wish to look at the Build courses "A Website in a Day with WordPress" or WordPress:Essentials before choosing a course to attend.
What will we cover?
Creating a blog using Wordpress.com.
Personalising your blog by choosing a "Theme"
Adding "Pages" - web page content and "Posts" - blog entry content to your blog
Adding a Menu
Using Categories and Tags - to arrange your content and make it easier to find.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Add/edit and delete text content to your blog.
Add media content (pictures, video, sound) to your blog
Link to other content on the web
Use Wordpress Widgets to add more content
Maintain and monitor your blog.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners. You should have basic keyboard and mouse skills and be able to use the internet comfortably. You should also be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Presentations and demonstrations will be used to guide you through the process of blogging throughout the day. You will be provided with practical handouts that can be used for future reference.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please make sure you bring a valid email address and password with you so that you can access during the lesson to activate your WordPress.com account.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build a website in a day with WordPress, WordPress: introduction, Video blogging with YouTube, online marketing: a short introduction, social media: getting started, social media for business or any digital marketing/social media related courses.Please see our prospectus for more information.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details