Web Design & Development: Level II

WordPress First Steps: Introduction to WordPress

Instructor:  Kris DeBruine
Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Winter Quarter, 2015 – 9 Weeks
January 12 - March 16, 2015
Cost: $495


This course is designed as an introduction to WordPress for those unfamiliar with this exciting web publishing platform. Students will apply the weekly lessons by building their own WordPress website on their personal web hosting account. We will focus on publishing content as posts and pages and the important difference between these two fundamental content types. We will learn how to use post categories to organize content and understand the underlying concept of the WordPress taxonomy. We will also learn about WordPress plugins and widgets, how to install WordPress themes and how to make basic edits to an existing theme. Finally, we will learn how to keep our WordPress installation secure and up-to-date. We will be using the self-hosted version of WordPress (wordpress.org) rather than the hosted version (wordpress.com). The course is a hybrid course with a weekly face-to-face session and corresponding online resources and assignments.

Weekly class sessions will consist of lectures, discussion and guided demonstrations. Our time together each week will be packed with important information and skills, therefore attendance is critical to a student’s progress in the course.

The online portion of the course will consist of reading assignments, web development assignments and quizzes. In addition to the two hours of weekly class time, students should expect to invest another two to five hours to homework each week.


  • Managing a WordPress Installation
  • Posts and Pages
  • Using Media in WordPress
  • The WordPress Taxonomy & Organizing Content
  • Using Plugins and Widgets
  • Understanding Themes
  • Using Custom Post Types & Custom Fields
  • Moving a WordPress Website

Course Materials

Web Hosting Account
Each student is required to purchase a web hosting account for the duration of the course (3 months of hosting) from an approved hosting provider (approximately $36). The accounts must meet minimum requirements which include cPanel access, an FTP account, mySQL 5.0+ and PHP 5.2.4+. Web hosting sign-up information will be provided when students register for the course. The web host must be compatible with the latest version of WordPress.

Please refer to the Textbooks page for detailed information on course materials for this class.

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