Content Management Systems - Wordpress

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Content Management Systems - Wordpress

Course Rationale

Developing an attractive and professional look and feel Wordpress website, is no longer impossible to do. Through Wordpress this makes it all possible for anyone to implement and deploy a website that looks great on any device being a PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone.

The primary goal of this course is to take anyone, even an absolute beginner, from zero to a Wordpress professional in just few short hours through step-by-step lectures, all the way.

Pre-Requisites

General computer skills. Knowledge of some HTML and CSS can help too.


Unit Description

Developing an attractive and professional look and feel Wordpress website, is no longer impossible to do. Through Wordpress this makes it all possible for anyone to implement and deploy a website that looks great on any device being a PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone.

The primary goal of this course is to take anyone, even an absolute beginner, from zero to a Wordpress professional in just few short hours through step-by-step lectures, all the way.
The course has been intended from a beginner’s perspective to provide a step by step guide from ground up to going live with your Wordpress website. It not only covers the conceptual framework of a wordpress based system but also covers the practical aspects of building a modern website or a blog.

After this course you will be able to build your own professional look and feel websites for your business or for yourself.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to 

1. Understand the Wordpress building blocks and Installation process;

2. Create pages, posts and forms in Wordpress;

3. Perform plugin installation and activation;

4. Install and building up a Wordpress theme;

 

Unit Content

1. Understand the Wordpress building blocks and Installation process;

Wordpress building blocks:

· Basic introduction to web hosting and domain registrars,

· Introduction to blogging,

· Introduction to Wordpress and content management,

· Difference between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org.

Wordpress installation process:

· Local environment setup,

· Web environment setup,

· Installation guide for Wordpress,

· Admin tour (dashboard).


2. Create pages, posts and forms in Wordpress;

· Pages in Wordpress,

· Posts in Wordpress,

· Forms in Wordpress,

· Menus in Worpress,

· SEO and Metatags.


3. Perform plugin installation and activation;

· Plugins overview,

· Installation and activating plugins,

· Deactivating and deleting plugins,

· Examples (video gallery, photo gallery etc.).


4. Install and building up a Wordpress theme

· Downloading and installing themes;

· Theme programming standards;

· Build a simple theme;

· Edit a theme;

Assessment Method

This Unit contains an essential mix of theory and practical based activities. To ensure learners have a strong basis in the fundamentals of the topic it is vital that each individual topic introduced is backed up with practical examples and tasks to secure Knowledge and Understanding. As such it is assumed that the appropriate tools are available to learners at lecture time or in associated lab time. It would also be beneficial for learners to have access to programming tools either at home or at the Centre. As such any development environment should be chosen suitably. Where appropriate individual topics should be introduced in relation to previous outcomes in order to build upon previous learning throughout the Unit. Outcome 1 – Mixes theoretical and practical requirements. This outcome will be delivered through a number of lectures, in-class discussions with a final laboratory exercise. Students will complete the assessment tasks in the classroom under lecturer supervision and guidance. It is suggested that students build up a portfolio of assessment materials throughout the unit. Outcome 2, 3 and 4 – These outcomes will be delivered through a number of lectures and hands-on lab sessions with a set of mini tasks. It is recommended that students discuss/work in groups when developing solutions to mini tasks but should work independently when being assessed. Recommended assessment would be an in-lab, supervised, system and program development with demonstration of working program and commented code print-out for validation.


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