A Few Words About Introducing WordPress: Learn by Video

by Joe Chellman on May 29, 2012

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The early days of the web were not for the faint of heart. While it was very excit­ing to be able to self-​​publish online, in order to par­tic­i­pate, you had to be fairly tech­ni­cally savvy. Let’s face it, you prob­a­bly had to be a nerd (I mean that in a nice way, being a nerd myself). You had to be inter­ested enough in tech­nol­ogy, and in mak­ing things and pub­lish­ing them, to be will­ing to learn how to use a pretty wide assort­ment of soft­ware and lan­guages. Even doing some­thing as sim­ple as writ­ing a few para­graphs and putting them on the web took a high degree of tech­ni­cal com­pe­tence. The inter­net looked very vast and open, but the same time was closed off to many, many people.

Thank­fully, in 2012 this is no longer the case. We have weblogs, which have been explo­sively pop­u­lar for years now of course, as a pre­ferred form for mil­lions of peo­ple to express them­selves. We have a large and vibrant class of soft­ware called con­tent man­age­ment sys­tems that make putting a blog (or other kind of web­site) on the web eas­ier than it’s ever been. The days of hav­ing to be a nerd to put your stuff on the web are long past.

Word­Press is one of the best and most pop­u­lar exam­ples of a con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem in use today. It pow­ers many thou­sands, prob­a­bly mil­lions, of weblogs and web­sites. It’s very approach­able, easy to use, and not even very dif­fi­cult to install. At the same time, it is quite exten­sive and poten­tially over­whelm­ing. There are times when hav­ing a friendly nerd in your cor­ner, some­one who has built a lot of web­sites and blogs and knows some of the issues you might face, can be help­ful. Lucky for you, I am just such a friendly nerd.

My course Intro­duc­ing Word­Press: Learn by Video teaches you every­thing you need to know to cre­ate a Word­Press site. You’ll learn where to get it and how to install it, how to use it to write and man­age a web­site, what themes and plu­g­ins are and how to use them, how to make back­ups, and even how to par­tic­i­pate in the Word­Press com­mu­nity. The goal is to give you a solid foun­da­tion in the basics so you can build a weblog or web­site from scratch by your­self, for your­self or for oth­ers. From there, the world, or at least the web, is your oyster.

In this free sam­ple video from the course, you can see how easy it is to extend the func­tion­al­ity of Word­Press with a plugin.

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