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WordPress Essentials Course


Create an impressive blog on while learning the features and options of this popular blogging platform.

Blogging can help you market your business, establish yourself as a thought leader, get the word out about your causes, and make yourself more attractive to potential employers.

This condensed and comprehensive course will get you up and running using WordPress to its full potential in no time.

Business owners, entrepreneurs, marketers, social media strategists, students, job seekers, and casual bloggers will all benefit from taking this course.

Follow author, developer, and new media expert, Deltina Hay, as she walks you through the process of setting up and developing your WordPress blog in her typical no-nonsense teaching style.

Using a real-world example from scratch, Deltina shows you hands-on how to:

  • Take full advantage of the many features and settings within the WordPress platform
  • Publish optimized blog posts with embedded links, images, video, and galleries
  • Utilize all the WordPress formatting options within your posts and pages
  • Choose the right theme for your blog, and customize it to your liking
  • Use posting formats to get the best exposure for your embedded media
  • Create static pages, custom menus, and populate your sidebars (columns) with widgets
  • Integrate your blog with your other social media accounts, create custom widgets, and implement other advanced features

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Introduction to the WordPress Course

This video presents the topics covered in the course, and explains the difference between and the self-hosted version of WordPress found at

Starting a WordPress Blog

In this lesson, we go through the process of getting a WordPress account, starting a blog, present an overview of the general WordPress dashboard called the "Reader,” and introduce the blogging Dashboard.

WordPress Options and Features

In this lesson, we dig deeper into the WordPress Dashboard, review WordPress options, and discuss the main features of WordPress.

WordPress Exam 1

Exam one for the Essentials course.

WordPress Settings and Options

In this lesson, we take a closer look at some specific WordPress options, and explore all of the WordPress settings.

WordPress Themes Essentials

In this lesson, we define what a theme is, explore the theme area in WordPress, discuss how to search and choose themes, and explore different theme customization options.

WordPress Exam 2

Exam two for the Essentials course.

Anatomy of a Blog Post

In this lesson, we have an overview of the entire blog posting area, and discuss the main elements of a blog post.

WordPress Formatting Options

In this lesson, we demonstrate each formatting option, and discuss how they apply to posts and pages.

WordPress Exam 3

Exam three for the Essentials course.

Embedding Images and Videos into Posts

In this lesson, we demonstrate how to embed uploaded images into posts, embed code from image sharing sites, embed YouTube videos using URLs, and image and video Post Formats.

Publishing Your First Blog Post

In this lesson, we utilize all the skills we have learned so far to publish our first optimized blog post.

Categories, Tags, and Post Editing Options

In this lesson we take a closer look at the Posts Area, explore editing options for posts and images, discuss categories and tags in more detail, and talk briefly about links.

WordPress Exam 4

Exam four for the Essentials course.

Additional Blog Posting Methods

In this lesson, we demonstrate the “Quick Post” feature, demonstrate how to embed image galleries, and walk through a “Press This” example.

Creating Static Pages

In this lesson, we create an “About” page, create a “Contact” page using a contact form, and demonstrate how to set a static “Home Page” as the front page display of the blog.

WordPress Exam 5

Exam five for the Essentials course.

Custom Menu Options

In this lesson, we demonstrate how to create custom menus, discuss the custom menu options, and explore the menu options of different themes.

Populating Your Sidebars

In this lesson, we give an overview of WordPress widgets, demonstrate widgets of varying complexity, populate our sidebars with widgets, and explore some additional widget options.

WordPress Exam 6

Exam six for the Essentials course.

WordPress Sharing and Integration Features

In this lesson, we integrate our blog with social media sites, customize the sharing buttons, add a custom social media widget to the sidebar, and manage contact form feedback and comments.

Finding the Right Theme

In this lesson, we tidy up the navigation and front page display, search for a more appropriate theme, demonstrate theme customization methods, and demonstrate responsive theme behavior.

WordPress Exam 7

Exam seven for the Essentials course.

WordPress Conclusion: Coming Full Circle

In this concluding lesson, we discuss the WordPress Store upgrades, revisit the Dashboard now that our blog is populated, take a closer look at the Stats area, and discover where to get help.