- What is WordPress: What is it used for, where can we find it and career roles involving WordPress.
- The workings and foundations of a Content Management System (CMS)
- How to obtain and install WordPress
- WordPress Navigation: Finding your way around WordPress
- Customizing WordPress
- Styling WordPress with Themes
- Extending WordPress with Plugins
- Developing WordPress: Themes and Plugins (For Advanced Learners)
- Running your own WordPress Blog or Website
What Will You Learn?
- Good working knowledge and usage of computers
- Familiarity and usage of the Internet
- Computer / Mac / PC
- Open desire to learn new skills
Introduction: Getting to know WordPress
- What is WordPress
- What is it used for?
- Where can we find it?
- Career roles involving WordPress
Wordpress as a Content Management System
- What is a CMS?
- Foundations and workings of a CMS
- WordPress as a CMS
Obtaining and Installing WordPress
- Installation Prerequisites
- Obtaining WordPress
- Installing WordPress on your local machine
- Installing WordPress on a hosting account online
- Transferring WordPress from a local machine to an online server
- WordPress backend: Old and New Editors
- Adding content to your WordPress installation
- Working with menus
- Working with sidebars and widgets
- Changing settings and permalink structures.
Styling WordPress: Themes
- What are WordPress Themes
- Change in the look and feel (style) of a vanilla WordPress installation
- Obtaining and installing WordPress Themes: Free and Premium
- Basics of styling WordPress from the codebase (Advanced)
Extending WordPress: Plugins
- What are WordPress plugins?
- Obtaining and installing WordPress Plugins: Free and Premium
- Working with WordPress Plugins
- How WordPress plugins work?
Running your own Blog or Website
- Recap on career opportunities and roles involving WordPress
- WordPress workflows you may need to know
- Carve your niche and work on your own strengths
- No more excused for not sharing your stories to your hearts delight
- Where to go from here? Other resources for learning WordPress
- Summary and conclusions for beginners
Wordpress Development (Advanced)
- Foundations of WordPress Development (coding)
- Foundations of WordPress Theme Development
- Foundations of WordPress Plugin Development
- WordPress Development tips from a Veteran
- Other resources for learning WordPress
- Summary and conclusions for Advanced Learners
WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website or blog. In fact, WordPress powers over 30% of all the websites on the Internet. Yes – more than one in four websites that you visit are likely powered by WordPress.
On a slightly more technical level, WordPress is an open-source content management system licensed under GPLv2, which means that anyone can use or modify the WordPress software for free. A content management system is basically a tool that makes it easy to manage important aspects of your website – like content – without needing to know anything about programming.
The end result is that WordPress makes building a website accessible to anyone – even people who aren’t developers.
About the Instructor(s)
Colong is a Senior Software Engineer, and Tech Entrepreneur with over 10 years’ experience in the field of ICT Entrepreneurship. He is one of the pioneers of the startup community in Buea and amongst the first people to use the term “Silicon Mountain” to describe the ICT revolution that was happening in Buea back in 2005. He is a cofounder of 3 technology startups – two of which have been incubated at ActivSpaces.
Colong has helped realized many software development projects for clients at home and abroad; occupying such roles as Lead Developer for the VC4Africa Web Platform - the leading match making platform for entrepreneurs and investors on the African continent, Software Developer for Mokolo TV - the largest movie database for African cinemas - by Goethe Institute.
In 2016, his agricultural venture AGRO-HUB was announced winner of the 2016 Nestle Creating Shared Value Prize for his team's work with farmers on a Cassava transformation and marketing project that aims to move over 2000 smallholder farmers out of poverty.
Colong holds a Bachelor degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Buea in Cameroon. He is also Sun Certified Java Program and an Inbound Certified Marketer.