Creating professional self-hosted web sites using WordPress.org
The aim of this workshop is to share with the participants the power of self-hosting their own web site using a web-server provided by a third party.
Participants will be taught how to install the WordPress package on the server using ftp or a web-based interface. As well participants will also be taught how to configure and secure the new installation and link it to a MySQL database.
The course will also demonstrate the power and ease of use of WordPress in creating and publishing professional web sites. Participants will be shown how to install and configure a range of powerful plug-ins and versatile themes.
During the workshop participants will explore how a variety of specific pages can be created for galleries and static content in addition to the dynamic news feed page. Features such as widgets, page layout, image presentation and video publishing will also be shared with the participants.
Learning Outcomes for Participants
At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop the skills and techniques required to:
- Install the WordPress package on a server
- Configure a MySQL5 database
- Configure and secure a WordPress installation
- Work with cPanel and ftp software
- Install and configure a range of plug-ins
- Install and configure a range of themes
- Set up menus
- Configure different page styles
- Embed images and video within a post or web page
- Add widgets to increase the functionality of the WordPress web site
- Creating categories and tags for your posts
- Managing the WordPress dashboard
- Manage pages and posts
- Managing publishing, privacy and writing settings for your site
- Adding and appointing user roles
- Teachers (Primary, Secondary and Colleges)
- Academic Staff (ITE, Polytechnic, University and Training Institutes)
- Instructional Designers
- This workshop is recommended for experienced users of web-based tools and software. The “challenge” level of this workshop is classed as medium to advanced.
- Participants are also advised to have a range of images available for processing to be uploaded to their WordPress web sites
- It is recommended that participants bring a thumb drive or USB Flash drive so that they can take electronic copies of resources provided during the course
- Finally, participants are advised to consult the relevant resources and links available at the following web site prior to the course http://www.larkin.net.au/
During the course:
- The presenter will demonstrate and share with the participants how to install and configure WordPress on a web server
- The participants will install, configure and customise WordPress to meet their needs.
- The participants will be given instruction in the use of ftp and MySQL database access.
- The instructor will provide brief presentations and instructions relevant to the desired learning outcomes listed above followed by related hands-on activities by the participants creating their WordPress site
- The participants will work both individually and in small groups, to develop their skills in publishing with WordPress with respect to the individual outcomes outlined above
- Help and feedback will be available through course notes and assistance from the facilitator
edUtorium and workshop inquiries
This workshop will be conducted at various times at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. I am also able to conduct this workshop for other organisations. Please contact me in order to check on availability and costings.
Educators in Singapore and southeast Asia should visit the edUtorium web site to check on course availability and booking details.
WordPress Workshop Documents
- WordPress guide
- Writing a post in a WordPress site
- Embedding images in a WordPress site
- Embedding video in a WordPress site
- Embedding audio in a WordPress site
- WordPress.org ~ self hosted WordPress blog
- Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs
- Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About RSS
- Commoncraft: Blogs in Plain English
- Commoncraft: RSS in Plain English
Guides for WordPress
- Getting started with WordPress ~ self hosted
- WordPress tutorials by Jim Groom
- Informative articles by Alan Levine regarding WordPress
- WordPress articles at Urban Giraffe
- WordPress tutorials
- WordPress guides for the geek impaired
- Customizing WordPress: Make a Start
- How to Configure W3 Total Cache to Work with WPtouch for WordPress
- How To Dramatically Speed Up Your WordPress Site with W3 Total Cache
- Plug-In: Custom Post Type UI
- Plug-In: WordPress Replicator
- WordPress plugin for embedding a SlideShare presentation
Examples of WordPress web sites created by educators
- Alan Levine ~ CogDogBlog
- Alec Couros ~ Open Thinking
- Bud Hunt ~ Bud The Teacher
- Silvia Tolisano ~ Langwitches Blog
- Kevin Lim ~ Theory Is The Reason
- Sivasothi ~ Otterman Speaks
- Chris Betcher ~ Betchablog
- Clay Burell ~ Beyond School
- Dean Groom ~ Design For Learning
- Mike Bogle ~ Tech Ticker
- Jeff Utecht ~ Thinking Stick
- Kim Cofino ~ Always Learning
- Judy O’Connell ~ Hey Jude
Articles about education blogging
- Stephen Downes ~ Blogs In Education
- Sue Waters ~ Edublogger: Tips For Better Blogging
- Sue Waters ~ Edublogger: Growing Your Blog Readership
- Sue Waters ~ Edublogger: Getting Blog Design Right
- Doug Belshaw ~ How I Got Started and The Difference It Has Made
- Jeff Utecht ~ Blogging Process: Find Your Flow
- Miguel Guhlin ~Rethinking Blogging – Social Dissemination Network
- Miguel Guhlin ~ Protecting The Sanctity of Blogging
- Miguel Guhlin ~ Why Blog?
- Miguel Guhlin ~ Engage me or Enchant Me
- Clay Burell ~ Why I Blog, Updated
- Larry Ferlazzo ~ Why I Write This Blog
- Karl Fisch ~ Journalist Citizens
- Mike Bogle ~Technology and Restoration of Voice
- Bill Ferriter ~ Tips for Growing Your Blog’s Audience: Authenticity
- Bill Ferriter ~ Tips for Growing Your Blog’s Audience: Consistency
- Bill Ferriter ~ Tips for Growing Your Blog’s Audience: Bravery
- Vicki Davis ~ Healthy Habits to Grow Your Online Presence
- Wes Fryer ~ Blog comment moderation: How and Why?
- Dean Shareski ~ In Search Of The Reflective Practitioner
- Scott McLeod ~ Are you an infrequent edublogger?
- Scott McLeod ~ Be a courageous edublogger
- Tom Barrett ~ Why Bother Blogging?
- Steve Wheeler ~ Why Do I Bother?
- Support Blogging ~ Benefits of educational blogging
- Evidence that tech use and blogging really relate to increased student achievement
- Moving Forward ~ significant blog posts