Are you ready to learn one of the world’s most marketable skills, or to land a side gig that pays more than your monthly salary? Or, maybe you’re sick of being dependent on expensive site templates that aren’t quite right, or you’re tired of having to call (and pay) your developer every single time you need to make even a tiny tweak. It’s time for you to learn WordPress. As a WordPress developer, you can even make a total career change to a job with flexibility, a substantial salary, and the ability to work remotely. It’s entirely up to you.
Learn the basic foundation of the most in-demand content management system on the Web! This class will walk through the full admin back-end of the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and introduce PHP, the programming language that powers all WordPress sites.You'll Learn:
- Custom Theming
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free, open source content management system that powers over 60 million websites! Built in PHP, WordPress is super easy to install, but don't let that deceive you: WordPress is super robust.
Plus it's INSANELY versatile!
WordPress powers almost 22% of the world's websites, but you’d never know it! That’s because WordPress developers know how to take the same set of raw materials and build beautiful, functional and totally unique websites.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that Skillcrush changed my life… The skills I learned made me confident enough to chase my dream job after I was suddenly fired from a job I hated. Now I’m in non-profit marketing, and the more skills I can bring to the table, the better!
- Charlotte Baker
What You'll Learn In This Class:
Week 1: Getting to Know WordPress
During the first week of class, you'll start by downloading and installing WordPress on your computer and getting to know it! That includes learning the WordPress admin like the back of your hand and getting a crash course in PHP fundamentals so that you can start to customize those theme files.
Week 2: A Little More PHP & a WordPress Deep Dive
The second week is all about taking what you’ve learned and putting it into practice. This week you will finish up your PHP lessons and then go to town setting up the structure, coding up your template files and customizing your first ever WordPress website.
Week 3: A Few Last Customizations & How to Launch Your WordPress Site!
In the third, and last, week of the Introduction to WordPress class you'll focus on putting the final touches on your WordPress website and then learn to install that bad boy on a remote server and launch it!
Meet Your Mentors
Caro is not only the Class Manager here at Skillcrush, but also our WordPress Instructor. She's a front-end developer with a background in higher education who tried nearly every role in tech before she found the hat she liked best (teacher). When Caro isn't in front of her laptop, she's working her way through a stack of comics with a mug of Diet Coke.
Ann is an eager student of all things web development and hacks away at various code projects with the passion of a zealot. She is also a mom of a small pack of minions who will one day do her bidding. During her off-parent duties, when she is not crafting code, Ann loves to sing, play the mandolin, curl up with a good sci-fi/fantasy book or take long walks with her dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What previous knowledge do I need to take this class?
You need to be familiar with HTML and CSS. If you’re not sure if your level of skill will be enough for the class, please send us an email at email@example.com to find out more. You don’t need to be an HTML and CSS expert, but you should be familiar with HTML and HTML5 tags and know how to code and style a simple website.
If you’re an absolute beginner, you can start with our Web Designer Blueprint or Web Developer Blueprint. There’s absolutely NO prior knowledge needed for either one of those, and they’ll both prepare you really well to do the WordPress Blueprint.
I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this class help me?
Yes! User experience and web design are some of the most in-demand skills that employers are hiring for right now.
There are many places to start in tech, but learning the fundamentals of web design and creating deliverables and projects from scratch – both of which you’ll do in this class – will give you a wide variety of the most important tech skills. So, you’ll leave this class with a solid understanding with which you can continue your professional transition into tech.
I work full time. Can I fit this class into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the class materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.
Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the class but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.
What if I get behind in the class? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the class well beyond the “official” class dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.
What kind of computer or software do I need for this class?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.
We recommend a Mac for the class and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.
You don’t need to have any special software before you start the class. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the class, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.
Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!
How do I know if this class is for me?
This class is for you if:
- You want to start your own business or increase your salary, but you don’t know how to begin.
- You’re itching to code your own websites.
- You have dabbled in WordPress sites but need to learn the fundamentals.
- You’ve been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
- You like learning to be fun and collaborative.
This class is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already designed and coded your own custom WordPress websites for several clients.
- You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as creating your own plugins from scratch.
- You want to make mobile apps.
- You think learning has to be serious.
- You don’t like fun or collaboration.
When does the class meet?
The class doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.
Throughout the class, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.
The only “scheduled” class events are the circle chat, live group office hours and master class. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the class into your life!
How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.
How does the online student community work?
We use a service called Mightybell for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to a “Circle” before your class starts.
In your Mightybell Circle, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.
Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!
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