This course will teach you to design and create a website of your choosing using the WordPress platform.
You will be guided through choosing and purchasing a domain name and hosting, installing Wordpress onto your webspace, designing the aesthetics and functionality of your website and how to optimise your site for search engine discovery. Participants will learn how to make their content responsive across all devices such as mobile, tablet and desktop.
Please note this workshop will be taught solely online via Google Meet.
All courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.
How will I learn?
Lessons will be taught online and are interactive. Classes will use Google Meet to demonstrate software and allow participants to speak with the tutor and each other. Google Classroom will be used as a means of communication outside of class. Information will be shared using Google Drive.
Each week your tutor will give a full live demonstration that will be recorded so that learners can refer back to after the lesson has finished. There will be a discussion at the end of each class and time for students to try the techniques demonstrated in class and ask questions.
A critique of students' work will take place at the beginning of each lesson so that members of the class can share work, ideas, and your tutor can monitor and help with your progress.
Course Introduction. Choosing a domain name and hosting package. Installing WordPress manually to your web server using FTP. Creating an @yourdomain.com email address.
Session two looks into the design and functionality of your website.Students will use wire-framing to better understand user experience and journey, there will be an introduction to the Wordpress dashboard, where students will install a theme template relevant to their desired website.
This session introduces the student to page builders and plugins. During this session, students will work independently (with the help of their tutor via Google Meet) to edit their chosen template from session 2 to add their own content, connect their social media accounts and also create galleries, slideshows, shops, and contact forms to create the look and functionality of their website.
This session takes the student through the process of making their website optimised for mobile and tablet devices. During the session the group will also look into adding CSS animations to their sites, including image traditions and button hover effects. This session will look at adding the finishing touches to the design of the student’s website - enabling the student to launch their website to the public.
At the start of this session, students will look at using the ‘Yoast’ Plugin and be guided through the application of good SEO. Students will also cover general maintenance of their websites and how to keep it updated in the future. The session will close after a group feedback discussion about each website that has been created by students.
What will I achieve?
The aim of this course is to provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of how to set up and maintain your own website using industry standard software. All participants will have a completed website of their choosing at the end of the course. There are multiple options for the functionality of your chosen site, these include; Portfolio sites, Brochure sites, eCommerce sites and more.
What skills will I need?
Good computer literacy is essential, you must be able to effectively use a computer in order to watch and interact with the tutor on this course. While no prior knowledge of Wordpress is required students will need to be generally confident at using computers and basic computer software.
Equipment & Materials
You will need:
- A laptop or desktop computer (tablets WILL NOT suffice.)
- £30 (some domain charges vary) to pay your domain and hosting fee (made payable to the recommended hosting provider as outlined in the course introduction. This will cover website fees for one year).
- Adequate internet connection in order to build your website and to participate in the course*
- Google account for Google Meet/Classroom access
- All handouts to be supplied electronically by lecturer
*In order for you to receive the best possible experience for this online course your internet connection must be fast enough for you to clearly watch demonstrations by the tutor. Unfortunately Plymouth College of Art is not liable for any refunds if you are experiencing any technical difficulties due to your own internet connection not working effectively.