Introduction to blogging with WordPress
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: CIBW04
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog using WordPress. Create a blog using the free web-based tool called WordPress.com, and learn how to start blogging effectively.
The course will examine some existing blogs and figure out what makes them successful. You'll learn the best ways to find blogs on topics that interest you and how to use blogs to express yourself, teach or even promote a product.
The course is hands-on and over the sessions you'll learn to use WordPress to build a blog.
Note that this class looks at the process of setting up a blog and in using Wordpress as a tool to achieve this. If you would prefer to use Wordpress to create a website you may wish to look at the City Lit courses "Build a Website in a day with WordPress" or "WordPress:introduction" before choosing a course to attend.
What will we cover?
Creating a blog using Wordpress.com.
Personalising your blog by choosing a Theme and Widgets
Creating and editing blog posts that include a variety of media content
Marketing and sharing your blog
Registering a domain name.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Register for a Wordpress account
Identify the key features of Wordpress.com and how these differ from Wordpress.org
Choose and edit a design template for your blog
Create and edit blog posts
Add links to your blog posts
Add media including images and videos to your blog posts
Add extra features to your blog
Plan how to market and build the readership of your blog
Connect and share your blog on social media.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners. You should have basic keyboard and mouse skills and be able to use the internet comfortably. You should also be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information,and discuss work with your tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Presentations and demonstrations will be used to guide you through the process of blogging throughout the day. You will be provided with practical handouts that can be used for future reference.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a valid email address with you and ensure you are able to access this email account to verify your Wordpress.com registration.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Christine Robertson is a Creative Producer with over 30 years’ experience in the Creative Industries, working in the Music, Film, Publishing and Technology sectors. An early adopter of all things digital, she is passionate about the transformative power of technology in both commerce and business and in innovating and enabling creative production and communication. Alongside her own businesses, Christine is an experienced Lecturer/Teacher and enjoys both the vibrancy of City Lit and meeting and working with its diverse and engaged students. Christine lectures at the BBC Academy and other UK Universities on a range of Tech/Communication and Business focused courses.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.