The Hope IT WordPress course has been taught 6 different times, attended by 17 students.  We have taught this course in June 2020, October 2020,  October 2021, and February 2023, as well as with Stars in Oct/Nov 2020, and Jan/Feb 2021.

Why WordPress?  Well, it’s first, a good platform to learn in an on-line, remote setting due to COVID concerns, as students can save their work on-line.  WordPress allows you to create web sites quickly, and a lot of professionals use this platform; in fact, over 30% of web sites use WordPress, so if you know some of the basics, you could maintain and change many web sites out there.  To learn more, you can visit the WordPress site here.

Hope IT was so glad to see one student use her WordPress skills in a paid position, and even co-teach one of our courses.

In the Hope IT WordPress course, we were able to cover both Themes (Astra) and Plugins, the 2 key concepts to know using using WordPress.  Our course allowed students to use Plugins, using Azure websites.  The normal free WordPress.org web site does not allow Plugins to be used.  We spend a lot of time using the Elementor page builder, that allows one to easily edit web pages.  WP Power Stats was brought in to show one way to track users visiting our site.  We introduced students to Yoast SEO, showing how to get more users to your web site via the search engines.  Lastly, we included a eCommerce plugin in our most recent course, Easy Digital Download.

Below are our teaching notes, as well as an instructor guide:

Hope IT – WordPress – Week 1

Hope IT – WordPress – Week 2

Hope IT – WordPress – Week 3

Hope IT – WordPress – Week 4

Hope IT – WordPress – Instructor Guide (updated on 11/18/2021)