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About the Course
Wordpress com is fast becoming the number one choice for free web and blog hosting. Work with basic HTML, text and media (including video sound and images) managing your content to effectively target your audience. This course will introduce you to the essential skills required to create an entirely free website, blog and very basic online shop, using the world's most popular Content Management System. User-friendly and fun, Wordpress com allows you to design and manage content in an intuitive way. If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class
By the end of the course you will be able to
Set up and configure a free Wordpress com web site
Add a pre-existing site template to WordPress com
Work with menus and create a user-friendly site navigation structure
Create your first blog entry, posts and pages
Create custom web graphics to personalise your site's design
Organise your content using tags and categories
Integrate PayPal functionality and create a simple online shop - no outlay required
Embed media elements such as YouTube, audio and image galleries
Optimise your content so that it can easily be found by search engines
Class format and activities
The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. Guidance will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs, as well as for assessment and feedback on your progress. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools for design and publication
What you need to know before you enrol
The Course will be taught on Apple mac computers in a bright, comfortable modern studio. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands. However this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. As this is a computer-based course students will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and to take breaks when necessary. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.
What you will need for your class
It would be useful if you already had an idea of the subject matter on which you would like to base your website/blog. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
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