Set Up a Simple WordPress Site

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Published June 2014

New to WordPress? No problem!

Many courses about WordPress start somewhere far down the path and skip the part about building a WordPress website from scratch. This course begins at the… beginning! You’re going to learn how to choose which WordPress site is right for you, how to get it installed, what tools you’re going to need, and even how to get your WordPress site looking right.

You’ll also learn how to choose the right hosting provider to make building a WordPress dead simple, see how to manage the basics of your site’s look and feel, and get to know the interface for adding and changing content.

This course is taught by WordPress developer Justyn Hornor.

The course’s tech review was performed by Mick Olinik, author of The WordPress Anthology, available on

Oh yeah, and the whole SitePoint library! Learn More.

What you'll learn

  • How to install WordPress
  • Basic content creation and media management
  • Finding, installing, and managing themes
  • Finding, installing, and integrating plugins
  • Safe ways to extend and customize your WordPress site
  • Closed captions available
Meet your instructor
Justyn Hornor

Lesson 1: Installations
Installing WordPress 1:12 vs. 4:20
WordPress Tools 8:38
One-click examples from hosting 2:02
Fresh install from scratch 5:01
Lesson 2: WordPress Basics
All About Content 0:39
WordPress Dashboard Overview 4:23
WordPress Permalinks & General Settings 11:07
WordPress Pages 12:30
WordPress Posts, Categories, and Tags 9:30
WordPress Widgets 5:11
WordPress Plugins 7:46
WordPress Media 12:25
WordPress Menus 10:37
WordPress Users 6:45
WordPress Backups & Updates 4:31
Lesson 3: WordPress Design & Layout Basics
WordPress Themes 0:49
Installing a WordPress Theme 3:54
Creating a WordPress child theme 10:35

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