Working With Your Self-Hosted WordPress Site

wordpress-blue-xlNext Sessions:  March 28, April 4 & 11,  2013   3:00 – 4:30 pm (Thursday Afternoons) WordPress 4, 5, 6 This is a follow-on class to WordPress 1, 2, 3, designed to help students install WordPress at their own hosting providers and build a basic site from scratch, or work with an existing install. In three sessions, you will will:

  1. Learn how self-hosted (or “”) sites work
  2. Set up WordPress at a supported Hosting Provider
  3. Review basic editor functionality, such as adding posts and pages
  4. Import content from your installation
  5. Learn to search for themes, and evaluate premium themes
  6. Learn about plugins and widgets
  7. Install popular plugins, such as Google Analyticator, Contact Forms, and more
  8. Deploy your site so it’s available to search engines

Please come to class with a laptop (or let us know if you don’t have one, and we’ll provide one). This class can also be useful if you have inherited a WordPress site, or if you’d like to get a better handle on how to operate a site developed by someone else. Register online, or come by Tech Liminal and sign up in person.

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Session Overview

For those if you that can’t attend all three sessions, here’s what we’ll be doing in each:

  1. Session 1: Learn about self-hosted WordPress, Import Content from another WordPress site, install WordPress (if you don’t already have it).
  2. Session 2: Learn to search for themes, evaluate premium themes, install themes. Learn about Sidebars and Widgets.
  3. Session 3: Plearn about plugins. Install Google Analyticator, Contact Form, and one more plugin chosen by the class from a list including Slide Shows, Audio/Video tools, Galleries, and more.

The Fine Print About Hosting Providers

You can get web hosting from a variety of different providers, but some of them work better with WordPress than others. You can learn more at – but here’s the skinny: If you aren’t familiar with FTP or uploading files to your web server, you should pick one of the hosts with a “one-click installation”. Here are some options: Blue Host (Which we like a lot, so we’re affiliates); DreamHost (A Bay Area company), GoDaddy (Where you might have purchased your domain), Page.Ly (Sponsors of the East Bay WordPress Meetup). Please come to class with a hosting provider already chosen. While BlueHost or will let you get started with WordPress within minutes of purchasing hosting, some of the others will take a little bit of finagling before you’re all set up. We can help configure WordPress on most hosting providers, but we’d like to do that before or after class so that we don’t take up too much time with gnarly technical issues. So, if you don’t have a “one-button” WP install from your host, let us know!