Dates: April 1-30, 2018
Instructor: Pat Haggerty
An author today can hardly get by without having some kind of website. If you don’t have the resources to hire a web developer, then there’s a good chance that you might find yourself out in the Internet wilds, attempting to build a site all on your own.
A quality site needs three things: vision, content, and a web site framework. The vision is the mental plan for the site and ideally it should be mapped to some brand that you are attempting to create. Once you see your site even roughly in your mind’s eye, you can start to assemble the graphics and text that will make up the site content. Finally, to get it all online, most authors will utilize some web development framework to simplify the actual development process.
WordPress is one of the most popular web development frameworks. It’s easy to install, well supported, feature rich, and with a little guidance, easy to use. This class is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to take your vision and your content, and to use WordPress to bring your site to life.
Course content will include:
• Understanding WordPress and its place in the web development world
• Obtaining a domain name and a WordPress enabled host
• Differentiating between WordPress and WordPress.com
• Determining when to use posts and when to use pages
• Creating a Blog or brochure style site
• Assembling pages
• Adding images, text, and other media content
• Editing images (Only basics)
• Obtaining and installing WordPress plugins
• Linking pages and creating navigation
• Establishing a standard site look with themes
• Backing up your site
Lectures will be presented using videos and email discussions.
After four years in the USMC, Pat Haggerty studied Actuarial Science and Computers at Georgia State University. He has spent the past 16+ years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International and runs a successful consulting practice doing web application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines. Seven years ago, stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Pat decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RWNew Zealand, and is President for GCRWA, and former president of OIRWA.