Website Creation and Design

Absolutely, let’s break down the second point, which covers the basics of setting up a WordPress site. This is a crucial step for students to understand as it lays the foundation for everything they will do with WordPress.

2. Website Creation and Design

  1. Choosing a Domain Name:
  • Importance: Explain why a domain name is crucial as it represents the brand and is the address to the website.
  • Selection Criteria: Discuss how to choose a memorable, relevant, and concise domain name. Emphasize simplicity, relevance to the content or brand, and avoidance of complex spellings.
  • Domain Registrars: Introduce popular domain registrars where students can search for and register their domain names.
  1. Selecting Hosting:
  • Web Hosting Basics: Define web hosting and why it’s needed to store website files and make the site accessible online.
  • Types of Hosting: Outline different types of hosting services like shared, VPS, dedicated, and managed WordPress hosting, including their pros and cons.
  • Choosing a Provider: Provide guidance on how to choose a hosting provider, considering factors like uptime, customer support, scalability, and specific WordPress hosting features.
  1. Installing WordPress:
  • Installation Process: Demonstrate the steps to install WordPress. This typically involves:
    • Accessing the hosting control panel.
    • Using a one-click installation tool like Softaculous, if available, or manually installing WordPress for more advanced understanding.
  • Initial Setup: Walk through the initial WordPress setup process, including selecting a language and configuring basic site settings (site title, tagline, admin username, password).
  1. Selecting a Theme:
  • Theme Basics: Explain what WordPress themes are and how they determine the visual appearance of the website.
  • Choosing a Theme: Discuss how to choose a theme based on the website’s purpose, desired look and feel, responsiveness, browser compatibility, and ease of customization.
  • Installation and Activation: Show how to install and activate a theme via the WordPress dashboard.
  1. Basic Customization:
  • Customizing Themes: Guide students through the basics of customizing their selected theme using the WordPress Customizer, where they can modify elements like the header, footer, colors, and fonts.
  • Setting Up Menus: Teach how to create and manage menus in WordPress for site navigation.
  1. Creating Essential Pages:
  • Common Pages: Highlight the importance of creating key pages like Home, About, Contact, Blog, etc.
  • Content and Media: Explain how to add content and media to these pages, using the WordPress editor.
  1. WordPress Dashboard Overview:
  • Dashboard Navigation: Give a tour of the WordPress dashboard, explaining the various sections like Posts, Pages, Media, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, and Settings.
  • User Roles and Permissions: Briefly explain different user roles in WordPress (Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber) and their permissions.

This foundational knowledge will help students understand the technical setup required for a WordPress site and prepare them for more advanced topics like content creation, plugin usage, and site optimization. Practical exercises, such as setting up a demo site, can reinforce these concepts.