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Building a Website with Wordpress: For Instructors

This guide walks you through how to build a website using WordPress. It covers web hosting, installing WordPress, installing themes and plugins, and using the in-browser editor to adjust the theme (header image, colors, fonts, etc.).

Outcomes

At the end of the session, students will know:

  • What a web host is and why to use one for WordPress
  • How to use Pantheon or MSU Domains to create a new WordPress installation
  • How to install a theme and a plugin
  • How to use the in-browser editor to adjust the theme (fonts, colors, headers, etc.)

Rough class outline

Intro

Who I (the instructor) am, what we're going to do today, what I hope you'll get out of this.

Questions

Before we start, what are your questions? What worries you? What do you wonder?

Let's talk about WordPress and why you'd use it

Discussion, brief lecture, could look at the intro to the LibGuide

Find a partner

Each of you go through the steps to get your web host set up -- try to partner up with someone who'll use the same host as you.

Pause and reflect

So far so good? Major issues? New questions?

Choose a theme

Things to look for, things to avoid. Install a theme, see how it looks. Search for other themes.

Install a plugin

Again, things to look for and avoid. Particularly consider WordFence here and talk about security implications. Updating.

Basic theme modifications

Using the in-browser editor to change theme fonts, colors, header images, etc.

Reflective questions for students

Questionnaire for students:

  • At what moment in class were you most engaged as a learner?
  • At what moment in class were you most distanced as a learner?
  • What action that anyone in the room took did you find most affirming or helpful?
  • What action that anyone in the room took did you find most puzzling or confusing?
  • What surprised you most about class?

Reflective questions for the instructor

Questionnaire for instructor:

  • At what moment in class was I most engaged as an instructor?
  • At what moment in class was I least engaged as an instructor?
  • What surprised me most about class this week?
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