WordPress for beginners

WordPress has become *the* content management system of choice around the world, powering a large proportion of popular websites. It’s free, open source, easy to use and great to develop for. As such, it’s an ideal tool for museums, galleries and non-profits – and provides the means to create beautiful, easily maintainable sites.

This course / workshop is a perfect starting point for novices who are looking to set up a site using WordPress or have been given the responsibility of editing an existing site and want to understand how to make it work better.


  • might be a content person, a marketing person, a curator – or maybe just starting out doing some work on the web
  • want to understand how to create a simple, functional, easy-to-edit site for your institution
  • don’t need to be technical / a geek! On this course we won’t get into any coding – everything we do will be within the WordPress dashboard, which is all point and click.

Course Outline

Hours 1 & 2: introduction

  • Getting started
  • Understanding the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • Hosting and installation
  • Introduction to the WordPress Dashboard

Hours 3 & 4: writing content

  • Getting WordPress ready: posts, pages, comments
  • Editing
  • Managing comments: moderation
  • Using the Media Library: photos, documents, video

Hours 5 & 6: making your site look and work differently 

  • Themes
  • Templates
  • Plugins
  • Widgets

Hours 7 & 8: managing your site

  • Backing your site up
  • Keeping things up to date