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Introduction to the class and wpstudent.net. Covering initial settings, overview of the wordpress dashboard and general Wordpress stuff.

Don’t fret the technical stuff

The class, Build your own website using WordPress, is set up to teach the basics of WordPress with no prerequisite of having to know any web design coding.

However, we presume that you at least have some basic knowledge of your computer, how to navigate through your file structure, familiarity with browser interaction, how to create new browser tabs, how to cut-and paste selected text, and what a URL is.

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Your ideas and content should determine your Site Structure

One of the first things you should ask yourself when you decide upon having a website is: What do I actually want to have on my website? And the follow-up question to that is: How should I organize it?

Easier said than done. This is probably the most important thing to get in place before you get started on your website since it is actually the ideas that you have for the site that should be driving it structure and appearance, not the other way around. It can also be one of the hardest things to think through. Sure you will need to make adjustment once you start getting things in place on your website and having a well grounded idea of what you want your website to do will give you a strong starting point.

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Initial Settings

Getting Started on Your WordPress site: Initial Settings

Some of the first things to do to get started on the right foot.

Here are some initial settings that I highly recommend after a fresh install of your WordPress site. These particular settings are for your WpStudent.net Student website, so some of these are specific to this website, but they are all things to be considered when beginning any self-hosted WordPress website.

For this exercise we will be only covering what is essential to start out with. There are other areas in the Settings area that we will gloss over for now, but will return to them when we cover the related topics.

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WordPress Showcases

I ran into a friend of mine the other night and when I was describing this class to him, one of the first questions he asked was, what were some examples of the kind of sites you could build with WordPress. I had been meaning to mention this for the first class just to give new students some design ideas that they might want to emulate for their own site. Some of the examples are based upon advanced customizations that are above and beyond the scope of this introductory class, but even so there may be one little dynamic that with the help of a plugin, may be doable even for a beginner. And knowing what is possible is something to keep in mind even when you are going for a simple approach.

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