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WordPress I Course: Summer at Clark College

WordPress NewsMy WordPress I course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon, is open for registration for Summer Quarter 2014.

The course begins July 7, 2014, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30-9:30PM.

This is a five credit hour course, 50 hours of all WordPress basics in 8 weeks.

Pop Quiz for the WordPress introduction Class at Clark College with students answering the questions on the whiteboard - instructor Lorelle VanFossen.The size of the class is limited for an intimate, hands-on learning experience covering web publishing, core functionality of WordPress, basic WordPress Themes, and Plugins.

Registration is open for the public as well as students in a degree program at Clark. First-time registration at the college can take some time, so begin the process now. For more information on registration, see the Clark College Admissions information. The deadline for enrollment is June 20, so hurry to get one of the few seats available.

During the course, students will be working on 4-5sites including their own experimental site on, a self-hosted version of WordPress in a testing (sandbox) environment, the class magazine (multiple contributor WordPress site), and a final project site as a collaborative team project.

Here is a brief list of the things you will learn in the college course.

  • What is WordPress?
  • How to setup a blog
  • Web Publishing with WordPress:
    • Web publishing with the visual editor and text editors
    • Article structure and format
    • Basic content HTML tags
    • Publishing multimedia
    • Content development and management
  • WordPress Site Organization and Structure:
    • Pages verses Posts
    • Categories and tags
    • Custom menus
    • Content organization and navigation
  • WordPress Site Management:
    • Post Format Types
    • Comments and spam management
    • WordPress interactivity: trackbacks, pingbacks, and pings
  • WordPress Design and Development:
    • Core WordPress customization (header art, widgets, etc )
    • Dynamic web page generation
    • Dynamic web design
    • WordPress Widget functionality and customization
    • WordPress Site Models
    • Theme features and functions
    • Child Theme design and development
    • WordPress Plugins
    • Test/Sandbox Environments for WordPress
    • Troubleshooting WordPress
  • Multiple Contributors in WordPress:
    • Multiple users and authors (permissions/authorities)
    • Guest Blogging
    • Site design for multiple contributors
    • Managing multiple contributors
  • WordPress for Businesses:
    • WordPress and SEO
    • WordPress hybrid sites
    • How to create and manage custom menus
    • WordPress feed management, integration, and customization
    • Integration of social media to and from WordPress
    • Managing a private or restricted access WordPress site
    • WordPress development for employers and clients

In Fall, there are two classes scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays. An afternoon class is from 1:00PM – 3:30PM, and an evening class is 6:30-9:30PM.

The demand for basic WordPress courses at the college is high as it is required for two degrees and one certification program, and an elective for other departments. Take advantage of this short 8 week quarter at Clark College and spend the summer with Lorelle and WordPress.

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  1. Posted May 27, 2014 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Wow. I wish I had the time. It’s not too far of a drive for from Oregon City.

    • Posted May 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      I often have students carpool from around the PDX area, even driving up from Salem, Corvalis, and around southern Washington. Consider finding some friends to carpool to the class.

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