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WordPress for Education

Break out of the walls of your learning management system and create open, connected spaces for student learning and engagement with WordPress. Author Chris Mattia explores the best WordPress site designs and plugins for educators, and strategies for teaching online and engaging students in a digital environment. The ideas in this course can apply to face-to-face, blended, and 100% online classes. Start watching to learn how to design an open, connected course site; organize the flow of course content; and syndicate content from student sites.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress for Education: Multisite

WordPress in the Classroom: Multisite shows educators how to create and manage multiple WordPress sites from a single WordPress install by enabling the hidden Multisite features of WordPress. As an intermediate-level course, it assumes a basic working knowledge of WordPress, including WordPress plugins, themes, and templates. The techniques can be used for managing any type of network of WordPress sites, but author Chris Mattia concentrates on two scenarios: student-run blogs and websites for each class or section you teach. He also helps you set up a template that fits your teaching style, manage users across multiple sites, and leverage smart plugins such as MultiSite Clone Duplicator. These tips will help you streamline the technology, so you can spend more time engaging with students.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: Internationalization

Want to take your WordPress site worldwide? WordPress's internationalization features allow developers to configure their code so they can be easily translated and localized. In this course, Carrie Dils introduces the specific functions and tools WordPress developers can use to make their code translation-ready. Learn how to use translation functions in WordPress and PHP, prep code for translation, adjust for special cases such as plurals, and internationalize your themes and plugins. Know another language? Find out how you can help the entire WordPress community by contributing to the WordPress translation project on GlotPress, an open-source platform used to translate WordPress.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: Mobile Solutions

Make your WordPress sites more mobile. This is a basic, beginner-level course for people who want to make their sites mobile ready—with a heavy focus on WordPress mobile plugins, WordPress mobile themes, and out-of-the-box solutions. Carrie Dils show how to install and configure two different solutions: Jetpack, a prebuilt, mobile-friendly theme, and WPtouch, which transforms a website into an iPhone-application-style experience with just a few clicks. She also offers tips on optimizing sites for tablet and smartphone visitors.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: Plugin Development

Is your WordPress website missing something special? Almost any feature you can imagine can be built with WordPress plugins. Learn how to build, extend, and distribute your own plugins with these development techniques, featuring the WordPress API and PHP. Learn how to create menus and a settings page, add custom functionality with JavaScript, and style your plugin with CSS. Discover how to customize the WordPress loop, add custom fields and metaboxes, and work with transients, HTTP, WP Cron, AJAX, and the REST API. Plus, learn how to adjust roles and permissions to keep your plugins secure.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Plugins: Advanced Custom Fields

By default, WordPress posts and pages have a limited set of data-input fields. But sometimes you need to collect and display more data than what is available. This is where Advanced Custom Fields comes in handy. Using this plugin, you can create new custom fields for your posts, pages, and custom post types. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows you how to set up your own fields and display the content on the front end of a site, connect posts with relational fields, and move the fields from a development environment to a live WordPress site.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Plugins: Analytics

Whether your WordPress site was designed to showcase a photography portfolio or generate leads for your business, analytics can help to shine a spotlight on what's working and what's not. By leveraging analytics, you can learn how people get to your content and where they go when they get there. In this course, explore the different types of analytics services that you can access, and when you'd use each one. Go through the steps of installing and configuring two different plugins that provide analytics and visitor tracking on your site—WordPress.com Stats through Jetpack and Google Analytics. Discover how to use these tools to measure and gauge how your website is doing.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Plugins: SEO

Out of the box, WordPress does a pretty good job of driving users to your site. But there's still more you can do to make your site visible to search engines and social media networks. In this introductory course focusing on basic setup and usage scenarios, learn how to deploy two of the most prevalent search engine optimization (SEO) plugins—Yoast SEO and the All in One SEO Pack—and use them to boost your online presence. Along the way, learn how to take advantage of WordPress settings that can help you out as you optimize your site.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Plugins: Social Media Buttons

Enabling readers to share your WordPress content with their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter is the key to your site growing and prospering. Staff author Morten-Rand Hendriksen shows how to add social media sharing buttons to your posts and pages, with several different WordPress plugins. This course covers the different options, including the sharing features in Jetpack and the dedicated WPSocialite and AddThis plugins, and their pros and cons.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: REST API

Developers can interact remotely with a WordPress site from a client-side or external application by using the WordPress REST API. Using JSON objects, this API allows you to create and send content to a site, request information from a site, update existing content, and even create single page applications on top of WordPress. This course takes a detailed look at putting the WordPress REST API to use, demonstrating the use of routes, endpoints, arguments, requests, responses, and more. Technologies covered include RESTful APIs, JSON, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and AJAX.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress REST API: Authentication

To unlock the full potential of the WordPress REST API, you must understand how to create, read, edit, and delete content—tasks that can be performed only with the right authorization. In this course, explore several authentication methods for the WordPress REST API. Discover what authentication is and when you need it, and explore cookie authentication and how to piggyback off of the built-in authentication system in WordPress. Plus, learn about several different credential verification methods that ensure secure communication, including JWT and OAuth 2 authentication.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress REST API: Building an Interactive Web App

The WordPress REST API opens a world of possibilities to WordPress developers. In this project-based course, learn how to build an interactive web app on top of the WordPress REST API. Instructor Morten Rand-Hendriksen kicks off the course by helping you plan the app you're going to build. Next, he explains how to extend the functionality of WordPress by adding a new user role and capabilities. For the remainder of the course, he walks through how to build an interactive, standalone app that consumes and delivers data to and from the WordPress REST API while keeping communication secure and private.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Creative Portfolios

Discover how to set up a portfolio of your work using WordPress and three free themes that result in three unique looks. This Start with a Theme installment focuses on how to get a portfolio site up and running and how to configure the theme options to best suit your type of work, whether it's photography or web design. Author and WordPress aficionado Morten Rand-Hendriksen takes a deep dive through the themes Hatch, Gridly, and Touchfolio; explains their benefits and drawbacks; and shows how to leverage their features without having to write or understand code.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Customizing Themes with Genesis

Whether you're a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides a foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go. The Genesis framework for WordPress is more than a mere WordPress theme; it's an underlying framework of immaculate code offering three important benefits: SEO optimization, security, and a huge selection of design options. In this course, learn how to work with the framework in order to customize child themes. Carrie Dils discusses key aspects of Genesis—including template files and action hooks and filters—to help familiarize you with the structure and components that make up this framework. With a solid understanding of how Genesis operates, you can modify nearly any child theme.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Food Blogs

Learn how to set up a food blog using WordPress and work with two different themes and a plugin to make the blog and its recipes stand out. Morten Rand-Hendriksen, author of the Start with a Theme series, focuses on how to get up and running quickly with these two free themes (Gallery and Truly Minimal) and how to add recipes the smart way with the ReciPress plugin. First, Morten offers tips on running a successful food blog and points out interesting examples of food blogs "in the wild." Then find out how to use the themes to their fullest and get a custom look without having to write or understand the code behind it. And finally, add the ReciPress plugin to share your recipes with the world.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Photography Portfolios

There are two free WordPress themes designed to create online photo portfolios and in this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen compares and contrasts both. The course covers how to find, install, and activate the themes Minimatica and AutoFocus 2.0 LITE, explains the customization options in both themes, and provides tips and tricks for building an online photo portfolio.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Simone

You learned how to build new themes in WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores. But many members were curious about the example theme Morten Rand-Hendriksen designed. Now he's back to show you how to use that theme, Simone, in your projects. This course will take you through the setup and configuration of Simone and help you get the most out of the post format options.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Twenty Fifteen

All great WordPress sites start with a great theme. Twenty Fifteen is the new default: a blog-centric theme with a heavy focus on responsive web design and accessibility. This quick course takes viewers through the setup and configuration of Twenty Fifteen, as well as tips for getting the most out of its many customization options. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen also covers a few advanced customization settings, such as adding a header background image and social media sharing menus.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Twenty Fourteen

All great WordPress sites start with a great theme. Twenty Fourteen is the default: a new, magazine-style theme with a heavy focus on images and content. In this quick course, Morten-Rand Hendriksen walks through the setup and configuration of Twenty Fourteen, and then helps you get the most out of advanced options such as the featured content grid or slider, custom menus and sidebars, and featured images.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Twenty Seventeen

Twenty Seventeen is the default WordPress theme released in December 2016. It's a blog-centric theme with a heavy focus on the front page, mobile first design, and accessibility. Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen as he introduces the out-of-the-box features and some hidden options that will help you get the most from the theme. Learn how to install Twenty Seventeen and give a fresh look to your blog or website today.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Twenty Sixteen

The new default WordPress theme is here. Twenty Sixteen is a clean, accessible, and mobile-first theme that is built to the most current coding standards. This WordPress training course will take viewers through the setup and configuration of Twenty Sixteen and show how to get the most out of the theme—right out of the box. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen also covers a few advanced customization settings, such as adding custom header images, social media sharing menus, and sidebar widgets to your WordPress sites.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Twenty Thirteen

Twenty Thirteen is a blog-centric theme with a heavy focus on post formats and accessibility. WordPress expert Morten Rand-Hendriksen takes you through the setup and configuration of Twenty Thirteen, and shows you how to get the most out of the post format options, in this quick start-to-finish course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress Themes: Video Blogs

This installment of Start with a Theme shows how to set up a video blog using WordPress and three different free themes that result in three different looks for your site. Series author Morten Rand-Hendriksen explains how to get up and running quickly with Twenty Twelve, Origami, and Sundance, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of all three themes as they apply to video content in particular. Learn how to add video from services such as YouTube and Vimeo, enhance the visibility of your posts, add a video slider, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: Understanding Custom Plugins with PHP

Open a world of new WordPress possibilities by learning about custom plugins. Carrie Dils teaches you about custom functionality for WordPress using the Plugin API and a little bit of PHP. Get a background in the basics of WordPress plugins—how to install them, manage them, find them, and write them—and understand when to use a plugin vs. a custom theme.

Curious what you can do with a plugin? Carrie covers some practical examples, including plugins for additional post types, custom taxonomies, and new admin features or layouts. Plus, get best practices for documenting and securing your plugin, and find out how to make your plugin accessible to others by internationalizing it or sharing it on WordPress.org.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

WordPress: Workflows

If your WordPress workflow is streamlined from the start, development is simpler, more organized, and more efficient—all the way through to publication. In this course, lynda.com staff author Morten Rand Hendriksen covers three common WordPress workflows. First he'll tackle building a simple WordPress site: from host setup to basic content management. Then he shows how to take that basic workflow a step further by customizing a theme. Last, Morten covers the professional tools and techniques you need to use when you're developing sites for clients, including setting up a staging environment and version control.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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