DigitalEd: Learn to Code with WordPress

    by Aleszu Bajak
    October 13, 2015
    New WordPress Buttons and Stickers, photo by Nikolay Bachiyski

    Title: Learn to Code with WordPress

    Instructor: Aleszu Bajak, Innovator in Residence, Northeastern University

    How to build your own website and get a crash course in HTML and CSS


    This training will introduce the fundamentals of building your own website on WordPress, how to run a blog, and how to design and publish digital elements to complement and enhance your stories. We will learn the basics of HTML and CSS as they pertain to WordPress and how to add plugins and use themes.

    Important! You should download and install WordPress before starting this training. You’ll need the downloaded version from https://wordpress.org/download/, not a hosted site at wordpress.com. To install WordPress on your own site, you’ll need server space. Web hosting sites like Godaddy, Siteground and Bluehost offer affordable rates and have FAQ pages for help installing WordPress.

    Please make sure you’ve logged in and are at the WordPress dashboard (like this: http://i.imgur.com/eu18yPX.png) before starting the DigitalEd session.


    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. How to start up a WordPress site from hosting to install
    2. How to publish a post, a page, a photo, a video
    3. How to “hack” CSS and HTML to design your story
    4. How to add plug-ins and themes


    • WordPress for beginners tipsheet

    Who should take this training:

    • Writers who’ve never had a blog
    • Storytellers who want to improve their WordPress blogs
    • Professionals who want to set up and maintain their own portfolio site
    • Journalists that want to learn HTML/CSS basics

    Date and Time: November 4, 2015 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

    Price: $39

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Aleszu Bajak is a journalist covering science, energy, the environment, and health across the Americas. He’s the founder and editor of LatinAmericanScience.org, a resource for science news out of Latin America. He is also the editor of Esquire Classic, a curated interface for Esquire’s digital archive. In 2013 he was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at M.I.T. where he explored the interface between journalists, designers and developers. He now teaches journalism at Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program and edits Storybench.org, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling. Before freelance reporting from Latin America, he worked as a producer for the NPR talk show Science Friday. He writes for Esquire, The Washington Post, Nature, and Science, among other outlets.

    Tagged: aleszu bajak blogging coding css HTML northeastern university wordpress

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