Many colleges and universities have adopted WordPress Explained as a course textbook.

Here are suggested details for a course based around WordPress and the book, WordPress Explained.

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Suggested WordPress Course Names

  • Introduction to WordPress.
  • Introduction to Content Management Systems.

Suggested WordPress Course Description

Covers basic content management system concepts. Students learn how to build, design and manage WordPress and how to implement it for personal and business websites.

Suggested WordPress Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will:

  1. Understand what a Content Management System is and how it differs from traditional, flat websites.
  2. Select the appropriate server environment and be able to install WordPress's files and database.
  3. Successfully organize and present content in WordPress.
  4. Select and integrate extra WordPress features.
  5. Modify the appearance and layout of WordPress websites.
  6. Understand potential threats to CMS websites and understand how to protect and backup such websites.

Suggested WordPress Course Outline

Course subject matter is directly aligned with Student Learning Outcomes. The number of the corresponding SLO appears in parentheses after relevant content:

Here is our recommendation for how the book can produce 10 course units:

  • Unit 1 / Chapter 1: WordPress and CMSs 
  • Unit 2 / Chapter 2: Planning and Installations 
  • Unit 3 / Chapter 3: First 10 WordPress Tasks
  • Unit 4 / Chapter 4, 5 and 6: Posts, Pages, Categories and Tags
  • Unit 5 / Chapter 7: Media and Galleries
  • Unit 6 / Chapter 8 and 9: Plugins and Contact Forms
  • Unit 7 / Chapter 10: Themes
  • Unit 8 / Chapter 11, 12, 13: Page Builders, Widgets, Menus
  • Unit 9 / Chapter 14: Users
  • Unit 10 / Chapter 15: Site Management

Suggested Plan for Course Units

  • For an 8 week course: Use units 1 to 10. Consider combining Units 1 and 2, plus combine Units 9 and 10.
  • For a 10 week course: Use units 1 to 10.
  • For a 12 week course: Use units 1 to 10 but add a class project for the final two weeks.

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