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WordPress Under the Hood Plugin Admin Screen
WordPress Under the Hood Plugin Admin Screen

After learning to use Gutenberg blocks to manage your content in the Content Management class, we’ll dive a little deeper. In Moving Ahead with WordPress: Under the Hood, we’ll start with creating new pages. Next, we’ll create the main menu and get a feel for using widgets. So, at this point you’ll have a complete understanding of setting up your website.

With a working website in place, we’ll review the WordPress settings and tools to optimize your site. In other words you’ll learn to configure the features you need and turn off the ones you don’t. For example, you may want to have comments on your blog, but review them before they publish. Or, you might want the title of your post to be in the page url. You’ll learn how to set these options and much, much more.

Next, we’ll discuss user management in WordPress. You’ll learn how to create new users while limiting their access to your site with user roles. Finally, we’ll end the day talking about Plugins. We’ll cover how they work in addition to reviewing popular and useful plugins that can improve your website.

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Course Description and Prerequisites

Now that you know how to use WordPress’s Gutenberg editor to format your content, go under the hood to complete the build-out of your website. This course is the second of two classes providing a comprehensive overview of the WordPress dashboard.

Picking up where we left off in the Content Management course, we start with tips on finding, choosing and installing a WordPress theme. You’ll learn how to complete your website setup by creating navigation menus and adding widgets to help your users navigate your content. Next, we’ll examine WordPress plugins, how to install them, and how they can add value to your site visitors.

Finally, we’ll take a look at how WordPress is structured behind the scenes, how to setup and manage user accounts and discuss optimizing the settings for improved usability and security.

Moving Ahead with WordPress: Under the Hood Prerequisites

Our Focus: WordPress Settings, User Management and Plugins

Picking up where we left off in Content Management, we will begin by learning how WordPress works on the server. You’ll also learn how WordPress communicates and interacts with client computers.

Afterwards, we’ll return to the dashboard and step through the Settings and Tools sections that help us optimize our sites. Next, we will dive into User settings to learn how to control those we allow to login to the site.

Finally, we will talk about Plugins, what they are, what they can do and how to find them and install them on our site. We’ll end the day looking at several useful and popular Plugins and discuss what they do and how they work.

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WordPress: Under The Hood Class Resources

Many of the topics covered WordPress under the hood are set ’em and forget ’em, but nonetheless are important to know, especially when initially setting up your website. Below you will find several resources to help you further explore issues that may arise under the hood. Particularly of interest is WordPress online user’s manual, or Codex, documents everything in the dashboard. Check out the support forum as your answer may be there too, or as a last resort, go ahead and ask the community.

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