Training Team Update for May 18, 2016

This week we started to recap what our goals are and make some concrete lists of what lesson plans are involved (see below). We are still working towards the goal of having intro workshops for themes, plugins, and troubleshooting done by the end of September. Updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Workshop:

  • Adding Additional Fields – assigned
  • Adding Custom Sidebars
  • Adding Forms to a Site – assigned
  • Building a Sitemap for a Site
  • Connecting Your Sites – assigned
  • Editing Plugins – assigned
  • Improve Site Performance with Caching
  • Keeping WordPress Sites Secure – assigned
  • Managing Spam on a Site – assigned
  • Migrate, Copy or Clone a Site – assigned
  • Onsite SEO
  • Plugins: Where to Find Answers – assigned
  • Site Backup – assigned

Theme Workshop:

  • Basic Theme Configuration
  • How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation
  • Font Management
  • CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.: CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. Changes
  • Customizer: Taglines
  • Customizer: Static Front PageStatic Front Page A WordPress website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a “static front page” which is used to show customized content. Typically this is the first page you see when you visit a site url, like for example. vs. Content Feed
  • Customizer: Site Icons and Logos
  • Customizer: HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. and Background Images
  • Customizer: Menus

Troubleshooting Workshop:

  • TBD

A full list of plans that are ready to test is located here: