I had the opportunity this week to guest lecture at NMIT Fairfield campus (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) for their Pre-Press Publishing 1 for the Bachelor Of Writing and Publishing. Of course, it was on WordPress, but that goes without saying!
For two hours I took the students on a journey through the wonderful world of WordPress. As their curriculum was just starting to get into online publishing, my talk was fairly high level. I first explained what WordPress was as well as giving a few examples of the varied types of sites that can be built. I also explained the differences and the pros & cons between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
Next, I covered the various options found within the WordPress Dashboard and what each of them was for. I also showed how you can easily extend and customise your site with Themes, Theme options, Plugins and Widgets.
I finished off the talk by providing them with a number of resources they could use to further their journey, along with a quick demo of a test site that I had setup on my local machine. The test site was setup with WooCommerce so that I could quickly show the students how they can use WordPress to sell physical and digital products.
You can view the full set of slides below or you can check them out on Slideshare.