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Getting Started With WordPress


Chris Castiglione
Co-Founder, One Month (YC-backed learning platform)

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About This Class

WordPress is the premier content management system for those seeking an easy, user-friendly way to set up and maintain a website. In this class, you’ll walk through the basics of getting your site live quickly, and discover various free templates as well as premium resources that require little to no coding skills and will have your site looking polished and professional. Once your site has gone live, you’ll learn how to update and maintain it using the WordPress dashboard, as well as common problems and pitfalls to avoid. Plus you’ll find out how to customize your site to get the exact look you’re going for.


  • Introduction 1:50
  • What is WordPress? 1:46
  • vs. 4:22
  • Getting Started 7:39
  • Sample Code 5:01
  • Using PHP 5:20
  • PHP Variables 8:01
  • 2:27
  • Q: What if you want to add punctuation to the date? 3:13
  • Conditionals 4:03
  • Installing WordPress 10:00
  • WordPress Back-end 5:34
  • Introduction - Part 2 1:31
  • Review 2:10
  • Prepping the Files 1:57
  • Adding Content to the WordPress Install 4:19
  • Style.css 12:19
  • Codex 10:21
  • The Loop 15:44
  • Making a Post Page 3:18
  • Introduction - Part 3 8:59
  • Review 8:59
  • Customizing a Post 10:45
  • Customizing a Single Page 8:15
  • Adding an Edit Button 2:03
  • Custom Navigation 17:04
  • Cleaning Up the Code 17:04


  • Understand the differences between and (self-hosted site)
  • Create and update content (pages, blog entries, photos etc) in WordPress quickly and efficiently
  • Search and customize different themes
  • Master plugins, widgets, and settings

About the Instructor(s)


Chris Castiglione
One Month (YC-backed learning platform)

Christopher Castiglione is a developer with a specialty in UX strategy and Front-end. He has over ten years of experience developing digital products. In the past, he has designed applications for clients ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Bacardi, and Toyota.

In 2012, Christopher spoke at over 70 events on programming and APIs. He's taught at Columbia University, The University of Amsterdam, SXSW, and has provided corporate training for clients ranging from Donors Choose to The New York Stock Exchange and American Express.

Chris is currently a member of the General Assembly teaching faculty. More information can be found here.

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