WordPress Workshops & Training

In cooperation with OIT’s training team, OIT Design & Web Services leads regularly-scheduled WordPress workshops for students, faculty, and staff at NC State. Workshops are free and typically last between 1 and 2 hours.

Follow the links for each workshop below to register through REPORTER. Workshop registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Campus training workshops may be in-person and online via Zoom. When registering for a workshop, please take note of the format for the session you’re registering for. Online training still requires registration through REPORTER.

Using WordPress

Basics of WordPress

Basics of WordPress is an introduction to WordPress. In this workshop, attendees will build their own WordPress website in our free WordPress Blogs environment. They will learn about the difference between posts and pages, add sidebar widgets, choose and configure themes and plugins, and learn the basics of user management.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

Intermediate WordPress: Content Management

Intermediate WordPress: Content Management provides best practices and resources for building usable and accessible WordPress websites that communicate ideas effectively on the web. This includes information architecture best practices, content auditing and review, and an introduction to web accessibility.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have already completed the “Basics of WordPress” workshop, or should already have a good understanding of core WordPress functionality (posts, pages, widgets, navigation menus, themes, plugins).

Special Topics

WordPress Accessibility Helper Basics

WordPress Accessibility Helper Basics introduces attendees to core web accessibility concepts, and helps attendees get started using the NC State Accessibility Helper plugin. This tool scans for many accessibility barriers in your WordPress site and gives feedback on how to fix these barriers.

In this workshop you will learn: 

  1. How to run accessibility scans in WordPress
  2. How to read aXe accessibility scan reports 
  3. How to use the reports to update your site and remove accessibility barriers

This workshop is led jointly by OIT Design & Web Services staff and the university IT Accessibility Office.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have already completed the “Basics of WordPress” workshop, or should already have a good understanding of core WordPress functionality (posts, pages, widgets, navigation menus, themes, plugins).

WordPress Security

WordPress Security is aimed at single-site administrators and multisite super-administrators. In this workshop, we discuss potential vulnerabilities, how to mitigate those vulnerabilities by “hardening” WordPress, and how to recover your website after it has been compromised.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have experience with site administration, and preferably installation, of WordPress. Familiarity with cPanel administration is helpful, but not required.

Custom Training Workshops

We also provide dedicated training sessions for your department or unit, and can work with you for a custom training session specific to your unit’s WordPress installation. You can request custom training through OIT’s training team.

Video Tutorials

Basics of WordPress

OIT Design & Web Services hosts free tutorial videos covering a variety of general WordPress topics. These videos are available to any students, faculty, and staff at NC State.