schedule

Week 1: 10/6

assignments due by Monday 10/12 at 11:59 pm PST

  • purchase¬†a domain name and web hosting from Reclaim Hosting¬†
    • instructions are in week 1.2 video
  • send me the URL for your website (sorapure@writing.ucsb.edu)
  • write a couple of sentences each about three ideas that you have for the topic of your website in the “Leave a reply” section on the Exercises page

videos of what we covered in class on 10/6:


Week 2: 10/13

assignments due by Monday 10/19 at 11:59 pm PST

  • install WordPress at your Reclaim Hosting account
    • instructions are in week 2.1 video
  • create a new post and a new page in WordPress
    • instructions are in week 2.2 video
  • write a one paragraph proposal for your website, briefly describing its topic, target audience, and some content ideas; put this in the “Leave a reply” section on the Exercises page

videos of what we covered in class on 10/13

  • week 2.1, installing WordPress
  • week 2.2, creating a post and a page in WordPress

Week 3: 10/20

assignments due by Monday 10/26 at 11:59 pm PST

  • add images and docs to your media library, and link to them in posts or pages
    • instructions are in week 3.1 video
  • create a menu of pages, posts, and/or categories at your website
    • instructions are in week 3.2 video

videos of what we covered in class on 10/20

  • week 3.1, media library and links in WordPress
  • week 3.2, menus in WordPress

Week 4: 10/27

assignments due by Monday 11/2 at 11:59 pm PST

  • experiment with different WordPress themes and with the options in the Customize menu
    • instructions are in week 4.1 video
  • explore WordPress blocks
    • instructions are in week 4.2 video
  • continue to add content to your website

videos of what we covered in class on 10/27

  • week 4.1, WordPress themes and customizing
  • week 4.2, blocks in WordPress

Week 5: 11/3

assignments due by Monday 11/9 at 11:59 pm PST

  • email me with a link to one website that you think has an engaging and effective writing style; in your email, write a few sentences describing what you like about the writing at this website
  • write at least 5 pages or posts with content for your website, keeping in mind the target audience of your website
    • be sure that some of these pages or posts include images or videos as part of the content

videos of what we covered in class on 11/3


Week 6: 11/10

assignments due by Monday 11/16 at 11:59 pm PST

  • add interactive plugins from H5P or elsewhere to several posts or pages at your website
    • instructions are in week 6.1 video

videos of what we covered in class on 11/10

  • week 6.1, WordPress plugins, especially H5P

Week 7: 11/17

assignments due by Monday 11/23 at 11:59 pm PST

  • add more content on posts or pages, so that you have a relative complete draft of your website ready to show in class on Tuesday 11/24

videos of what we covered in class on 11/17


Week 8: 11/24

assignments due by Monday 11/30 at 11:59 pm PST

  • install and configure Yost SEO plugin
    • instructions are in week 8.1 video
  • continue revising and adding content to your website

videos of what we covered in class on 11/24

  • week 8.1, installing and configuring Yost SEO

Week 9: 12/1

assignments due by Monday 12/7 at 11:59 pm PST

  • add Google analytics to your website
    • instructions are in week 9.1 video
  • complete your website so that it’s ready for the showcase on 12/8

videos of what we covered in class on 12/1


Week 10: 12/8

  • website showcase!