How to become a WordPress user
The ITS Learning and Professional Development team collaborated with the NAU WordPress Team and Marketing to develop training for NAU’s instance of WordPress. The training includes self-paced training videos developed in-house specifically for our unique style of WordPress, as well as in-person workshops, and a growing library of documentation.
In order to become trained within WordPress, follow these steps:
Step 1: Request a Sandbox site Accordion Closed
A WordPress sandbox site is a personal practice website where you will develop your WordPress skills. Once you receive confirmation that your Sandbox site has been created, you will be ready to move to step 2.
Step 2: Watch online training Accordion Closed
Depending on your experience with WordPress, please consider watching the Lynda.com WordPress Essentials course to build a foundation of WordPress basics. Users confident in the WordPress basics are encouraged to move onto the ITS training module videos.
Lynda.com WordPress EssentialsLynda.com WordPress Essentials If you have little or no knowledge of WordPress basics, start with the WordPress Essentials course online at Lynda.com. You are not required to watch the entirety of the instructions.
Please note: The updated Lynda.com course contains information about a new feature that has not been added to the NAU theme. Some sections of this course may not apply.
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A required step in the training process is to complete the self-paced NAU online training module while simultaneously building your personal Sandbox site (which will need to meet the Sandbox requirements detailed in step 3). There is a short quiz at the end of the module.
Please note: You must complete the entire course and have it added to your transcript at nau.edu/mytraining. Completion of the NAU online training is required to gain access to a site.
Step 3: Complete Sandbox requirements Accordion Closed
You will learn how to work with NAU’s specific instance of WordPress in the NAU online training during step 2 and will begin building your Sandbox site. Your Sandbox site must include all of the Sandbox requirements, which cover a variety of shortcodes and page templates, demonstrating your wide knowledge of our WordPress theme.
If you need assistance completing the Sandbox requirements:
Step 4: Submit completed Sandbox site Accordion Closed
Step 5: Attend an in-person WordPress Workshop Accordion Closed
After your Sandbox site has been reviewed and you have been contacted by a WCM Support Team member, you are ready to attend an in-person WordPress Workshop. The workshop schedule has a variety of days and times to choose from. They are scheduled for three hours, but are designed for drop-ins, so you are welcome to come when you like and stay as long as you need to.
This is the final requirement for the WordPress training where a member of the WCM Support Team will:
- review anything that was missed or done incorrectly on your Sandbox site,
- answer any questions you have about WordPress,
- and tell you how to obtain access to your department’s live site.