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Building a Website with WordPress

Build a website that gives you lots of flexibility and the functionality you need.

Building a Website

Date: Wednesdays
Feb. 5 - 26
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: University of Montana campus
James E. Todd Building
Hours of Instruction: 12
Course Fee: $300
Registration: Register Now
Course Policies



  • Course participants should have 2 or more years computer experience.
  • Students should be prepared to sign up for a web hosting plan using a debit or credit card (less than $10/month) and domain name (around $15/year).
  • If you have a laptop, bring it.  If you don't have a laptop, please let us know so that we can provide one.
  • If you have already purchased your domain name, you will need also need your domain registrar login information. If you already have a WordPress site, please know your login information.

Course Description:

Need a great website, but don't know how to write code? This course is the just the ticket. You will learn how to build a website using WordPress, one of the most popular and most robust content management systems. Through a series of assignments paired with lectures, you will gain the knowledge and the hands-on experience you need to build, publish, and modify a website using this exceptional open-source platform.

You will learn how to:

  • Install WordPress on a web hosting server with their own domain name
  • Publish static pages, blog posts and multimedia content such as video and photos
  • Change the appearance of your site using WordPress themes and making simple modifications
  • Customize your site's functionality and enable Google Analytics
  • Optimize your site for search engines

By the end of this course, students will have a live website that can be independently maintained and updated. Students will also receive a series of WordPress tutorials so that learning can be refreshed and expanded as needed.

Topics to be covered:

  • Practical planning for the new website
  • Setting up and configuring your self-hosted WordPress site
  • Adding content, plugins, and learning to get found online
  • Learning off-site SEO, evaluating site performance and critiquing your site

About the Instructor: Karen Porter

Karen Porter is a Missoula native with 25 years experience. She spent 10 years leading marketing efforts for two multi-billion dollar companies, 11 years teaching marketing at the University of Montana, and has owned or co-owned several small businesses. Being involved in internet marketing since 1998, she brought digital experience to the classroom in 2011 when she introduced the first university-level online and social media marketing course in the state of Montana. She currently owns Impact Online Marketing, offering digital marketing strategy, website development, search engine optimization, and social media services.  Her website,, features marketing information, free tips, and recommended marketing resources for small business owners.

  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT  59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-2900
  • Fax: (406) 243-2047
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