Programming for Non-Geeks: How to Build and Manage Your Website

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December 06, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Programming for Non-Geeks: How to Build and Manage Your Website
Originally Broadcast On:
December 06, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Do you want to build a website? A blog, news site or portfolio site? Are you mystified, overwhelmed, have no idea where to start? Look no further!

This Webinar will help you understand content management systems, the powerhouses behind these types of websites and a technology that has revolutionized Web publishing.

You may have heard of Wordpress or Drupal. Both are examples of content management systems or CMSs. Behind nearly every large-scale site, and even some smaller sites, is a CMS. A CMS can make it easier to publish and maintain a website and enforce consistency across all the pages in a website. It can make it easy for more than one person to publish or edit content on a website. Using a CMS makes it easy for you to launch and maintain a creative, innovative — but consistent — website.

This Webinar explains the underlying principles that all content management systems share. You’ll learn how you can put a CMS to work to plan and build a better website. We'll use examples to illustrate these principles from two of the most popular systems: Wordpress and Drupal.

If you are new to Web publishing or want to better understand how it all works, this Webinar is for you. This Webinar is for people new to CMS technology, not experienced Web designers and publishers.

Want to learn more about publishing a multimedia Website? This Webinar is part of a two-day, back-to-back Webinar package. If you register for this Webinar, you can get a discount on Programming for Non-Geeks: Publishing Multimedia on the Web. For more information on special package pricing or to register for both Webinars, click here.

What Will I Learn:
  • The roles templates play in linking content, structure and design
  • The difference between content and a content type
  • The difference between static and dynamic publishing
  • What technologies content management systems use
  • How a content management system uses connections to build better websites
  • Why you might want to use Wordpress or Drupal to build your website
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors, freelancers, bloggers and entrepreneurs interested in understanding the technology in content management systems and using that technology to build a better website. This Webinar is NOT for experienced Web designers and publishers.

Course Instructor:

Casey Frechette

Casey Frechette is an assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he teaches digital media and researches technology, journalism and education.

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