2. WordPress Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of the WordPress Dashboard, how to choose themes, and how to customize them.

Class 2

WordPress Fundamentals

What We'll Cover

Build upon your knowledge by getting to know the platform that runs 60% of websites with a content management system and 25% of the web at large (source)! You will learn the basics and best practices of using WordPress and customizing themes, as well as launching your own site. This accelerated class is for students who have completed Web Development Essentials or who can demonstrate working knowledge of and background in front-end development.

The Project

In this class, we will create a child theme using Twenty Sixteen for a website of your choice. You will work on your WordPress website on your local machine using MAMP, and use CSS to customize the display of the WordPress theme. Your site can be anything you like! In the videos I chose to make a website for one of my favorite bars in New York. Anything that has a few pages, a blog, and primarily static content will be perfect.


The only requirement is that you understand the basics of HTML/CSS and the general concepts behind web development. If you aren't quite ready, you might like to check out the Web Development Essentials class!

Your Instructor

Lara Schenck
Lara Schenck

Lara Schenck is a freelance front-end and WordPress developer and instructor currently in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to private tutoring and client work, Lara has taught web development courses at General Assembly, Noble Desktop, and Pratt Institute during her years in New York City, and is passionate about providing project-based, online resources for learning WordPress development. More at notlaura.com and @laras126.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I need help during the course?
Each Tackle Box class has it's own Slack channel where you can ask questions and receive real-time support from either myself or other Tackle Box students. Email me at [email protected] to request to join the Slack channel.

If you need help with a specific project or concept, you may want to check out my tutoring services. Active Tackle Box class members receive a special discount!