Web Design Certificate Overview

The Alliance Web Design Certificate Program consists of courses utilizing WordPress that will help participants develop level one web design skills. Participants of this program will learn how to create and publish posts and pages; customize their site with themes, widgets and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins and adjust the settings that keep their site safe and secure. Participants will learn how to get the most out of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and websites. Following each module participants will be expected to participate in an online assessment. Each assessment will be scored on a Pass/No Pass basis. In addition, participants to earn an Alliance Certificate of Achievement, must complete their final project (finished website) to satisfactorily pass the course. Completion of homework, collaboration, and attendance of 90% is expected.
If you are an aspiring web design professional, this course of study will offer you the basic foundation skills for designing websites and media. In addition, it offers you the unique opportunity to develop skills that will differentiate yourself from the crowd thus increasing your value and potentially your income.

40 hours

Module 1

Hosting & Domain Registration

  • Domain Registration / Hosting
    Participants will learn how to register a domain with a registrar and select a hosting company.
  • Web Design Basics
    The elements of design are the building blocks of design.  Understanding the basic elements you’ll be able to put together a more powerful Website.
  • WordPress Intro
    Participants will install WordPress, install theme and learn about the WordPress dashboard.

20 hours

Module 2

The Power of Plugins

  • Plugins
    Plugins is a term for a collection of additional pieces of software that provide extra functionality.  Participants will learn how to utilize FREE plugins to make your website behave like you want.
  • Widgets
    Widgets are very handy little chunks of functionality that perform common task.  Learn how to choose the right widgets you want to help improve functionality, performance and appearance.  You, the webmaster, choose which widgets you want to use to perform additional task.

8 hours

Module 3

Adding Media to Your Website

  • People love images; after all, “a picture speaks a thousand words”. Any images that you can add to your articles that help describe what you are talking about are always worth adding.  WordPress has some very powerful and flexible ways of handling media on a website and in this lesson you will learn several ways of doing so.
  • The basics of Photo Editing – learn some basics on how to edit and crop images using Gimp2, a free photo editing tool.

3 hours

Module 4

CSS / HTML / PHP / FTP

  • HTML Basics
    Although it’s not necessary to know HTML, CSS or PHP in order to build a powerful WordPress site, it can be handy to know how to insert HTML and do some basic edits of your CSS and PHP files to modify template theme.  We will cover some very basics on editing HTML, CSS and PHP so that you’re familiar with the terms and know how to access the files.

3 hours

Module 5

Search Engine Optimization

  • SEO Basics
    SEO is a huge topic and is all about how to optimize your website to attract visitors. There is no point in having a stat-of-the-art website if no-one ever visits it.
  • Best Practices
    When creating content on your site, it is important to follow some basic good practices when writing and formatting your post and pages.  Participants will learn basic sound SEO practices.

4 hours

Module 6

Backing Up & Restore

      • Backup
        Participants will learn how to install and configure a FREE backup plugin.
      • Restore
        Backing up is great but without the knowledge of restoring your website, your backup is useless.  You will learn the skiulls necessary no only to back up but also restore.

2 hours

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