Building a Website with WordPress

​Learn how to use WordPress to design and build a user-friendly, functional website that looks great! Successful completion of the course leads to the WordPress Website Builder digital badge and certificate.

This course is for anyone who wants to create their own website, perhaps for your small business, or a blog, or to showcase an idea or just showcase yourself and your work. The course explores how to use WordPress - one of the most popular services for hosting and designing web content – to register, create and publish a website.


The course consists of five mandatory live training sessions, that are each 1-hour long and 2-4 hours of additional learning in the form a practical project assessment. Estimated learning time: 7–10 hours.

The course runs twice a year, in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Sign-up for one of each session below:

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Where and how to attend?

Sessions listed as Online (in the Campus column, above) will be held through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link (URL) to the meeting and joining instructions will be sent after booking on a session. In person sessions will be held in a digital skills training room, see directions to our rooms.

Some sessions will be held in person and online, so ensure you choose your preferred booking type when signing-up. We recommend you attend these in person (if you can) but full support will be provided for those joining online.

Target Audience

​Cardiff Met students or staff


There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but you should have a familiarity with using Windows or Mac and a web browser.


The course is free to Cardiff Met students and staff

Learning a new blogging/content sharing system will be valuable for storing and sharing information externally and internally in my current role and in future

Course Structure

The course is comprised of​ five mandatory training sessions, that are each 1-hour long and an additional 3-5 hours of learning in the form a practical project assessment.

The first session begins by detailing how to sign-up to the WordPress platform, and how to navigate through the WordPress dashboard and set-up your initial website.

The second session explains the differences between posts and pages, and looks at how to work with images within WordPress's media gallery.

The third session begins by detailing how to edit posts or pages, and how to then schedule and publish them.

The fourth session looks at how themes can be used to set the appearance of your site, and how to customise any themes that you choose to install.

The fifth session continues looking at how to use themes and how to finalise your website.

The final component of the course is a practical project in which you will create your own website using WordPress.

Estimated amount of learning time:

  • Teaching sessions: 5 hours
  • Practical project assessment: 2 - 4 hours

For a total of between 7 - 10 hours.

Digital Badge Certification

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Successful completion of the course leads to the WordPress Website Builder  digital badge and certificate.

The digital badge is issued by Cardiff Metropolitan University through the Credly platform.

To complete the course and gain the digital badge, learners are required to complete the live training and pass a practical project assessment. 


Earners of the badge are able to create and edit a website using They have proven that they are able to: sign-up for a WordPress website, set-up the initial dashboard, create (and edit) posts and pages. Earners of this badge are able to upload and edit images and embed video, customise themes and site appearance, and implement extras and widgets.

Visit the Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page to find out more about our digital credentialing programme.

Upcoming Courses

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Specific Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course trainees should be able to:

  • Sign-up for a free WordPress website.
  • Understand the WordPress dashboard and settings.
  • Use the WordPress editor to create posts and pages.
  • Use different elements in a post and page.
  • Edit, schedule and publish WordPress posts and pages.
  • Preview and implement different themes for your site.
  • Use the WordPress Customiser to edit a theme.


Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about more about Digital Badges at Cardiff Met.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.