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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Web Design Advanced (WD A2 01)

Formerly Web Design-Advanced (WD ADV 01)

62 hours (17 weeks).  

Various; distance learning format.

September 2014 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: select appropriate WordPress theme based on the project specs, client needs, and the theme's strengths and niche market; create hosting account, purchase a domain, create an FTP account, and install; WordPress on the server; create a fully functional website using an existing theme on WordPress; customize the theme to be appropriate for the project specs and clients' requirements using custom coding, widgets, and plugins; create a custom design in WordPress using a child theme and custom templates, based on the Twenty Sixteen WordPress default theme; set up an e‐commerce demo site with sample products and checkout via Paypal; maintain, test and update the website when new versions of WordPress, the active theme, or active plugins are updated and test for incompatibilities; troubleshoot when encountering bugs.


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include: CMS and WordPress, Plugins, WordPress Themes, Child themes, Page templates, Custom home pages, Custom fields, Frameworks, Troubleshooting, Custom post types, Archives, CPT archives, WordPress security + Client site setup, Functions and hooks, E‐commerce, WooCommerce, Hosting/Domains/Email, Client practices / Migrating sites. Prerequisite: WD 01 (Web Design Comprehensive) or equivalent web design course with proficiency in HTML and CSS.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts or Digital Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation).