Treehouse rolls out website building course using WordPress

By Nicel Jane Avellana

Feb 07, 2014 10:00 AM EST

Treehouse, a company that teaches one to build websites and apps, code or start a business, has launched a course for WordPress site-building, VentureBeat reported. 

WordPress is considered a big deal because 18.9% of the web are running on the platform, according to WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg at the annual San Francisco WordCamp last year. That means one in five websites is powered by Wordpress, including VentureBeat and Katy Perry's, making it one of the best platforms for building clean, beautiful and modern websites, the report said.

However, VentureBeat reported that a lot of those who use WordPress don't really have any idea about its inner workings or how to maximize the use of its tools, making Treehouse's offering gives everyone something to look forward to, the report said.

In a statement about the course, Treehouse Chief Executive Officer Ryan Carson said, "WordPress powers a significant part of the web today and knowing how to build a site with WordPress opens worlds to creating powerful, easy to update sites."

He further explains what students can expect to learn from the course, "This project takes power users, people who know how to edit content and manage basic settings, and teaches them to begin building their own custom WordPress sites. They will learn how to step beyond using just built in theme customizers and create and edit child themes. The course includes an introduction to HTML, CSS and PHP as a part of the WordPress ecosystem. This is the starting point for anyone looking to work in the field as a WordPress theme developer."

Zac Gordon, a WordPress expert, will be teaching the course. Treehouse has two pricing plans: Basic costs $25 a month while the Unlimited plan costs $49 monthly, information from its website showed. Founded in 2011, Treehouse has offices in Portland and Orlando in Florida and has secured $24 million in venture capital funding so far. 

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