David Carson

David Carson is a website developer. He will teach a course called “HTML, WordPress and More” at Solo Practice University®.

David builds and maintains websites for a select group of individuals and organizations. He has been using WordPress, and other free or open-source software, to help find simple solutions to complex issues for more than five years.

As the technical director here at Solo Practice University® since its inception, David selected, implemented and currently maintains a highly customized installation of WordPress and BuddyPress that allows students to attend online courses and interact with other students and faculty. The Solo Practice University® website is proudly featured in the WordPress Showcase and BuddyPress Showcase.

David lives and works from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. When away from the computer, he spends his time kiteboarding or surfing with friends. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University (2001) and law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law (2006).

Syllabus – HTML, WordPress and More

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of HTML along with more advanced techniques for installing, optimizing and maintaining a WordPress installation. The course will be most helpful to lawyers or law students with some experience using either HTML or WordPress, but everyone (from beginner to expert) should find the course helpful.

Introduction to Links and Anchors

  • Anatomy of a link
  • How to properly share a link
  • Tracking link activity
  • Shortened links – good and bad

Basic HTML

  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Lists
  • Others

Styling HTML with CSS

  • Separate content from style
  • What is CSS?
  • Stylesheets
  • Browsers and Progressive Enhancement

Getting Started with WordPress

  • Hosting
  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Themes

Maintaining Your WordPress Site

  • Backups
  • Security
  • Performance issues
  • Upgrading WordPress

Customizing Your WordPress Site

  • Choosing a theme
  • Customizing a theme
  • Adding plugins
  • Best Practices