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WordPress for Beginners

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
WordPress

WordPress

Title: WordPress for Beginners
Location: MadLab
Description: A hands-on introductory course to building a website or blog with WordPress.

Date: 16 & 17-10-2014 (Thursday & Friday)
Price: £300
From 10:00 to 16:30

Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or drop us an email at office@madlab.org.uk for more information.

 

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.

Over two days you’ll learn everything you need:

  • planning and setting up a site
  • publishing content
  • getting a polished look with themes
  • adding functionality with plugins
  • how to make conversations with your readers effortless

The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it.

WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It’s quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup. But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it. This course will give you a great start.

Over the two days Mike will guide you through installing WordPress, adding content (including multimedia), and interacting with your readers, as well as begining to customise the look and enhance the functionality of your site.

Who is this for?

Total beginners, no prior knowledge is required. This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise (for example a scout group or a local church) this course will be ideal for you.

You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will set you back on the right track.

Who uses WordPress?

Media

Commercial

Personal

Have a look at the full list over on WordPress.org.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Installing WordPress: Demonstration
  3. Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
  4. Exercise: Sketch your site layout
  5. The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
  6. Content types: Posts, pages and more
  7. Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
  8. Exercise: Adding content to your site
  9. The look of your site
  10. Exercise: Changing things around

Day two

  1. Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
  2. Comments: Engaging with your readers
  3. Exercise: Commenting and moderation
  4. Plugins: Playing with plugins
  5. Exercise: Logging in and looking around
  6. Installing themes
  7. Exercise: Trying some themes
  8. Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
  9. Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
  10. Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

 

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one, too.

Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220 (inclusive of VAT). These are open to people who are self employed (and on low income), unemployed or full time students. Please contact us on 0161 839 6324 or via email: office@madlab.org.uk to book your place.

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Game Dev 101 – Under 18s

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Game Dev 101 Logo

Game Dev 101

Title: Game Dev 101 – Under 18s
Location: MadLab
Description: Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

Date: 25-10-2014
From 10:00 to 17:00

Booking: grab a spot via Eventbrite or email us on office@madlab.org.uk for further details/to book

 

Are you under 18? Do you love video games? Would you like to find out how they are made?

Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

Over the course of the day Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical. Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go. The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this?

The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can still be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).

By the end of the day, you will understand how to get up and running in a few different game making environments and will come out with the skills and confidence to explore making games further. Once completed, you’ll be well prepared to move on to the Intermediate Level course.

Who is this course for?

Under 18s who are interested in video games and learning about how they are created. (Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.)

Do I need any prior skills?

No, as long as you have an interest in video games, basic numeracy and computing skills you’ll be fine, this course is for complete beginners!

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know (office@madlab.org.uk / 0161 839 6324) so we can arrange one for the day.)

All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance

Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl (site is in Dutch) that attendees can use in their own future work.

How much does it cost?

£70 for the course plus an additional £10 for adult accompaniment (this is to cover lunch that will be available on the day). Prices are inclusive of VAT.

About the Tutor

Dan Hett became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how!

Cancellation Policy

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Intermediate WordPress

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
WordPress

WordPress

Title: Intermediate WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: A course designed to improve the skills of those who already know the basics of WordPress. Are you ready to take your WordPress site to the next level?

Dates: 03 & 04-11-2014 (Monday & Tuesday)
Price: £300
From 10:00 to 16:30

Booking: Grab a spot via Eventbrite or or drop us an email at office@madlab.org.uk for more information.
Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation, learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices, and begin to unleash the full potential of the platform from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month of free hosting which you can use for experimenting if you wish, however, you’re welcome to work on your own site if you’d prefer. At the end of the course, you’ll be confident your site is professional quality and working its hardest for you.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but you don’t have to as we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Total beginners should try our WordPress for Beginners course.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
  3. Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
  4. Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
  5. Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
  6. The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
  7. Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
  8. CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
  9. Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
  10. Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

  1. Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
  2. Caching: Make your site fly!
  3. Exercise: Security and caching plugins
  4. SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
  5. Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
  6. Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
  7. Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
  8. E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
  9. More useful tools and plugins

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too however, for part of the course you will need Firefox or Google Chrome
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers:

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Advanced WordPress

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
WordPress

Advanced WordPress

Title: Advanced WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.

Date: 13 to 14-11-2014
Price: £400
From 10:00 to 16:30

Booking:Grab a spot via Eventbrite or email us at office@madlab.org.uk

 

 

 

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you. Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients. From customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building WordPress sites or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will help those wanting to take control of your current WordPress site and fully understand its capabilities. Marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further will also benefit, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

If this all sounds a bit scary you might want to consider our intermediate or beginners WordPress courses.

What you need to be familiar with.

You don’t need any programming experience, however a little CSS knowledge is useful. You will also need to know how to use a text editor and a FTP programme.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes
  3. Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme
  4. Exercise: Let’s create a child theme
  5. Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code
  6. Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven
  7. E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce
  8. Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets
  9. Advanced content plugins: Types and views

Day two

  1. Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities
  2. Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network
  3. Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter
  4. Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins
  5. Production tools: Branding the admin screens
  6. Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more
  7. Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins
  8. Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will need a modern web browser, an FTP client and a text editor (see below). Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
  • You will need a text editor. We suggest:
  • You will need a FTP program. We suggest – FileZilla
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Costs

The course costs £400 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers:

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Book your place now.

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

North West Playtesters

Monday, June 9th, 2014
North West Playtesters

North West Playtesters

Title: North West Playtesters
Location: Terrace*
Description: Meet up with friendly, like-minded game designers and playtest each other’s games. We’re open to everyone and encourage you to come down even if you’re not designing a game.

Note: we have a projector available if you want to showcase pc / mobile games.

Date: 27-08-2014
From 1830 to 2130

* North West Playtesters meet in Terrace’s function room (‘The Wearhouse’) which is immediately next door to MadLab. To get there, face MadLab’s front door and shuffle to your right. You are now in front of some black doors. Go through these and turn immediately right up the stairs. Et voila!