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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.

Dates: 20 & 21-11-2014 (Thursday and 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.

Short Story Writing Course

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Short Story Writing

Short Story Writing

Title: Short Story Writing Course
Location: MadLab

Description: Course exploring the short story.

From 19:00 to 21:00
Dates: Thursday evenings, starting 20th Nov and then on the 18th Dec, 15th Jan, 19th Feb, 19th Mar + 16th April

 

 

 

About the course

Over the course of six workshops, you’ll be introduced to the three predominant narrative structures used by short story writers and learn how to apply them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks – and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback – you’ll develop three stories to completion, and get in-course tutor feedback on at least two of them. You’ll receive tailored advice on how to shape the story and how to improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice.

About the tutor

Sarah Schofield‘s writing has won numerous prizes including the Writers Inc Short Story Competition and the Calderdale Short Story Competition. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2010 and was runner up in The Guardian Travel Writing Competition. She has contributed to five Comma anthologies so far: Lemistry, Bio-Punk, Beta-Life, The Third Apple, and the forthcoming Thought X. She is a member of the Narrative Research Group at Edgehill University, and is currently working on her first collection of stories for Comma.

Price

£150 for the six week course

Booking

To book, please email office@madlab.org.uk stating you’d like to join the course. We’ll send you an invoice straight away. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at this address. We’d be delighted to help you.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy
Location: MadLab

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 22-11-2014

Times:
Morning session: 10:30 to 14:30
Evening session: 15:30 to 19:30

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 4-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com.

Booking

You can book a place via Eventbrite:

Book Morning Session (10:30-14:30)

Book Evening Session (15:30-19:00)

Alternatively, you can email us at office@madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy

MadLab completely understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, 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 out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Rat Taxidermy

Rat Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

Location: MadLab

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rat. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 23-11-2014
From 10:00 to 15:00

 

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Whether you’re a veteran of our Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy courses or a novice who fancies learning on something bigger than a mouse, Margot will take you step-by-step through the process to create an anthropomorphic (or naturalist) masterpiece.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats (though it’s by no means essential). Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com.

Booking

You can book a place via Eventbrite: reserve a place!

Alternatively, you can email us at office@madlab.org.uk and we’ll send you an invoice.

Cancellation Policy

MadLab totally understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, 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 out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.

Manchester Lambda Lounge

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Lambda Lounge

Lambda Lounge

Title: Manchester Lambda Lounge

Location: New Art Spaces, Federation House (see below for directions)

Description: A group dedicated to popularising Functional Programming, and exploring new concepts in programming languages.

Date: 20-10-2014
From 19:00 to 21:00

 

 

Directions to New Art Spaces (Federation House):

With the MadLab building on your left, walk down to the end of Edge Street and turn left onto High Street. Take the next right on to Thomas Street and walk all the way to the end of the road towards Shudehill. At the end of the street, cross over and turn left towards Shudehill tram stop. Turn right on to the tram stop platform and walk down towards The Printworks. Turn right at the end of the stop onto Danztic Street. New Art Spaces (Federation House) is on your left and the MadLab entrance is through the big black gates. There will be someone from MadLab there to greet you!

Map with directions from MadLab to New Federation House

To find out more about why we’re temporarily relocating, and for a step-by-step Street View walk-through, click here. If you’ve got any questions about the new venue, please email office@madlab.org.uk.