The past weekend saw a group of novices gather together from far and wide to learn the secrets of WordPress from none other than one of its co-founders, Mike Little.
The ‘WordPress for Beginners’ workshop was pitched as an introductory course to WordPress and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The course covered pretty much everything the uninitiated would need to know, starting from the basics such as creating a post to more advanced topics such as themes and plug-ins, with a dash of CSS editing for those interested in taking their skills further. We started with learning how to install WordPress (and yes, it can be done within five minutes or in the case of this demonstration, with about a minute spare!), coming to grips with the basic anatomy of the blog formatted website and learning how to navigate the dashboard and what the various types of content were. All the features were gone over in great detail and we were regularly given the opportunity to have a go at configuring our WordPress sites.
Although WordPress started as a blog site, it has since evolved and is now host to social networks and e-commerce sites as well as blogs and personal websites. With such a wide range of capabilities, one wouldn’t think a two-day course would be enough to cover it all, but that would be a mistake. Throughout the course, Mike demonstrated the ins and outs of the system, showing us useful tips and tricks that we might otherwise learn from trial and error, ensuring that we got the best out of this simple but very powerful tool. I think it’s safe to say that everyone got something out of the course, regardless of past experience with website design and it was great learning new skills from someone with as much passion and knowledge as Mike Little, in a friendly and relaxed environment. There were plenty of assistants on hand as well who were also only too happy to answer any queries or make suggestions of their own.
It doesn’t stop there. There is currently the Manchester WordPress User group meets in Madlab every third Wednesday of the month, and there will be intermediate and advanced WordPress courses hosted by the Omniversity in the near future so there is plenty of opportunity for the newly enthused WordPress initiative to hone and develop the skills gained during the introductory course.