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WordPress for Beginners

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

WordPress for Beginners

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

Date: 22 & 29th June
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: here

 

 

 

 

A hands-on introductory course to building a website or blog with WordPress

We’re thrilled to tell you that WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading our two-day introduction to the site.

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 has a Content Management System (CMS) market share of 54%. WordPress is 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. It will take you from the installation of the software, adding content (including multimedia), interacting with your reader, through customising the look and enhancing the functionality of your site.

Who will benefit from this class?

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 – maybe, for example you’re involved in a scout group or local church and you want to get started with a web site – 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?

Government

Media

Commercial

Personal

More examples of WordPress powered sites

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 (if you do not have your own laptop and would like to borrow one from a friend or family, that’s ok, too! You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser installed. Our preference is for the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too).
  • 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.

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have:

  • The ability to install and configure WordPress on a hosting account
  • An understanding of the main content types of WordPress and their differences
  • The ability to configure WordPress to your preferences
  • An understanding of how to tweak your theme settings and alter the look of your site
  • The ability to install new themes and plugins in to your WordPress site
  • An understanding of how to make your site more secure

Costs and times

£200 for the full course. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials. You will also receive one month’s freehosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Intermediate WordPress

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
WordPress for Beginners

WordPress for Beginners

Title: Intermediate WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: Intermediate WordPress course at the Omniversity with WordPress co-founder Mike Little
Start Date: 10-10-2013
End Date: 11-10-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: Sign up here

 

 

 

 

A hands-on intermediate course to polish your WordPress website

WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading our two-day course.

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 has a Content Management System (CMS) market share of 54%.

This intermediate course takes your WordPress site to the next level. You will learn how to thoroughly customise themes, find the right plugin for your needs, understand the different requirements for mobile platforms (smartphones/ tablets) and how to unleash the full power and potential of this CMS platform. Mike’s hands-on course will teach you WordPress best practice, SEO strategies, security tips and caching techniques. You’ll get started with e-commerce and find out about little-known and useful features of WordPress – and all from the man who helped create it in the first place.

Who will benefit from this class?

You may already have a WordPress site or two but you want yours to be better than the rest.

You may be contemplating spending several thousand pounds on hiring a developer/ designer for your new company website.

Total beginners should go on our WordPress for Beginners course.

What you need to be familiar with

If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful.

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 for the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too
  • 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

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have:

  • In-depth knowledge about WordPress configuration
  • A suite of plugins to enhance your site to your needs
  • The ability to configure WordPress to your preferences
  • The ability to use industry-standard developer tools
  • An understanding of site security and Search Engine Optimisation
  • Practical knowledge of advanced plugins

This is a very practical hands-on course where you will complete exercises, ask questions and engage in discussions to make the most of the time.

Costs and times

The course costs £200. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. You will also receive one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

About the course tutor

Mike Little is the co-founder of WordPress, and founder and CEO of zed1.com ltd, a WordPress specialist web development consultancy. He has developed many web sites for his clients (WordPress-based, of course) including a number of prominent UK government websites. His background is in software development and has more than 25 years’ under his belt, many at the most senior levels. He is a member of Mensa, a published author, technical editor, and a member of the Usability Professionals Association.

 

 

New Bid writing course at the Omniversity!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

bid-writing-MLMay  2013 will see an all new bid writing course at the Omniversity. Led by Laura H Drane, this one day session has been created with the small-to-medium enterprise in mind and aims to help you make the best application possible.

Whether it be for hundreds or hundreds of thousands, this course can be tailored for your specific needs. At the end of the session you will come away with an in depth understanding of the application process, a more secure knowledge of what funding is available to you and much needed experience in answering questions that will usually come up. The  most important thing is that you will gain a great deal more confidence in approaching the dreaded bid application!

For more information or to book a course, you can visit the course site here or contact the leader herself via twitter @laurahd

About the course leader

Laura has secured funds from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of pounds for a wide range of organisations, and provided training in bid-writing to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme, and British Science. The course she will deliver is based on this programme, and will be the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public and smaller organisations.

Beginners’ Guide to Arduino and Physical Computing

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

arduinologoTitle: Beginners’ Guide to Arduino and Physical Computing
Location: MadLab
Description: This course tells you everything you need to know about working with the Arduino platform, from software development and simple circuit building, to prototyping new controllers and building robotics.

Date: 06-07-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30

Booking: sign up here

Arduino devices open up the exciting new world of physical computing, making real-world applications available even for non-experts to explore. The possible uses of these micro-controllers are limitless – all you need to add is your imagination.

This course tells you everything you need to know about working with the Arduino platform, from software development and simple circuit building, to prototyping new controllers and building robotics.

You’ll learn not only what you can achieve with Arduino boards, but also strategies for integrating them into larger projects, from installations to sensor networks.

And how could you use it? For functionality, for art… for making life more interesting.

Imagine a clock, with hands not telling the time, but where members of your family are by automatically sending back information about their movements. Imagine a bakery that can instantly send a tweet to its followers to tell them when their yummy baked goods are fresh out of the oven. Imagine a beautiful water-based display that spells out letters and numbers with bubbles.

Now imagine what YOU could do with it!

Real World Examples

Here are some of our favourite projects using the Arduino:

What you need to be familiar with

You’ll need to know how to use your computer, edit files, and save them.

Some programming background is useful, but not essential; if you’ve ever written Javascript, Pascal, C, C++, Java or Actionscript, you’ll find the Arduino programming language very familiar. If you’ve written Macros in Excel or any desktop software, you’ll find this will help you understand what’s happening.

Software and costs

The fee of the course is £120. Included in this price is a hot buffet lunch, with vegetarian options (please notify us if you have other dietary requirements).

You will also receive an Arduino Uno, breadboard, holder, USB cable and parts bundle. Each parts bundle contains jumper wires, two pushbuttons, two potentiometers, resistors, 10 LEDs, and a photoresistor.

Additionally, you will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes we write on a USB stick.

All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.

We will be using the Arduino IDE, version 0021,  which can be downloaded from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software for all platforms.

We will also be using the Processing IDE, version 1.2.1, which can be downloaded from http://processing.org/download/ for all platforms.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need to bring a computer, ideally a laptop, with a recent version of  Linux, Windows or OSX installed. You will need a USB interface on this computer.

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the Arduino IDE
  • Install the Processing IDE

Make sure both applications start and run properly on your computer – on some Linux distributions, you need to install extra software.

Familiarise yourself with the introduction to the Processing IDE (the Arduino IDE is based on it) at http://processing.org/learning/gettingstarted/

Learning Outcomes

  • How to connect and configure Arduino Uno devices to a computer, and download programmes to it
  • How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
  • What different kinds of components exist and how to use photoresistor, potentiometers, and LEDs
  • How to communicate with an Arduino using USB and Processing
  • How to expand your Arduino and where to find devices and support

 

Bid Writing

Friday, March 15th, 2013
Bid writing at the Omniversity

Bid writing at the Omniversity

Title: Bid Writing
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity first bid-writing course, lead by Laura H. Drane
Date: 13-05-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: Book your place








We’re pleased to announce our first bid-writing course, lead by Laura H. Drane.

Many organisations are dependant on successfully securing funds for project-based or day-to-day operations. With more and more competition for shrinking funding pots, it’s crucial to be prepared for the process properly, with a knowledge of the stages involved and the techniques to handle each successfully.
Omniversity has teamed up with veteran bid winner Laura H. Drane to deliver a unique course taking you through the entire bid-writing process, from finding funds to delivering a winning bid. Laura has secured funds from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of pounds for a wide range of organisations, and provided training in bid-writing to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme, and British Science. The course she will deliver is based on this programme, and will be the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public and smaller organisations.

You will be expected tho provide and receive constructive criticism from others on this course as part of the exercises you will undertake on the day.

For those with existing bids in mind…

Laura has offered to tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids, if they can send supporting materials in advance; this is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.

Who will benefit from this class?

Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable both for those who have not been through the bid-writing process and those who have some experience and wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

Course syllabus

Morning

10:00 – 11:00 Strategic and policy context
Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to aware to “doing it” to evaluation
Dos and don’ts, tips and tricks

Lunch

12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served

Afternoon

13:30 – 13:45 Trying your hand
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Plenary and finish

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
  • Understanding of the bid and award process
  • Understanding of the use of language in bid writing
  • Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications
  • Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
  • Confidence in completing bids

Costs and times

£100 for the full course. Please contact omniversity@madlab.org.uk if you wish to pay by purchase order.

More Information

About the Bid-writing Course (pdf)

Please see the above pdf link for more information about the course and tutor.