Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

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.

 

 

Manchester WordPress User Group

Friday, March 1st, 2013
MWUG

MWUG

Title: Manchester WordPress User Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Manchester WordPress User Group
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 15-05-2013
End Time: 21:00


For details and agenda see http://z1.tl/11p

Advanced WordPress

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

WordPress for Beginners

Title: Advanced WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.
Start Date: 02-03-2013
End Date: 03-03-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: Sign up here

We’re thrilled to tell you that 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 advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level. You will learn: how to build sophisticated websites for yourself and your clients; how to customise and brand administration screens; how to build an e-commerce; and how to create events booking and membership sites. You’ll get a insight into choosing the right production and marketing tools for your needs. You’ll build a truly unique theme using WordPress child theme capabilities.

Who will benefit from this class?

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.

What you need to be familiar with

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

If you think this course is too advanced, please take a look at the Intermediate WordPress or WordPress for Beginners course.

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 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
  • You will need a text editor. We suggest
    1. Windows: Notepad++(free), EditPad Lite (free)
    2. Mac: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Expresso (££)
    3. Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)
  • 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

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have:

  • The ability to install and configure WordPress on a hosting account
  • Built an e-commerce site
  • Customise administration themes, and built a child theme
  • Learnt how to configure a WordPress multi-site
  • Learnt how to choose the right marketing and monitoring tools

By the end of this course you will have the insight and skills to build sophisticated, branded and customised web sites for yourself and/or your clients.

Costs and times

The course costs £300. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Manchester WordPress User Group

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Manchester WordPress User Group

Title: Manchester WordPress User Group
Location: MadLab
Description: A group of people from in and around Manchester, UK, who use the open source web publishing software WordPress to blog, design and develop websites.
Date: 19-12-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Agenda

The Agenda includes:

General Session (6.30 — 7.30)

  • WordPress News
  • Questions & Answers
  • The WordPress 35-day challenge with Saz Bailey
  • Troubleshooting session
  • A Chance to show off your WordPress site

Technical session (8.00 — 9.00)

  • Technical news
  • A talk or presentation (TBD)
  • Questions & Answers

Full details at mwug.info

WordPress for Journalists

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

WordPress for Journalists

Title: WordPress for Journalists
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity course covering WordPress for journalists
Start Date: 11-04-2013
End Date: 12-04-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: Sign up here







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

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

WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for nearly 60 million websites and blogs run by individuals, multinational firms and government bodies. Media organisations from the New York Times and Reuters, to The Telegraph and The Independent, love it.

It may be quick and easy to install, but it takes a bit of knowledge to get the best out of WordPress. This course is designed to start you off with the skills you will need to power and develop your own WordPress site to exhibit your work, be that as a print journalist, blogger, broadcaster or film maker. And who better to teach you than WordPress co-founder Mike Little?

Freelancers in particular need an online presence to showcase their work, not only to potential employers but also to the public at large.

By the end of the course you will have mastered the basics of WordPress and be in the position to start managing your own site.

Who will benefit from this class?

This class is ideal for the freelance journalist wanting to showcase their writing, the budding radio presenter wanting to learn to podcast, the photojournalist looking to put a portfolio online, or a multimedia reporter wanting to showcase their presentation style.

Anyone looking to work for the many media companies using WordPress will benefit from having these skills.

You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical details. This course will set you back on the right track.

Please note: This course does not cover WordPress.com and concentrates on self-hosted WordPress instead.

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.

Who uses WordPress?

Government

Media

Commercial

Personal

More examples of WordPress powered sites

Course syllabus

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history (blogging and more, how WordPress is used in the news/media)
  2. The WordPress dashboard: Logging in and looking around
  3. Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
  4. All about content: Blog posts, pages and more
  5. Publishing your first content: It’s easy! Video, audio, photos too
  6. Syndication: RSS – Feeds in, feeds out
  7. Themes, and the look of your site: Some good themes and sources of more
  8. Plugins: Adding more functionality, some key plugins, SEO, security and more
  9. Comments and social media: Engaging with your readers, linking with the social media world
  10. Multiple users: Co-authoring and workflow, copyright and attribution

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.
  • You may want to bring some sample images, or short MP3s that you will be able to upload to your website during the course.
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will:

  • Have a thorough grounding in using and administering WordPress
  • Know how to use all the features of the WordPress editor
  • Have an understanding of podcasting, video blogging, and more
  • Know how to incorporate social media and SEO
  • Have a set of valuable skills appropriate for WordPress’s increasing use by world-class media organisations

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.