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Intermediate WordPress

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Intermediate WordPress

Title: Intermediate WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: A hands-on intermediate course to polish your WordPress website
Start Date: 20-10-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
End Date: 21-10-2012
Booking: Sign up here

 

 

 

 

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 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 and 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’sfree hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Manchester WordPress User Group

Friday, March 30th, 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: 18-07-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

The Agenda includes:

  • WordPress News
  • A talk or presentation (TBD)
  • A report from WordCamp Edinburgh UK 2012
  • Questions & Answers
  • Troubleshooting session
  • A Chance to show off your WordPress site

If you have other suggestions for items to go on the agenda, please comment on our website or on the mailing list.

If you fancy coming along, let us know at our Meetup page.

Manchester WordPress User Group

Monday, March 19th, 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: 16-05-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

The Agenda includes:

  • WordPress News
  • A talk on an example of WordPress development process by Rich
  • Questions & Answers
  • Troubleshooting session
  • A Chance to show off your WordPress site

Please check out the group’s website http://mwug.info/ for full details. Feel free to join our friendly mailing list for announcements, help and advice in between the monthly meetings. You can find the sign up form on the website.

WordPress for Beginners

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WordPress for Beginners

Title: WordPress for Beginners
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity course aimed at those who are new to WordPress
Start Date: 22-09-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
End Date: 23-09-2012
Booking: Sign up 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 free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Manchester WordPress User Group

Sunday, February 19th, 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: 19-09-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:15

The Agenda includes: NOTE: We will be continuing with the split session idea. The evening will be split into two sessions with a general session from 6.30 through to 7.45 and a development/technical session from 8pm through to 9.15.

General Session

  • WordPress News
  • A talk or presentation (TBD)
  • Questions & Answers
  • Troubleshooting session
  • A Chance to show off your WordPress site

Technical session

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

For more details see the MWUG website.