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Advanced WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

5th May. £400

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May. Course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm both days.

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding). There is a small amount of copy and paste PHP in the child theme module.

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you.

Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients. From customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

Who will benefit from this course?

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.

Sounds a bit scary? Take a look at our Intermediate or Build your first website with WordPress courses instead.

What you need to be familiar with

You don’t need any programming experience, however a little CSS knowledge is useful. You will also need to know how to use a text editor and an FTP program.

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 OS X installed.

You will need a modern web browser, a text editor, and an FTP client.

Web browser: Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.

Text editor: We suggest –

Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
OSX: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Espresso (££)
Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)

FTP: We suggest FileZilla

You may also wish to consider bringing:

Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.

An external mouse if you prefer using one.

MadLab provides extension cables, so don’t worry if you have a short power lead.

Additional Information

Your course fee 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

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

For more general information about MadLab’s courses (cancellation policy, alternative methods for booking etc.), click here.

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy, 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’.

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