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Rafi AkbarRafi Akbar is the founder and CEO of Luckywebs.

With a background in digital marketing, web design, social media, ecommerce and web analytics, Rafi can tailor your classes to suit the nature of your website, and your style of learning.

Passionate about empowering others, Rafi mentors people and offers pro bono WordPress workshops for community and charitable organisations including Prince’s Trust, Westminster Libraries, Portobello Business Centre and City Business Library.

Read Rafi’s Get Mentoring case study here.

Rafi is also a highly experienced speaker on all aspects of the digital industry, having delivered speeches in the UK and in Turkey.

Although I was born in Nottingham, I don’t have the accent. When I double-majored between Management and Management Information Systems, WordPress did not exist. It was during the same university days where I taught myself how to sing and play the guitar. Later I joined a band and performed in public. Who knew getting over stage fright would become an advantage? Fast-forward 10 years and I ended up working for Europe’s largest affiliate marketing company in London, where part of my job was to send email newsletters to affiliates. I began to learn HTML and began coding websites using Dreamweaver. I started creating the perfect website using Dreamweaver and Notepad++. Then my beautiful wife introduced me to WordPress. She showed me a good looking website she had created using WordPress without zero knowledge of coding. That’s when I decided to use WordPress as a medium to create and manage websites for clients. Then I began running client trainings sessions and found myself enjoying that more than building websites. Finally ended up running monthly courses at Google campus since 2012 and never looked back. I felt the need to teach more startups and individuals on how to quickly get a website up and running on their own domain on the day. What better way than setting up courses and workshops to do exactly that? That is how Luckywebs came to exist.

WordPress courses and workshops in London

We’ve been providing WordPress courses and workshops to individuals, startups and small businesses, and anyone else wanting to learn WordPress, since 2012, from Google campus in Old Street, in the heart of London’s Silicon Roundabout.

WordPress is a fantastic and free platform that has made it possible for anyone to set up, develop and launch a website. We’re talking anything from online shops to professional portfolios to digital publications. Hugely successful companies using WordPress include eBay, Yahoo, Ford and Sony.

Want to join them? You don’t need to be a web designer or html expert to learn WordPress, but to get the most out of this amazing tool, you do need some specialised knowledge… and that’s where Luckywebs can help!

Whether you want a professional and commercially oriented website for your business or start-up, or you want an online space where you can showcase your work and network with others, we’ll give you everything you need to create your own website, just the way you want it!

We focus on giving you the knowledge to run your own WordPress website, so you don’t have to spend money on agencies or developers. We even help you sign up to a WordPress-ready web hosting provider where your get a domain free of charge for the first year!

We deliberately keep the classes small and we encourage attendees to interact with each other as well as ask as many questions as they want. We find this approach leads to a supportive, friendly and encouraging environment for learning!

Why choose us

We’ve heard many people’s experiences of paying hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds to website developers and agencies, only to end up with something that they didn’t ask for. And we’ve seen those companies which offer a “website out of the box”, with standard templates that are sometimes hard to edit, customise and update.

We say: No more!

We want to empower individuals, start-ups and small businesses to design, create and launch completely customised, highly advanced and fully functioning websites. Websites that look good on desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

Websites that anyone can build.

Although to be honest, when we say anyone… we actually mean people who want to learn for themselves and create a website, or people who want to take their current website to the WordPress platform, or people who are simply interested in the potential and possibilities of WordPress. People that aren’t necessarily experienced web designers, html coders. If you’re still reading, then hopefully that means you!

Meet the rest of the team

Sav D’Souza

LuckyWebs Social Media Guru and Guest Blogger Sav D’Souza

After studying literature and politics at university Sav went on to a postgraduate in Journalism Studies.

His main passion is for all things collaborative and social enterprises believing in the power of building like minded networks for social good.

Sav is also editor of an international cultural platform Just A Platform.Com.

Sav has worked as a journalist and in communication roles for over ten years. In this time he has been based London, Berlin, Rome, Prague and Hawaii and contributed to the Guardian, Telegraph, SA Sports Illustrated, Prague Post, CNBC Europe and the Metro among others.

Ever since I left London to live in Prague I have developed this desire to see other parts of the world and experience different cultures, places and ways of life. And so led to a nomadic existence where I was fortunate enough to also be based in Hawaii, Rome and Berlin. It was while I was in Berlin that I experienced a very vibrant and creative start up scene where everybody seemed to have a project of some kind that they were working on. When I moved back to London I by chance attended one of Luckywebs WordPress workshops which inspired me to start up my cultural website that I had been thinking about starting in Berlin. Rafi was instrumental in assisting me with my site and when he asked me to join his team I welcomed the opportunity to work in what is very much a collaborative process.

Partners

Princes Trust, City Business Library, Portobello Business Centre, UCL Enterprise Society, University of Arts London, ClearFormat, Zapper, WooThemes and various Plugin Authors.

Free WordPress Course

What: Make your website your way
When: Sat 21 Mar 10am-6pm
Where: Google Campus (Google maps)
Tubes: Old St., Moorgate & Liverpool St.

Perfect for beginners & amateurs.

If you have a budget of £2 per month to sign up to a web hosting* package. Then you’ll get a free domain and a premium theme worth £60.

free wordpress courses

Terms and conditions

1. Participants in the WordPress Course by Luckywebs must be 18 or over.

2. An application by you for attendance to the WordPress Course by completing the online entry process will be subject to acceptance by Luckywebs. Luckywebs reserves the right to refuse an application for attendance.

3. This course takes place once a month and is available to sign up on this page as it is updated each month. Luckywebs reserves the right in its absolute discretion to extend the closing date in the WordPress Course in the event there are insufficient applicants.

4. Successful applicants will be contacted by phone and email after they sign up and will be required to confirm their attendance in writing after they have signed up to a web hosting package.

5. This WordPress course is for beginners without web hosting. If you already have a domain you must get in touch and let us know after signing up to your web hosting package. The nameservers will need to be pointed from your domain to your web hosting otherwise you will not be able to use your website on the day.

6. Participants in the WordPress Course must be prepared to learn WordPress and use plugins mentioned.

7. Participants are obliged to be attentive, listen carefully and follow the steps rather than asking questions during the course. There will be a Q&A session and you will have ample opportunity then, bearing in mind there are others who are also interested in asking questions.

8. Luckywebs will not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by participants for taking part in the the WordPress course or causing damage to the venue. No travel expenses will be paid or refunded.

9. Participants must follow the instructions of the tutor during the Course. If participants want to leave the Workshop before it ends, they must notify the tutor.

10. Where your conduct is unacceptable (in Luckywebs’s reasonable opinion), we reserve the right to request that you leave the WordPress course.

11. You will own the web hosting you sign up to and also the website you create on the day.

12. Please ensure that you have the right to use the images and content (either material you have created yourself, or freely licenced creations such as that hosted on WikiCommons or supported by Creative Commons).

13. Participants in the WordPress courses will be required to leave a review of their experience of the course on the Luckywebs Facebook page as a post, as a review on the review section and also on the Luckywebs Google+ page. Photos will also be taken during the course of the attendees.

14. Photos of the attendees as well as the reviews written by attendees may be selected to be published on the Luckywebs website and its respective social media, email marketing and display ad channels. However, Luckywebs is under no obligation to include any of the attendees’ photos or reviews.

15. You hereby grant Luckywebs a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use and publish your photos and reviews in electronic format (including on Luckywebs websites and social media sites) and hard copy for purposes connected with the WordPress Course (including as set out in paragraph 11 above), and to adapt the photographs to enable such publication (including to crop or otherwise edit it for such purposes).

16. The Promoter shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it as described in its privacy policy, a copy of which can be seen at https://www.luckywebs.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/#privacy, and in accordance with data protection legislation. By applying to participate in the WordPress Course, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about the same.

17. Luckywebs accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of participating in the WordPress courses (including the 1-day and 2-day courses).

18. Luckywebs disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your camera or other possessions relating to or resulting from participation in the WordPress Courses.

19. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of Luckywebs under law for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence.

20. Luckywebs reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this WordPress course with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its reasonable control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Luckywebs in all matters relating to the WordPress Course is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

21. Luckywebs shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations relating to the WordPress courses where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

22. These Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Things you should know before signing up

Why is it FREE?

If you search in Google you will come across many who will charge you £95 or even £145 to attend a 1-Day WordPress beginners course.

Why is this course for free?

I used to personally create websites for clients but found that I enjoyed and got more pleasure and satisfaction from teaching friends, family and clients to create and maintain their own websites.

Words aren’t enough to express how rewarding I find working with people to create professional looking websites for their new or existing business and increase their online presence. Since I started Luckywebs I have helped countless people learn how to set-up and maintain their own websites.

Over the years I feel I have made a real contribution to people with little experience and beginners in helping them by giving them the tools, knowledge and confidence to get the website they really want.

That’s why I started my free WordPress courses as I feel that it is the best way for me to make a difference by empowering people. The courses are perfect for beginners who maybe do not have huge resources or budgets and want to get up and running with minimal start-up costs.

Where does it lead to?

I am confident that most of you who attend the 1-day introductory WordPress course would want to take it to the next step: get better at WordPress and learn how to monitor website user behaviour, on-site and off-site SEO to rank your website for relevant key-phrases and build an email list in order to target your audience effectively.

You have 2 options:

1. Sign up to the Luckywebs 2-Day Intensive WordPress Course

2. Learn WordPress by yourself and progress in your own time

If you are serious and want to speed up the process of completing your website, then the 2-day course would be perfect for you. From just £195 per for both days at the 4 star Lancaster London it is simply a treat. Not only do you enjoy learning WordPress in a very small group, you can treat yourself to complimentary cakes, tea, coffee, sparkling and still water all day long.

 

Why the name Luckywebs?

Coming across WordPress was a matter of luck. The way I got lucky and learned how to create professional websites using WordPress, I would love to pass on this knowledge and a lot of luck to you.

Hence our tagline:

Where your website is born lucky

*Web hosting package: Why do I need it?

Just like we all need a shelter which we often call home, WordPress needs the shelter of a web hosting package. Just like we paint our house, add wooden or marble flooring to make it look attractive, we use a  WordPress theme to do just that. The way we buy a new fridge, a satellite dish or even build a conservatory, we add extra functionalities by using WordPress plugins. A website (WordPress or not), themes and plugins must all run on a web hosting package.

Without a web hosting package, there cannot be any website.

According to WikiPedia, a web hosting package is a type of Internet hosting service that allow individuals and organisations to make their websites accessible via the World Wide Web.

WordPress has the content management system (CMS) version that is available via wordpress.org. It is far more powerful and customisable compared to its free version WordpPress.com. In WordPress.com you cannot install third-party themes (templates) or plugins (add-ons).

Why do I need web hosting?

In order to use the CMS version of WordPress it is necessary to sign up to a web hosting package that allow you to:

  • run at least 1 database as required by WordPress
  • install WordPress with a single click

A web hosting package typically costs between £3-£30 per month.

Course Content

1. Configuring Domain & Web Hosting

  • Sign up for a web hosting package
  • Connect a domain to your web hosting
  • Create domain related email addresses

2. Setting Up Self-hosted WordPress

  • Select your domain
  • Install WordPress
  • Configure WordPress settings

3. Installing Premium Theme & Plugins

  • Install & configure a premium theme
  • Install & configure plugins
  • Know which plugins to install

4. Customising pages

  • Install a page builder plugin
  • Add videos, maps & buttons
  • Position images & slideshows

Credibility Factor

Founder and CEO Rafi Akbar ran free introductory WordPress Courses since 2012 with the following organisations:

  • University College London
  • University Arts London
  • Princes Trust
  • Google Campus
  • Brent Adult Centre
  • City Business Library
  • Greenwich Enterprise Club
  • Ealing Road Library
  • Pimlico Library
  • Wembley Library
  • Westminster Reference Library

It was quite clear from the feedback of all attendees that it would be extremely helpful if there was a high quality WordPress beginners course that was offered free of charge. And now there is.

I'm a complete beginner. Will I have problems following the instructions on the day?

Introductory WordPress Course

While the trainer goes through the steps you will have a WordPress nanny helping you from time to time. All you have to do is raise your hand.

Things that may make it difficult to follow the instructions during the course

  • Lack of basic knowledge on using laptops including using web browsers.
  • Inability to search online using Google.co.uk or other search engines.
  • If English isn’t your first language or you don’t have a good grasp of the English language

More Information

Introductory WordPress Course is quite literally for every startup who are in a position to invest time in creating their own website, be it a holding page or the initial 5 pages. Leave with a 5-page website by the end of the day. Pay nothing apart from the 3rd party web hosting package which you need to host your WordPress website either way.

For beginners this introductory WordPress Course will be an eye opener. Watch the video testimonials to see why attending this course is best decision you will ever make to begin your website journey.

I have been running this introductory WordPress Course at several venues long enough to realise just how helpful it is for complete beginners. I have had attendees come up to me afterwards and tell me that they have paid between £95 to £145 for an introductory WordPress course and didn’t learn as much as they had in my course.

When I asked them individually why they benefitted more from the Luckywebs introductory WordPress course they said:

“Because you called me and guided me through the web hosting set up process, helped me choose a domain which was free of charge and install WordPress. Then on the day  I followed your steps which was easy to follow, answered most of my questions and at the end of the course I had a 5-page website! Not to mention saved myself £65 because thanks to you I received a free domain and a premium theme worth £6o!.”

If you’re reading this and you haven’t completed the form above, do it now and we will get in touch with you shortly if your application is accepted.

SUMMARY

Introductory WordPress Course – In 7 hours (excluding 30 mins for lunch and two 15min breaks) you will be shown step by step how a 5 page WordPress website is installed, set up and customised without any coding. It is truly the mother of all introductory WordPress courses.

BONUS: Attendees who qualify and sign up to a web hosting package before they attend the course will receive a free domain* and a premium responsive WordPress theme worth £60.

*Domain: Free for the first year followed by renewal price of about £5 each year.

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Our aim is to transfer every bit of information we have gained during our journey of learning and applying WordPress when creating websites in the form of blog articles/posts. In order to continue we need to ensure the existing content is optimised for you and search engines, error free, fast to load and mobile responsive.

Contact Luckywebs?

We would love to hear from you.

Please contact us by using the details below

Phone or text: 0208 969 2018 or 07909 449 617
Email, chat or Google hangout: rafi@luckywebs.co.uk

Address: Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, EC2A 4BX

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