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WordPress course at Campus London

Another fantastic WordPress course at Google campus. Despite the ground floor projector malfunctioning, we managed to run the session in front of a TV screen! Massive thanks to all the attendees who didn’t let the projector issue faze them.

WordPress course at Campus London

Takes place once a month on a Saturday. This course has been running at campus since 2012 and is literally the first step if you are a beginner and want to decide whether WordPress is for you when it comes to creating and managing your website.

WordPress for beginners course

Introductory WordPress Course - Google CampusThe course kicked off with the basics: domain, web hosting and installing the self-hosted version of WordPress. Selected a premium blog theme and showed the group how to install a paid theme. Next, how to install the required plugins, configure the theme, plugins and menu. To recreate the same look and feel as they demo version of the theme, it was necessary to import the demo content. The demo content was provided when purchasing the theme. Finally after adding the following widgets to the sidebar and the footer, the homepage looked exactly like the demo site. Everyone saw how a complex homepage can be created in a short space of time!

WordPress courses online

I am thinking of providing online courses. That way you don’t have to travel and can attend the course from your home,office or even an internet cafe.

WordPress Training courses

While there are various training courses available one thing to note is that you will always have a mixed group. Some are complete beginners while others are good with using their laptops and have dabbled with WordPress.com. It is challenging for the trainer as well as some attendees to be patient while others catch up. This is why it’s always best to divide the courses: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Have your say and leave a comment as to what content should be covered in the beginners, intermediate and advanced. We want your opinion!

WordPress workshop

While I run a monthly WordPress course at Campus London I will also be running a few workshops later this year at various libraries including Paddington library and Central Kensington Library. Leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested to attend and I will provide more information, dates etc.

WordPress courses plugin

There are thousands of plugins that are free to use with your self-hosted WordPress website. That doesn’t mean you should use more than 10 as some hosting companies would recommend. Some plugins may not be compatible with your theme or other plugins. Sometimes plugins that aren’t well written will slow down your website’s page load. So bear in mind the number of plugins you use.

WordPress courses free

The courses I run at Google campus are all free. The next one will be in November. It will be an evening session. More information will be available soon.

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WordPress Courses

WordPress Course at Google Campus

The WordPress courses at Google campus has been going almost every month since June 2012. No matter how much experience you can gain throughout the years, you are always surprised by the questions asked by some of the attendees.

WordPress for beginners course

This is a beginners course. If you are new to using computers then you are literally trying to run before you can walk. Not only will you have difficulty following the steps but there is a chance you will be overwhelmed and simply give up. The key is to first get used to hand.

WordPress Training Courses

This is not a talk. It is a hands-on WordPress course where you bring your own laptop and charger, build your pages and posts, menu, set up a theme, install plugins, add content to the sidebar, footer and pages. You do it all and what’s more, you do it alongside like-minded people. Some are startups, some are small businesses and some are complete beginners.

Online WordPress Classes

Are these really helpful? Can you learn everything by yourself simply by sitting with your laptop and switch between a video and your WordPress dashboard to try out the new things you’re learning? If you’re not in London that’s completely understandable however if you are in London then there is no excuse – bring your laptop over to Google campus and start learning step-by-step how to build a fast loading WordPress website.

WordPress Courses-Free

This course is free to attend however you would need to sign up to a web hosting package  and install the self-hosted version of WordPress. Remember there are 2 versions of WordPress: the one at wordpress.com

WordPress Courses Theme

The course is structured in a way that allows any beginner or intermediate WordPress user to get to grips with the nitty gritty of building and managing a WordPress website. You will learn enough to decide whether you want a WordPress theme that will transform your layout and make it appear as a blog with categories appearing on the menu. On the other hand you can install a theme that will transform it into a website.

WordPress Course Attendees

There was a mixed bunch as usual – some were sent by companies to learn about WordPress so that they can manage it better while others were individuals planning to build ecommerce websites and sell products. There was an individual who already had a WordPress website and wanted to learn how to manage it better. After the course I spent some time and helped figure out how to switch between the same page when using a translation plugin. You learn new things everyday.

WordPress Reviews

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Next WordPress course

Will take place on Sat 22nd August 2015. Time: 10am-6pm. Sign up and get ready to learn how to build and manage your own website!

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WordPress course at Paddington Library

Intermediate WordPress course at the Paddington Library is a 3-part course on how to build your WordPress website. If you are a beginner and want to quickly pick up the basics of WordPress and learn along the way, this is a great course to attend.

Go through each option and see for yourself!

WordPress Course Syllabus (part 2 of 3)

Intermediate WordPress course at the Paddington Library1. Revise the basic terms: Domains, Web Hosting, Themes, Plugins, Posts, Widgets.
2. Finding the right theme for your website
3. Testing a theme before buying it
4. Plugins – pros and cons
5. Difference between plugins and widgets
6. Where you can add widgets – Header, Footer and Sidebar
7. Setting up a menu
8. Setting up your custom homepage
9. Adding images to pages, aligning them left, right, or centre
10. Adding text links – explaining anchor texts
11. Internal vs external links and how to create both
12. Installing analytics, backup, social, security and SEO plugins and configuring them
13. Setting up a coming soon plugin so that you can work on your site and make it public when it’s ready

 

WordPress Course Content

The content is based on how one would go about setting up their website on WordPress. Once the basic concepts such as domain, hosting, themes, plugins are out of the way, you can go about creating pages, posts and then create a menu using your desired pages. Installing a custom theme to improve the look and feel of the site.

Intermediate WordPress course at the Paddington Library

wordpress-course-paddington-library-july-2015Next, adding extra functionalities would be the next step. All your hard work should be saved and nothing works best than a free backup plugin called WP Clone. Then a security plugin Sucuri will ensure your site is protected from basic attacks although having a strong username and password will help immensely.

WordPress Course – Managing expectations

Besides adding basic plugins and building the crucial pages, you will also get to know about a SEO plugin called WordPress SEO by Team Yoast. It can guide you when adding content to your pages and posts with hints on how many words there should be in the content, adding “alt text” to images, adding links,

WordPress Course London

Despite several courses available in London, there aren’t any free courses available apart from the ones available in Padding Library, Central Kensington Library and Google campus.

 

WordPress Course Calendar

The 3rd and the final part of the WordPress course in the Paddington library is on Wed 19th August 2015 between 6.30pm and 8pm. The next WordPress course at Google campus is on Sat 22nd August however you will need to sign up to a web hosting package. If you can’t make any of these or you’re reading this when those dates have passed, then sign up now for the next upcoming WordPress course.
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WordPress – Kensington Central Library

History of WordPress Workshops

I first began running WordPress workshop at Kensington Central library back in 2014 and it really took off! People of all ages and profession were attending. There were even some people from Amazon and Google attending these sessions which I found was quite interesting. But what I found out was the following:
  • Most of them have heard of WordPress
  • Some of them had a blog on WordPress.com
  • Hardly anyone knew any coding (programming languages)
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Tri-Borough Reference Librarian Nina Risoli making the introductions

Difference between WordPress.com and self-hosted version of WordPress (wordpress.org)

Option 1: WordPress.com

If you are happy to run a blog and focus only on content generation, then go ahead and open a free account on wordpress.com. You can even buy a unique domain and have your blog there or go for the free option and have your blog address as yourblogname.wordpress.com where yourblogname is the name you choose for your blog.
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WordPress trainer Raf Akbar teaching how to start a blog using WordPress at the Kensington Central Library in London.

Option 2. WordPress.org (self-hosted)

If on the other hand you want complete control over your blog, add functionalities, have control over creating email addresses, FTP, database etc. then go for this option. While WordPress is free for both options, you will need to sign up for a web hosting package and pay a monthly fee in order to run this self-hosted version of WordPress. Make sure you choose a web hosting package that offers the 1-click install option for WordPress.

5 Quick Tips About the self-hosted version of WordPress

1. If you are complete beginner to WordPress, sign up to WordPress.com and practice setting up your blog for free.
2. If you have opened a WordPress.com account and got used to using that version of WordPress but want more flexibility and control, sign up for a web hosting package and install the self-hosted version of WordPress.
3. Always test a WordPress theme (the actual layout, template or look and feel of your blog/website) on sites like gtmetrix.com and tools.pingdom.com and make sure they don’t have scores below 75%. Any lower and your site will take so long to load that first-time visitors will simply leave your site at the first signs of delay in page load.
4. While there are over 37,000 free plugins available to install, avoid installing plugins too many. Try not to go beyond 15.
5. Maintain good structure of a page or post. H1 is usually the title of the page and post so use H2 fonts for headings inside the page/post followed by H3 and H4. Having structured content will get you on the good books with Google.
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5 Signs You Should Invest In a web hosting package to run your WordPress website

1. You want to build your website your way
2. Need to add extra functionalities (Ecommerce, membership, forms, social media feeds etc.)
3. Want to create domain related email addresses (looks more professional than gmail/yahoo)
4. Need to customise the layout of your website
5. Want full control of your website/blog

If you’re ready learn the right way, then sign up to the next WordPress course at Google campus.

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Free Website Course – 10 signs you Should invest in them

free-website-courseWe all know that when something is free, it is probably too good to be true. Free Website Course? Read on people…

There is absolutely no doubt that we will try to find some sort of rationale behind why anything is labelled “free”. Take the Luckywebs free WordPress course for example. Maybe it’s free because it’s only for a few hours? Perhaps someone with little to no experience is giving a talk? Ah I know what it is. The place must be dodgy and miles away from any human civilisation. It must be a talk where we listen until we fall asleep. This list is endless.

Free Website Course?

Yes this particular website course is free for complete beginners who does not have a web hosting package.

This course is not a talk. It is not a general Q&A session. No we are not going to the pub afterwards. You can certainly share your ideas, techniques and meet other WordPress beginners. But the main focus is to help you make your website your way using WordPress.

By the end of the day you will leave with your own 4-page website with 2 blog posts. More like the beginning of something truly great. You must bring a laptop and sign up to a hosting package.

What if I don’t have a hosting package?

WordPress recommends Bluehost as the number 1 hosting provider. You will need to pay 3 years fee upfront. It is certainly an investment but for just over £2 per month the level of support, unlimited emails, web hosting and features you get, there’s nothing better out there. More importantly, a WordPress plugin that help you back up your website with a single click is compatible as well. What’s more, if you sign up through us you save an extra £50.

Save £50 and sign up now by visiting www.luckywebs.co.uk/bluehost (will open in a new tab)

Compare Us With The Best

Google “wordpress courses in london” and spend some time on the results.
To make is easier we have compiled a table below:

OrganisationsDurationPrice
pootlepress.com6£114
wpcourses.co.uk7.5£145
ascendancyinternetmarketing.com6.5£234
socreativedigital.com5.5£150
totosites.com6£197
luckywebs.co.uk8FREE
epproductions.co.uk6.5£295
xchangetraining.co.uk7£249
wordpresscourseslondon.co.uk6£142
fourtothe4.com6£85
alannahmoore.com7.5£138

Duration is in hours and price includes VAT. Having said that, did you find any free website course out there? Pretty soon you probably will because we are the first of introducing it and certainly won’t be the last.

If you sign up to Bluehost web hosting via www.luckywebs.co.uk/bluehost then you can attend our 8hrs course in Google campus completely free of charge. If you already have a web hosting package and still interested to attend, the fee is £50. It is still £35 less than one of the courses with the lowest course fee (6 hours).

You must bring a laptop and charger to the session (unless you are confident your laptop will survive 8 hrs).

Where do we take it from here?

Our aim is to build a long term relationship with you and this free WordPress course is simply the start. It leads to our 2-day WordPress course (£300). Those who attend the free WordPress course receives a £50 discount.

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550 No Such User Error and How to Fix it

550 No Such User ErrorSending but not receiving emails on your domain’s email accounts?

Do you receive an error message as shown below?

Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain yourdomain.com by yourdomain.com [IP address of your hosting account]. The error that the other server returned was: 550 No Such User“.

Please note that this error usually appears when you are sending an email from your gmail or Google Apps email account to an email account associated to a domain. For example if an email is sent from a gmail account to info@yourdomain.com then typically you would see this error message.

550 No Such User Error

How can you fix it? You can do 3 things right now to overcome this 550 No Such User Error.

  1. 1. Ask your web hosting provider to run a Fix Ownership on the server level. “How do I do that?” you might ask. It helps if you have a good web hosting provider for your website. Take Bluehost for instance.  Log in to your control panel, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click Live Chat. Select Technical Support from the drop down option, enter your details and mention the 550 No Such User. Then ask the support person to “run a Fix Ownership on the server level”. Don’t worry, they will know what you meant. Also find out from them what your web hosting IP address is.
  2. 2. On your hosting account go to your domain’s DNS records (You can ask your hosting provider to show you how to get there in case you are an absolute beginner).
  3. 3. Create an A record for webmail and point it to your IP address (ask your web hosting provider what it is) and save changes. Test it now. Are you still getting the 550 No Such User Error?

Give it 4 hours and you should be able to send and receive emails and see no more 550 No Such User Error.

Want to create your own email addresses on your own domain? Get a domain free of charge for the first year (you know domains are never free right?) when you sign up to discounted hosting package of Bluehost.

Here are your options:

  • 1 year web hosting for £3.17 per month (works out £38 for 12 months)
  • 2 years web hosting for £2.50 per month (works out £60 for 24 months)
  • 3 years web hosting for £2.20 per month (works out £80 for 36 months)

Pay £38 upfront if you opt in for a year, £60 for 2 years or £80 for 3 years.

I can tell you one thing. Bluehost live chat support is amazing. Where do you think I learned how to fix 550 No Such User Error? From their live chat support of course.

Sign up to Bluehost then Install WordPress. Want to create email addresses? Log in to your bluehst account, go to CPanel and under Email section click Emails. Create your email account for your domain. You can then configure this email account on your phone, laptop, desktop or tablet. Remember, use the live chat support if you need further help.

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Best WordPress Sites

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Best WordPress Sites

In recent times, WordPress websites have become quite popular and it seems a lot more people are grasping how to use it. With over 28,000 free plugins, WordPress is generating a strong amount of traffic especially for those that want a legitimate website that looks high standard. From portfolio showcases to celebrities to news blogs, WordPress has been used to create websites that showcase a range of different content through various types of themes. In this article I will mention a few WordPress sites that are not only unique and individual, but also show the endless options open to all WordPress users.

 

1. Marks & Spencer for business (http://marksandspencerforbusiness.com)

best WordPress SitesThis site uses a customised msbusiness-christmas theme to promote the business department of Marks & Spencer PLC. The reason why they chose to use WordPress was due to the fact that it reduced development time as well as cost and it was easy to manage.

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2. Metro UK (http://metro.co.uk)

metro-blog-homepageThe popular Metro website is fully responsive site that receives a high amount of users, of which many are mobile users, each day. It shows how some WordPress themes can be adaptable in order to create sites for those who use their phones to browse the web.

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3. Russell Brand (http://www.russellbrand.com)

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Russell’s site is a good example of how WordPress works hand in hand with social media as it shows how you can provide access to your blogs, multiple social media accounts, forums alongside various other sections of information.

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4. Leeds City College (http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk)

best WordPress SitesUsing WordPress, Leeds City College was able to create a course catalog with over 2,000 courses that was easy to navigate and understand.

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5. Reader’s Digest (http://www.rd.com)

Best WordPress sites

Another very good WordPress site is the Reader’s Digest site which too uses a customised theme made by Moving Interactive (http://www.movinginteractive.com). Some of its customised plugins include the rd widget and rd humour voting and shows that WordPress sites can support content rich material as well as high user levels.

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If you have your own business and want to get started in creating a WordPress website that embodies your vision, why not apply to attend our free Course on Saturday 29th November from 10:00am- 6.00pm where you will learn all you need to know, have a domain name, get hosted as well a fully running site by the end of the day.

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Best WordPress course in London

WordPress-coursesBest WordPress course in London – is it possible to cover everything in one day?

For beginners this must be one of the first questions to go over before signing up. Well it really does depend on how much information you can take in, the speed of your laptop, your understanding of basic internet skills and whether you have any budget to invest.

I’m a beginner – so many choices! Get me out of here!!

There are so many resources available online but if you’re a beginner and you start looking for videos and blog posts about how to build your website, there are simply too many options available. It quite daunting and doesn’t help you decide which option you should go for. For example which of the solutions should you go for? There’s Weebly, Drupal, Joomla, Shopify, Magento, Moonfruit, 1&1, Wix and WordPress.

In order to decide which is the right option, you need an expert opinion. As a WordPress trainer I can safely say choosing WordPress would be the right option if you are thinking of managing a lot of content for your website. WordPress is still quite powerful if you’re looking to build your eCommerce website however one thing to note is that when using shopping carts and payment gateways, your customers will leave your website from the moment they are told to enter their payment details.

The payment gateway company (for example, 2Checkout.com, WorldPay, Barclays etc) will be responsible for taking your customer payment details. Once completed, your customers will be redirected to your WordPress website.

On the otherhand if you insist on a smoother customer experience where your customer never appears to have left your site during the entire checkout process, using Magento would be the ideal solution. Magento (at the time of writing) is owned by eBay, therefore rest assured that you can expect a powerful ecommerce store when you sign up. The only downside is that unless you are a technical person, it is quite difficult to customise your Magento store. Back to WordPress. One of the main attractions of WordPress is the ability to install plugins.

Provided you have purchased a domain (highly recommend GoDaddy.com when buying domains) and signed up for a decent web hosting package (recommend websynthesis.com as they dedicate hosting to WordPress sites and what’s more, they install WordPress for you  without charging you extra), you will have the ability to add extra functionalities (just like Weebly, Wix and Shopify) but without paying a penny.

Want to add a customise Google maps on your site? There’s a free plugin for it. Want to add a contact form or show your social media content such as tweets, pins, Facebook likes? There are free plugins for all of them. Just have a look at wordpress.org/plugins and you can see a list of almost 28,000 free plugins.

You will probably need a handful of plugins when building your dream website but even then you need guidance, someone to show you how it’s done.That’s where our one day WordPress courses for beginners come in handy.

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WordPress Webinar – Beginner Guide To Making Your Website

WordPress webinarWordPress Webinar – Beginner Guide To Making Your Website will go through the initial steps and access to resources that you need in order to make your website just the way you want using WordPress. At least most of the time.

We’ll use GoToMeeting for the webinar.

Trainer Info

Join WordPress trainer Rafi Akbar as he will go through the steps through an online presentation to cover the important steps of followed by installing, configuring and securing a brand new WordPress website. Finally Rafi will go over installing a premium, customisable website theme, plugins, widgets and also cover Google Analytics and SEO.

WordPress Webinar – Beginner Guide To Making Your Website covered a variety of topics including:

  1. how to setup a homepage
  2. how to add plugins to:
    • increase page speed
    • cache content
    • parse CSS & JS
    • secure the site
    • change the login URL
  3. publish content via email
  4. creating forms
  5. adding a menu, logo and sidebar items

There is ofcourse, a sequence you need to follow. For example, first create pages, then create menus otherwise you wont have any pages to add in the first place. Create a few posts before creating a blog page. Without posts there is nothing you can display on a blog page. Adding a logo or using text as the company or brand name is completely at your discretion.

Next, adding items to sidebars and footer widget areas. Now it is easy to confuse between footer widget areas and footer. In the footer you have about 1 row where you can just add the copyright information, text links e.g. terms, privacy policy, contact etc.

Footer widget areas are where you can add images, text (company information, offers), newsletter sign up form, social media widgets e.g. to show tweets, pins, instagram images etc.

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