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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 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 – 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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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.