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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 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.