This Saturday (January 19th) I’m teaching my Intro to WordPress class down at UBC Robson Square. The original goal of the course was “Building a Website with WordPress, For Regular People”, but the class has morphed and changed into something much better I think.
Here is the info from the UBC Continuing Ed:
Learn how to make a professional looking website using the WordPress blogging platform. Beginning with WordPress.com, you learn the basics of how to turn a WordPress blog into a website, how to tune it for search engines and how to choose the right theme. This workshop teaches you how and when to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org, including domain names and hosting, and using WordPress.org to build dynamic, elegant and professional looking websites quickly and easily. You don’t have to know how to code to have a great website, you just have to know how to click.
Standard Fee: $350+tax
Now that I’ve been teaching this class for a few years now, this time I’m going to take a completely new and fresh approach to how I teach the subject. Oh, I’ll still cover making a “website” using WordPress, and as I’ve done for the past year or so, the class will use WordPress.com as the platform. This time I’m going to spend a lot more time up front on WordPress basics. Not just because WordPress.com has so many more new features to show off, but also the nature of how to build a “website” in WP has changed a lot in the intervening years.
By the end of the class you’ll have a much deeper sense of WordPress (focusing on .com) as well as the tools for making a WordPress site “more than a blog”. Last I checked there were about 15 people signed up and the class can only seat 25, so if you want in…better to sign up now than miss out until next term.
That’s this week. February 2nd I’ll be teaching my intro to Podcasting class:
Learn the basics of audio and video podcasting in this one-day, hands-on workshop. You learn how to record, edit, encode, and post audio and video podcasts. Topics include hardware, software, how to add music and titles, where to post your podcast, search engine optimization and how to host a live Internet radio show. One day is all you need to get on air and podcast with confidence and ease.
Standard Fee: $350+tax
I’ve been teaching this class as long as I’ve been teaching my Intro to WP class and, again, it’s time to shake things up a bit. A year ago I started teaching the video portion first because video just takes longer. This go round I’m going to stick with video first, but I’m also going to put more focus on mobile video and video on the go. Oh don’t worry, I audio podcasting (my first and true podcasting love) will get its due, but really audio podcasting isn’t nearly as popular as posting video missives. So even if you just want to learn how to shoot better video to post online, this is a good class for you. Typically this class is taught in the Mac Lab at Robson Square so we use iMovie and GarageBand as the tools of choice. Sticking with the mobile focus, I’m going to include iMovie and GarageBand for iOS (iPhone and iPad) into the demonstrations.
Finally comes my Advanced WordPress class February 23rd. This class grew out of students from the first class asking about editing themes and managing WordPress.org sites. I’ve taught this class twice now, and I think I finally have the swing of how it needs to flow for students to get more out of the class:
This course is designed for the WordPress.org user who wants to learn how to manage a site, edit themes and troubleshoot problems. Through in-class demonstrations and exercises, discover how to maintain and customize a self-hosted WordPress website, including manual installation, configuring plugins and creating child themes. Learn alternative uses of WordPress, as well as how to manage multiple WordPress websites. This class is intended for experienced computer users who are already familiar with WordPress.
Note: Build a Website with WordPress (IM810) or equivalent experience recommended.
Standard Fee: $350+tax
I haven’t gone through all the feedback from the last class, but I know myself and how to read a class that I missed the mark last time. Given that I only teach the class once every three months or so, it’s easy to get rusty, not to mention I don’t get too many chances to practice it.
So like my intro course, I’m going to spend much, much more time on the basics of maintaining a WordPress.org-based site. Much, much less time on hacking an coding themes. I think this is going to be the right balance for the class.
Hope I’m right, because I love teaching the class and want to make sure I’m meeting student needs and expectations as well.
I’ll push out reminders for the February classes as the time draws near, but don’t forget spaces are filling up for this week’s class—Build a Website with WordPress. And with all the awesome, new stuff at WP.com, I think it will be an awesome class for people who want to get started with WP.