Well timed that it is with the soon-to-be-released Using WordPress, I’m teaching a pair of classes on consecutive Monday evenings through BCIT. The first is Monday Sept 13th—BCIT : : MDIA 0101 – WordPress.com for beginners 1—and is suitable for beginners, followed by Monday Sept 20th—BCIT : : MDIA 0102 – WordPress.com for beginners 2—which will get into some more advanced stuff.
Expect both classes to be hands on and focused on “real world” solutions to “real world” problems. My philosophy is to help you learn that technology is not hard to scary. WordPress is a very powerful, flexible, and easy to learn and use publishing system. My goal is that you will be able to walk out of either class with a functioning website.
I will use WordPress.com as the basis of the first night and self-installed WordPress the second night. It will help you get more out of the second night if you have a domain and hosting already set up. I have set up a special promo code at my host (Dreamhost) that gives you one free domain registration, $25 off hosting if you pay monthly or $50 if you pay for one or two years in advance. All you have to do is go to Dreamhost and use the promo code: BCITWPCLASS (Disclosure: I earn a referral bonus for each sign up). If you already have hosting, but just need another domain (you can’t have too many domains!) I recommend Namecheap (affiliate link). I use Namecheap for all my domains and have found them to be reliable and helpful.
I don’t know if Using WordPress (my latest book) will be in stores in time for the class, however if my case of books comes in time, I will bring them and offer them for sale (at a discount).
I hope to see you there!