“Intro to WordPress: First Steps” Workshop
Explore WordPress (self-hosted) both in conversation and in action in the first part of my introduction to WordPress. We’ll help each other uncover ways WordPress can put us in control of the online image we project to the world.
We’ll cover terminology and address your questions about search engine optimization, pages and posts, widgets and plugins, and themes — and then jump online to show you and work hands-on in the back end of my online WordPress lab. See why I love using WordPress to create living websites that grow and morph with one’s needs and the desires of readers.
Most of us don’t like lectures, but we do like learning and we like learning together. We want to learn what we need, when we need it. In this session, relaxing and sipping coffee in the Conversation Pit, I’ll provide enough structure to enable you to see websites in a new way — even as I’m doing my best to answer your most urgent questions. Then you’ll jump onto your laptop, I’ll introduce you to my online WordPress lab, and you’ll actually do some work in the site. You’ll have full access to the lab for at least two weeks to do some more test driving at home!
Even if you’re thinking of hiring a web developer, I highly recommend you take this workshop to get familiar with WordPress terminology so that you can have an intelligent conversation with a professional. Either way, you’re on your way to feeling empowered and taking control of your website!
What other offerings relate to this one?
Not surprisingly, “Intro to WordPress: First Steps” is the best first step for most new WordPress users and anyone considering creating and controlling their own website. Next in line is “Intro to Word Press: Part Two (Going Deeper),” which takes you deeper into WordPress functionality. If you’re still alive and willing, I suggest moving on to “What’s Next?” where you’ll be guided to create your own plan to make it happen.
Who should attend?
Those ready to consider owning and controlling their own website — whether you’re new at it or tired of your old website and lack of control over it.
What’s the process?
I’ll talk about a few basics — living vs. dead websites, pages and posts, key terms — and then get directly to your questions. We’ll crank up our laptops and enter the online WordPress lab in order to show you around the back end. And then you’ll create your first post — with an image!
What does it cost and what’s included?
$49 includes the workshop; organic coffee (or tea); hand-outs; a folder to hold all your notes and hand-outs; and, access to the online WordPress lab (for at least two weeks).
How long does it last?
Two (2) hours. Come up to thirty minutes early for coffee and bonding, and to set up your laptop. And, stay up to thirty minutes afterward for networking.
What do you need to bring?
- Your laptop
- Questions about websites and WordPress
- Doubts and fears about “owning” your own site; and,
- Your favorite coffee cup if you’d like.
I have a new word press site added onto my old site as a store. I don’t understand it very well at this point. I hope your class can get me more savey with it.
Thanks for your phone call yesterday and leaving a comment on our website.
I’ve discussed you with my partner and we think that your attending “Intro to WordPress” would be appropriate and beneficial for you. I’ve also looked at the quanyincenter.org site. I don’t know how far you and your web person have gotten on it, nor what the plan for the architecture is, but I guess a main ‘concern’ is having the STORE page as a ‘separate’ site and not making use of the power of WordPress’ blogging software capabilities to enhance and ease search engine optimization (SEO).
“Intro to WordPress” will be interactive…
1) Discussion will include the following topics:
2) Participants will also get their own user name to log into the back end of a WordPress site we have set up as a lab – you won’t have to worry about ‘blowing up’ your own site as we tour and explore. :)
We think the material will give you a better understanding of why you want to build a WP site versus the old, static Dreamweaver-type built site and to get clear about what you want your site to be about and how to structure it. And, if you ultimately decide you don’t need to be independent from your web designer, you will at least have some understanding so that you and she can hold a meaningful conversation about the site and the work. Actually, you might even want her to attend this gathering!
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me. Once again, thanks for your inquiry and interest.