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Using WordPress to Build a Website for Beginners

This class is for beginners who want to use WordPress as an easy, fast way to set up a website. We’ll guide you step-by-step through all the basic aspects of WordPress Development: 

  • The "5-minute install"
  • Understanding the Dashboard interface
  • Installing different themes to change your site design
  • How to use plugins to extend the functionality of your site
  • Intro to Codex
  • How to use widgets
  • Review of basic template tags
  • Dissection of how a theme works

Each session will provide illustrations, tutorials and practice scenarios of setting up your own WordPress site. We’ll end with a workshop where we’ll review these lessons as well as provide you with an opportunity to work on your own site with support from our teacher and teacher aides.

This WordPress course runs for four classes on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Here are the class dates:

  • Class 1, Installation & Administration: Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Class 2, Themes/Plugins/Codex: Thursday, November 3rd
  • Class 3, Customizations: Wednesday, November 16th
  • Class 4, Review/Workshop: Thursday, November 17th

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of HTML/CSS and PHP is helpful but NOT necessary.

Note: There are two versions of WordPress - & We'll be focusing on how to install, manage and run a site which allows for more flexibility, features and customizations. 

This class will be taught by the lovely Pam Selle. Pam is a full-time web developer with a focus on using the Wordpress CMS. While she dabbles in other tools, Wordpress serves as a way to build websites quickly that are easy for an end-user to maintain. She has written custom plugins and themes, leveraging Wordpress to use custom post types, enhance functionality, and make her themes more user-friendly.  She lives in Philadelphia while working remotely for a DC firm.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions!


This course will take place in the 3rd Floor of Two Liberty Place which is located on 16th Street between Market and Chestnut. It is right by the Blue and Orange line in City Hall. 

Please note our refund policy: Your payment of $80 guarantees your seat in the entire course. If something changes after registration and you cannot attend the course, you must notify us at least 3 days before the first class to receive a refund. If you have to miss a class, we will provide code from class and any slides, but we do not offer partial refunds based on individual class absences.

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  • sondra w.

    Good in-depth intro to Wordpress! Thanks again to Pam, Yasmine and all the volunteers who put this event together. Teaching a tech course to an audience coming in with all sorts of backgrounds is indeed challenging. My only suggestion in the future is maybe walking through a pre-planned ready-made site. I know that not every aspect can be covered, but if it touches on the basic customization options, all is good.

    November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The class was FANTASTIC!

    Yasmine, Pam, and the TA's were awesome, attentive, incredibly helpful, and had supreme patience. They took the time to go back over concepts we were having difficulty understanding, helped individuals who fell behind (like me), and made this the most pleasant classroom experience I've had in ages.

    If you're looking to take a class on building your own self-hosted Wordpress site (or anything else they offer through Girl Develop It Philly), take this one. The teachers are top-notch, you can take what you learn and immediately apply it, and they've set up a Facebook group so you can ask questions if you get lost.

    A+. Sign up now. You'll love it!

    November 18, 2011

  • Yasmine M.

    Hi Kia - Our space is donated and while we don't provide dinner, you're welcome to bring a snack with you. I usually grab a Cliff bar or something similar. As far as the classes, the fee would remain the same due to overhead costs but you can certainly just come to the last two classes if you'd like. I'd recommend coming to all four - I bet you'd learn something new and you can work on other things if you'd like. Plus, it would be a good networking opportunity!

    November 1, 2011

  • Kia K.

    Hi Yasmine, Can I just take the latter 2 classes and is dinner provided?

    November 1, 2011

  • Yasmine M.

    Hey Jane - we don't provide laptops but you may be able to loan one from a local University or non-profit. I'm looking into it to see if it's possible. Would you be able to borrow one from a friend?

    Meridith - Make sure to sign up for GirlDevelopIt NYC - They don't have a WP class yet but I know they're planning one.

    October 26, 2011

  • meridith

    Can anyone direct me to a similar class in nyc? thanks!

    October 25, 2011

  • Sarah H.

    Awesome, thanks.

    October 24, 2011

  • Yasmine M.

    Hi Sarah, that's actually our exact policy :-)

    We're probably going to offer the same class again in late Jan or February and I can make a note to reach out to you once we do to let you know.

    1 · October 24, 2011

  • Sarah H.

    I'd love to do this, but am traveling for work the 16th. Can I make up that topic night if the class is offered again?

    October 24, 2011

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