WordPress 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • How you can work on your site before you spend money on hosting
  • Understanding the administration area and manage your site easily with Wordpress' friendly user interface
  • Installing themes to change your site's design quickly and easily
  • Using widgets & plugins to extend the functionality of your site
  • Learning how a theme 'works' and how you can update it on your own to customize the look and feel of your site

This WordPress course runs for four classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. The class dates are as follows:

  • Class 1, Intro to Wordpress and Installation: Tuesday, January 17th
  • Class 2, Administration and Managment: Thursday, January 19th
  • Class 3, Widgets, Plugins, Themes: Tuesday, January 24th
  • Class 4, Customizing Themes and Publishing Your Site: Thursday, January 26th

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

A little about Pam Selle, our Instructor: When I was younger, I thought the internet was basically the coolest thing ever. I’ve been working in the web world for approximately 3 years and build websites with Wordpress in my day job. I’m getting involved in GDI because I think others should experience the fun of seeing something YOU made appear on the web. In my spare time, I practice/teach yoga, ride my bicycle, and am involved with the Girl Geek Dinner Social Committee. You can find me on Twitter at @pamasaur.

Transportation: Drexel is right by the Market-Frankford line. Alternatively, parking is available at the Drexel Garage on 34th and Market for $7. For more options & directions, please see http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/about/directions.

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  • Yasmine M.

    Hey Ketki, I hope you feel better asap! Pam is posting the slides on our Fb group. Make sure to join if you haven't already - https://www.facebook.com/groups/...­.

    January 26, 2012

  • Ketki

    I wont be able to make it to the class tonight, as I have the flu. Can I get the slides for this class.

    January 26, 2012

  • Pam S.

    Holy smokes! Good luck, Allison!

    January 24, 2012

  • Allison

    I am not going to be able to make it tonight due to appendicitis. Hopefully I will be well enough to make it thursday.

    January 24, 2012

  • Olivia R.

    Hi ladies - I'll be there tonight, but I have a prior commitment to a board meeting so I will be late. Olivia

    January 24, 2012

  • Tracy

    The WordPress sites we are working on in class we installed locally on our computers. You would open up a browser and type in "localhost/foldername" "foldername" meaning the name of the folder you installed WordPress in. You also need to have XAMPP service running.

    The Wordpress.org login is if you want to post to the Wordpress.org forums

    January 24, 2012

  • Pam S.

    go to YOURURLHERE/wp-admin. it's probably localhost/wp-admin, unless you have your site inside a folder in your htdocs, then it's localhost/FOLDERNAME/wp-admin

    January 24, 2012

  • Leslie B.

    DUH - How do we log into our wordpress site? When I go to https://wordpress.org/wp-login.p...­ it does not accept my info.

    January 24, 2012

  • Maryann H.

    Never mind, I googled and found my answer. Go to XAMP and http://local­ host if anyone else forgot.

    January 24, 2012

  • Maryann H.

    Hi - Can anyone remind me how to start using our local site? I can't remember the name of the .php file we open in htdocs to get started.
    Yes, I procrastinated on practicing :-}

    January 24, 2012

  • Tracy

    Thanks for reminding me! The coupon code for 30% off CanvasDreams.com is "yikesinc"

    January 24, 2012

  • Maryann H.

    If you want to explore a sustainable web hosting company, Canvas Dreams is 100% wind powered, an EPA Green Power partner. They offer 56 one-click installs including WordPress. See the article on how to install at http://kb.canvasdreams.com/?p=1...­

    January 24, 2012

  • Pam S.

    Awesome, Leslie! I plan on being there at 6:30, and the most of the TAs tend to arrive early as well. See you soon!

    January 19, 2012

  • Leslie B.

    Hi I was the one girl geek who didn't get it all installed 1st class. Since then successfully installed and running XAMPP after uninstalling Skype. Now having a problem with Wordpress installation. (error message w/PHP) Coming in early 2nd class so a geek guide can assist me so I don't fall behind in class!

    January 19, 2012

  • Tracy

    Hey y'all. Here is a nice what is WordPress infographic. It briefly covers WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com http://pagelyblog.presscdn.com/...­

    See you all tonight!
    -Tracy

    1 · January 19, 2012

  • Maryann H.

    What a gift! Class was very hands-on, Instructor was well-prepared, approachable and knowledgable. Thanks to all the volunteer assistants who made things flow. It was a pleasure
    to meet all these creative women and hear their vision for their web presence.

    January 18, 2012

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Your organizer's refund policy for WordPress 101

Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 3 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: If you cannot attend the course, you must notify us at least 3 days before the first class to receive a refund. If you miss a class, we will provide code from the class & any slides, but we do not offer partial refunds based on individual class absences.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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  • YIKES, Inc.

    YIKES is a sponsor of Summer of Open Source & GDI's WordCamp involvement

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    Azavea is a sponsor of the Summer of Open Source program.

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    55% off annual hosting plans for websites and WordPress blogs.

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