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Intro to WordPress Workshop


Course Details Summary

Provide an introduction to WordPress. Setup WordPress on a web host.  Complete overview of the WordPress admin dashboard and how to use WordPress. Learn how to install 3rd party plugins and themes.

Expected Length

3-4 Hours


·  some web experience.

·  have own laptop

Course Content Hour 1:

1.  Course Agenda

2.  Choosing a web host

3.  Installing WordPress

4.  WordPress Directory Structure

5.  WordPress Database Structure

6.  Managing the WordPress Admin Dashboard

7.  Hour 1, Q & A

Hour 2:

1.  Installing 3rd party Themes and Plugins

2.  Theme Frameworks

3.  SEO Plugins

4.  Photo Plugins

5. Security Plugins

6. BuddyPress & bbPress

7. Premium Plugins

8.  Exercise – Create your own website with various plugins

Hour 3

1.  Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

2.  Hooks & Filters

3.  WordPress Multisite

4. Autonomy of a plugin

5.  Exercise: Build a basic plugin

6.  Wrap-up and final Q & A

About The Instructor:

Brian Messenlehner, a former software developer for the United States Marine Corps, has an extensive background in building custom web applications from the ground up with mostly Microsoft and Oracle based technologies. In 2001, Brian co-founded, a freelance web development shop, with another US Marine, Brad Williams.

In early 2008 Brian and Brad took don WebDevStudios full time. They shifted focus to open source web platforms built with PHP and MySQL such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. 

By 2013, has become a fully distributed development and design shop with 3 partners, Brian, Brad and Lisa Sabin-Wilson. WDS has 13 employees and works exclusively with WordPress building custom plugins, themes, Multisite networks, BuddyPress social networks, web applications and hybrid mobile applications. Brian and the team at WDS have more than a few very customized WordPress builds, themes and plugins under their belt and have been working with WordPress for over 6 years.

Brian speaks at various WordPress conferences across the world and is the co-author of “Building Web Apps with WordPress” by O'Reilly Media. His book is about using WordPress as an Application Framework.

Brian enjoys learning about new technology and believes open source software like WordPress is the key to successful cost effective web solutions in any situation.

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  • Steve B.

    Awesome presentation from an experienced and talented instructor. The only setback was the time it took to get everyone on the same page when downloading Wordpress. Other than that, it was an awesome learning experience.

    December 14, 2013

  • Wil L.

    Is it still on? Can someone let us know please? I have a 45 min drive

    December 14, 2013

  • Todd L.

    Looking forward to a great workshop tomorrow!

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Will the Intro to Wordpress Workshop be suspended for another time? There is a significant snow storm for tomorrow.

    December 13, 2013

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