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Re: [webtechnologydesign] Market Research for Houston Technology Training

From: user 2.
Sent on: Saturday, October 9, 2010 10:56 AM
I'm actually interested in doing something similar.  I'd like to offer Drupal training, especially now that Drupal 7 will be coming out soon. 

For your CMS offerings, it might be of value to compare how Joomla, Drupal, and any other CMS tackle very specific problems.  I know that doesn't lend itself to training in and of itself but what I think it does do is give people a better idea of what system they might want training in.  I'm working on a project using Drupal and out of curiosity I wanted to see how close I could get to doing the same project in Joomla.  I found that I couldn't bend Joomla to the same degree I could Drupal.  Joomla and Drupal and any other CMS all share very similar high-level features, i.e., RSS, taxonomy/categories, multiple authors, customizable themes/templates.  But when you dive deeper you start to see some really radical differences.

Regarding fees, I think there are a lot of ways you could approach that.  You could bundle training packages that might be tailored to specific industries, or you could offer a flat fee membership a la (I know you mentioned doing in person training, but it seems like this model could still apply).

If I find anything else that's pertinent to this topic I'll share.  Again, I'm interested in doing something similar so maybe this is something we can help each other out with.


From: Eric Shafer <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Fri, October 8,[masked]:44:57 PM
Subject: [webtechnologydesign] Market Research for Houston Technology Training


I would like to start offering technology training for a fee and need some help. I am thinking of offering training in the following technologies:

  • Internet Infrastructure (DNS, Email, Web Servers, etc...)
  • XML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript/JQuery
  • SQL
  • PHP
  • ASP.Net (C# or VB)
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Magento (E-Commerce)  
  • DotNetNuke

The training would be a combination of short lecture, practical exercises and real world problems.  I am considering a couple different formats:
  • Workshops for short content.  For example, HTML/browsers might be covered in just one or two workshops.
  • Training Lab- I would offer several fixed times when people could come in and work on whatever technology they wanted based on a curriculum I provide.  For example, someone might show up to work on PHP while someone else comes to work on SQL.  I would provide help on problems, provide resources, give short explanations, etc... I'd limit the number of people to make sure everyone could get attention.
  • Regular Courses- Exactly what you'd expect.
Each technology will have levels (Novice, Intermediate, and Guru) that could be attained by demonstrated skill.  The training would also prep people for the W3Schools certificates.

The benefit is that people would have a curriculum, set times to work on skills, a resource to ask questions, and camaraderie. 

I'd appreciate help from everyone to answer the following questions: What technologies are important to offer, what format makes sense and how much do you think is a reasonable price?

If you are interested in training, please let me know and at this stage of the game you could pretty much get the exact type of course you want!

Eric Shafer
Click and Create
Ranked by the Houston Business Journal as
"One of the Largest Web Design Firms in Houston"

twitter: @webyadayada
2400 Augusta Ste 369
Houston, TX 77057

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